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Just Be Yourself

Author: Patrick Ropella  Posted 5 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 5 days, 9 hours, 35 minutes ago.   ShareThis Article

Pat shares his thoughts…
I just got done watching the first episode of the new “reality” TV show called The Headhuntress, and was surprised to see the direction given by the “Headhunter” to candidates prior to an interview.  Shouting at someone who is quiet and reserved and telling him to be loud and aggressive is a waste of time as far as I am concerned.  Candidate preparation before an interview is highly overused, and in some cases is just dead wrong.  Interestingly enough this gentleman did not act aggressive on his interview, but fell back on the creativity and marketing abilities that he had in spades - and nonetheless he came out as the top candidate.  My point for getting into all this is that people who are going through a career change deserve better “professional” treatment - not theoretical, kooky one liners, delivered in front of a TV camera for ratings success. 

There’s a lot to be said in regards to taking the gifts and abilities you were given, improving upon them through professional development, and then just being yourself - whether your interviewing for a job, looking for a wife, or parenting a child.  After all, each is a long term commitment, and if you start off the relationship just by being “yourself,” you’re much more likely to be appreciated 90 days later when everyone drops their typical “interview masks” and gets down to working and playing together under the pressures of day-to-day life.

Robbie responds…
You hit the nail right on the head with this one, Pat, and I couldn’t agree more.  How many times have you seen people date and pretend to be something they are not only to have the relationship disintegrate later on?  When Pat and I met, we just laid our cards on the table. I let him know I am competitive, adventurous, and not much of a cook.  He let me know he was assertive, had strong opinions, and would push for growth both professionally and personally.  We knew who the other really was, and after 20 years of marriage, we are still going strong.

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