Job interviews from the other side

Seem to have spent a good chunk of the summer sitting in on job interviews.

A few helpful hints for job hunters:

Know a lot about the organization you’ve applied to. Google ’em. If you can’t make the effort do your homework for an interview, just how little initiative will you take in your job?

You’re not applying for the job because you’re bored with what you’re currently doing, under or unemployed or in need of a change. You’re applying because the organization does great work and you want to be part of a winning team.

Be enthusiastic. If you’re not excited at the prospect of joining the organization, what are you going to be like in 4 months when the honeymoon’s over and you’re snowed under with the grind of "other duties as assigned"? Smile. Be engaging (sincerely engaging).

When the interview ends and you’re asked if you have any questions, ask a question. How about, where do you see the organization in 5 years? What do you enjoy most about working here? What’s one thing the organization’s dreaming about doing? What are you most proud about having contributed to the organization?

Sounds obvious but you’d be surprised.

If you get an interview, assume you have the technical skills to compete with the other candidates. The interview is a chance to see if you’d be a good and right fit with the organization. Can the folks around the table see themselves working with you day after day after day? Will you make their lives easier and better?

So be prepared. Practice. And perform when you walk through that door for your next interview.

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Jay Robb

I've reviewed more than 500 business books for the Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations since 1993.

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