How to Get Hired: A Look Inside the Decision Maker’s Head

Earlier this year, we went through the work of hiring a new writer. I say work for good reason; there were 259 applications to sort through and only one of me to sort them.

As with anything involving that much time and effort, we learned a few things. Here’s a glimpse into the thought process of a hiring manager.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • CIG is Looking for an Awesome Writer!
  • The application form’s questions #1
  • The application form’s questions #2
  • How to Crush Job Interviews (Ep. 183)
  • Swim University
  • Swim University YouTube channel
  • Roasty Coffee
  • Roasty Coffee YouTube channel
  • Listen Money Matters
  • How to Finish Homework FAST
  • How to Stop Falling Behind on Your Homework
  • Defy Gravity (Roxine’s website)
  • Tom’s Impossible List
  • Kurt Gödel
  • Uncertainty principle
  • Medium
  • Typepad
  • Pastebin
  • James Joyce
  • HackCollege
  • How to Go from Merely Good to Truly Great (Ep. 178)
  • , by James Collins
  • James Collins
  • Charisma on Command YouTube channel
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Beardbrand
  • Beardbrand YouTube channel
  • Presentation by Eric Bandholz from Beardbrand

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  • 0:00:57 – How some members of the team were hired
  • 0:04:07 – Reasons for hiring a new writer
  • 0:06:36 – The questions and the form used in the hiring process
  • 0:13:15 – Seemingly irrelevant questions and “weeding out” people
  • 0:20:49 – Can we be great at something without having a knack for it?
  • 0:24:56 – Don’t “shotgun” your resume to a lot of companies
  • 0:27:25 – Ways to show showcase your experience in writing
  • 0:34:50 – The initial “weed out” bullet points
  • 0:38:20 – Handling rejection from a job opportunity
  • 0:40:56 – The next steps of figuring out who to hire
  • 0:47:04 – Ghostwriting and assigning the right tasks to employees
  • 0:53:56 – Reasons for why would-be-employers might not respond to you
  • 0:57:30 – Conclusion

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How to Get Hired: A Look Inside the Decision Maker’s Head (Ep. 185)