Sick of the same old job search advice? A new track by Snoop Dogg and Lil Dicky offers a few helpful pointers that will help you nail your next interview.
This may sound totally ridiculous, but job hunters can learn some valuable lessons from the brilliant new Lil Dicky track, “Professional Rapper (feat. Snoop Dogg).”
For starters, Lil Dicky spent some time at a corporate job before branching out into rap, so he knows a thing or two about working in a professional environment. When he decided it was time for a career change, he went about in the most logical way he could think of: interviewing for the position with the industry’s gatekeeper, Snoop Dogg. Let’s explore a few of the key takeaways from the resulting video.
Rising to the Occasion
Don’t let a lack of direct experience put you off applying for a dream job — instead, find creative and genuine ways to demonstrate the relevance of your past. At first, Snoop was unconvinced that Lil Dicky’s typical, middle-class upbringing and employment experience would qualify him for a successful Hip Hop career.
But Lil Dicky is quick to point out that although he doesn’t share the same experience of hardship, he had struggles of his own, including the pressure to succeed at school and the decision to abandon his advertising career for a shot at Hip Hop fame. Understand what your interviewer wants and present yourself and your application in a light that suits your desired role.
Create a specific need for your skills. Lil Dicky repackages his suburban background as an asset, pointing out that it’s an untapped market in the traditional Hip Hop industry. At the same time, Lil Dicky shows off his solid flow and clever wordplay, effectively demonstrating that he has all of the basic skills on lock. If you can offer a fresh new approach, you’re inherently more valuable than someone who’s just looking to meet the status quo.
“In a Nutshell, What’s Your legacy?”
The “Where do you see yourself in five years?” question is undoubtedly a cliche, but it’s going to be asked nonetheless, so make sure you have an answer ready. How does the job you’re applying for fit into the larger framework of your life? Even if you don’t have a fully formed five- or ten-year plan, try to envision potential outcomes and what you’d like your career progression to look like.
What inspires you about the job you are applying for? Lil Dicky’s enthusiasm is palpable when he raps, “Literally I can reinvent myself/I get a forum to project myself/It’s never boring, every morning I wake up and try to best myself.” Figure out what appeals to you about a particular job or career path, and then articulate it clearly.
If you display genuine enthusiasm and excitement towards the job you’re applying for, your interviewer will pick up on it and respond well, even if they’re as straight-faced as Snoop in the moment.
Job seekers can learn a lot from Lil Dicky and his resilient attitude, which is what ultimately gets him the job in the end. After finishing his convincing and enthusiastic pitch, Snoop Dogg puts Lil Dicky to work immediately, handing him a mic and setting him on the task of developing a hook. The results are disappointing, but his excuses are pretty entertaining.
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