Finding the right job or career is like dating. Sometimes you’re just looking for something fun for a little bit. Casual, chill, and convenient. Sometimes something you have to really work at cause you enjoy the benefits. Sometimes it’ll be you want to find the right one that ignites a flame under your ass and you see yourself enjoying it for many, many years. See what I mean? Dating.
That being said, I recommend being open to all that comes your way. You never know. Even if it’s not your dream job, go for it anyways. Think of it as practice to sharpen your skills. Envision the career you want, the employee you’d be and start showing up as them.
That being said, I don’t care if your interview is with your cousin – Dress the part. No matter what industry or pay or whatever – Dress. The. Part. You can’t go wrong with a suit or nice slacks/button up shirt combo. If you take yourself seriously, so will everyone else.
Now let’s dive in to an interview. It actually starts before you walk in the door. Research the company. Go to their website, their social media, etc. You’ll have the upper hand and will be more prepared to answer “So why do you want to work for us?” Speaking of questions, here are a couple starter ones to keep in mind and practice answering before you walk through the door…
- What were your responsibilities at your last job?
- Why do you want to work in this field?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What’s an obstacle you faced, how’d you overcome it?
- What are your weaknesses?
Now that last one, do not say nothing. Be honest. Be yourself. You know damn well you’re not perfect, so don’t go in portraying that. Instead flip the script. For example, my weakness used to be patience. So I would say patience, but it also makes me a fast producer. I’m not one to lollygag around but I am working on it. By saying something like this, you’re letting the interviewer see not only are you self aware but you’re also evolving and trying to better yourself. Who wouldn’t want an employee like that?
Now, remember this is kinda a first date. So yes, it is important for them to like you but it is just as crucial you like them too. It will give you a better sense of what you’re getting into. Once you hear the answers you might change your mind altogether or fall more in love with the position. It also shows them you have fucking initiative, are prepared and give you a chance to possible save face.
Lets say you’ve kinda said something wrong but are unaware. A simple “do you have any concerns about my ability to fill this position” is a great way to gauge your likelihood of getting hired and possibly address something they might have misunderstood. A simple “how has this position evolved” also gives you a chance to figure out if you’re replacing someone who sucked or a high performer who’s been promoted. Do they want someone who will be a breath of fresh air, a clone of what they already experienced, or open to both? These are things that are important to know.
You’ll be fine. You’ll kick ass. Then you’ll get up and give them eye contact. Like calmly though, don’t stare them down like you’re missing a few screws. Be pleasant and give them a handshake. Do not squeeze. Just a nice ole firm grip, shake for THREE seconds and let go. If you have sweaty hands, make sure you discreetly wipe them before you do this tho. Cause #ew.
Send a follow up thank you note 🙂 and I hope ya get the job. If you don’t it’s okay it’s just the universe’s way of telling you it’s still brewing where you need to be.