by Edwin L. Carpenter, Editor - The Dove Foundation
businessman, employee recruiter and entrepreneur Alan Ladd has just released
Interview the Best, a DVD which targets job seekers who have skills but are
lacking in a few crucial areas when it comes to landing their dream job.
The Dove Foundation has reviewed Alan’s DVD and
we have awarded it our Dove Seal. We recently chatted with Alan about his new
release and his enthusiasm was overwhelming.
We kicked off the interview by asking Alan to
give us more details about his background and what had led him to making the
decision to produce the DVD.
“I owned an executive search firm for about
twenty years,” he began. “It didn’t matter whether a CEO came in, or an entry
level person right out of college. I found that they made the same mistakes.
They were lost when it came to interviewing. Then I started asking them
questions. Have you ever been taught how to look for a job or to interview for a
job? I’m telling you, ninety nine percent of the people always said no
Alan stated that as he asked the same question
of other people, he always received the same answer. No, no one had taught them
how to look for a job or how to interview.
“They go from interview to interview, making
the same mistakes over and over till they get lucky, or until they identify,
‘Uh-oh, I’ve done that before. I shouldn’t do this anymore.’
“You would think they would be taught this in
High School,” I said.
“And they’re not,” replied Alan. “So, basically
I took the information from all the managers and I’d send ten people in for an
interview. I’d have post follow-up interviews to find out what questions came
up, what responses they were looking for. And then all of a sudden it was like
the light shined in my face and I realized there is a method to this, and if I
can teach my applicants how to do it, I’m going to close more deals.
“And then one day a lady came to me and said,
‘Alan, I’ve joined this on-line service, and they’ve given me a fifteen days
free trial and after that it’s thirty dollars a month. They want you to sign up
for at least ninety days. They also asked me if they could take a look at my
resume, and for free they will critique my resume.” And then of course they came
back and said her resume really needed help and they wanted their professional
resume writer to write it. It was only going to cost her $595!
“Everyone had always asked me to put this
information down on a DVD, to help more people. I didn’t procrastinate but it
costs money to do this!”
said part of his motivation in producing his DVD was his realization that some
on-line services were taking advantage of people. “In today’s economy, you can’t
afford $90 to be on an on-line site. $595 for a resume! I tell people and you
see this on the DVD, ‘You never pay anybody anything, especially for your
resume.’ Every interview is different and every resume needs to be tailored for
a specific job. If you have it done professionally are you going to have it done
three or four times?! That’s not necessary!”
Alan added that people can’t get the job before
they get an interview. “There’s a need out there” he said, referring to people
who must be educated in how to find the right job. He also referred to the
troubled economy we are currently enduring. “People need help. If you can give
them affordable help, you can change the world and you can change the way the
masses look at the work place and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
He said he researched what was out there and
what was being charged for various services before he made his DVD. “I didn’t
just do this blindly,” he said. “What’s out there ranges from three hundred
dollars to fifteen hundred dollars. We’re charging $29.95 for the DVD”.
He added that college graduates who have just
spent thousands of dollars on their education don’t need to turn around and
spend a lot more money on landing a job. He mentioned that employers are looking
to find out what the strengths are of potential job seekers, and this is an area
he covers in his DVD. “As soon as that word ‘Umm’ comes into play, you know
they’re not prepared and they don’t have a clue as to how to interview.”
Alan covers several important areas of job
seeking in his DVD, including the resume, looking for a job, identifying one’s
strengths, the interview including how to dress, questions and answers, and the
close. Alan works with several people in the DVD, and asks them questions they
will be asked in an interview, and then he gives them feedback and constructive
criticism. Interestingly enough, almost everyone in the group makes some serious
errors but Alan turns it around and helps them to focus on what they need to say
in identifying their strengths.
“They have it in them,” he says. “They just
don’t know that they have it in them.” He encourages strong preparation for the
interview, so that the candidates will be confident when the moment arrives.
Alan believes his DVD will help people land
jobs. “You can rewind it and review it,” he says. “You can see the typical
mistakes that people are making so that you don’t make them. I think that’s what
I’m most proud of. The DVD is broken down well. It’s broken down into chapters.
You can sit in your home or at your computer and watch it at your leisure and
you’re going to get something out of it.”
We certainly got something out of our time
spent with Alan. He wants to help people interview the best, and he knows what
he’s talking about. He’s a job specialist who has made important and vital
job-seeking tips affordable. You can just pop the DVD in, and listen to him
share his knowledge.
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Read Dove's Review of "Interview