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When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was “Frederick” by Leo Leoni. In this delightfully illustrated tale, the field mouse Frederick seems to be taking a very unusual approach to preparing for winter, but in the end, he helps his entire clan survive until spring with his ability to store up words, colors, and sun rays for long, gray, dark days.
This ability to value work talents that can seem off the beaten path is important for both employees and employers. Liz Ryan, writing for LinkedIn, notes that how a job-seeker answers the standard interview question “Why should we hire you?” can have a dramatic impact on whether they end up enjoying the job if they are hired.
“Your mission on a job interview is to check things out. It's a recon mission,” Ryan writes. She strongly encourages candidates to step out of “grovel mode” and approach the interaction as an equal.
“If you want to shift the frame and the energy in your job interview,” she says, “You can answer the question ... like this.” And then she provides the following answer script.
Great question! You could even say that this interview boils down to answering that question. You've got the advantage in making that determination, obviously, because you've met or will meet the other candidates and I won't. You also know the culture here and you know exactly what you need, way beyond what the job ad could convey. I couldn't responsibly tell you that you should hire me, for those reasons. But I have confidence that if you and I are meant to work together, we'll both know it. What do you think?
“If you take this approach, it's a good idea to end your response with a question the way we did in the script just above,” Ryan concludes. “That way, you are opening the door for your manager to expand on what you've said, or add his or her own thoughts. Your answer is a conversation-starter then, and not a conversation-stopper.”
If you’re ready to find out what makes you stand out in the job market, and who your ideal employer and colleagues are, come to one or more of the events hosted by ASU Alumni Career Services this month! Each one is a new chance to discover your professional uniqueness, and share that gift with others!
Maroon & Gold Professionals Network Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, at AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe/Downtown, 100 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.
Reconnect with classmates, meet new Sun Devil professionals and find out about new job and business opportunities in the Valley of the Sun. Bring your business cards and practice your best handshake!
Arizona’s Career Mixer, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center in Building 3, Synergy Room, 1365 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Visit ASU’s hub for innovation and mingle with the state’s best and brightest! Arizona’s Career Mixer brings together the talented students of all three state universities who may be just beginning their job search or looking for that next dream job. Hiring managers and organizations, this is your opportunity to meet your next generation of employees!
Virtual Career Workshops/Opportunities
Ask The Career Coach - Virtual Office Hours, noon-1:30 p.m. (Phoenix time), Thursday, May 25, Online.
Looking for some resume tips? Not sure how to prepare for your next interview or how to negotiate a pay package? What are the best places to look for work, how can ASU grads access all the Alumni Career Services that are available for Sun Devils? You can find the answers to all these career questions and more by connecting virtually with an ASU career advisor. No question is bad or wrong - all of them will help boost your career!
Wednesday Webinar Series Topics
These webinars will help you get ready to show your best professional face to the world, interview well, and land your dream career!
This month’s topics include:
- May 3 - How to Land Your Dream Job: Hosted by Scott Swedberg of The Job Sauce.
- May 17 - Transitioning into the Workforce with a Liberal Arts Degree: Hosted by Cassandra Bever of Revature.
- May 23 - Nursing and Healthcare Interviewing Tips and Tricks: SPECIAL TIME - noon-12:30 p.m. Hosted by ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
- May 31 - Rock Your LinkedIn Profile
Except where noted, these webinars will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Arizona time (Mountain Standard Time) and are FREE. To sign up, visit https://alumni.asu.edu/content/alumni-career-services-weekly-webinars.
Career coaching for Sun Devil alumni - now available on demand!
ASU career advisors offer professional guidance in all aspects of career development including resume writing, interview preparation and job search strategies. To learn more about career advising, including how to make an appointment to meet with a career advisor at one of ASU’s campuses or remotely, visit Sun Devil CareerLink at https://eoss.asu.edu/cs/sdcl.
~ Liz Massey, Managing Editor, ASU Alumni Association