Scarlett Howery: Yeah, really smart. Thank you, Jackie. So, Colby, a question for you around soft skills. We entitled this, you know, soft skills for a purpose, but I really would love to hear from you, what would you define soft skills as being?
Colby Williams: Well, I define soft skills, and especially in the context of an interview, it's really the bread of the sandwich, right. So, the technical portion is the meat that Jackie's looking for, but your soft skills should really be at the opening and the ending. And what we mean by soft skills is how does your personality come across to that interviewer? Because they're not just looking for a technical resource now, because especially in a city like Atlanta or major metropolitan cities, probably 200 people sent their resume in for that job. And out of those 200, probably 50 were worth even looking at. And if you made it to that last 50, then how do you make yourself stand apart from those other 50? And soft skills is one of those things that you really can't put down on a piece of paper that really has to show through, through your interview. And all the steps that Jackie gave is exactly what we look for.
Scarlett Howery: Yeah, that was a great visual. So, it's the bread, now the meat as the technical, the bread is the soft skills. I love it. So, how do you evaluate then soft skills when you're in a virtual interview?
Colby Williams: So, let's take the opening of the interview. The best thing for you to do at the opening of your interview is to introduce yourself and create a comfortable environment. You're nervous and trust me, that interviewer is nervous because he has to sit through 10 of these interviews and keep his, you know, motivation up through those ten interviews. Help him out. Walk-in, present a very pleasant smile and then open, like go to their LinkedIn because that's one of the questions from Susan, is it better to contact the interviewer before LinkedIn or after? As soon as possible. You want to create that relationship because not to go too far down the rabbit hole, Scarlett, but when you create relationships, that's almost as important as your technical ability in a work environment. So, when we talk about the bread, don't think about the bread as not being important. The bread is very important.
Just one more thing, and I'll finish up. So, let's look at the backside of the interview. After we've made it through your technical portion, right, think, you are tired of talking, and that interviewer is tired of talking about technical jargons also. So, lighten it up. Did you go to their LinkedIn? Did you see any activities that they like doing? You have to have something in common with that interviewer or with the people around you because these are the people that you're trying to work with. And especially if you're dealing with Fortune 500 companies, this isn't a job that you leave every two years. This is the job that you stay with. You actually spend more time with these people than you might with your family. So, those soft skills is very important to portray in your interview.