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I want to talk about interviewing. Now,in this day & age, expect your potential employer has googled you! Those funny pictures with you surrounded by beer bottles-cute, but you have already have lost credibility…Then, we look at your LinkedIn profile…OOPS! You’re not there or your profile is way too brief. Another demerit and your credibility plummets even further.
For some reason, (maybe your resume that you paid for a Career Coach to do!) They want to interview you! You have a phone interview first-everyone knows you don’t need to take them seriously, you’ll wait for the “real interview”…Wrong! Getting that onsite-“real interview” is often based on the phone interview you didn’t take seriously! Your credibility has tanked!
Another scenario, you do get the onsite interview. There was no telephone interview first. This is your chance to impress! Don’t listen & talk over the employer. Be uninformed about the company. Wing it-you do better not doing boring research. Whoosh! That’s the sound your interview made-that first impression pretty much sucked! You get out of there-didn’t get a business card and know you want to try & salvage this.
Can this impression be saved? Only, if in your thank you letter, you demonstrate the research you should have done! But, do you? In this case, you do write a thank you note, not letter. You pretty much blame the traffic-made you rush, didn’t have time to research-alarm clock didn’t go off and had a virus on the computer…in other words everything was someone else’s fault! Be negative and vent-NOT
They already know you don’t have all the qualifications-you pointed that out in the very quick interview. Imagine, no free lunch in the Executive Dining Room! Not even the cafeteria, sheesh!
I’m really loading all these negatives to demonstrate you need to sell yourself in an interview! Yes, they have your resume…But,this is your opportunity to wow them and demonstrate you are familiar with,both-the company and the industry!
After all, if you don’t sell you in the interview…Who will?