Entrepreneur provides tips for interview success in new book

Ron Brumbarger works with young entrepreneurs at an Apprentice University session. (Photo by Ann Marie Shambaugh)

By Mark Ambrogi

As chief executive officer of Carmel-based Bitwise Solutions, Ron Brumbarger is always looking for fresh talent.

That led him, in part, to create Apprentice University, where students learn how to approach opportunities with dedication and resourcefulness. Business members serve as mentors to students for on-the-job training.

With his experience, Brumbarger decided to write “You’re Always Being Interviewed: How To Be Intentionally Extraordinary” in 2016. He will have a book signing at 2:30 p.m. March 31 at Westside Church, 8610 W. 10th St., Indianapolis.

“The driver behind the book is many years of what I would affectionately refer to as forehead-slapping experiences during the interview process with people, things you can’t believe would really occur,” said Brumbarger, a Westfield resident.

For example, Brumbarger used a true story with a name change to protect a terrible decision.

“Elliott showed up in shorts, a T-shirt, tennis shoes, sweaty and his resume was rolled up,” Brumbarger said. “I thought he was the Jimmy John’s delivery guy. He’s really showing up for an interview. I asked if it was an impromptu scheduling of this interview and he said, ‘No, we’ve had it scheduled for weeks.’”

Needless to say, there was no interview.

“Young professionals from (age) 16 to 30 need to understand what those of us that few yards downfield from them career-wise understand to be normal,” Brumbarger said.

He said responsible use of social media is important as well.

“If you are hanging around the wrong friends on Facebook, whether you are passively engaging with them or people you communicate with routinely, if they are doing things talent spotters, people who create payroll, would find offensive and you’re friends with them in social media, it’s the same as you sitting next to them at a table,” Brumbarger said. “Sounds judgmental, but guess what? It is judgmental, and that’s how people that hire have to think.”

Brumbarger recalled a 17-year-old employee posting a social media picture of his girlfriend in her underwear with bottles of whiskey and a cigarette in the background.

Once alerted, the employee was fired immediately.

“It’s about being the type of person others want to associate with because of your character,” Brumbarger said.

The book includes a chapter on etiquette.

“It’s a bit preachy and I hated doing it, but someone has to do it,” he said. “So I talk about how table manners are important.”

The book is available on Amazon.com.