One of the first things I encountered as a new business owner was the daunting task of hiring new employees. While most of my experience has been positive…and profitable…there have been times when I’ve had to stop and ask myself…”is this for real???” So I thought I would start with some helpful hints to those considering taking the next step in their career…or perhaps a “heads-up” on what you can expect to be faced with during the interview process…
- Don’t bring your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, fiancé, sister, brother, friend, dog to the interview! I know…you think this is a no-brainer…but believe me IT HAPPENS! Granted, maybe your car is in the shop that day and you NEED someone to take you to the interview … that is fine and completely understandable, but do you really need to have your ride sit in on the interview?? Give them some money and send them for coffee and tell th+em to come back in an hour to get you!
- Personal grooming – in this case, sometimes LESS is better! While you just HAD to have that last drag on that smoke…or couldn’t resist that hot dog smothered with onions for lunch…don’t force the interviewer to share it with you! Always make sure you have plenty of mints! Maybe Aunt Martha thought that Shalimar was the perfect birthday gift, but not everyone has the same taste in eau du toilet…so lay low on the cologne!
- DON’T LET YOUR GUARD DOWN! Just because the interviewer feels comfortable enough to drop swear words and local slang, IT IS NOT OK FOR YOU! After all, they HAVE a job! Before you speak, ask yourself…what would Miss Manners or your Mom do???
- While everyone is expecting that call from Ed McMahon … let’s hope it comes AFTER the interview! Unless you are awaiting an emergency call…place the phone on vibrate…or, better yet, leave it in the car!
I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg…would love to hear others experiences!
Here are some great examples of what not to do....