Rehearsals and Auditions: Practicing the Perfect Interview
How prepared are you? Whatever it is we do in our lives we have to be prepared. You would think this is a very basic statement and that well, sure we all know that, don’t we?
When we were the “swooshing tree” in our first school play we had to practice standing still and “swooshing” at the right time, we had to learn away in a manger for our first advent play. I think you know where I am going with this. Our mothers helped us learn our lines, make our costumes, rehearse us to be perfect for our moment.
School plays are no different to interviews, we are putting the best of ourselves forward to be noticed by the person with the power to give us the better part next time. Or, that job.
To do this we need to have some fundamental things done:
- Understand what we are going to be involved in.
- Know our lines.
- Be prepared with the right clothes/costume.
- Know and understand the people around us/that we will be working with etc.
So why, oh why, have I interviewed someone in a tracksuit who kept saying: “Era yeah, I suppose?”
Part of my job involves recruiting. I spend one to two days a week interviewing (I am not solely a Recruiter, I work on Sales, Marketing, Logistics, Training & Motivation, I am my own team!)
When people apply to become a representative for the Company I work for, It doesn’t mean they walk straight into the job (sometimes Commission only Direct Sales is perceived as anyone can do it). I have found myself telling someone I didn’t think they were suited for the job. When they learned more about the position they realised themselves it wasn’t the best fit.
But, back to the tracksuit, “era yeah’… Why would they not put their best forward? How important was the job to them? Was it to earn some money to buy fancy shoes they’d only wear once or to help pay the mortgage? Had they even thought that far ahead, or was it just they hadn’t put importance on the level of the work for certain position?
What do I mean? I applied for a night staff position in a large supermarket years ago, (needed extra cash for my wedding) I would be stacking shelves. I wore a suit to the interview. They got the best of me.
It seems so basic to say dress appropriately and get to know the company/job you are interviewing for. But so many times its a forgotten element. We think we are great for the job so “it’s their loss if they don’t hire me”. Just like the Diva going for a role she knows nothing about, but thinks she’s perfect for.
This all goes back to my first Bloggertone post. We are what makes us/our business/or potentially someone else’s business amazing. So if we don’t put on the right costume and learn our lines, put on our suit and be informed, how will anyone else know how amazing we are?