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Best Candidate Wins Prep

As you seek to advance your career in business, industry or academia, think about what you can learn from the following experts and how you can incorporate their suggestions into your strategy to get hired.

1. Steve Jobs – Never afraid to ask

Steve Jobs on failure and never being afraid to ask [Duration 1:42]

Think about it
1- Why was Steve Jobs so successful and why?
2- What is the benefit of adopting an ask mindset, no matter what?
3- Other observations?

Identify at least one idea that you can incorporate into your strategy to get hired


2. Angela Lee Duckworth – The Key to Success – Grit

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. As a psychologist, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. What can you learn from her talk as you pursue the next steps in your career? [Duration 6:12]

Think about it
1- Who is successful and why?
2- Who will get hired, keep their jobs and earn the most money?
3- Is social intelligence, IQ or grit a better predictor of success?
4- How important is passion and perseverance in creating your future?
5- What is the benefit of adopting a growth mindset?
6- Other observations?

Identify at least one idea that you can incorporate into your strategy to get hired


3. Deniz Sasal – Tell me about yourself

Tell Me About Yourself is one of the most critical questions you will be asked in your interview. It’s the question that allows you to leave a long lasting impression with the hiring managers.

It’s about having a structure, knowing what to say, knowing what not to say and presenting your background smoothly while making sure mentioning important elements in your background which is also what the hiring managers are looking for. In your 2 minute pitch, you need to make sure you present your background in a way that they clearly get the idea that you are THE candidate they want to hire.

When you attend the Best Candidate Wins program, we will show you a robust strategy for answering this type of question and many others. [Duration 12:21]

Think about it
1- What approach does Sasal recommend in any interviewing situation?


4. Job Interview Questions and Answers

A job interview is one of the most intimidating ways of making a first impression. Learning how to successfully respond to job interview questions requires clarity about the job requirements and the value you bring to the position. The following video will help you become aware of typical pitfalls and assimilate better strategies and skills as you prepare for your job interview.
[Duration 17:46]

Think about it
1- How important are first impressions? What should you do differently?
2- How should you respond to the ‘Tell me about yourself’ question?
3- What can you learn about reframing and communicating the value you bring?
4- How should you respond if asked about a career failure or mishap?
5- What are your thoughts about telling the recruiter about a previous criminal record or a shady past?
6- How should you respond if you are asked, “You have an academic education, what makes you think you can add value to our organization?”

Identify at least two ideas that you can incorporate into your strategy to get hired


5. Simon Sinek – How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership and persuasion all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His model consists of 3 concentric circles. From the inside out, they represent the motivators of human behaviour, the why, the how and the what.

Sinek argues that when we are in touch with what really motivates us: our values and how we understand our own ‘why’, then we will persuade others more confidently and achieve amazing outcomes. Think about the recruiter that will be sitting in front of you. What can you learn from his talk as you prepare for your interview and the next steps in your career? [Watch the first 11 mins]

Think about it
1- How deeply to you understand your own ‘why’?
2- How can you clearly communicate your ‘why’ and increase your chances of getting hired?
3- How would you successfully communicate your ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ to a recruiter?

Identify at least one idea that you can incorporate into your strategy to get hired


6. Tereza Nemessanyi – Reinvention of a suburban mom

For many years Tereza Nemessanyi was a strategy consultant for both large and small companies, formulating and executing disruptive plays in their respective markets. She has been called a marketing ninja, moving fluidly from the very big, futuristic picture, to the brass tacks what-do-we-do-right-now. her specialty is….stuff that hasn’t been done before. And redefining markets to create value.

But it did not begin that way. Tereza had to learn how to reinvent herself. She needed a new network. [Duration 6:21]

How can you apply Tereza’s ideas into your strategy to get hired?

During this talk Tereza offers advice on:
1- How to find your tribe, 2- Six tips to get noticed and 3- Five strategies to market yourself.

Think about it
1- What are Tereza’s 6 tips to get noticed?
2- What are Tereza’s 5 strategies to market yourself?
3- What does she challenge you to do?

Identify two ideas that you can incorporate into your strategy to get hired?


7. Deniz Sasal – What are your weaknesses?

It’s often pressure and the need to secure a job that causes candidates to give fake answers, believing they should give the “the best” answer. Deniz Sasal gives a few examples and emphasizes honesty. When you attend the Best Candidate Wins program, we will show you a robust strategy for answering this type of question and many others. We suggest you identify two weaknesses and prepare a response for both. [Duration 10:00]

Think about it
1- What does Sasal suggest you do once you have shared your weaknesses with an interviewer?


8. Amy Cuddy – Your body language shapes who you are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Amy Cuddy wasn’t supposed to become a successful scientist. In fact, she wasn’t even supposed to finish her undergraduate degree. Early in her college career, Cuddy suffered a severe head injury in a car accident, and doctors said she would struggle to fully regain her mental capacity and finish her undergraduate degree.

But she proved them wrong. Today, Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. And her training as a classical dancer (another skill she regained after her injury) is evident in her fascinating work on “power posing” — how your body position influences others and even your own brain. [Duration 21 mins]

Think about it
1- Who is the other audience that is influenced by our non-verbals?
2- Talking about job interviews, Amy Cuddy says, “It’s not about the content of the speech. It’s about their —?— that they’re bringing to the speech.”
What is Amy Cuddy referring to that is so important?
3- Talking about defeating the imposter syndrome, Cuddy recalls a personal story and says, “I realized that she had not just faked it till she made it, she had actually faked it till she —?— it.”
What is Amy Cuddy referring to that is so critical?

Identify at least one idea that you can incorporate into your strategy to get hired


9. Networking for the networking averse – Lisa Green Chau

Networking can seem so hard — but not if you have the right advice. Try taking advantage of weak ties; you never know what friend of a friend of a friend can aid you in your dreams. Lisa Green Chau outlines how being proactive and always saying yes can lead to future opportunities.

Think about it
1- How can you take advantage of your own weak ties?


10. How to Attend a Job Interview – Jennifer Bridges

Here are a few common-sense tips from Jennifer Bridges. The ad for project management software at the end of the video is not endorsed by us.

Think about it
1- What one thing can you take from this video and do differently when you have your interview?


Bonus

Here are a few additional videos by Deniz Sasal covering specific topics in the interview process. The ads at the end of his videos are not endorsed by us.
Some of his approaches are worth considering, even though they might be unconventional.

Why Should We Hire You? – Deniz Sasal

This video by Deniz Sasal includes information that is worth considering. When you attend the Best Candidate Wins program, we will show you a robust strategy for answering this type of question and many others.


Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? – Deniz Sasal

This video by Deniz Sasal includes information that is worth considering. When you attend the Best Candidate Wins program, we will show you a robust strategy for answering this type of question and many others.


What Are Your Strengths? – Deniz Sasal

This video by Deniz Sasal includes information that is worth considering. When you attend the Best Candidate Wins program, we will show you a robust strategy for answering this type of question and many others.


Why Do You Want To Work Here? – Deniz Sasal

This video by Deniz Sasal includes information that is worth considering. When you attend the Best Candidate Wins program, we will show you a robust strategy for answering this type of question and many others.


What Are Your Salary Expectations? – Deniz Sasal

This video by Deniz Sasal includes information that is worth considering. When you attend the Best Candidate Wins program, we will show you a robust strategy for answering this type of question and many others.


Best Candidate Wins Quiz

Once you have watched the videos and completed the reading that was sent to you, please do the
Best Candidate Wins Quiz

I look forward to meeting you on the program.
~Dene Rossouw

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