Rochester NY Stake Employment Center

October 24, 2011

How To Be Prepared For The Last Minute Interview

Filed under: Interviewing — Larry @ 9:29 am

It’s 8:15 AM and you receive a phone call from your “dream job”. They want you to come to a lunch interview.

What do you do?

This could be a test of your ability to perform under pressure or it could be a test of your willingness to meet your perspective employer’s needs. The question is, will you be prepared to pass this test? With some minor prep work, the answer is always going to be YES!

2 SUITS MINIMUM

Every professional should have two suits in their closet. They do not have to be expensive, but they have to be clean, fit appropriately and be pressed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. It is suggested that you also keep a lint roller in your car to use just prior to walking into the interview, especially if you have pets.

RESUME READY

Always have at least five copies of your resume and references with you at an interview. It’s always better to have too many than too few. You can bring extras home but no one is going to get up and make copies for you during an interview. Double check to make sure your reference’s information is all current. Many times people change job titles, phone numbers or even companies. Providing incorrect information will definitely hinder your success.

KNOW THE FACTS

Your perspective employer has done research on you; you need to do research on them. You should know a minimum of five facts on the company you’re interviewing with. Write them in your Planner and review them prior to your interview. Many suggest asking follow up questions in the interview on what you were able to learn about the company from your search.

The internet has numerous search engines that will help you locate many facts; Some good information to know would be:

  • The date the company started or the date of Incorporation.
  • All of the key players: President, Vice-President, CFO, Secretary/Treasurer, etc.
  • What is the company’s major “claim to fame”: example, Kodak = film.
  • What is the company’s mission statement?
  • Any recent or upcoming major announcements. Are they releasing a new product in 6 months, have they moved recently or will they be opening a new location in a month?

  • If the company has a special outside interest, what is it? For example, Do they support “P.I.T.A.?” If so, you may not want to wear a fur coat or leather shoes to the interview.

ACTION

Rehearse the “basic” interview questions and what your answer will be.

  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Do not answer “I don’t know”!!! If you become nervous or flustered, just take a few deep breaths and give yourself a minute to respond. The employer is not timing how quickly you answer a question. They are more interested what you say, not how quickly you say it.

BE CONSIDERATE

Many say the only scent they should be able to smell is soap. If you must apply perfume, after-shave or even scented lotions, apply gingerly prior to an interview. Many people have allergies or just are unable to tolerate overpowering smells. If you smoke, DON’T SMOKE a minimum of one hour prior to an interview.

Don’t let this new job slip through your fingers because of something you could have prevented!

– Monroe County Dept. of Human Services – Job Search Companion – September 2011

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