After a thirsty night out with friends, I came home still filled with energy. I decided to check my Facebook news feed to entertain myself with shenanigans my friends had posted throughout the night.
After a while, I was getting pretty bored. I was about to close the page and make myself a really wicked nacho or something as delicious when it’s 3am, but then I saw it. It was marvellous. You know those ads on the side of your news feed? I saw one that stated “Apply to Worlds most awesome job”. For a student looking for an adventure after graduation, this sounded simply delightful. I clicked on the ad and I was speechless (and not because of my level of intoxication)! I was for a job as Event Manager job for this crazy awesome company in Malaysia. Looks pretty sweet right? I thought it was too good to be true so I left the tab open in my browser and headed to my kitchen to make a mess of mac n’ cheese.
The next day, I checked out the video again. Still looked like an epic opportunity. I researched the company. It was legit. Sweet! I told myself why not try to apply to a world-wide competition for a job all the way in Malaysia?
A week later, I was able to convince a couple of amazing friends to help me film and edit my application video. And a few more wonderful people from around the world offered to give me a hand.
Competition was getting tough as I started seeing applications being posted on YouTube. Most of them had multiple years of experience in large event management while I had only a couple of years under my belt.
Here is the final video I sent in as my application:
A few weeks later I get an email for an interview with one of the directors. I was stoked! She starts the interview with “Unfortunately, you didn’t get the position of Event Manager that you applied for…”. Well that sucks. “But, we absolutely looooved you and your video, and we think you would be a great fit for as a project manager in this company.” Fuck yes!
In total, I completed 4 interviews with Mindvalley and it was possibly the best interview process experience I have ever gone through. They were all on the phone or via Skype. I got some great insight from high level people on what they liked best about working there and what I should do to be better prepared to succeed in the position before jumping on the plane. My last interview was with the CEO, Vishen Lakhiani.
In the end, I did not take it (Long story – let’s not get into it.). Despite not having taken the opportunity to work in an area that’s about an hour away from exotic beaches and crazy adventures, I learned sooooo much from this company. It has forever changed how I perceive not only job hunting but also building an exceptional work culture.
I have used what I learned from Mindvalley and apply it daily. I am using their methodology of focusing on the company culture in any organization I join and apply their hiring processes. I am also very proud of myself of just giving it a shot and working my ass off to apply for a crazy opportunity. Since then, I have used the mantra “Why not?”. This is what has gotten me to so many opportunities and experiences.