#31 Gene Rice | On The Journey from Grad to Grown-up

#31 Gene Rice | On The Journey from Grad to Grown-up

Graduate Theory exists to provide graduates with tips and advice to go from uncertain uni students to thriving early career professionals.

We spoke with someone on the same mission this week, going from grad to grown-up.

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Gene Rice is Chairman Rice-Cohen International, one of the top executive recruiters in the world.

He has recently co-authored a book with his daughter Courtney called β€œGrad to Grown Up”, sharing 68 tips to Excel in Your Personal and Professional Life.

πŸ‘‡ Episode Takeaways

This episode had plenty of gems, you're going to want to write these down.

Ensuring a good fit for yourself and a company

Gene had a set of questions that he would ask people to see if they were a good fit for a business.

Here is that list πŸ‘‡

  1. when have you been the happiest professionally? What was going on that made you feel that way?
  2. What do you enjoy most about your current role?
  3. If you were the CEO of your current company, what would you change about the company? What would you change about your role?
  4. If you could design your next ideal role, what would the company be like? What would the culture be like?

What makes a good long-term fit between a person and a company?

Gene spoke about the traits he had seen in people that go on to do great things at companies.

Here are some things to think about to ensure you have a good fit for your next role

  1. You can add value
  2. In one year, you can say you have grown professionally
  3. You respect your boss

Find Your Passion

One of Gene's big points is that people should seek to find their passion.

Here's what he had to say:

I think one of the greatest goals in life should be for every human being to find something that they sincerely loved doing, and then to do it well enough that you can create a career doing it
Because if you can do that and if you can find that thing you love and you can make a living doing it, you wake up in the morning, not going to work, you don't wake up in the morning, go into a job.
You wake up in the morning going to something you sincerely love.
My personal experience is your health is better, your personal relationships are better.
The glass isn't half full, it can be overflowing and you can have purpose in your life.

Becoming a grandmaster of interviewing

One of Gene's main areas of expertise is interviewing, and how to become what he calls a 'grandmaster'.

Here is his list of things that you should do, to become a grandmaster of interviewing.

  1. establish chemistry
  2. ask for what's most important (the answers to the test)
  3. don’t ask win-lose questions
  4. deal with concerns
  5. follow up

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πŸ“ Content Timestamps

00:00 Gene Rice

00:49 Intro

01:38 Questions Gene asks to ensure a good fit

13:10 Gene on asking for a pay rise

24:47 How Gene would find his passion today

34:17 Becoming a grandmaster of interviewing

46:40 What parts of the book are underappreciated?

51:21 Gene's advice for Graduates

56:03 Outro