Indeed, you’re not going blow hiring managers away with your originality by using lines they’ve heard over and over again.
“Don’t just sit there and say, ‘Hire me because I’m a hard worker,’ or ‘I’m self-motivated,’” Claman says.
“The amazing thing about our agency is that there is no super secret password or thing to say,” Patrick explains.
It’s not as if “someone has a glimmer of [what the right words are so] we let you in the club.” I feign a sigh of disappointment as he continues. Everything out there—movies and books—make it seem as if there is some secret way to get into the CIA, when in fact it’s not so secret.” The CIA’s recruitment procedure is a multi-step process that looks at the “whole person,” as Patrick puts it.
Let me give you a few examples of how I’ve applied this skill in my career thus far.”) Where possible, weave in language from the job posting, says Gill.
“You can use some of the company’s buzzwords without sounding overly rehearsed,” she advises.
A call from an unknown number leaving a vague voicemail message.
Finding yourself strapped to a polygraph machine in a windowless room in Langley, VA, being told you might be lying when you’re not …
(“This isn’t a traditional company, which is wonderful because I don’t consider myself a traditional worker.
Like you, I thrive on innovation.”) Using trite words or phrases to articulate your value is one of the biggest mistakes job candidates make, says Claman.