Real insights on interviewing for your dream job

So, I haven’t applied for a job in a decade, so what insights could I have on finding a dream job. Yet, I have hired over a hundred in the same time frame. Based on this experience I’ve written a piece already on how to help interviewing.

Having considered the subject a little more, and talking to friends, I’d like to share some extra ideas that build on my previous writing.


Sure you’re dream job will certainly have to hit three things…

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After finding your dream job, how do persuade them to hire you, now?

1. Read what your potential interviewers read.
I’ve written an article here and here about supplying advice for those of us who hire people. If you desire real insight on the hiring process read these articles as well, and empathise with hirers. By reading my suggestions and advice to interviewers and the ideas of other commentators you can get a lot of insight into what hiring professionals are trained to look for in you, and why they might ask certain questions.

2. Identify what questions you’re most nervous about.
If there’s a specific area of questioning that you’re especially nervous about – like current and desired salary or why you left your last job – don’t just hope that you won’t be asked or that you’ll figure out a good answer when you are asked. Instead, assume you’ll be asked and practice your answer over and over again – even practicing with friends how you would answer. That way you won’t have the anxiety of hoping the topic doesn’t come up, and you’ll have a polished answer if it does.

3. Try to get your interview scheduled in the morning, if you can.
The downside of afternoon or evening appointments, if you’re like most people, is you’ll be apprehensive about your impending interview all day, with your nerves increasing as each hour passes. Schedule the interview for the morning and get it out of the way before your nerves eat away at your calmness and confidence. Another benefit, for interviews with interviewers outside of HR, is there are fewer chances of something urgent appearing and your interview being postponed.

4. Ask in advance whom you’ll be meeting with.
It’s absolutely fine to ask your HR contact when scheduling the interview, “Could you please let me know whom I’ll be meeting with?” By finding out ahead of time, you won’t be shocked if you walk into the interview expecting to meet with one person and discover that it’s actually going to be a panel interview in front of five people. Plus, you can research your interviewer(s) ahead of time to get a feel for whom you’ll be talking with and enabling you to flex your answers to match their experiences.

5. Don’t arrive (too) early.
Most interviewers, myself included, are annoyed if candidates show up more than five or 10 minutes early, I feel obligated to interrupt what I’m doing and go out to greet you. I’ve had this happen to me countless times, curtailing meetings or my planned work so as not to leave you waiting alone, and setting a bad impression. You should absolutely get to the interview location early, because you want to leave yourself a buffer in case you hit heavy traffic or other delays – but don’t walk into the company where you’re interviewing until it’s five minutes before your scheduled time.

6. Skip the letters of recommendation.
You might think you’re strengthening your application by gathering recommendation letters from past managers, but at best you’re wasting their time and yours. When hiring managers get to the point that they want to talk to your references, they want to speak with them — on the phone — where they can ask their own questions and probe for what might otherwise get unsaid. Plus, employers know that no one puts critical information in these letters, so they’re of virtually no value to a conscientious reference-checker. Skip the letters, wait to be asked for reference contact information. Same goes for the references on LinkedIn, if anything hirers will actively avoid these people if they are your confidential references as I believe you wouldn’t get the a balanced reference.

7. After the interview, forget about the job.
Too many interviewees drive themselves crazy by agonising after interviews – wondering how it went, second-guessing their answers and trying to predict when they’ll hear back from the prospective employer. A better bet is to put it out of your mind and think of your next interview. If they want you, they’ll quickly contact you. Certainly, send a polite e-mail thank you to the interviewers and move onto your next job interview. Make a note on your calendar to follow up if you haven’t heard back in two weeks. Don’t worry or fret, focus on the next interview… Wow imagine have two dream companies seeking to hire you.

Hi there Job-Hirers, any insights from you on ideal job-seekers approach?