There are a lot of similarities between golf and finding a career. If you have ever played golf, you know how frustrating it can be. You can be aimed perfectly, make a solid swing, contact the ball well, and then look up to see it flying out of bounds anyway. And the most frustrating part is that it could be 1 out of 1,000,000 reasons as to why that result occurred.
I also see this often with candidates in their job searches! They’re interested in an opportunity, they feel they have the skills to do a great job, they go through interviews that seem to go flawless, and then unfortunately, the company isn’t moving forward with them. And guess what? There are a million reasons why a company might think that a candidate isn’t a fit. It could be that they want someone with different technical skills, maybe they don’t think the candidate would be a cultural fit, or sometimes they think that a candidate might simply be overqualified.
Much like golf and finding a job, not everything is going to go your way. You might be the perfect addition to a company’s team, but maybe just not that specific company – and that’s alright. Some things are out of your control, but there are three things that you can control: how you prepare, how you execute, and how you move forward.
How to Prepare
In golf, without practice you have no hope – the more constructive and solid repetition you can get in prior to the real deal, the more your body and mind can take over. Likewise, candidates need to get themselves ready for interview processes. You need to know your resume because it shows in an interview if you can’t speak to anything and everything on it.
You also need to do your homework: learn about the company by going to their website, talk with your Aureus Group recruiter, and fully understand the job description. Prepare some questions that you find valuable in getting a deeper understanding of what impact your potential position will have on the company. You can really get a feel for whether or not a company truly interests you by simply doing a little research. Plus, doing that research helps show your interest in the company during the next action item you can control – executing!
How to Execute
Some people enjoy the interview process, and some people get very nervous! I was always the latter, but I found that when I prepared well, my execution was usually strong. By no means do you have to be extremely outspoken to stand out in an interview. Being able to understand who you are and what skills you bring to the table is the real advantage! And not only understanding your skills, but also being able to speak on them and how you can integrate them with your potential new team to provide value is important. So, whether you’re someone who gets super nervous in interviews or the opposite, being able to give more than “yes” or “no” answers, asking great questions, and truly being able to paint a picture of the value you bring will help set you apart!
How to Move Forward
Unfortunately, like in golf, the best preparation and execution doesn’t always mean you’ll hit a great shot, or in this case, get a job offer. But arguably the best skill to have is the ability to move forward no matter the outcome. Let the last shot go and prepare for the next one because you’re going to bring tremendous value to a company – it just might not be with the one you most recently interviewed. Take their feedback, make adjustments, and continue to control what you can moving forward!
There are a number of factors that go in to finding the perfect job for you. Instead of worrying about what went wrong, change your mindset – focus on what you can control, and don’t stress the rest. If you’re looking for a career change or need help landing your dream job, reach out to us!
Colin has been a recruiter with Aureus Group since 2021, specializing in the IT industry. He helps match candidates with roles that align with their career dreams. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, as well as playing golf and watching sports.