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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been interviewing candidates to work for the Professional Basketball Combine.
I originally announced the opportunity to join the PBC on a LinkedIn post, where I asked for people to comment their email addresses if they were interested. From there, we sent them an email discussing the opportunities and how to apply.
As the author of a career and life motivation book, it was only fitting that I viewed the process through the lens of someone who works in the career space. Throughout the process, I decided to keep track of the way people sent in their application, how they communicated with me, and if/how they followed up.
What I found was fascinating.
I had some people who never replied after the original email.
I had some people who sent me a customized LinkedIn request and asked to learn more.
I had some people reach out and completely ignore the directions on the application.
I had some people who had no idea what the PBC was when they applied and didn’t even try to pretend they looked it up.
I had some people interview and then never follow up with me or say thank you.
What’s crazy about all of this is that almost all of the applicants were college students and beyond.
After looking through most of the applications for the Professional Basketball Combine, it’s clear that there is a huge discrepancy between the quality of candidates but more importantly there is a discrepancy of what people know when it comes to the job process.
There were some absolutely incredible applicants and they were the ones that moved on. There were many, though, who I wish had a bit more knowledge on how to present themselves as a candidate.
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Anyways, here are three tips that I wanted to share after going through the hiring process:
In job hunting and in life, your relationships with people are everything. I know the process can be tough and challenging, but there are things you can do to stand out and improve your chances.
This was an amazing experience and I hope these tips help you or someone you know in the future.
Please share this with someone you think can benefit from these tips!