Most of the time when you hear the words “job interview” you think about getting called into an office and discussing your qualifications with someone in charge of hiring for that position. Then there is the second interview and in some rare cases a third interview and finally you get the job.
Ask yourself though – what is a job interview? Jobs interviews are nothing more than a situation where you are asked questions in order to see if you are right for the job. Maybe it takes place in the office, maybe it takes place on the phone, but job interviews are simply the act of someone asking you questions to see if you are right for the job.
Impromptu Job Interviews
Look at from that perspective, something clearly sticks out – what about networking? What if you meet someone that owns a company or is in charge of hiring for a position in your personal or professional life, and you might be right for the role?
What if your friend introduces you to his boss at a dinner, and as your friend introduces you to their boss, they say aloud “So and so works as an X. We’re hiring for an open position in the X department, aren’t we?”
The boss looks at you, mentions that they are indeed hiring, and suddenly you find yourself in a job interview – an interview that you did not plan for. What do you do?
Now is not the time to get nervous. You suddenly realize that you are in a job interview you were not prepared for, in a situation that is not in your control. Your first step? Take control. Immediately stand up straight and use proper posture. Start making eye contact and smiling. Shake the hand of the person you are introduced to and speak in a loud, confident voice. Turn interview mode on immediately and use what you know to start generating a rapport with the “interviewer.”
In the next post, we will look at some specific strategies to implement in your impromptu/networking job interview.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Any time you meet someone hiring for an open position, it is an interview.
- Once you realize you are in an interview situation, immediately start enacting everything you know.