I’m currently searching for a job and if I can be honest, it sucks balls! You know, the whole selling yourself to them? Why you want to work for the company and why you’d be a good fit? I want to be like, “cause I got bills, you were hiring, I applied, you saw my resume, and here we are.” I guess the better question would be, “why did you call me in for an interview? You think I can do this sh*t or what”? Maybe I’ll try that response on my next interview and I’ll let you know how it goes. Jk. Lol.
Welp, with this approach sorta worked about 11 years ago at my last interview in 2008, when I crashed my best friend’s interview without an appointment. She picked me up one day after I was completing this job placement thing and said she was going to an interview. Told me I should try to apply too. I didn’t have an appointment with them, didn’t know anything about the position or the company, so of course my 23-year-old self applied for the job. What did I have to lose, a job I didn’t have?
They guy doing the interview came out and asked if I had an appointment. I said no, then explained that my friend was coming and I figured I would submit an application since I was there. I was hired for the job and my friend was not. However, I did refer her to a position a few months later and she was offered the job. It was a win win for us both! I worked at that company for a little over 8 years until I was laid off after the company was sold to our competitors.
I’m a professional interviewee/er.
After my unemployment ran its course (6 months in California) I started driving for Uber and Lyft because I needed a flexible job as I was the main caregiver for my Mom as she battled breast cancer. Uber/ Lyft was working out for a while but my Mom passed away, I spent over a year grieving, and now my bills have piled up. With rideshare driving, you can make decent money but it’s inconsistent and my bills are very consistent. I drive for Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and I have an Etsy shop but with everything combined, I still need a ‘real job” to be able to survive with the rent and cost of living in Southern California. Now I’m back on my grind looking for a 9-5.
After finally deciding I’m going to look for a ‘real job’, I got a tad bit nervous about going on my first interview after over 11 years. But then I remembered… I’ve been doing Lyft/Uber for over 2 years now and I basically have 20 or so mini interviews each day with my passengers. I come in contact with all sorts of people from all sorts of walks of life. After 2 years of driving with nearly 5,000+ rides underneath my belt, I still maintain a 4.97 rating (can’t please everyone). I’d say I scored rather well with my mini-interviews. So here’s a little advice from something like a ‘professional interviewee’/ ‘professional interviewer’ because I give daily ratings as well. Lol.
Here’s my 5 honest AF job interview tips to help you through it with ease.
- First things first. It’s just a convo between folks talking about a job. That’s mindset you need to take into it. No pressure.
- Next, while looking at your interviewer face to face you need to remember that they’re a person just like you. They eat, sleep, and wash their butt (hopefully) just like you do. We’re all human. Just 2 humans chit-chatting about a job.
- In case you forget, they had to interview for their position (unless they own the company) just like you’re doing now. Or an opportunity had to be given to them to get into their current position. They’ve been in your shoes before.
- Don’t forget, they’re not the only one doing the interviewing. You’re interviewing them just like they’re interviewing you. You want to make sure you’re happy with where you’re working and the people you’re working with. Ask questions that will help you best judge that.
- Please remember, if you don’t get the job, it wasn’t the one for you and it just means there’s something better out there for you. Thank you, next interview!
So what do you think of my tips? Please share my job interview tips to anyone you feel could use them! Do you have any job interview tips? Tell me in the comments!