How to Land Any Job Interview + Dropshipping Partners Announced!

I'm super excited to announce the winners of the dropshipping partnership. Even though each of these partners will potentially make $100,000 each from starting these stores with me, winning isn't quite the right word as that implies luck or random chance and getting something for doing nothing. If anything, these people have just signed themselves up for a lot of hard work for the next couple of months. What you also don't see is the hard work everyone put in in the months or even years before the application. Getting your dream job, or in this case a position as a partner, should be thought of like winning the lottery as it's not. It should be something you earn, but since there's a lot of compeition here's how to stand out!

In this post I'm going to share what potential partners or employees look for in applications, and how you can score the next job opening whether it's with me, or someone else. The days of randomly submitting as many resumes or CVs as possible hoping for an interview are over. More and more jobs are becoming available through video interviews and less and less bosses are caring about what degrees you hold. Here's how to land your dream job or partnership in 2017 and beyond.

Screening Applicants

Having people send in resumes and cover letters is a complete waste of time which is why most employers are no longer going this traditional route. If I were to have just opened up this position to anyone who sent in their resume or CV, I would have had to wade through thousands of pieces of paper and try to dig out something.

Instead, savvy employers are now using web forms to collect applications with easy to read drop down answers and a few longer form boxes so you can elaborate on your answers. Using online tools like Survey Monkey or Google Forms allows us to quickly see how you answered and screen out anyone who doesn't qualify. Also by having straight forward questions, potential applicants that clearly don't fit the job criteria will generally not finish submitting the form. As a hint, aside from the standard questions like what's your name and email address, the most important questions are usually on top and go down in importance from there.

For an example, on my form, if someone answers no to question #3 asking if they can relocate to Chiang Mai by Nov 1st, I stop reading regardless of what they say for the rest of the form as one of my requirements is to have this partnership in person.

On question #4 my other requirement was for people to already know what they are doing as this isn't a class on how to learn how to dropship as there are courses that teach that. This is a partnership to build profitable stores at scale with the intention of selling them. If someone answered "No - I haven't made my first sale yet" I stop reading.

From that point on, nothing was make it or break it, which meant each category's weight depended on how many qualified applicants I get. If I only got a handful of potential candidates I would have happily taken people on who have made sales but weren't profitable yet, or people who haven't had formal training but have made a few sales on their own. However since I got a ton of super qualified applicants the ones had the best mix of training, experience, and personality.

Here were the ten questions I asked my applicants

The Winners and The Why!

It wasn't easy to choose the winners of this partnership deal. I knew that I would have to dedicate the next 2-3 months with whichever people I chose and that they would have the chance to build a six figure business with me that we would potentially earn over $100,000 with.

We had hundreds of inquiries but ultimately I knew I had to limit the number of partners to ten, which made it extremely difficult as more than three times that amount of highly qualified people applied. In this video below, not only do I announce the winners of the partnership, but I also explain why I chose the people I did, which will hopefully give you insights on how to get chosen next year if your name wasn't called or you didn't qualify this year.

Numbers Don't Lie

After filtering out hundreds of people who messaged or emailed in about the partnership but didn't even bother completing the survey we were down to 37 applicants. What was really cool was seeing how many of them already have profitable dropshipping stores. Even though being a part of a training course wasn't a requirement, it was interesting to see that over 90% of the applicants who selected that they are running profitable stores also said that they were part of Anton's Dropship Lifestyle Course

Out of the ten people that I ultimately selected to be a partner, only one of them wasn't part of Anton's course. It just shows that even though you can learn this stuff on your own, being part of a proper training course, having access to coaches and a community really helps your chances of becoming successful. From a selfish point of view, if two people were equally qualified, I gave priority to the one in Anton's course because I knew that not only did we have the same training but also the same mentality of investing in ourselves to learn and grow. 

Crushing the "Optional" Section

Aside from the video itself, you can take advantage of the non-dropdown sections to really showcase your personality and give yourself a leg up on the competition. This guy for an example wasn't super comfortable on camera but really demonstrated his dedication to this partnership with what he wrote in the optional section:

(by the way, you should always take advantage of the optional section with a personal note)

"Man, it's a little intimidating talking in front of a camera. With that said, I wanted to give you a few more bits of information on myself.

I forgot to mention in the video, failure is not an option for me at this point. I mean technically it is but I'll be damned if I don't give it my all to make this work. I've spent too many days in the office wishing I was anywhere else and over the next 12 months I'm willing to give my blood, sweat, tears and TIME to be successful.

The things that I find myself second guessing on are two fold, niche selection and optimization. That is why I'm so excited about this partner program. It would be so beneficial to be able to bounce ideas off a partner that has the same goals in mind.

Thanks again for your time Johnny, look forward to hearing back from you!"

With my dropshipping mentor Anton Kraly in Koh Lanta, Thailand

The Application Video

I'm willing to bet any amount of money that more and more companies will require application videos to be sent in along with your resume or even instead in most cases. I'm personal friends with a bunch of business owners who post job openings on their personal facebook pages first before ever going to places like or Craigslist and they all require a simple webform and unlisted youtube video to apply. 

Job applications are changing fast and savvy business owners are looking for alternative ways to hire. My friend Daniel who owns a multimillion dollar business based in Austin, TX recently wrote this on his facebook wall that proves just that. 

"Business tip of the day: When posting a job ad, always require that your applicant's REMOVE ALL COLLEGE DEGREES, ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS, AND INTERNSHIPS FROM THEIR RESUMES. 

This is because academic credentials are basically worthless unless they're training for the field you're actually working in (like a degree in computer programming for a computer programming job.) Also, many people also won't follow your directions because of incompetence or because they just can't bear to let go of these credentials, which is a sign they have a "college mindset" and won't be a good team member. This technique tremendously improved the quality of our hires, and it can be very valuable for other business owners too!"

My advice is to always include an application video even if they don't ask for one. Make sure it's posted as "unlisted" and on Youtube which makes it easy for anyone with the link to watch and share with other decision makers. It doesn't need to be edited or super professional, just make sure it has decent lighting, sound and that it's short and concise.

Even submitting a video like this below would be better than not having one at all.

Final Thoughts

Big congrats to everyone who has been chosen for this round of the partner program. We had so many qualified applicants this time around that if you didn't get chosen, don't take it too personally as some of you were just beaten out marginally.

The best thing you can do is crush it on your own and show me what I missed out on, or even better yet, create your own dropshipping team and beat me at my own game. Either way, I am confident that there is plenty of opportunity out there in the world for well built ecommerce stores as the market is growing by the day. As of this year only 54% of Americans shop online, which is insane as that number will definitely be closer to 100% by the end of the decade.

It's been over three years since I started my first dropshipping store and it's been the single biggest source of income yet and definitely the best ROI which is why I'm so excited about starting all of these new stores. The idea that being able to make $2,000-$5,000 a month from running a store that costs less than a few hundred bucks to start and then being able to potentially sell it for $60,000 or more down the road to me is insane not to do it.

I wish everyone the best of luck with your own personal stores. I'm sure i'll have some or all of the partners on the podcast at some point in the next couple of months so keep an ear out for that on Travel Like a Boss. I have no idea how much work it's going to be to get these stores up and running and sold, so don't hold your breathe for the next round to start, but I have a feeling that there will be another opportunity sometime in 2017, so do yourself a favor and get ready!

Warm Regards,

Johnny FD

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