Daily Archives: February 15, 2015
It takes a certain amount confidence to go on a job interview. Convincing someone to hire you based on a half hour conversation is not easy, by any stretch of the imagination.
Last night I saw the Imitation Game.
Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) has been summoned for a job interview. It is not just any job interview. If he is offered the job, he will be part of a exclusive and secret team whose sole responsibility is to break the Enigma code that the Nazis are using.
When Mr. Turing meets with Commander Denniston (Charles Dance), he tells Commander Denniston that he needs Alan more than Alan needs him.
That takes balls, to put it bluntly. Telling a potential employer that they need you more than you need them is risky. When interviewing, the person being interviewed should be confident, but not to the point of being arrogant. But considering the job and the circumstances that Mr. Turing is in, that kind of statement makes sense.
Would I recommend using those exact words in that exact sentence when interviewing for a job? Probably not, but the idea is a good one. But there is a way to present yourself in a such a manner to a potential employer that tells them that they need you more than you need them.