Interviews are getting better learning about the mind of a candidate.  How can your resume show who you are on a deeper level, to provide the info companies are looking for these days?  Here’s the kernel of an idea of how to stand out as a candidate.

Traditionally, interviewing has just a 14% correlation with actual job performance, according to Work Rules!, a book by Google’s head of People Operations. He says the best interviews are a mix of getting a work sample, doing cognitive ability tests, and behavioral / situational structured interviews.  

While applying for jobs these days, I’ve gotten to personally experience this.  I nerdily find this exciting, because companies have become more interested in and better able to discern candidates’ thinking process and attributes on a deeper level.  I’m ALL ABOUT it –  my work is always focused on helping people (including myself) create healthy internal worlds that lead to satisfaction and success externally.

I recently came across a HBR article that speaks to this – and matches what I spoke about in my first standup comedy experience (last week at The Eagle in SF).

“Elite professional organizations deliberately set out to identify and recruit ‘insecure overachievers’… [who] are exceptionally capable and fiercely ambitious, yet driven by a profound sense of their own inadequacy.”  

In a way, companies are now hiring for psyche – the more fundamental basis of who a person is. 

File this under “bad advice”: I decided to give some well-intended but bad job search advice in my standup show. It’s an excerpt from a piece I’m writing called “Corporate Standup: A comedy about the least funny part of your day.”  Take this “hiring for psyche” consideration too far: make your resume (built to make you look good) into a “true resume” (sharing your raw humanity).  Sure, I can say I’m “detail-oriented” on a resume — but that’s not necessarily believable or noticeable to a recruiter as-is.  Instead, on a “true resume” I’d say: “Obsessed with getting the details right because I’m a recovering perfectionist after feeling unloved as a child.”  And how convincing is that – because I have a psychologically built-in intrinsic motivation to be consistently detail-oriented! 

Though, happily, at this point I can say that I am a “far-more-secure-than-ever overachiever.”

While that advice is terrible as an exaggeration, I do believe there are ways to make your resume stronger by showing the deeper information about you that recruiters are ultimately looking for.  I will let you know when I figure out how. 🙂