Periodically, we all need to be reminded of the importance of buttoning up in an interview. An interview is a business meeting where job seekers and hiring managers put their best foot forward to determine if there is a match. It’s all about making an impression and sharing information in a concise way. This may seem rudimentary, but I must remind those interviewing that the meeting starts as soon as you park your car. At the same token, on the company’s side the interview starts as soon as the candidate parks their car.
Interviewing is an assessment of four key areas:
3. Verbal communication
4. Non-verbal communication
Preparation is key! In recent years, the way we conduct business has become less formal and so have interviews. Because of this trend, people seem to be letting their guard down and communicating their accomplishments as well as the overall scope of their job/experience in a less formal way. Many job seekers are mirroring the communications style or relaxed nature of the interviewer and unknowingly falling short. The unfortunate side is that there is no second chance and the person doesn’t even realize they’ve done it. You want to have a solid conversation with someone, while not letting your guard down or sharing too much.
The moment you enter the company’s parking lot, assume that someone is peeking out and already framing their initial impression. Your communication from start to finish should be positive and upbeat. If traffic was awful and you’re asked about it, don’t lie just say it was a little backed up but it was nice to look at the Cherry Blossom trees on the way in. Follow the negative with a positive.
This information is a good reminder to those looking for entry-level positions as well as those seeking corporate leadership roles. This is a common topic of discussion among recruiters and business leaders right now and it’s something that everyone who is interviewing should be cognizant of.
Your goal when interviewing is to leave a positive and lasting impression in the time allotted. And please remember to button up and don’t let your guard down.Share