Friday, August 08, 2008

Mandatory Reading for Job Applicants

This post by Rowan Manahan should be read by every job applicant. An excerpt:

In his Art of War, Sun Tzu wrote that in order to enter battle unafraid, you need to know three things:


Your opponent

The terrain

I meet very few candidates who display all three. The good news is, this isn’t rocket science, it’s donkey work. You need to be able to cogently and concisely tell me who you are, what you have to offer, what contributions you have made in previous employments and why you are the best person for this job. Along the way, you can expect to have to field questions on the state of my organisation, the issues that are affecting it now and the problems and opportunities that are coming down the pike.

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