How’d the interview go? Can you face the music?

Posted by | February 24, 2012 | Interview Tools

I recently heard from a gentleman who is 60. He has  a very long record of success in his industry. He has gotten many first  interviews, but is not getting called back. He feels the interviews go great, but I told him if that were true, he would be hired by now.  I then suggested several specific things he could do during his next interview.

Having a positive attitude is one of the best attributes a person can have during the hiring process. But it shouldn’t get in the way of thinking clearly about how you are approaching your interviews. As with the gentleman above, he didn’t think there was anything wrong with the interview from his side, yet he is not getting hired. Once he opens himself up to seeing the situation from a different perspective, meaning from the interviewer’s eyes, he will begin to see what he needs to change to land the job.

The whole process of putting yourself out there in an interview can be intimidating. It is a contest of sorts, with the winner getting the 401k and the two weeks paid vacation. We pump ourselves up before the interview, do research about the company, practice interview questions and then arrive early for the appointment. But what do most people do after the interview?

Well, after sending a hand written thank you card, the serious candidate will honestly assess the interview.  George Bradt, of Forbes Magazine says there are only three true job interview questions: 1. Can you do the job? 2. Will you love the job? 3. Can we tolerate working with you?

Assessing my 60 year old candidate: Yes, he really does have the experience for the job. Second, he has a passion for the work, you can hear that when you speak with him. So on some level, the interviewer must have felt he wasn’t a good fit for their organization.

Preparing for the interview is a huge part of landing a new job. Facing the music after the interview, though, may be more important

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