Post # 1
I have a huge interview this week. If I get this job, it will change my entire future. It’s the most I’ve ever had riding on a single event.
So, I overplan to calm my anxiety. If you were being flown half away across the country for an interview that would change your whole life, you would certainly not want to forget….? Fill in the blank with something I may have forgot to put on this list.
Post # 3
@aliavenue: my pillow or I wouldn’t sleep and sleep is essential!
Maybe some research on the company to read on the plane.
Confidence confidence confidence!!! It’s a sales pitch so sell yourself!! Show them you’re worth their money.
Spare shoes because that’s never a bad plan.
Deoderant! I forget that crap the worst of times (you can always buy it but it’s way easier to have!)
Something to leave with them.
Did I say confidence? 😉 you can do it!!!
Go get’em 😀
Post # 4
I don’t have a ton of advice that’s unique or different than the “standard fare”…
However, as someone who has interviewed a LOT of people, one thing that always surprises me is how often people (a) don’t ask clarifying questions if they aren’t clear on what I’m asking and (b) don’t take notes and plan their thoughts/responses. More than anything, I want someone that is thoughtful and deliberate when addressing problems. If you plow right into answering the question without understanding it fully, you lose major points with me. Good luck with your interview! I’m sure you’ll do fine, and if they’re flying you out they must be pretty serious about your candidacy… Always a good sign!
Post # 5
Thank you! Keep the ideas coming!
Post # 7
no advice, but good luck!
Post # 8
A question or two to ask the interviewer, that would demonstrate that I had some idea of the work the company is currently involved with.
Post # 9
@aliavenue: Packing, I’d bring:
– A small carry on suit case to put me in professional frame of mind…and to ensure that I didn’t end up with lost luggage!
– My travel steamer
– My interview outfit plus extra of whatever item is most likely to get stained/damaged (stockings, blouse, whatever)
– Breath mints
– Toiletries and professional makeup
– Copies of my resume and refrences plus a note pad in a tidy portfolio
– An extra professional outfit to wear out at night on the off chance you get invited out for dinner or something.
– A confidence boosting book. I don’t like to overstudy, but sometimes it’s good to read soemthing that gets you in the right frame of mind. Ideally re-read something you are already familar with. Something like the 7 Habbits of Highly Effective People or How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Post # 10
I have had a lot of interviews and also conducted some. Here are a few tips off the top of my head:
- If you have to ask if something is appropriate to wear, it isn’t. Unless you know the culture without a shadow of a doubt, opt for conservative
- Ask smart, personalized questions that a quick Google search couldn’t tell you. Asking me how many people work at the company annoys me. You should be able to tell me that (and a whole bunch of other facts)
- Prepare, but don’t sound rehearsed. I want to talk to you, not a robot or a person who has memorized a bunch of canned responses. Adapt your answers to the situation or interview style
- Don’t bring up money until they do. Don’t be the first one to give a number either
- Take notes. Pause before answering questions. Let what they are asking sink in before you spew out an answer you think will fit
I could go on forever, so I will stop there. Good luck!