You think it won’t ever happen to you. You like your job (kind of). You’re not even really looking for a new opportunity, but opportunity has a tendency of hitting you in the face, showing you exactly what you’ve been looking for, and demanding a resume.
And now what? Your resume hasn’t been updated since you last looked for a job. Maybe you don’t even have one at all!
Are you guilty of any of these? I’ve spent hundreds of hours (seriously!) conducting interviews. Shaking sweaty, limp hands, asking trick questions, and escorting candidates out after only 10 minutes because they were obviously not a fit. What have I seen that can result in a “Thank you for your interest, we wish you luck in future endeavors” email?
Story time. I was sitting in my New York City office, interviewing for a role I had a hell of a time trying to fill. I’d reviewed over 200 (not an exaggeration) resumes and had interviewed probably 10 people at that point. I was struggling looking for the perfect mix of personality (someone who wanted to work long hours without complaining, mainly) and skill set, and interview after interview, handshake after sweaty handshake, I was not finding the right hire.
The worst happens. You forget to put your phone on silent and your mom calls during an interview. You realize you’ve been nonstop chattering for 10 minutes. Or the manager brings to your attention that your resume has a glaring error (YIKES!). What do you do? Cry? Sprint for the door? No! You can salvage a potentially embarrassing situation by thinking on your feet.Here are a few common interview goofs, and how you can overcome them.
First of all, huge congrats for landing the interview. That means two things: One, you’ve shown that you are qualified to perform the work detailed in the job description, and Two, you’ve got work to do!
This month I’ll be reviewing some interview tips and goofs I’ve seen from many years of talent management. From a worst case scenario to the best interview answer I’ve ever heard, you won’t want to miss a post.
It’s February, and I’m wondering how many of you out there are in love. I know I am. Heart pounding, grin-inducing, gets-me-out-of-bed-in-the-morning LOVE. No I’m not talking about your significant other, I’m talking about your job!
But maybe you feel differently. Maybe you’re questioning your career path as you drive to the office in the morning. Maybe you hate your company’s mission or brand. Maybe you moderately like your company but you want to look for internal opportunities. Maybe you can’t stand the people in your department, but you would rather stay than start over at a new organization.
I’ve been a recruiter for over 8 years now. I’ve been the person on the other end of the computer, receiving your application, scanning through it, and making a lightning-fast decision YAY or NAY. Interview or trash. Make a call or send a rejection email (or sometimes no email at all if I forgot, whoops!).
You’ve probably cursed my name once or twice.
Imagine this scenario: you’ve recently interviewed with a company you’d be thrilled to work for, and are pretty sure you made a great impression. The phone rings, and it’s your future boss offering you the job. YES! You try to maintain composure when all you want to do is jump up and down. Your future boss mentions a salary amount, and it’s good but a little bit lower than what you’d hoped for. Hmmmmmm. You know you’ll take the job at that amount, but really wanted more money. What do you do? What do you say?
Job hunting. An umbrella term that can mean a whole host of things. Job hunting for you could mean aimlessly perusing Monster without actually submitting any applications. It could mean you attend a networking event with the hopes of making new connections who can refer you in the future. It might mean you’re feverishly applying to 5 jobs a day. You might be job hunting from the couch while you’re unemployed, or from your work computer at a job you hate (Note: I strongly advise against this. I’ve fired people for this reason!).