EmploymentScape Chief Executive Officer, Harrison Barnes discusses how to tackle the question of other interviews in your current interview.
According to Harrison, one of the most important questions that you may face in an interview is regarding interviewing with other companies. While it is not very often that employers ask this question, how you handle this, will to a great extent decide whether or not you receive an offer from the employer posing the specific question.
Not answering the question will convey the idea that you will similarly hide things when you are working for them. It does not help in building a bond of trust and understanding with the employer. Hence the question, if posed, must be answered. However, Harrison advises on two important rules that must be kept in mind when answering the question.
First, before sharing any information on other employers you are interviewing with, you must convince your current interviewing employers that they are your first choice employers. If an employer thinks you are actually looking to go to the most prestigious employer and that he is not so prestigious, the employer is most likely not going to make you an offer. You need to give the employer compelling reasons for hiring you. Employers need to be convinced that though you have offers at other prestigious places, you have a ton of reasons to join a less prestigious place.
Second, how you justify your reasons for interviewing with other employers will have a direct bearing on your hiring prospects here. You could be either not interviewing anyplace at all, you could be interviewing with less prestigious employers, you could be interviewing with more prestigious employers or with a mix of both. In any of these situations you would need to justify your moves. You would need to convey convincingly that you consider the current employer as the best fit for you and one that would help meet your career goal of upward mobility.
EmploymentScape Chief Executive Officer, Harrison Barnes drives home the point that employers really do want to hire you.
Harrison advises all those going in for an interview to remember that they are there because the employer sincerely wants to hire them. Calling for an interview is an immense resource investment for any employer. Advertisements cost money. Interviewing people means spending time not just for the actual interview but also in reviewing hundreds of applications and resumes. So with this sort of investment, the employer must be pretty serious about hiring – and hiring quickly.
Harrison has observed that a lot of people go into interviews with a predefined notion that employers may not really like them, that the employer would have selected someone better, that they are probably not fit for the job and so on. Harrison believes that carrying such thoughts throws off the wrong signals and the employer is made to feel that you probably do not want the job or that you do not have the confidence to handle the position.
It is extremely important to remember that when employers have called for an interview, they desperately want to hire you. They want to believe that you are best fit for the job. And employers want to hire you because you are going to add value to the company. Employers are going to make money through your efforts. So always go into any interview with a positive frame of mind.
EmploymentScape Chief Executive Officer, Harrison Barnes discusses about the vast potential inside all of us.
As you go beneath the surface of the earth there is often a lot more there than meets the eye. Harrison believes that it is the same with the job market as well. Many people pick up one newspaper, or look at one job board, or talk to one recruiter and conclude there are no opportunities in the job market. They start to believe the market is so bad that there are no possibilities for them.
When you are looking for a job you need to go deep and look beneath the surface. You should be looking at jobs on every job board, every employer website, and everywhere you possibly can. You need to go beneath the surface and find where life and the opportunities are. This is the way to really get ahead.
When you are looking for a job you need to keep asking questions; do not just accept the idea that there may not be opportunities in certain places. You need to look as hard as you can for the opportunities that exist in the market. Opportunities exist where you least expect them.
EmploymentScape Chief Executive Officer, Harrison Barnes discusses the importance of ‘energy’ over technical skills.
When people are hiring you they are purchasing your “energy” more than they are purchasing your technical skills. They are interested in your ability to influence the world around you through your energy.
The entire economic system and our jobs are based on the transference of energy. The idea of the transference of energy and the impact of energy on the world and our lives and careers is something that can impact everything that happens to us. Understanding your role in the energy transference chain is extremely important. The more promise of future energy you hold, the more employable you are.
When you are marketing yourself and seeking a job, or working in a job, there are essentially two things you are marketing. You are marketing your technical skills, but more importantly you are marketing an intangible sort of energy. You need to be conscious of the energy you project and do everything within your power to cultivate positive energy and a positive aura that makes people want to work with you and hire you. Having the right aura and energy can make a gigantic difference e in whether you ultimately succeed or fail.
The most successful people have mastered the art of projecting positive energy. You need to cultivate, project and display positive energy. The better your energy, the more employable you will be and the farther you will go.
Career Mission’s Chief Executive Officer, A. Harrison Barnes, in a webinar discussed the importance of relationships in shaping your career.
Harrison believes that some of the greatest powers you have in your own career and in business are relationships, and that most successful people have used this powerful force to their advantage. To advance in anything, you need to build good relationships – the better the relationships you form, the better off you are. It is also a fact that not necessarily do people want to work with those who do the best job. People often get hired, stay employed or are fired due to their ability or inability to connect with others. One of the greatest misconceptions is that many have a profound belief that they must remain extremely professional in the business world, with employers, at all times. Professionalism is dangerous on grounds that it keeps you from connecting or relating to others. It creates a wall between you and your employers and peers so much so that they feel lost and uninvolved in your world.
You need to take care of the connection and the quality of the relationships you have with others. Not being able to connect will give you a difficult time at the work place and outside. You do not want to experience an employer’s lack of interest in you, which could make it incredibly difficult for you to perform your best. You need to connect to people at work, in interviews, and at almost every possible opportunity to have. Do everything in your power to break down the walls of professionalism and make sure that others like you and feel connected to you. Everything is about maintaining relationships, and the better connected you are, the better you will do.
