Getting Ready For Your Interview

When you find yourself getting ready for your interview make sure you have great tips/ Keep reading for to prepare for your job interview today. What are your hobbies and interests? The Real Question: Do

When you find yourself getting ready for your interview make sure you have great tips/ Keep reading for to prepare for your job interview today.

What are your hobbies and interests?

The Real Question: Do you pass the airport test?

Top-line Tactic: Share a genuine passion, but don’t make it sound like it’s more important than your work.

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Have you heard of the airport test? In the world of recruiting, the airport test is a quick gut check to determine whether a candidate is going to fit in with your company culture and be pleasant to work with. It’s quite straightforward: interviewers simply ask themselves how they would feel if they had to pass a few hours waiting for a delayed plane with you.

Your ability to entertain while sharing a snack in the departure lounge may not sound like a core job skill, but some of the world’s best companies, from top investment banks to Google, admit to using the airport test when hiring, so keep it in mind when answering this question.

Your exact answer doesn’t usually matter, but it is important you communicate two key factors alongside whatever you choose to reveal. The first is authenticity. Don’t ever say you love doing X when it’s something you barely ever do. No one wants to pass the time in an airport with a fantasist. Only offer a subject you can converse about in some detail and with enthusiasm: your interviewer may be a fellow enthusiast and ask follow-up questions.

Second, you want to convey that you are a rounded, engaging person with interests outside the office without giving the impression that your after-hours passions, whatever they are, will impinge on your commitment to the job. Strike the right balance here by mentioning something, but don’t plant any seeds of doubt about your commitment to work in the interviewer’s mind. For instance, your passion for music is likely to make you seem interesting and human, but if you gush about moonlighting as a nightclub DJ, the interviewer might rightly start to wonder how your late-night shenanigans will gel with the 8 A.M. start time the job you’re applying for demands.

Tell me about your first job

The Real Question: How’s your work ethic?

Top-line Tactic: Whatever you thought of your first job, now’s the time to recount any positive lessons it taught you.

Many interviewers believe that your attitude to your first job says a lot about your attitude to work in general, that if you were too indulged to do menial work in your schooldays then maybe you’re still a snob now. It’s not a particularly scientific theory but it is a popular one, so you should come to interview prepared to talk about your days waiting on tables, mucking out stables and delivering newspapers.

Recent graduates routinely get this all wrong. They’ll play down the menial jobs in their résumé, in favor of talking about their dissertations, choice of university or so much other stuff that means the world to younger people but often means little to a grizzled interviewer.

But for the same reason, it is very easy for a recent graduate to set themselves apart from the pack on this subject. All they need do is appear delighted to be asked about their first job. That’s guaranteed to leave a mark on your interviewer, as most recent grads dismiss the topic with a few brief putdowns. Nor will it hurt the recent graduate to mention what else was going on in their life while they were working—notably exams.

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