How Black Friday Can Prepare You For An Interview
Leigh Gillatt • Careers Advice
Black Friday seems to be a staple in the consumer calendar these days, with each year it appearing to extend to either a full weekend of deals or even a whole week for some retailers.
One thing from a consumer point of view however, is that the key to successfully 'bagging' those all important Black Friday deals, or must have toys, is PREPARATION. I believe we can learn from some of the preparation techniques Black Friday shoppers perform, and use them as tips to prepare successfully for job interviews! Here are my top 4 Black Friday tips to preparing for a job interview:
Tip #1 - Arrive On Time
Arrive on time or better still a little early. I'm not suggesting that you should camp out over night like some people do on Black Friday, but I'm saying that it pays off to be about 10 - 15 mins early.
So often people cut it too fine, they run into bad traffic or some sort of a problem that makes them late for the interview, and that's certainly not a good way to start. It not only sets creates negative thoughts in the interviewer's mind before the interview even starts, but all the stress caused from rushing around won't put you in the best frame of mind ready to tackle perhaps awkward interview questions you may get asked.
Tip #2 - Do Your Research
Just like all these Black Friday enthusiasts that scan for the best deals in newspapers and online, and know exactly where and when they're going to go shopping, you need to do your research on the company interviewing you. You need to understand as much as you can about:
- Who they are
- Who are the top level managerial staff
- Why they're in business
- Who their customers are
- What they're trying to accomplish
so that you can talk knowledgeably in the interview. Its also going to help you relax and be more confident in your responses to questions.
Imagine you're going for an interview for a business development manager job, now how is it going to look to the interviewer if you haven't even researched the company you're trying to sell yourself to when the job role itself heavily involves researching other organisations to sell their products/services. 🤔
Tip #3 - Put Your Best Foot Forward
In the case of Black Friday, a lot of people really do dress for success, they get their comfy shoes on, their warm clothes, and carry minimal stuff with them, they're READY TO GO!
I'm not suggesting you do this, but I am saying you should think carefully about your attire and how you look. Remember a lot of people say that "People Hear What They See".
You need to be really ready when you go to an interview, ensuring you're dressed properly, you look the part, and that you're ready to show them that you can do the job on offer... and of course that you're super professional.
Tip #4 - Assert Yourself
Now the last tip is assert yourself, by this I'm not saying you should throw your elbows around as you run across the shopping store to get that all important 'Must Have' toy, but I am saying that you need to be confident in your interviews.
Look people in the eye, shake their hand, articulate your passions and interests, and allow your real self to come through.
One of the greatest things you can do is tell them how you feel you're an ideal fit for the company, its not just about want to work for them, its about how you see you can add value to their organisation!
And when you focus on that and you view it as a partnership, you're really going to get the results you want out of that job interview!
I hope this has been a refreshing take on Job Interview tips and that the techniques we use to prepare for other things in life, truly can help us to prepare properly for a job interview. If you feel ready to embark on a new career move or would like to learn more, here at Diverse, we align ourselves to your unique needs and ensure that you can navigate through each step of recruitment process seamlessly.
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