For those of you who read my title, and immediately ascertained the Christopher Moore reference, congratulations! You get 10 points. Towards what, I’m not sure, but it seems like you’re on your way to winning.
So this post is about on-site interviewing. I was recently invited to an office interview for a Big Four Accounting Firm in downtown Detroit, which was an amazing opportunity that ended in rejection.
I knew the chance of my being accepted was small, because I’m not yet in a program that gives an expected graduation date, and I’m old, and I’m a mom, but it still sucks to be rejected.
On the positive side of the situation, it is a great opportunity just to be invited to an on-site interview. It means that the initial, on-campus interview went well, that you get to see the office environment you are considering for employment at its’ best (it is, after all, recruiting day), and you get practice interacting with the business professionals you will one day call your peers. Since you would prefer for your visit to end with a happier result than mine, however, I thought I would share my thoughts on important things to keep in mind for on-site interviews:
- If you are being hotel-ed for the night, make sure that you pack your bag the night before you leave. If you are a breastfeeding new mom, don’t forget your breast pump! The nearby drugstore will not have one available for purchase (trust me, I tried).
- Bring along mints to freshen your breath, especially if you are being served some type of food. Pizza and onion-y good food is often served, and you do not want to feel like “pizza-breath” all day.
- If at all possible, get a full night’s rest the night before your interviews.
- Avoid filler words such as “um,” “like,” etc. Practice speaking, and conscientiously try to pause and think before giving a response. It’s an interview, not a race – you don’t get points for getting through the questions as quickly as possible.
- If you are a new mom, bring a shirt that you can fully button, to avoid any possible cleavage mishaps if you forget your breast pump.
- Give yourself more time to get to the interview than you think you need. When you get there excessively early, do not go to the interview site yet. Wait at the coffee shop a block away and do your homework until 15 minutes before they want you at the site.
- Try to be confident without being cocky.
- For the love of peanut butter, do not forget your breast pump! Seriously – being uncomfortable, and feeling like your breasts are enormous while trying to interview is not a fun task. I would wish it on my worst enemy, but not many others.
Those are some tips gleaned from my recent interview experience! Any other tips/tricks/jokes I should hear? Or better yet – are you looking for an accounting intern this winter (*wink,wink*)?
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