How to Beat Your Fellow Human Resources Professionals to the Best Jobs

How to Beat Your Fellow Human Resources Professionals to the Best Jobs

January 3, 2017 Interviewing

I’ve noticed 10 underlying assumptions (through my work with human resources executives who transitioned sectors including to digital shops, top-five consulting firms, and financial services multinationals i.e. services companies) that interviewers make about human resources job candidates.

When you’ve spent a majority of your career in human resources, the good assumptions are:

• You have strong interpersonal skills.

• You are an effective trainer / teacher.

• You know how to play by the rules.

• You are a strategic negotiator.

• You are a planner.

Alternatively, the not-so-good assumptions are:

• Your job is to serve as a roadblock.

• You create unnecessary bureaucratic policies and procedures.

• You are a cost center. You couldn’t convincingly tie your talent-related efforts to sales data if you tried.

• Your core competency is dealing with the touchy-feely non-essential psychological stuff.

• You are naive about what it takes to manage a “real” P&L.

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Ask them if they ever lost a job offer because they missed the opportunity to proactively address any of these assumptions.


In the meantime,  learn more about the Interview-Strategy Playbook for Corporate Olympians that even the savviest HR professionals have turned to in order to transform their job interview approach.


CEO / Founder of Career Outcomes Matter

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About the author

Melissa Llarena: is the CEO and career coach behind Career Outcomes Matter. Her craft is coaching top executives on how to dissect and deliver the perfect job interview. Her client base includes US-based as well as international business leaders with 15-plus years of experience who are undeniably really good at what they do yet simply want a strategic partner who can quickly fully understand their tangible and intangible contributions to effectively scale up their interviewing skills for the toughest interviews. Click to gain instant access to her 20-page interview preparation kit to gain an edge then schedule a phone call to see how she’d leverage her most powerful insights based on your unique situation -- all in time for your next interview.