A Short First Meeting Is All too Crucial to Getting Hired.
The first interview with a potential employer is normally short, sweet, and to the point. It can be as short as fifteen minutes but is absolutely critical in enabling the employer to make any further investment of time or money in you. Onboarding is an expensive process and the limited time frame of the first interview should illustrate that very clearly.
Given the short nature of the first interview many people might take it lightly. Please don’t fall into this trap and let this episode be a quick reminder of the importance of this part of the process. From do’s and don’ts to a commonly used first interview architecture called the 4C’s we provide you with some tips and tricks to land you that next interview.
In this episode we cover the topic of, you guessed it, networking! If you’ve been listening you know that this is a frequent topic of discussion. There’s a reason for this though, it works. Nothing can make more of a difference in your job search than a referral, a piece of advice from a neighbor, or a connection made via a warm introduction. To paraphrase a very smart man, networks are like lawns. Planting a lawn seed by seed sucks and it definitely does not result in what looks like a lawn at first. However treat it well and not only will it grow, it will eventually grow on its own. With proper care of course.
This episode focuses on where to network and the results you should expect to see. Not liking LinkedIn is no longer an excuse to not network as there are opportunities all around you that we will show you how to seek out and pursue. From those opportunities we tell you how to continue growing your network and touch on a future episode topic, the all important follow up.
Just a little disclaimer before we begin here, this is neither Sue or Denise writing this. This is actually Denise’s son Jack (you’ll probably hear me every now and again on the podcast) who is helping produce the online content as well as the podcast. I’m here to boil down Sue and Denise’s excellent advice into a written format with a little added here and there where my experience, having just gone through the hiring process for the first time out of college, tells me I should.
This podcast revolves mainly around making sure your appearance replicates your personality, allowing you to make the best first impression possible. I decided to synthesize Sue and Denise’s advice by making a schedule and a chart. Both the chart and the schedule are just guides and can be modified based on your judgement, especially the times in the schedule. As soon as I got a job I turned into an old man. Warning, this might happen to you as well if it hasn’t already.
1:00 PM the night before
Clean your clothes! Yes, obviously your clothes need to be fresh and washed but they need to be ironed, too. I don’t care who does it, you, your Mom, or a friend it needs to get done. Guys, I’m looking at you mostly (including myself).
5:00 PM the night before
Pick out what you want to wear AND TRY IT ON. Now this is really the meat of this podcast. Sue and Denise go into detail regarding this but here are some pointers and a helpful chart to get you pointed in the right direction
When in doubt, dress professionally.
What are you trying to convey? Your outfit should do the groundwork for you! For example, if you are interviewing for a position at a law firm a suit and tie is probably a bare minimum. A watch, nice bag, and a tie clip might show the interviewer you are more put together than the average person. Instead of a suit and tie, maybe something a little more colorful if you’re applying for a creative role.
Google the person you’re meeting and other people you admire in the industry and emulate them! Most importantly if they’re casual, step it up a notch. Don’t walk into a marketing interview looking like Gary Vee, you need to earn your stripes before casual dress is appropriate.
7:00 PM the night before
Eat a good dinner! After dinner, look up where the meet up is one last time and check how long it’s going to take to get there from your house. Use Waze or Google Maps to use the “depart at” feature so average traffic data is factored in making sure you won’t be late.
10:00 PM the night before
Go to bed! Get 7-8 hours before your meetup and allow enough time to get up and have breakfast, even if it’s something as simple as coffee. Ten PM might be a little early for most of you, but I enjoy my sleep. Do whatever feels right, just don’t go to bed so late you end up sleeping through your alarm.
7:00 AM the morning of
Get up early and have a good breakfast! Even for those of you who don’t eat breakfast, have a cup of coffee or a small muffin. The last thing you want is to go to an interview and start having your hands shake from low blood sugar in the middle of it. Make sure to get up with plenty of time to shower, brush your teeth, apply plenty of deodorant, and do a last bit of interview prep.
*Side note, interview prep is one of our next podcasts so stay tuned.
9:00 AM the morning of
Get dressed and hit the road! Make sure to get on the road with PLENTY of time to get to the meeting or interview AT LEAST 15 minutes early. Early is on time, on time is late, and late is left behind to quote an old basketball coach of mine.
Again, a lot of this is subjective to how quick you can get ready or when your coffee meet-up or interview is, but the general gist stays the same. Leave ample time and plan things out prior. Also, this may seem remedial to a lot of you and if that’s the case great! Just don’t let something so simple get you counted out.
Make sure to give the podcast a listen as well! Tons more valuable info there as well. If you have any suggestions, feedback, or ideas for future episodes make sure to let us know. Happy Easter!