Friends and Neighbors,
We’re back again today to discuss the wonderful world of job hunting, and as I promised, we’re going in-depth into interviews. Now, mastering the interview, on both sides is tricky. There are nuances and idiosyncracies that must always be taken into account and you have to be prepared.
So, your resume was well received and now they want to interview you. Oh my gosh! That is exciting! So the first thing you want to do is figure out what in the heck you are going to wear and what image you are trying to put forward. For most positions it is important to keep the following in mind:
Ladies, (and possibly the occasional gentleman) I’m sure your breasts are lovely, but we are keeping those, um, under wraps for this important first impression. Nothing see-through or with too much cleavage is advisable.
Gentlemen, (and possibly the occasional lady) I have no doubt that your ability to grow massive quantities of nose hair is recognised around the globe, world-wide, far and near, but in this instance, trimmed and clean is recommended.
Remember, business professional is the name of the game, so dress in a manner your mom or dad would consider suitable and you are on your way.
Never forget the following in all walks of life, but most certainly in an interview: A handshake is an introduction all on its own. No matter whether you are the interviewer or the interviewee, a strong, firm handshake to either a man or a woman is essential. It says a lot about you. Strong handshake = strong person. Limp handshake = limp person. No one wants to be a limp person.
So, you have shaken their hand. Now, how will you act? What if you’re really nervous? Well, being nervous is natural, so you have to find a way to smile and be natural. Some people say that if you’re nervous, just picture the people you’re with in their underwear or in their birthday suits. This is inadvisable. First of all, ick and yuck. Second of all, you do not want that picture in your head for the rest of your life. So instead, I like to offer another suggestion: Picture them in a gorilla suit. This is sure to make you smile and if you happen to laugh, well then all the better. If, for the sake of argument, they ask why you are laughing, you can offer them a banana. Bananas are always well received and it will certainly distract them from their question.
You are almost there. Now, what kinds of answers do you give to their questions? This is very important! Just as you did on your resume, you must always be honest. So when they ask you what is your greatest strength, you have to decide what the appropriate response would be.
Let’s do a little role-playing:
Interviewer: What do you consider to be your greatest strength?
You: (Answer A) I have tremendous organizational skills and can put anything into order. (Answer B) I never drink on the job even when I really, really want to.
While both of these are quite likely true, use Answer A. It gives a better impression.
Let’s try this again with the other end of the spectrum:
Interviewer: What do you consider to be your greatest weakness?
You: (Answer A) I tend to daydream when someone bores me. What did you say? (Answer B) Chocolate. That and French Fries. (Answer C) I have been known to second guess myself when a very important decision is on the line.
All three of these are quite likely true…let’s see….go with Answer B. Everyone can relate to that one.
So the interview is over and you are walking out. Be ready with another good, character showing handshake and make sure they know you are looking forward to hearing from them. Offer them another banana or some other well-received fruit if you are so inclined.
Now this last part goes for both interviewers and interviewees. It is essential you follow-up with either a note or a call. Just think of how proud your mom would be and, hey, it’s the polite thing to do.
So, until the next time on The Brighter Side….I am here for you.