BlogTalk Radio with Jason Alba re: Lessons from the National Interview
Great experience today – my first as a guest on BlogTalk Radio! I was honored to join a few other JibberJobber Partners who have talked with Jason about issues of importance in the Web 2.0 world of career transition and job search.
We talked about McCain and why he appears to be losing the job to Obama, despite his "hard copy" credentials and experience. The conclusion appears to be that McCain has not responded well to the behavioral question of the day – the economic crisis.
- Obama has been able to convince the interviewers, a.k.a. voters, that he "feels their pain" and has practiced the time-honored strategy of listening with 2 ears and talking with 1 mouth. He has learned from the interviewing process and has offered need-based plans that appeal to voters whose issues are health care, education, foreign policy and war, and of course, the economy.
- McCain and Palin talk a lot about themselves – a commentator on NPR suggested that McCain is asking the voters to reward him for his military and government service – he is not offering success stories via examples or testimonials that speak directly to the concerns of voters. Indeed, one commentator observed that he appears to be a veteran of WWII, rather than a Vietnam War-era veteran; perhaps his POW experience shielded him from the cultural shift that affected his chronological peers. His problem is not his chronological age, but the perception that he
lives in the past and is not equipped to lead in the future.
The lesson for job seekers and career changers is to identify the needs of prospective employers; identify and emphasize transferable skills and personal qualities that are prized by this organization; and offer your brand and mini-business plan in a WIIFTm (What's In It For Them) context.
The Recruiting Animal joined the conversation and added value by sharing his perspective as a Recruiter and a Canadian. We discussed the impact of age, race, personality, and blogging in the interviewing space. Listen to the recording and offer comments to keep this topical discussion alive: <http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jibberjobber>Posted by Karen P. Katz | 0 comments