We were working on a CV-Resume
for a locally famous very busy young gynecological
surgeon who was also a TV personality. She was
applying for a fellowship to the MD Anderson
Cancer Centre, a renowned internat- ional teaching
hospital in Houston, Texas.
I knew that she had a great
chance on the basis of her obvious credentials and
her work at publicizing gynaecological cancer - and
told her so. But there would be very serious
international competition of equally qualified
physicians. She was the usual very busy
doctor, not really focusing on the work at hand, and
had done little preparation.
Her CV-Resume material focused
on medicine. At 4Minutes, the CV-Resume we
also features detailed descriptions of people's
interests, activities, sports,
volunteer, travel... When I pushed her for how she
spent her free time, she thought it would be
frivolous to talk about. Finally, and somewhat
irritated, she said that one of her pastimes was
I said, “You’re hired.” She was
shocked at my enthusiasm.
She told me I was crazy and was
quite angry at these frivolous things – at our
serious consulting rates! I explained that in all my
visits to Club Meds, I scuba dived. The only people
who were crazy enough to get up at 5:30 am on their
holiday to go scuba diving were surgeons!
If it wasn’t for those surgeons
there would not have been a quota of divers to fill
the boat. She didn’t believe me, but kept the scuba
in her resume. A month later, she came bursting in
from her busy schedule to apologize and say she’d
received the offer.
The first question in the
interview was, “So you’re a scuba diver!” The five
people around the interview table were all divers.
That was thee main conversation of the interview.
And she got the offer.
Why is that important? When you
arrive to the end of the interview process, you
there will be three candidates who could all do the
their eyes closed. So the employer can choose any of
the finalists with his/her eyes closed and get a
proficient employee. The question then becomes,
“Which of these candidates do I want to have hanging
around here 40 hours per week?” This is where your
personal interests and activities will make all the
difference.” You’ll get the offer if the employer
can find several personal things to relate to.
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