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If interviewing skills were offered as a course in college, it would likely not be a 100 level course or even one listed as a lecture series. One person could not stand up before a few dozen (or hundred) students and pontificate as to how one should go about interviewing; or even watch videos of previous interviews that have either won the job or gotten a harsh decline. No, interviewing skills are active and require an equally lively—even proactive—approach.

This message is for the up and comers. The next generation. The about-to-bes. The replacers of the old guard. Yes, this article is for the millennials. Note: Even though the majority of executives come from an earlier generation, most of the advice here could also apply to an executive’s resume.

As the saying goes, “What goes up must come down,” and oftentimes, that is true, too, of one’s executive position. While it’s not inevitable for every career to end in a termination, should that occasion befall you, it’s best to be prepared.

I picked up the phone, surprised by the caller ID; it was someone from a former social circle with whom I hadn’t talked to in years. There was little in common for us and, quite frankly, nearly every time I came into contact with her, she wanted to sell me something. But, after a lapse in communication of three years, I was intrigued to see her number pop up on my phone.

Was she getting married? Maybe she was moving to my neighborhood? Did she have a new job? Perhaps she was changing churches and wanted to visit mine? Curiosity got the best of me and I answered the call.
“Hi. I’m surprised to see your number. What’s new with you?” I said.

Oscar*, a recently down-sized finance executive, had no interest in attending the wedding of a neighbor’s daughter. His lack of motivation to engage in social activities was a common side effect of corporate terminations. In fact, he was more apt to engage in a pity party than a celebratory reception. But, realizing that “happy wife, happy life” had longer lasting consequences, he acquiesced to his wife’s urgings to attend, albeit unenthusiastically.

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