I just returned from speaking at the 2015 NSCA Coaches Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and evidently this was the largest turnout in the history of the conference.
Since I enjoy learning, I tend to enjoy attending conferences. I also enjoy catching up with others in the industry, visiting with vendors and hearing about their products, and meeting new people. There is, however, something else I do while attending a conference, and that is interviewing people for prospective jobs.
I am constantly updating my “depth chart” of individuals who I would like to have as part of my staff someday. I also have a “watch list” of those in the industry I feel are going to rise to the top, and as a result, I will keep my eye on them, where they are, what they are doing, etc. This list is ever evolving and constantly being updated.
This year, I interviewed a number of individuals for potential jobs down the road. The interesting part of my interview process is that they all likely had no idea what I was doing.
What I am talking about it is just nothing more than simple observation. Observation is a powerful tool; it can provide vast amounts of valuable insight and information and is applicable to just about any situation. This is exactly the tool I used during the interview process. In other words, just about everyone displays a particular type of behavior when they know they are being watched, but how people behave when they don’t think they are being watched is an entirely different story.
What are you wearing?
Are you sitting in the lobby the entire time or attending talks?
How do you act in the morning while in line for coffee?
How do you act with your fellow co-workers?
What are you and your co-workers, or those in your group talking about aloud?
What does your body language say about you?
Do you seek to introduce yourself to people who you don’t know or never heard of?
Are you engaged with the information being presented?
Are you prepared to take notes?
If you make it this far, I will then search the Internet and learn more about you. I’ll check out your social media, YouTube videos, articles, etc.
So next time you’re attending a conference, remember that someone might be watching to determine what your “live and in person” resume is telling them about you. Simply put, if you find yourself applying for a job, odds are that I already know more about you than you might think.