Who: Craig Nathanson, PhD, is an online faculty member for Johnson & Wales University, teaching in the HR programs. Dr. Nathanson is an educator, author, and speaker in human and organizational growth.
Agree or Disagree with Article: Disagree.
His Defense: In the recent LinkedIn article on “The Interview Secret HR Doesn’t Want You to Know,” the author suggests that personally connecting with the hiring manager is one of the best ways to stand out. While gaining rapport with a hiring manager is important, this comes easier when one is applying for the role which best fits them. I have found when this occurs, rapport comes easier! So the preparation is key before arriving at the interview!
" When a person is clear on what they want and why, they will interview with energy, excitement, commitment, and integrity. "
My best advice for anyone interviewing is first be clear on what you are seeking and why. This is easier said than done. This requires a deep look at one’s long-range plan and how the next opportunity might align one’s abilities (and which a person is motivated to do) along with their deepest interests. This intersection is where vocational passion is! When a person is clear on what they want and why, they will interview with energy, excitement, commitment, and integrity. This will shine through and enable the interviewing manager to hire! So the focus should be first on finding the right opportunity which matches a person's roadmap. The rest should take care of itself.
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