that question. Her obscure status changed instantly—and internationally—because
on that date Susan’s audition as a singing contestant on “
Talent” (taped in January) made it onto television.
singer. Previously, this
songbird had entered a few local contests, but nothing at this level. Now she
was facing host Simon Cowell, renowned as a tough, sometimes vicious judge on
restless or even slightly hostile. At best they were not betting on her
success. Susan did not look like the other contestants. She admitted that she
was forty-seven years old, and she lacked grace as she crossed the stage with
her ample size.
rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream,” from Les Miserable.
visibly and audibly. Simon raised his eyebrows in amazement. The other two
judges stared in disbelief. Were they really hearing these sounds from this
audience stood and cheered. Applause became sustained. No one wanted her to
stop singing. When she did, judge Piers Morgan assured Susan, “No one is
laughing now. That was stunning, an amazing performance.”
privilege listening to that.”
village with your head held high,” and with three “yeses” from the judges.
newscasts, talk shows, You Tube, and entertainment columns. One estimate is
that the video of her performance might become the first video to attract 100 million
offers an extremely valuable lesson for your job search. I’ll state it
is looking for the applicant who has rare, instantly recognizable talent.
articles about the need for:
*Knowing the company’s product/service
*Asking the right questions
these guidelines in my seminars and coaching. They are all important. Keep
doing those things.
However, they are not interview trump cards. So I repeat: To magnify your
chance of being selected as the successful candidate, illustrate—beyond a
doubt—that you are capable of doing what the employer needs. In fact, you are
more capable than anyone else who applies. That’s your most important step
toward landing a contract.
this—demonstrable talent—was what I
looked for in job applicants, and that remains the cornerstone for getting
*Predict what you would do—specifically—to reduce this company’s struggles
*Name your favorite business authors and books
*Tell how you have spotlighted your talent, such as giving conference speeches
*Identify ways you have served your community in leadership roles
*Talk about colleagues you have coached/mentored
Throughout your job search, remember Susan Boyle. Her talent was so
overwhelming, so compellingly captivating that she rose to the top of the list.
You will too, when you showcase your superb, unmatched