Our life is filled with decisions—where to go, what to do, how to spend our time. Another key decision is who to spend our time with. Often this decision is based on first impressions.
- Do I want to learn more about this person?
- Can I learn from this person?
- Can this person make a powerful contribution to me or my organization?
- Is this someone I want to have a relationship with?
- Is this a person I’d like to work with?
As you sit down over coffee with someone, these questions will automatically run through your mind. Whether we want to admit it or not, these same questions help you discern who will be your friends, partner, employees and network. But you’re not the only one doing the evaluating.
Ironically, these questions also run through the minds of interviewers as they weigh whether or not you’re a strong candidate. In essence, the same factors that determine who you want to spend your time with also lay the foundation for a hiring manager’s decision as to whether or not you’re a strong candidate. If you feel that all the above questions can be answered in the affirmative about you, then odds are you’re a strong candidate.