Interview Tips We Learned from Dad

We hope everyone enjoyed their Father’s Day yesterday! In the spirit of paternal celebration, we wanted to highlight some of the advice we received from good ole’ Dad that can actually be applied to succeeding in an interview. What, you thought he was telling you those tips for his own health? Hope you were taking notes; it could help you land your dream job!

You can play… but after you do your homework.

The word “homework” itself typically conjures up negative emotions. It always stood in the way of anything fun, be it a baseball game, time with friends or even dessert.  Dang homework. Truth is that even though you’re all grown up now, homework is still an essential part of the interview process. Make sure you do your homework on the company and position before the interview so you can demonstrate interest and at least basic knowledge to the hiring manager. And then yes, you can go play at Timmy’s house.

If you’re on time, you’re late.

That doesn’t even make sense, right? Well it does in the business world. This isn’t high school anymore when it would fly to be saved by the bell as you scurry into class. Make sure to give yourself ample time to not only arrive to your interview on schedule, but a bit early. Map out your route, and plan for unforeseen obstacles. Rushing into your interview at the last second will not only look unprofessional, but it will leave you flustered and overwhelmed in a moment where your professional career hinges on you being confident and articulate. Perfect.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

There will come a time in your interview when you will probably be asked about your previous job and why you left/plan to leave. Even if you loathe your ex-boss or coworkers and want nothing more than to vent about them, just don’t. Even if things didn’t end on good terms, you still want to appear grateful for the opportunity they provided you, and you don’t want to come off as unprofessional or even childish to your interviewer. Save the gossip and venting for your close friends or your pillow.

If you fall down, get back up.

Remember those times your dad told you to get back on your bike after you fell off of it, and you wanted nothing more than to tell your dad (and the bike) to get lost? Feeling like you failed at something is never fun. We get that. However, sometimes it takes several attempts to reach success, and interviews are no exception. Many people lose confidence after the first few interviews don’t go their way. Take what you can from every interview experience, make adjustments for the next time and get back on the bike (er, the interview seat).

The interview process can seem intimidating and overwhelming, but a lot of the advice you need to succeed, you learned long ago from Pops! Apply those life lessons, and your dream job will be within your reach!

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