As I explain to the high school students in this video clip, the worst mistake you can make is thinking you can just “wing it” during the interview process. No matter your level of experience or your skillset, you need to put forth the effort and prepare for the interview to get the job you desire.
It's important to remember that we all make mistakes. It's even more important to know it's okay to make mistakes as long as we learn from them and do not allow them to define who we are going forward.
In this industry, we often say, "The right talent makes a difference," and it really does. However, it's also good to keep in mind that the right talent only makes a difference if, as leaders, we are flexible enough to benefit from the value these people bring to the organization.
Here is a clip of my talk from ABWA-Camelot’s January membership meeting where I talked about different types of company culture. Knowing the pros and cons of each lends to improved talent acquisition and retention.
While looking at talent, one of the mistakes we make is we all too often focus just on that job; that immediate need that we have. The reality is that we must consider the entire until when making the decision.
Nothing we do in business, nothing we try to differentiate in the market place, nothing in our long-term strategy can or should be attempted without understanding and living the delicate balance of talent and people.