Ask For Your Ruby on Rails Job Like Nicolas Cage
The interview process is very similar to the sales process. You’ve likely heard that before, but your ability to sell yourself (your skills, experience, and drive) is directly linked to your ability to land a job.
Put your job search in terms of the sales process. You’ve got all your marketing materials; you’ve polished your resume, updated your website, and cleaned up your code samples on GitHub. You’ve got your sales pitch down; you’ve practiced for your interview and are prepared to nail the toughest questions. But just like in sales, none of this matters if you don’t close the deal.
How do you close the deal in a job search? We’d suggest taking a que from Nicolas Cage in The Family Man: ask for the job (clip above). Maybe your request won’t be quite so dramatic, but it’s a crucial request to make. No one is left wondering about your enthusiasm for the company or whether you would consider their offer. Eliminate any doubt about your excitement for the position. Be respectful but firm. Just like sales, interviewing is all about closing. No one interviews for fun. You interview to get the job. So go ahead and ask for it.