A candidate walks into the Ecosystems office for an interview. He is dressed professionally, with resumes fresh off the press in his briefcase. He wears a tie that carefully matches his suit and meticulously shined shoes. He’s welcomed into the interview room, where he sits down and begins to explain his resume. He highlights various accomplishments, experiences, and challenges. The questions begin.
What is your greatest weakness? What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? Where do you see yourself in five years? Why are you interested in a career change?
All of his responses sound impressive. But there are many other candidates waiting to walk through that door, and many have equally impressive resumes.
Unfortunately, the scenario above is common. Candidates walk into offices around the country prepared for stiff and robotic interviews. Their full suits and rehearsed responses act as a professional veneer encasing each candidate like a layer of saran wrap.
At Ecosystems we use the phrase, “Who you are is more important than what you’ve done.” By that we mean: yes, your GPA, college major, and work history are important. But those tell us what you’ve done—not who you are. To understand your unique value, we need to break beyond what you’ve done and talk about your who you are. When candidates talk about who they are, they effortlessly differentiate themselves from others. (Click here to read an article from Ecosystems’ CEO on why effortless differentiation is so important.)
“Who you are is more important than what you’ve done.”
Last week, Ecosystems had its first Interview Day. To all of the candidates who came through our doors: it was a pleasure to meet you and hear your stories. You shared details about cross-country RV trips, your latest writing, qualities you admire in your friends, what it means to be authentic, your childhood passion for horses, your desire to help others, time spent caring for your grandfather, and dreams of traveling to Antarctica. Maybe you walked into our office expecting to talk about what you know. But we hope you had a more meaningful and enjoyable time talking about who you are.
Our next interview day is COMING SOON! Click here to view our open positions and apply.