There might be a time in your life when you need to look for a new gig. Maybe you’ve been at your job for a long time, or maybe you just want to find something new that you’re passionate about. Regardless of your reasoning, this guide will help the average guy job hunt, and interview in style.
When you first start hunting for a new job, it’s important to do an honest, self-analysis of where you stand and how you present yourself to the world. Take a look at your social media accounts, and make sure that a potential employer won’t scroll through some photos of that party from a few months ago where you called yourself the “Keg King” and backflipped into the swimming pool. (Although, we would love to see that!)
Of course, you’ll also want to make sure that your resume is up to date, and that you get a fresh trim and your personal grooming is in order! Once you land an interview, it’s better to be ready than to rush at the last moment and seem unprepared.
These days, you’ll most likely receive a screening phone call before going into a physical location for a second interview. To prepare for this, ask a close friend or family member to randomly call your phone and role-play by asking you lots of questions about your job, experience, and likes/dislikes. This is really only needed if you’re uncomfortable interviewing over the phone. Although, it doesn’t hurt to brush up even if you are!
Once you apply somewhere you like and land that first interview, do lots of research! Learn about the company, its culture, and write down any questions you might have. The interviewer will likely be amazed that you took the extra time to research the business. After all, they are investing their time learning about you! You’ll appear more confident, interested, and be able to maintain a decent conversation.
Remember to keep it natural! An interview is just a conversation to determine if you’re a good fit for a role they have open. Companies look at not only experienced, but willingness to adapt and learn, and culture fit.
End the conversation with a plan
Make sure the conversation doesn’t end with a “We’ll call you”. Always make sure you have a solid next-steps defined. Otherwise, you’ll be left in the dark afterwards with where you’re at in the process. Determine a time you can follow up, ask about the next steps in the interview process, and any other information you feel is relevant.