Image credit: Alejandro Escamilla

How To Land Your Dream Job

Want to make an impression in your next job interview and land the position? Or diffuse dramatic situations before they even start?

The type of communication skills that can accomplish those tasks are in high demand regardless of the field you are in. Try doing a google search on ‘learning soft skills.’ I just did it, and there were 11,300,000 results:

Forecasting is a tool that will take your soft skills to the next level. Today we will talk about two specific ways you can apply this to your professional and personal life, but keep in mind that the possibilities are endless.

Let’s start with predicting the future

Forecasting let’s someone know what is going to happen, and what you are going to talk about. Sound simple? It is.

But when you use it effectively it will change your life.

The forecasting example I used last week was a best practice for starting a meeting: let everyone know what you are going to talk about, and what is going to happen. That is basic, and I bet that most of your meetings start out that way.

But let’s imagine you are heading into a job interview. How are you going to stand out from the other candidates? Is your resume and work experience enough?

And how are you going to forecast — effectively take control of the conversation — in what generally feels like a powerless situation?

If you walked into my office with the approach we are going to talk about I would hire you on the spot, and I interview and hire people (or don’t hire them) regularly. Trust me — very few people are doing this.

How to make an impression your future boss won’t forget

Most interviews follow the same pattern: the potential employee walks in, introduces themselves and sits down. And.. Nothing. They wait for the interviewer to begin.

This is your opportunity. Instead of waiting, try this:

Well listen <name>, thanks so much for having me in today, I am really looking forward to talking with you and learning more about <topic>. I’m sure you have a few questions for me, and I am excited to share why I believe I am a good fit for <your company>. If there is some time at the end I would love to ask you a few questions as well. Sound like a plan?

Rocket science? No. Gamechanging? Yes.

This is impactful because you are instantly showing that you have highly developed ‘soft skills,’ even in situations that many people find uncomfortable or awkward.

And if you are interviewing for a position, you can bet that soft skills are important — otherwise your work would do the talking for you and there would be no need to interview.

Image Credit: Martin Knize

Diffusing the drama before it begins

If you have never made a mistake, then this won’t apply to you, but I can remember countless times when I wish I had this tactic in my back pocket.

That time I wrecked my friends really expensive bike, lost a book my boss loaned me, or was about to miss an important meeting. Approaching the situation head on with forecasting is your best bet:

Hey <name>, check it out. I need to tell you something, and I’m going to be honest, it isn’t going to make you happy. I just want you to know ahead of time that I am really sorry, and I will literally do whatever it takes to make this up to you, okay? Right, so here is what happened…

This will not make it go away. But I can tell you from experience, it works better than blurting out hey bud, so I might have crashed that sweet bike you loaned me by accident... A lot better.

Do you have any examples of how you use forecasting in your life? I’d love to hear them — send me an email at michael.rinard@gmail.com, or visit my website.

Or just click on that green heart down there and leave me a message!