Friday, June 18, 2010

4 Rookie Interview Mistakes

With high school and colleges finishing up for the year it means more students and young adults looking for part-time and full time jobs here in Central Florida. These students are coming out of a safe, or comfortable environment and into a results driven world that many have not been prepared for, and I'm not just talking about the work.

Before the job comes the interview. Below are 4 rookie mistakes that I hope you can avoid this summer when going into your job interview (whether you are a student or a seasoned pro!).
1. A Bad Case Of The Electronics

We all know that Millennials, or Gen-Y are glued to their mobile device, texting, Tweeting and Facebooking their way through the day. When you are at the interview however, turn it on silent and avoid the twitching to check your friends' status saying to hurry up and get to the pool when you leave the interview.

2. Lack Of Knowledge About The Company And/Or The Position

We talk about this often, but still many people go into interview without a strong knowledge of the company they are going to talk to. It can be as simple as a Google search, asking your Facebook or LinkedIn friends or asking the person that called you in for the interview a little about the background of the company. Do your due diligence and it will show in the interview's results.

Here is a video on learning more about the person interviewing you.

3. Making Demands During A First Interview

At a first interview there is no reason to have an entitled attitude. You should be selling yourself and your value that will get the hiring manager's attention and ultimately a job offer. That is when you can begin negotiations. Making demands before you are even offered the job is a headache waiting to happen and there are plenty of candidates who can do a great job in that position without the demands.

Focus your energy and strength on your value proposition to what you can bring to the company.

4. Walking In The Door Under-dressed

Grab your big boy pants and look like you really want the job and not like you want to hurry up and finish the interview so you can meet up with your people at the mall. If you are unsure of the work environment, ask upfront, or dress up. Jeans and free school t-shirts don't make the grade when faced with a recruiter and hiring manager.

To Wrap It Up

As you head into an interview this summer, really look at what you can contribute to an organization and bring your A game. With many candidates to choose from, recruiters have many options to address and your performance in the interview is a very strong indicator if they want to take the chance to bring you on.

Best of luck and happy hunting Orlando!


photo by Steve Rhodes


reena November 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

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