I'm just saying, although my career has provided excellent opportunities to be recognized for skills/knowledge, it turns out it REALLY IS WHO YOU KNOW, or so it seems.
Here I am at 437 applications which, averaged 1 interview per 100 applications registered. It seems that interview #5 was the ringer not only because of what I know but, the hiring Director was a previous customer I had known and respected for many years. Yes, too, I believe it was my skills/knowledge levels that got me through the HR interview but the Director recommended me.
The career transition meetings I attended, Bridgebuilders, were correct; prepare yourself for standard interview questions but most importantly be relaxed and yourself. I walked away from the interview confident the crosstalk was comfortable and without pretense. Unless something comes up from the background check, I should be employed by February 8th.
So what did I learn?
- Have your resume ironed out before applying (obviously).
- Be dressed for success. This too means that you ask the interviewer what the proper dress for the day of the interview should be.
- Be relaxed but showing proper business decorum and
- BE YOURSELF (unless your interview is for an acting position and then just make sure you're playing the correct character).