http://www.MackayBook.com Author Harvey Mackay shares his job search tips and secrets. Find out his best job interview strategies to help get you a job or a career.
This is an excerpt from an interview with Harvey Mackay about his new book, "Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You."
The late birds get the job. Okay, take home a little bit. Cliffhanger, photo finish. I’ve had some wonderful experiences over a lifetime and again, right at the top of the list would be serving on Robert Redford’s board of trustees, the Sundance Institute where we were just recently, correct? And spending approximately 12 years on the board, I learned a lot and there’s one conversation that I have had and they call him Bob, one conversation I’ve had with Bob, I’ll never forget and he said, whenever you’re shooting a film, you never want to be in the first, second, third, fourth month of the year. You want to hold it as long as you can, the eleventh or twelfth month if you can because those are the ones that capture the Academy Awards.
Those are the ones that are the pictures of the year. I might also add, the reason why I went on that board was because of Robert Redford, Bob Redford. What he has done for the independent filmmaker, I mean, you can’t thank him enough. What he has done for the struggling entrepreneur! The filmmaker, the independent filmmaker, so that’s the reason why I went on the board, learned a lot and now, I’ve applied that to the jobs.
When you get scheduled for an interview, you just very, very, maybe surreptitiously, okay maybe a little bit of a scheme, but you know, I’ve got this appointment, that appointment and I’d love to be last or late in the afternoon or whatever and the reason is, again, the people will remember the people at the end way more than they would at the beginning.
Some companies go through four or six, eight, ten interviews and your chances go up if you’re at the end rather than the beginning, don’t forget it, it’s a very nice move to make.
Or second to the last, let me throw in another sentence that I have there in the book, a fellow by the name of Pat Fallon. He’s from Minneapolis, a very close friend.
I can’t say enough good things about Pat Fallon. I mean, they threw the dice away when they made Pat. I mean, only in America. I mean this is really an only in America story. Right at the back seat of his car, number one ad agency worldwide, won every kind of trophy there is to win and he told me the same thing when they’re making presentations, if they’re going before Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola or whatever, six, eight, ten percent, he fights his guts out to be last so they can remember the presentation. Key, key place.