Response to Luna’s post on misleading job description.
My comment got so long I figured I might as well make my own post. Especially bc it also went WAY off topic. Now, understand this is coming from someone who hasn’t held a “real job” in close to 10 years. But I still think it’s valid snd doesn’t rehash tired old interviewing tips
I know when you’re un or under employed, it can be tempting to say yes for the first job that comes your way. Don’t do it. The right job at the right company will come. If you are desperate then yes, take it but be ready to answer why you are looking for a new job so soon.
Use this as an answer [Luna’s post]to a behavioral interview! ( You’ll have to read it to really get the gist of this part of my post.) How you handled the unexpected or something like that. Of course, point out that:
1. You cannot name the company (they will appreciate your confidentiality)
2. You want to work for a company that is more transparent like (enter new company name here) as shown by (insert something about new company here.)
So here are my top tips on interviewing well. Questions to ask and things to think about.
- What are the top 3 characteristics the successful candidate would have (and then how you fit them or put that in your thank you email)
- SEND A THANK YOU EMAIL!!! To each person. You would be surprised at how many people don’t do this and it can make or break you.
- If you interview with more than 1 person, don’t send the same email to each interviewer- so take notes about what each interviewer seems most interested in. Ask for names and job titles if you can. I am horrible with names do I jot them down as fast as I can without being too obvious. You can also ask for biz cards or ways to reach them. I usually write the names down then when talking, will put the first letter of the person’s name next to the question or comment.
- LAST QUESTION: Ask if they have any issues regarding your ability to do the job. Again, address at the time or in email. Yes, you will surprise them. But most will answer directly. And if you watch your time, wrap up your questions in time to ask this one. Perhaps the most critical one. And give yourself time to answer. Before your interview, be objective and evaluate your weakest area & draft how you would address them. EX: the job is a supervisor one and you don’t have experience with that. True but in order to best learn that is to sit down with your direct reports to understand their jobs, what their biggest roadblocks are, etc.
- If you have answered the question, stop talking!!! Don’t feel like you have to fill in dead air. That’s when you will make the mistake that will kill you. DON’T RAMBLE! (A hard thing for me in general but I digress.) If there’s some dead air, ask if you sufficiently answered their question or if there is more they would like to know. Usually they are just taking notes.
- Keep the interviewer talking more than you – less chance to mess up and people will feel like you’re REALLY interested and that they know you better. Strange but true. I don’t get it either. Must be bc people like talking about themselves and makes them feel closer to you. So try to stick in a quick question now and then.
- Remember, YOU are interviewing THEM as well. When you realize that, interviews become a little less scary. Ask revel ent questions but ones you want to know! Where will you fit in the org, describe the culture, those kinds of things.
- Check recent stock filings- what’s the biggest challenge they have regarding —— and how you can help with that.
- Those are the best questions I know of asking. Yes, scour their website so you can tailor your resume & answers but these are great closing questions. But only ask after you’ve asked relative job/company related questions so they know you’ve done your homework.
Try to get away from pat answers and try to make it a conversation. If it’s a phone interview, put on business casual clothes at the very least. NO PJs!!! You will be surprised at how different you feel, and thus how different you will do in the interview by a wardrobe change.
If you have a good sense of humor, use it – but judicially. If you can get them laughing, those are points. But you have to have a *really good* sense of humor AND make sure the interviewer has one as well. Toss a few softballs to test the water. Don’t mix your metaphors (just testing to see if you’re paying attention.)
Hope this is helpful. What are YOUR best unknown tricks?