How to Ace Any Job Interview and Land the Career of Your Dreams with Ashley Stahl on The Genius Life with Max Lugavere

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Key Takeaways

  • Bad bosses are 50% of the reason people leave their jobs
  • “The tell-me-about-yourself question is the most botched question in an interview” – Ashley Stahl
  • Four Critical Components of An Elevator Pitch
    • Your Story
    • Your Cuff
    • Let this person know you have the one skill they want
    • Describe why you want to work there
  • Be memorable – create a sense of awe!
  • 80% of jobs aren’t posted  
  • Stop job-hunting and start networking!
  • If you’re looking at job-postings to find a job, you’re bottom-feeding
  • It’s risky to stay on a “safe” career path that makes you miserable
  • Celebrate who you are – everyone has a gift
  • Find time to let your mind wander away from modern distractions – it benefits idea generation and mental well-being

Intro

Ashley Stahl (t: @AshleyStahl) is a counter-terrorism professional turned career coach, host of the You Turn Podcast, and author of the book You Turn: Get Unstuck, Discover Your Direction, and Design Your Dream Career. 

You-Turns

  • Making a you-turn requires you to rework something to get something or someplace better
  • Start by being honest with and ask yourself where you actually are with your career
  • “You-turns in your career or relationship are difficult because you can’t have change without lost”- Ashley Stahl
  • People hesitate to make changes even when they don’t like their job because they have “invested” so much time to get there (career)

High Attention and Low Attachment

  • Stay agile and limber in your mindset when new information presents itself
  • Create space to hear yourself – the mind is full of external noise
  • Allow your mind to wander
  • Trust your gut – don’t override those sinking feelings you feel in your gut
  • Follow what feels good – notice when you’re expanding, not contracting
  • Follow your passion

Don’t Do What You Love, Do What You Are

  • Become aware of your natural skill set- what is your best skill set?
  • Sometimes other people see your skillset before you do
  • It is exhausting to work outside your skillset

The Ten Core Skill Sets

  • 1. The Innovator – entrepreneurs, inventors
  • 2. The Builder – mechanics, web developers
  • 3. Words – speakers, writers
  • 4. Motion – fitness persons, tour guides
  • 5. Service – the humanitarian, the social worker — but don’t choose this path out of a wounded past
  • 6. Coordinators – events coordinator, executive assistants
  • 7. Analysis – researchers, market analysts
  • 8. Numbers – investment bankers, accountants, mathematicians
  • 9. Technology – AI workers, coders
  • 10. Beauty – salon workers, interior designers, jewelry designers

Directing Your Score Skill Set

  • Everyone has one core still set and possibly a secondary one
  • “There’s so much space in the world to be who you are – be your own matchmaker, find the opportunity that makes sense for you” – Ashley Stahl
  • Determine if you’re an introvert or extrovert – that helps determine how you use your energy
  • Trust yourself -take what resonates from a career coach, leave the rest
  • Hold your career lightly – coaches learn that their client knows best
  • Don’t reject your entire skillset if you don’t like the job
    • How you use your skillset matters as much as which one you pursue

Core Values

  • Check out your core values = they are the filter that fine-tunes your core skills
  • Bad bosses are 50% of the reason people leave their jobs
  • Most job- hunters are clarity hunting hoping the next job “feels” better
  • Comes down to the core skillset
  • For some flexibility is a core value- i.e. working remotely
  • For entrepreneurs, freedom is a core value – they can’t work without this

The Elevator Pitch

  • When job-hunting, know how to talk about yourself
  • “The tell-me-about-yourself is the most botched question in an interview” – Ashley Stahl
  • Always have a few bullet points ready about who you are
  • Don’t regurgitate your resume
  • Know when you’re being invited to give one an elevator pitch – it isn’t always obvious

Four Critical Components of An Elevator Pitch

  • 1. Your story – captivate them
    • Be memorable – create a sense of awe!
    • Reach into your past – even your childhood – to connect with where you are now
    • Paint a picture – trace who you are back in time
    • Share a defining moment
  • 2. Your cuff
    • Offer a humble brag i.e. I’m grateful I took the time to learn multiple languages
    • But don’t sit on the brag too long – it gets weird and obnoxious
    • If there’s an incongruity in your story address it – why you left the workforce – then move on, don’t dwell on it!
    • Be comfortable
  • 3. Think about this: what is the one skill this person wants to know you have?
  • 4. Your goal should be to describe why you want to work there

Getting Your Foot in the Door

  • 80% of jobs aren’t posted  
  • Stop job-hunting and start networking!
  • If you’re looking at job-postings to find a job, you’re bottom-feeding
  • It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you
  • Make it a goal to meet two or three people in your field regularly and follow up with them
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