Corporations these days are slowly becoming more relaxed about how they handle their internal processes. For example, at one time it was absolutely vital that you were in the office from 9 to 5. Now, many employees leave early and work remotely so they can spend more time with their puppies. Businesses around the world are starting to focus more on the work itself than the office.
One way that employers have shown this change is in how they conduct job interviews. Many employers now conduct their interviews off site, taking the applicants to a coffee shop or restaurant to get to know them better.
This is not limited to entry level jobs. When interviewers are trying to get to know a candidate applying for an executive level position, nice dinners are a common place to take prospective applicants. Here are several interview tips for applicants taken to offsite interviews.
Offsite Interview Tips
- Stay Focused
The most important thing to remember during your offsite interview is to keep your eyes focused on the interviewer at all times. It does not matter if you hear someone yelling, see a neat car drive by through the window, or see someone attractive eying you from the other side of the café. Your eyes should remain on the interviewer. If this is hard for you, you are not going to get the job.
- You Won’t Pay, but Bring Money
No matter where your offsite interview takes place, it is not your job to pay. Employers are supposed to pay anything they require their applicants to attend. However, it is still a good idea to come equipped with a little bit of money in the exceedingly rare chance that you need to use it. For example, perhaps you want to pull one of those “Oh I’ll get this. Oh you want to get it? Are you sure? Well, okay, if you insist” moves. What would happen if in the rarest of rare situations the employer says “Okay, thanks!” and you do not have the money? Make sure you have money just in case to avoid any of that awkwardness. Though if the employer makes you pay, you may want to rethink employment in that company.
- Eat or Drink Cleanly
Your actions can accidentally give negative impressions to your employer. For example, if you order a messy burger and start slobbering all over yourself, you are probably going to make a bad impression. If possible try to order the least messy food possible, and if you order a coffee, make sure the lid is on tight.
- Don’t Be Shy
Depending on where you are meeting, you will need to make sure that your voice is heard. Practice speaking loudly and confidently before your interview and focus on projecting your voice so that your voice is heard by the interviewer.
Use the Same Interview Tricks
Offsite interviews are not that different than regular interviews. You are going to be judged the same way, you are going to be asked the same questions, and your experience and presentation are still on trial. Follow the offsite interview tips above to ensure that you are ready for your job interview. In the next post we will explain why employers hold interviews in areas with food.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Stay Focused
- Bring Money
- Don’t Slobber
- Speak Loudly