When I send out my resumes, I include a link to this blog at my signature.
Looking at some of my content, I think some of you may stare at the previous sentence with mouths agape. But I still believe in letting these prospects know who I really am, my aspirations and frustrations. Ultimately, I wish to be hired in a place that is also a cultural fit to my personality. A place that allows me to be myself, to not restrict me on creativity. Only in such places that I can grow and achieve.
After interviewing tons of people in my extra curricular activities, I’m beginning to believe that interviews have really low validity – an interview can show what a person CAN be, but not necessarily WHO the person is.
I’ve seen people who really made an impression during interviews but they have really bad feedbacks from people who once worked with them. Some of them aced their interviews, got into what they applied for, but really failed to live up to what is expected to them.
Others have a totally flipped story, they are entirely trashy in the interviews but they garner good feedbacks on their working aptitude. And some others who screwed up their interviews, and we waved goodbye to them (or rather, kick their assess), can actually be a much more fine worker than those who made it through.
Selection is an art.
Anyway, in an interview I will bring out the professional side of me. In a job, I can be professional dealing with external parties. But in an office, I can’t be professional all the times; I’ll love to be able to slouch at my seat, crack unfunny jokes and dig my nose and flick its contents at the nearest colleague.
Ok no, the last one is REALLY just for laughs.
Dear prospective companies,
I’m honest as to who I really am, what you see here is who you will be dealing with for some time if you hire me. Nonetheless, do grant me an interview and I’ll show you how professional I can be.
Your unconventional employee-wannabe,
Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.