3 INTERVIEW LESSONS FROM JOB OR NO JOB
The other day I came upon a new show called Job or No Job. As a career professional, I was intrigued to see what it was all about. I read the show description and decided to give an episode a try. I’ll admit, I was pretty skeptical about a show that could accurately depict the real challenges, emotions, and triumphs of the job search. The basic premise of the show is a job seeker goes on three interviews and works with career expert Jane Buckingham. After each interview, Jane goes over her thoughts on how the interview went. At the end of the show, you find out which jobs were offered and which weren’t. I figured since this was a TV show, each job hopeful would get at least one offer, even it if just for publicity, but I was wrong. Each candidate has a different outcome, some not as ideal as others. So after enjoying a few episodes of this new show, I wanted to share 3 lessons candidates learned first-hand. (Hopefully you can learn from their mistakes!)
SPELLING ERRORS ON YOUR RESUME
Although you’ve probably heard this many times, the reason you keep hearing it is because it keeps happening! In episode 6, job seeker Sarah has accidently written “Objection” instead of “Objective”. This is a perfect example of how spell check can’t catch every error. (The worst part was having her interviewer, a magazine editor whose job is to catch errors, see this mistake.)
MATCH ENERGY WITH THE INTERVIEWERS
Robert, an 18-year-old eager to jumpstart his real estate career, had a lot of energy. And when I say, a lot, I mean a little bit too much. One company he interviewed with had a very laid back culture. You could see both Robert and the interviewers felt uncomfortable because they didn’t have the same energy level. It’s important to know the company culture before you interview. This will help you dress the part, target your answers and examples, and give you realistic expectations for the interview.
A LITTLE SILENCE IS OKAY
In the second episode, the job seeker Lauren talks whenever she is nervous, which a common habit for many people. It’s important to know you don’t have to fill every silent moment. It’s better to take a deep breath and gather your thoughts if you’re nervous. When you finish answering an interview question, the interviewer might take a few seconds to let your answer soak in and decide what question they want to ask you next. When you are constantly chatting, they may not be able to get through all of their questions or be able to consider your answers.
At Carroll’s Career Services, we work hard to prepare our students by reviewing resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing, sharing job/internship tips and tricks, and more! Have you watched Job or No Job? If you haven’t had a chance to see it, I encourage you to check it out!