“Please, please hire me!”
“When you interview with the “please, please hire me” approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Reflect the three Cs during the interview: cool, calm, and confident.”
Having had tables at National Career Fair events in several northeastern states, I have spoken with many applicants and many recruiters. Before the doors open, I get to speak with the recruiters. I will tell you more about them another time.
After the doors open, I get a line at my table that lasts for the entire three hours of the event. I spend a few minutes with each person, discussing their resume. I offer ideas about ways to focus what they are saying, so their brand is clear.
Often, I start the conversation by asking “what type of position they are looking for?” This quickly divides the candidates into two groups.
The smaller group will say they are interested in IT, Nursing, Finance, or Loss Prevention. They have a sense of what they are good at and what they can offer an employer. These are the three C’s group: cool, calm, and confident.
The second, and often much larger group, answer my “what type of position are you looking for” question with “anything!” Their desperation is obvious. They are the “please, please hire me” crowd.
The please, please hire me crowd is usually not aware of how they project themselves. They see themselves as open to new opportunities. But the words they choose make it clear they want any job, now. Often, when I hear this, I will have the applicant look around the room at all of the tables where different companies are seated.
Then I ask the applicant. “If you took your resume over to any table and asked the recruiter to read it and tell you what you could do for them, what would happen?” If there are three potential candidates at the table and two know about the company, the types of positions open, while one is saying “here I am, see if you can help me,” I think you know where the recruiter’s attention will go.
Getting work is work. You must invest the time in yourself to know what you are good at, what someone would hire you to do. Career Fairs usually have a list of the companies attending. This is a great place to start. It can be as easy as Google searching the companies the day before the Fair. You jot down a few facts about the companies that interest you and begin to think of a few questions you can ask them.
In the end, cool, calm, and confident will have you sitting in your new hire orientation much sooner.