Would you take a wingman to your job interview?

Want another great way to get the job you want? Why not take a lesson from Maverick and Goose in the movie Top Gun? In Top Gun Maverick is a Navy pilot who takes an evening off and goes to the bar with this best friend Goose, who serves as Maverick's wingman when they go out. Maverick spots a pretty blonde girl across the room whom he would like to meet. As a good wingman, Goose assists Maverick in breaking the ice by singing "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" with him to the girl. Everyone in the bar then joins in with the singing and Maverick wins an invitation to sit down with the girl. Having helped Maverick get his shot with the girl Goose then leaves the two to themselves to get to know each other.

Asking for a job interview is much like approaching someone for a date. You are approaching someone you may not know at all, but have an interest in, and have to put yourself in the uncomfortable position of possibly being rejected, maybe even publicly. However, with a wingman you will have more confidence and even a more attractive appearance. The best job interview wingman is someone who works at the company already or knows the job interviewer. Your association with that person will give you the appearance of someone who is already closer to the inside than a stranger who is also applying for the job. You will also feel more confident approaching the interviewer as you already have something in common: your wingman.

If you want to move to the front of the line for the job, consider going into the interview process with a wingman supporting your efforts! Nowadays there are lots of ways to find a wingman. LinkedIn is a great place to look: local politicians, employment agency managers, and human resource managers are  some of the most connected people. You may already have connections to these people who can serve as a wingman or introduce you to someone who can.


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