Here are the top 5 things I’ve learned to nail that job interview as the interviewee and the interviewer:
- Show up early (duh!): but not too early. If you show up 30 minutes before the interview, your not taking initiative, it’s a burden. People are trying to still wrap up the other interview, talk to them, and also trying to prep for you. 5-10 minutes is okay, but anything more turns into interviewers trying to frantically ask a co-worker to greet you because you are too damn early.
- Make small talk, strategically: Ever wonder why previous interviewers come out early and they are all laughing. It seems like they have the job in the bag. It’s because they’ve made strategic small talk. This is a time when you can complement them or ask them questions about something that will make the tick. Do you. R
esearchand get the interviewers in a good mood before they “get into it.”
- Don’t excessively nod: It’s annoying and distracting. We know you are listening. Just take a deep breath, girl.
4. Don’t try to memorize sh*t: I’ve been that girl who tries to memorize details, statistics, and it has never worked. Interviewers not only look for smart people but people who can do more than repeat statistics. They have Google for that. Be the person who can adapt, work quickly on your feet, and create less drama for your boss (Read that recently, and can’t agree on enough.)
5. You got this, seriously: Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them. You are applying for this job not only because you want it but it’s an opportunity for you to grow. You don’t need to have all the answers.
What other tips would you give to your younger self? Let me know in the comments below!
Edited by: Samantha Yazzie