Interviewing How To
The trick of interviewing is to be personable, professional and practiced. Those 3 P’s are the most important way to make a great impression and it goes without saying that you must also be “punctual”. At times, life happens but I am by default always early by at least 30 – 45 minutes. Here are some of my words of advice on interviewing:
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Recently a student asked me if it was okay to go on an interview even if the job was not appealing. In my opinion, I think this is a conundrum. On the one hand, you do not want to waste anyone’s time – your own or someone else’s. On the other hand, there are times where you have limited information about the job and even less information about the company and their other departments, divisions and needs. It is therefore in your interest to make a point to go to interviews even if you are not sure the company or the job is a good fit for you. It allows you to meet new people, to practice your interviewing skills and maybe could lead to your next step through indirect means. For instance, you might meet with XYZ company about this job but they know someone is hiring within their industry or even within their company for something else and pass your information along.
If you are professional, punctual, practiced and prepared you might find yourself with additional opportunities and that is why I ultimately advised the student to go on the interviews, even if the job did not seem to be a good fit.
What do you think about my advice? Do you think interviewing more helps you be a better interviewee? Would you consider taking training in my seminars at Wagner College on How to Take Your Next Step which focuses on interviewing training, media readiness and more? Click here to find out more: http://www.thenextstep1234.com/seminars-offered-by-the-next-step-and-wagner-college-office-for-lifelong-learning.html
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Lisa Vento Nielsen