OMG! Your Job Interview was TMI!

Congratulations!  Your resume sold you.  Now you have to finalize the sale during the interview.   What did you bring?

Some recommend a portfolio or brag book to show records of previous accomplishments.  Allow the interviewer to remember you.  Your brag book may be beneficial; but you close the deal.  You can produce credentials; awards, and high numbers.  If your interview is sitting there and flipping pages to make your point; you may have lost before you started.  What you accomplished at Company Y does not mean it will work for Company Z.   Just because it was an accomplishment for Company P does not mean it makes the grade for Company Q.  You can bring a portfolio or brag book.  I would wonder if this was part of a team.  I would wonder if you functioned autonomously.  I would wonder if you are taking credit for someone else’s work. I would wonder why it is so important to use a brag book for almost every question.  I would wonder why your responses are limited to what is in the book.  In this case; “the proof is not always in the pudding.”  Your portfolio or brag book would not automatically get you the job or a second interview.  I’ve seen applicants bring too much information; and get rejected.  I’ve seen applicants bring documentation; and not be able to clarify.  I’ve seen applicants bring information that was not approved for usage outside of the previous company.  Bringing a portfolio/brag book may not be a plus for some job interviews.   How would your portfolio/brag book work with an interview panel?

Some say bring, devices iPad, tablet to score additional points.  Showing your skills by bring the latest technology to an interview may cost you.  Time is of the essence.  First impressions are lasting.  Yes, the visual effects may be awesome.  You can’t leave the device with the interviewer.  The interviewer may not have time to try and retrieve your document.  The interviewer may not want to wait for you to print the document as an attachment to your resume.  Guess what?   The focus may leave the interview and the goal my be the joys of an ipad or tablet.  The issue of a position may be delayed or forgotten with your unique device.

Interviewers want to know your long range plan.  Interviewers want to know if you are an asset to the company.  They want to know if you will grow with the company.  They want to know what you bring to the table.  They want to know why they should select you.   On the flip side; they may want to know if you are after their job.  They may use your suggestions and ideas; but, hire someone else.   You want to highlight what you have accomplished; buy, your ideas and strategies would be a judgment call during the interview.  

You should be familiar with the company and their industry.  You should do your homework.  You should be able to have a basic working knowledge of the company.  You need to determine if this is where you want to work.

During the interview or at the end; you get a turn.  You should prepare a list of questions.  You have the opportunity to get answers.  Ask the right questions.  This is a two way process.  They may want you.  Do you want them?

Are you frustrated with the job interview process?  Do you believe your work history speaks for itself?  Do you believe your credentials, awards, and accomplishments should guarantee you the position?  Are you angry you didn’t get the second interview or a call back?  What are you going to do?  Get revenge by understanding how to interview effectively.  Do your research.  http://www.awesomepapersawesomeresearch.info

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  1. #1 by missdisplaced on 08/21/2011 - 10:03

    I’m a graphic designer so I always have to bring my portfolio to job interviews. I also have a writing portfolio of my PR and MARCOM writing projects.

    I would not bring an iPhone or iPad (not that I can afford one anyway!) unless you are applying for App developer jobs.

    Definitely do some homework about the company and have a few questions.

    Of course, none of this really matters sometimes… companies often simply go on some predetermined criteria (age and race are common). I often KNOW I am more than qualified for a job, and I see the surprise on the faces when they see my age.

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