Right. Getting a new job is allot like getting published i think. Many of the principles are the same, you have to sell yourself, tell them why you are better than the others. Why it will be an investment signing you up. I had a job interview today. I was not nervous because i have been told im quite good in them and also because i hear about other interviews from friends who are on selection panels and trust me, if you don’t burst into tears, turn up drunk or stoned, then you will be at the top of the list! So, my top tips for a winning interview:
- Keep your answers short. If they want more information they will ask and you will most likely waffle if you go over a minute or two.
- Don’t forget they have interviewed possibly ten people before you, make it interesting and light hearted.
- Be happy and fun but not loud. There is nothing worse than being memorable for the wrong reason.
- Don’t talk over them. Let them ask their questions.
- Have at least one question for them afterwards. It shows you are really interested in the job. I suggest “What is the most challenging part of this job.” It always gets a look of interest from the panel and makes them think 😛
- Don’t be late and don’t be early. There is nothing worse than making them rush to get ready because you’re 15minutes early. It will put them in a bad mood. I suggest 5mins before. There will be other candidates too don’t forget.
- When they introduce them selves, use their names. Eg. Hi I’m Ed: Hi Ed nice to meet you.
- Don’t chit chat. They don’t know you and really just want to go back to their desks for a coffee. You can be polite as you are escorted to the meeting but once you are in, keep it professional.
- Clothing. A friend once had someone walk in in a KISS shirt and ripped jeans. My friend said at that point it didn’t matter that he was more than qualified for the position, if he didn’t take the interview seriously, he wouldn’t take the job seriously.
Now, getting that publishing contract is similar (I don’t have one but have spoken to publishers and agents and these are their tips)
- Make sure you read the guidelines. It shows you are serious about your job.
- Be memorable. In your email give a little personality, keep it professional but give them an idea about what kind of person you are and what your writing style is. Funny email/ blurb = funny story.
- Be professional. Don’t use your high school email account hotchick69@hotmail. They want to know you will take your writing seriously. Its a business.
- Make yourself sound awesome. We all know you lie a little in job applications. Well don’t lie lol just talk yourself up. If you find this hard get a friend to do it. You are a fantastic writer, you have heaps of ideas and are already working on your next book, you are a business and marketing genius and a professional editor!
Just remember, confidence comes from believing that you may not be the best, but others will be worse!
If you don’t believe me here are some terrible interviews:
- Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a “private” conversation.
- Candidate told the interviewer he wouldn’t be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died – and his uncle “wasn’t looking too good.”
- Candidate asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.
- Candidate smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.
- Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was “classified.”
- Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss.
- When applicant was offered food before the interview he declined, saying that he didn’t want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.
- A candidate for an accounting position said she was a “people person,” not a “numbers person.”
- Candidate flushed the toilet while talking to the interviewer during a phone interview.
- Candidate took out a hair brush and brushed her hair mid-interview.