Thus far, I have interviewed with the (external) recruiter and, at a separate meeting, with the two (external) consultants for a managerial position. On Thursday, I will finally meet with internal representatives of the hiring company. As has been pointed out in the Kellogg slides, this company seems more than willing to accept 90% less ability for 10% more enthusiasm.
This position is somewhat new in that it will be similar to the pre-existing position which is being phased out of CA and moved to a completely new Shared Services Center in CO. Since the company has narrowed down the final candidates to those of us coming in on Thursday, it stands to reason that my hard credentials are inline with their expectations (or I wouldn't have made it this far) so it will likely boil down to personality fit.
I already know I need to be myself inasmuch as feasible during a brief interview setting because otherwise it would be a lousy fit when I finally revealed my 'true colours.'
I've been thinking really hard about how to distinguish myself from the other final candidates and I want to run this by you wonderful MT people.
[b]I am also a published author - of a self-help book focused on healthy, happy living - and my website has over 5,000 members since I began it in 2001. I've established a formal managerial system for this online environment and I have four "managers" and twelve "supervisors" who effectively run the day-to-day operations, interact with the website members and keep the discussions focused on our primary objectives.[/b]
Part of me thinks the hiring managers will see this in a negative light: "Gee, she'll be way too busy and/or distracted to focus on the job we need her to do."
The other part of me thinks they'll be able to recognize the positive points I've made: it's mostly a hands-off operation at this point, I'm an effective leader and manager, I have a proven record of solid communication skills (author) and I have a healthy, positive outlook on life in general that would fit well with their environment.
Thoughts, opinions, suggestions?
I don't really want to give them the website information until after the offer since the focus of the book and website are on a personality disorder which may scare the crap out of them, even though it's clearly no longer an issue for me. Just saying "author" though and adding that to my name in a Google search has this information clearly showing up in the fourth search result so it's not as though withholding the URL would serve much purpose. I just don't want to shoot myself in the foot with this but, at the same time, I really believe this facet to be relevant (especially in a shared services, remote, non face-to-face environment with 2,000 employees) and could help differentiate myself.