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Written by Abby Kohut   

Let’s say that you’re a hiring manager at a TV network and you are trying to choose between three qualified candidates for a receptionist position. Candidate A has 7 years of experience as a receptionist at a bank; Candidate B has 3 years of experience as a receptionist at a medical device company; Candidate C has 12 years of experience as a receptionist at a competing TV network. Who would you hire?

The answer is the same at it always seems to be…it depends. Here is what it depends on for me…PASSION. The person that I want to hire is the one who wants to be hired in this job in this industry and at this company more than anyone else who I have interviewed. Why? Because passionate people make the best employees. Someone who has been doing everything possible to get a foot in the door of the entertainment industry, and who lights up like a Christmas tree when I explain the job responsibilities, is the person I want to hire (assuming they are qualified for the role). That person is going to work harder than everyone else, be more motivated to succeed than everyone else, and will be more likely to build a home at my company for the next 3-5 years. Passionate people also tend to get promoted more quickly because they are drivers of their own success.

So, which candidate would I hire? If each candidate presented herself equally and each appeared capable of performing the job well, I'd be inclined to select the one who seemed the most passionate about the position even though they might have less industry experience than the other candidates.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Before your interview (and even before your phone screen), know the reasons why you are more excited than a cat chasing a mouse to have this job in this company and in this industry. Your passion will help you navigate your way through your interview, even if others before you are far more qualified. I promise you…it happens every day.
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!