I hope you all have had an amazing weekend. I realized I get asked a lot from friends or aquantiences if I know of anyone hiring or if I can call someone and see why their interview didn't go so well at such and such records or xyz media. Rather then answering every single message about it I thought it could be cool for me to share on some great practices that i've found throughout my years of working. Recently, I've realized that it doesn't matter where you are working at the moment as long as you are making great efforts to get to where you want to be. I've worked at every place you can imaging in my 25 years of living. My first job was a golf course, I would have to have to get up at 5 am to go out there and pick up balls. (Pause). I've done everything from work at Mcdonalds, to Steve Madden and my last sales job was AT&T. I've worked at some horrible places but i've worked at some great ones too. AT&T taught me a lot, taught me a lot of how to interact with people, how to overcome and overachieve goals and how to take getting yelled at by upset customers like a professional therapist, all and all i've had a pretty good working life. Recently, I was put in a situation that I was kind of embarrassed about having to work at so many jobs or the ones I did and kind of "lied" about working their in the first place and it cost me to lose sight of what really matters. It's not where you are now, it's where you are going. Hopefully my fellow readers can look at me as some sort of inspiration. I am not at my peak and one thing everyone who know's me will tell you is that "Brandon never gives up". I get stopped all the time from people here in L.A. that tell me "I see you everywhere, at everything - But have no idea what you do" I take that as a compliment. A great friend of mine Robin Godfrey-Cass once told me that you can never just do one thing. "You've got to cast your net all over the place and eventually you'll catch the big fish". Below is some tips i've put together to help you know if an interview is going amazing, I'll give you all the benefit of the doubt you'll dress sharp and dapper also. See Below;
You get a clear timeframe. If a recruiter gives you a firm answer about when you'll hear back, it's usually a good sign. Of course, sometimes a company will have a strict timeline in mind, but for the most part, they leave themselves open to making a decision, even if it takes longer. So, if the recruitertells you that you should hear word by next Wednesday, it's a good sign. If the recruiter is vague about it, it can mean that the company hasn't made up its mind and that it still has other interviews to conduct.
The interview takes longer than scheduled. If the interview is quick, then it means that you didn't impress the recruiter. Typically what happens is that someone who interviewed before you was someone who they really want to hire. It's bad manners to cancel an interview, so instead, the subsequent interviews are shorter. With this in mind, if your interview takes longer than scheduled, it means that the employer really wants to hear what you had to say. Even if you don't end up getting a job offer, you can feel confident that the employer was at least interested and had seriously considered you for the job.
The recruiter talks about personal stuff or shares jokes. When the formal interview questions and answers are over and the conversation turns to chit chat or personal bonding, it means that the employer really wants to know who you are. The recruiter is looking for common ground and so far, you’re an attractive candidate. It's half the battle and it's a clear sign that they are seriously considering you. If an interviewer isn't impressed with your resume or you lack some required skill, an interviewer wouldn't waste valuable time chatting with you just to make you feel better. Although you might not always get a job offer after an interview like this, being personable and likeable can help you get the job.
The interviewer discusses the problems with the position. If the interviewer shares with you some of the problems that the previous employee had or talks about the details of the challenges of the position, it means that he or she is wondering if you can handle the job. Typically, an interviewer doesn't give this type of information to people who aren’t qualified for the job. An interviewer may talk details with a handful of people, trying to decide which person to hire.
You make plans with them for the position. When this happens, it's very, very likely that you'll be getting a job offer. If you and the hiring manager begin brainstorming and coming up with a strategy for success, it's a really good sign. It means that the hiring manager is already picturing you in the job, which is exactly what you want. In order to get to this place, you had to impress them with your understanding of the company and its needs. Even if you don't get the job, this is a clear sign that you are doing all that you can and that you're on the right track.
Did this help? Let me know in the comments and feel free to tweet me @brvndont any other questions and i'll absolutely respond to you. Have a great Monday my people.