PART OF THE WEEKEND UPDATE SERIES: Celebrity recruiter Brian Daniel shares insights about how candidates can get an edge on others who actually have more experience. It's all in the preparation.
Let's talk about interview preparation. Preparing for your interview is incredibly important. I'm always talking about "doing your homework," studying the company, studying the job description and all of that, but that's... that's a little more obvious, even though people don't spend enough time on it. You've heard me talk about that.
I actually want to talk about what you actually do moments before you walk into the interview. Now, a lot of people will take that time... To do that preparation with the job description and so forth, but they actually won't take the time to warm up their mind, their body, and their voice.
Professional speakers... CEOs... actors... all warm up their minds, their bodies, and their voices before they [perform]. This is something that is critically important in a hyper-competitive job market. There are quite a few videos on YouTube... that you can watch that teach you how to do this.
It is very important, especially if you have a morning interview. When your voice is still a little hoarse sounding... you have to take the time to warm up your mind, your body, and your voice. It can make the difference. I'll put a link in this video and you will see there is a very famous speaker from Harvard who talks a lot about how "power positioning" and doing these small things before interviews... warming up your voice, your body, and your mind... and even posing and certain power poses makes a dramatic difference.
Scientifically... It's proven to be true and I can give you "the edge" that you need because at the at the end of the day, bottom line, is it's going to come down between two personal assistant candidates. It's never a "slam dunk." It's going to come down between two candidates, and what's going to happen?
They're going to have that meeting on a Friday. It's going to be Friday at the end of the day... Everyone's going to be sitting around the table. And they're going to be saying, "Okay, on Monday... We have to call Candidate A or Candidate B...
Who's it going to be?" And I've been in these Skype meetings many times, right... and everyone's going around and they're giving their arguments about why it should be this person or that person.
They won't be able to put their thumb on it exactly, sometimes, but they're going to say, "You know what, Candidate A, there was something about them... They they seemed very polished." They're not going to say, "Oh, their voice sounded so powerful."
They're not going to say that, but there's going to be something that they're going to get that feeling in their gut, and it can mean... It can make the difference between the "Yes" or the "No". Check it out. Knock Em Dead.
By Brian Daniel
Written for assistants and estate managers working for celebrities, CEOs, UHNW families, billionaires and royalty