Career Mission’s Chief Executive Officer, A. Harrison Barnes, in a webinar discussed the importance of living and working in an environment that is best suited for you. Surviving in any environment in which you are not naturally compatible will leave you incomplete and unhappy.
Harrison believes that everyone has something inside them which tells them that they are meant to do something in particular. Every person has some extraordinary and profound gift that comes naturally to them. Catering to this gift, a person can get immense happiness and satisfaction. Harrison cites the example of his farm ducks which waddle around on land and are happy, but are distinctly happier and more content when they jump into the pool. Similarly, a semi truck is designed and engineered to have a giant trailer attached to it. Without it, you could experience one massive bumpy ride. In discussing Coke and various other companies, an article called ‘Companies Headhunters Avoid’ in Business Week made it clear that certain companies have people with specific skills that do not work well elsewhere. Reason for such happenings is that everything and everyone is meant for something. You need to pay attention to the nature of things and only then can you be your best.
What Harrison is saying here is that you do not necessarily have to be the best at doing something, but you need to do things that come naturally to you. You need to think about and discover what you enjoy doing most. Many people are already doing something that they enjoy and are good at, yet they wish to change it for some reason or the other. Harrison warns you against such changes because the change would then go against the natural. On the same lines, he also advises on removing yourself from a job or an environment that is a struggle for you. You are happiest when you follow your instincts and do the things that excite you. There is definitely something for you and if you have not yet discovered it, do it now.
EmploymentScape Chief Executive Officer, Harrison Barnes talks about the importance of comparing yourself with people much superior to you so that you can reach your aspired goals.
Harrison believes that all of us have a tendency to protect ourselves within a comfort zone. We prefer to look at life the way we want to, and not face reality. Accepting reality sort of puts pressure on us to face change. It exposes us to uncomfortable situations.
Harrison strongly advises that you need to move out of your comfort zones and face reality. You need to see the contrasts between what you have perceived life as and what it actually is. It is only then that you would push yourself far enough to be able to reach your full potential. One very useful thing, Harrison believes, is seeking out and researching on people who are the best in whatever they have chosen to do. Following up on, and reading about the lives of such people will inspire you to reach for higher goals. Harrison cautions against seeking out and comparing yourself with average people. This will get you nowhere. If you do not use the power of contrasts you will never become the person you are capable of being and have the career you could otherwise have had.
EmploymentScape Chief Executive Officer, Harrison Barnes talks about how your ability to change completely can help you become really good at something.
People can only reach their full potential when they are willing to forget what they know and start from scratch. The idea of changing completely how we do something and relearning everything is more intimidating and difficult than it sounds. It is almost impossible for many people to do this.
There are areas of your life and career that could benefit from starting from ground zero and completely rebuilding yourself. You may want a new job, or a new career. You may be faced with being unemployed and not knowing what to do if you are looking for a job. What all of this is forcing you to do, right now, is to confront the fact that you may need to change right now and right away.
If you are ever forced to start from scratch, it is the greatest gift you can receive because what lies at the other side is a better you.
Career Mission’s Chief Executive Officer, A. Harrison Barnes discussed the importance of appreciating others when they do something good for you.
People often do not appreciate when others try to do good things for them. In fact, more often than not people become angry that you did not do more for them. According to Harrison it is rare that someone takes us under their wing on the street, in an employment office, or elsewhere. It is even rarer for the person who offers the help to be appreciated for his help over time. Most of us are quick to forget the help that we receive, as well as the people who have helped us.
In your life there is an extremely good chance that someone at some point in time has helped you. They helped you when they did not need to, and they very easily could have helped someone else instead of you. They went out of their way to help you and offer you assistance. Take a moment to think about those people who in small and large ways have made positive differences in the quality of your life.
There is nothing more important you can do in your interviews than allow the people who are interviewing you to know you will appreciate them if they hire you. It is equally important to appreciate those who hire you and to make them feel like good people. Be a constant reminder that they made the right choice. And never forget to appreciate the people who have helped you along on your way. You should work to let those around you know how well appreciated they are. When you appreciate those around you more help will come your way.
Career Mission’s Chief Executive Officer, A. Harrison Barnes discussed how happiness comes from within and not from objects outside of yourself.
Each and every one of us is seeking something. According to Harrison the worst sensation is to strive for something and, upon achieving it, to discover that it is empty for us. This happens because we all want the superficial outcomes. However, a car or a house does not make you a fuller person. What happens is that in seeking these things our brain tries to convince our subconscious that the trivial stuff matters. This ends up creating an internal struggle that really inhibits your ability to ever get anywhere.
What we all really want is a new life for ourselves. Well if you are planning an escape and seeking a new life, the chances are great that you are never going to find it the way you are going about it. You are using objects and circumstances outside of yourself to feel complete. This makes no sense and the exhilaration you attain can never last. Happiness and being complete need to come from within and not from without. You need to find who you are inside of yourself and not outside of yourself.
Our decisions need to be grounded in reality and you need to be the person you really want to be. In your life the most important thing you can do is become the person you are trying to be, instead of trying to get a different life through things, people, and circumstances outside of yourself.
You want a different life. Most people do. If this is really what you want then you need to go out there and get that life. You can achieve your dreams; just remember to look within yourself first, in order to assess what is truly important to you and your happiness.