Friday, November 14, 2008

Take The Holistic Approach & Win!

I talked to the head of HR at a university recently and we discussed Holistic Recruiting. Her eyes were wide open while I described this approach. The simplicity of it was obvious. Instead of just looking at the credentials of a potential employee, professor, dean etc. Why not look at the whole person, the complete package.

Proper qualifications and experience get you the interview of course. It is the complete package, the entire person you really need to hire. Taking this approach, knocks many out of the competition immediately as their overall emotional intelligence is a non match to the environment you have carefully established at your university or company.

So let us reverse this for a minute and say you, a potential employee, take a Holistic approach when being interviewed for the job. Well, guess what happens, the whole you comes out in the interview, and it is done intentionally on your part. Now the whole you approach makes you a very interesting and desirable employee. Just make yourself interesting, because you are!

You do a lot of volunteer work, then say so. It usually means you are a selfless giver and thus a great team player ... see where I am going here.

The Best Interview Question To Prep For

When they ask Do You Have Any Questions:

That question to you is worth as many interviews as any other. They want to see what kind of thinker you are. Are you asking a proactive career oriented question or a self serving one.

Asking a question about the salary, holidays or benefits are all important, but only after you have been offered the job. Best to ask about the companys On Going Traing, or some little nugget you read on their website.

Look like you took the time to research the company interviewing you, it really matters to scoring well in an interview.

Have A Great Weekend!

Mike Perras, P.Mgr

Does Your Cover Letter Sell You!

As a former college teacher and recruiter I can tell you I always looked for the better cover letter. Most resumes would be similar in qualifications, It is the cover letter that draws me to you because you seem like a real person worth interviewing.

Sell yourself in your cover letter, be a real person. Get rid of any template approach. If you do volunteer work, tell me right up front. Selfless volunteers make top notch team players. Team players are what everyone wants.

To Your Job Search Success!

Mike Perras, P.Mgr