Dream Job Interview: How to Leave a Strong Lasting Impression
June 08, 2016 - Posted to Job Interview
You have worked hard to come to the point where you finally are educated enough to pursue your dream job. Begin the process by starting a journal of what you think your dream job would be. At the top of the page put the words, pros and cons, and think it through. Writing down your thoughts, and seeing them in front of you, puts things in perspective. Why not buy a journal today and start this process now?
Example: Today’s job market is looking for individuals that are flexible, and that could lead to giving up your weekends. Does your dream job mean having weekends off? Write that down as a pro on your list. Do this for all of the points that come up when you are thinking of what your dream job will look like.
In your journal draw a mind map that includes, what you want, what are your strengths, and what does the job market need at the time. If necessary, take additional classes in your spare time or online to help you build the skills needed to get that job. Learn how to be productive at college in order to succeed.
Let’s start with what you want to do. Surveys show that only 45% of American employees are actually happy doing what they do at work. That is a sad number considering that we spend most of our days working. Why not add to your list of cons that you want to do something that you are happy doing, and you will not settle until you get that type of job
We’re not saying do not work, but while you have a job to keep your bills paid, don’t stop looking for that dream job.
Make sure that your LinkedIn profile includes the things that you would like from a company along with the things that you could bring to a company. This makes your LinkedIn profile look professional. Employers like to see that an employee is asking for what they want from a business; it shows respect for your own needs. It also shows a quality of leadership.
While searching for that dream job keep in mind that your professional resume has to be updated regularly to reflect skills that you will be acquiring along the way. When updating your resume make sure you update the cover letter also.
Staying Productive in your Search
Getting a job and working everyday can make you complacent, and you begin to forget about your dreams. Make it a date to sit down with you journal and go over what you initially wrote down. Doing this will keep it fresh in your mind, and as time goes by you may come up with ideas to add to that list.
These are some of the things to add to your list. What are your strengths? Are you clear on what kind of work you would be good at? How about physical activity, or sitting at a desk working on intellectually challenging projects, or you can do both. Do you like to travel? Would you be willing to leave your hometown to work out of the country? As time goes on your journal will be full of ideas that will pop into your mind pertaining to your dream job.
The Call for Your Dream Job Interview
Finally, someone calls from the job you have been seeking. If it has been a while since you sent them your last resume, design a new resume and cover letter. Take them with you to present to the interviewer. Check the dates and the updated information thoroughly before you go. Human Resources will appreciate your attention to this detail in case they need updated files for you.
First Impressions vs. Lasting Impressions
From the moment you walk into the interviewer’s office you are going to be making an impression that will either get you the job, or the dreaded limp handshake at the end that almost always means you don’t have the job.
Smile, and extend your hand to shake. Today with the fear of disease so widespread, it is not unusual for someone to offer a fist bump instead. If this is what your interviewer does, don’t be taken aback; just follow their lead. If you are not motioned to sit, do not just sit in the chair. Ask can you be seated, it is polite. These may seem like trivial tips but you are like a camel going through the head of a needle and you want to get in.
Be yourself. Interviewers are crafty at seeing through fake attitudes and behaviors. Do not be late, and if you get caught in traffic, call from the traffic jam and if possible take a picture of the traffic jam on your phone to show when you get there. This is funny to an interviewer and will show them that you were willing to go through hoops to please them.
Come equipped with your own questions about the company. Do your homework. Interviewers like to see that you know the company policies and what they stand for. This is your time to show off what you researched about them and how much you admire their mission statement.
Notice something about their office and comment on it. Personable people are likeable people. Relax and your interviewer will be relaxed, remember they are human just like you. Bring up the weather and if your home team just won a game, it’s okay in a lull moment to ask if they saw it.
Mention your journal and let them know that you were excited to get their call. Don’t forget to include the things that you have on your list that are non-negotiable like religious holidays or a certain pay-scale that you are looking for. Be clear to your interviewer so that later there will be no need to say, “but you said” or, “I thought you said.” These are weak statements and have no place in business.
If the only way to get in the door leading to your dream job is to start at the bottom, do it. This would be a good time to ask do they promote from within. One certainty that you can get from taking the bottom position is that the job you want is now within reach. Now go get em’!