With the Academy Awards fresh in my mind I’ve been thinking of Sean Connery and Kevin Costner in The Untouchables. Sean’s bleeding, dying words to Elliott Ness (played by Kevin Costner) were, “What are you prepared to do to stop Capone,” or something to that effect. His implication was that it is going to require going above and beyond the norm of what is expected, or even allowed or legal. I cetainly would NOT suggest that ANYONE do anything illegal or immoral to land ANY job no matter what. HOWEVER, other than that, the sky is the limit. Recently we had a candidate interviewing with two global industry leaders with a seemingly impossible conflict in logistics/schedule for the final interviews. He resolved the issue by foregoing a nights sleep in a bed to get from one side of the country to the other on TWO red eye flights to make both final interviews. He departed one location at 5 PM on the west coast and arrived at the second location 9 AM on the east coast just in time to take a shower, press his shirt and meet for 4 hours of face to face interviews. His willingness to go to that amount of effort speaks VOLUMES to what he’s willing to do to get the job done when most would have given up. I fully expect him to draw offers from both companies.
What are you WILLING AND PREPARED to do in a highly competitive interview process against others willing to do whatever it takes?
Russ Mountain, C.P.C.