I studied history in college. All of our exams were bluebook essay exams with one question and around two hours to write a complete answer. These were my favorite type of tests ever because it meant that I could just read the material and write until my hand got tired. I walked in to every single bluebook essay exam of my entire college career knowing I was about to get an A+ and almost every time, that was the case.
When I walk in to a job interview, I feel the same way. I know all the answers. It doesn’t matter what someone asks me, I can answer honestly. I know all the answers because all the questions are about me. I’ve never told a lie in a job interview and I never will. Job interviews, like first dates, are exciting because they could possibly open up a new horizon. The possibilities are fun to consider.
Rather than discuss UX today, I wanted to write a few tips for job interviews.
#1– It’s just like a first date: dress well, act accordingly, and have confidence in yourself.
#2– Always leave them wanting more. This doesn’t always apply, but the “less history, more mystery” mantra works here too if you want to get called back for a second interview (or second date).
#3– Be early. Don’t be on time, don’t *ever* be late…be early. It helps to spend fifteen, twenty minutes getting to know the secretary and asking a few others about their job and how they like it. Employees who are willing to say “Yeah, great place to work!” is a great sign. If you are ignored, that’s a bad sign.
#4– Be positive. No one wants to work with a negative nancy. Smile!