Three Steps to Salvage a Bad Job Interview

Interviewer inexperience, workload, and boredom can derail your job interview.  

Looking for a job is stressful, especially the interview process.  Many job hunters spend hours polishing their ‘pitch’ and researching talking point.  But, what if these efforts are for naught?   That just might be the case in some instances.

Many times, the person conducting your interview is not a professional interviewer.  It is merely an additional duty to them – and can be viewed as an interruption to their day.  This can be crushing, so you have to be prepared to deal with inexperienced interviewers.  For instance, novice interviewers spend an inordinate amount of time discussing themselves, or the organization.  Sure, this is less stressful; BUT, you don’t have the important opportunity to focus on WHY you are the best fit for the position.  You’ll have to find creative ways to recapture the conversation to refocus the interview.  Use your personality, research, and anecdotes to get them focused on what’s important – YOU!

As this is someone’s additional duty, you may also have to combat the interviewer’s inattention.  Let’s face it; if they have a deadline, or are dealing with an internal crisis, you are the furthest thing from their mind.  If you notice the interviewer is checking the time frequently, or seems distant, you’ll have to bring them back to the table with some ‘dazzle.’  Be affable, tell an impactful story, do whatever you can to grab their attention.

Lastly, be sure to provide a copy of your résumé at the onset of the interview.  You would imagine interviewers would read your résumé prior to you meeting, and most do, but it could have been days earlier.  When you greet each other, hand them a copy of your résumé and don’t be bashful about guiding them through it.  This is your show, and you require your audience to be engaged so they can properly assess your value.

Until next time, I’m Thom Fox for Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp.

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