ANZIO Digital Job Interview Advice

by Jack Black.
Date: 01 July 2011

Job Interview Advice - Lincolnshire Magazine -

Want to Start the Job Interview Badly?

When it comes to interviewing, punctuality is a virtue. Show up late, and you might as well not show up at all. However, don’t go overboard and take this to mean you can score extra points by showing up especially early.

Announcing yourself at the reception desk 45 minutes early and parking yourself in the lobby will be noticed (you can count on it), but is not a plus. Likewise, busy executives do not appreciate hearing that you’re waiting for them – 30 minutes ahead of schedule.

You are not sending the message that you are prompt and dependable. Instead, you are sending the message that you are desperate, and you are annoying people. The receptionist will be irritated as you camp out in the lobby. Many candidates compound this mistake by making themselves at home and setting up shop out there on the couch.

The cell phone comes out and they place call after call, forgetting how loudly they’re speaking. They empty the coffee pot. And so on. Annoy the receptionist at your peril. You can lose the job right here in the waiting area.

The person who’s going to interview you is also aggravated. You are showing her you don’t respect her time. Your schedule is more important than hers. (This may not be how you feel, but it’s what you’re communicating.)

The interview hasn’t begun. You haven’t even met the hiring manager. But she is forming an opinion about you. Trust me…it’s not the one you want. It’s best to arrive ten minutes in advance of the appointed time. If you made great time and it’s earlier than that, wait in the parking lot before going in. If you took the subway, duck into a coffee shop to wait. (Just don’t spill any coffee on yourself.)

Be perceived as the punctual professional they’re happy to have on site, or as the desperate nuisance they wish they hadn’t invited to come in.

Your choice.

Job Interview Advice - Lincolnshire Magazine -

How to Answer Interview Questions

In “100+ Winning Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions,” Casey Hawley recommends the “S.S.S. Method for Fast and Fantastic Answers” which includes providing responses that are specific, short, and supportive. This section explores how you can answer interviewers in a manner that shows your supportive side and why they should really want you on their team.

You are selling yourself as a future colleague. Hawley describes it this way: “People hire people they wouldn’t mind going to lunch with, meeting, and working with as a team.” Keep in mind that you shouldn’t interview for a job where you don’t really want to work because that false pretense will come across in the interview.

Although there are rehearsed phrases that Hawley recommends to include to show your support, this article provides strategies for coming up with unique answers instead of memorizing them from a book.

Show Your Personality

Your first strategy begins with reflecting on your personality. Make a list of the characteristics you have (and former bosses would attest to) that make you a desirable future colleague. In your interview, incorporate one or more of these characteristics into your responses. You don’t want to appear like you are tooting your own horn too loudly, but be confident in conveying why you are a desirable employee.


The second strategy concerns reflecting on your history of work accomplishments. Make a list of your previous work accomplishments that are related to the position for which you are interviewing. You can practice talking about how your prior achievement could be useful at this new job.

For example, if you headed a task force that solved an important problem at your previous employer, you might say: “I successfully led a team of colleagues in a task force that found a viable solution for resolving customer complaints. I could help you here by taking on leadership roles when needed.”

When you sell yourself in the interview, make sure that you are supportive. That means be personable, agreeable, flexible, concerned, and interested in what the interviewer says.

Work around any interruptions or holdups in the interview time slot. Make the interviewer see why he/she wants to have you around full-time.

Remember that you shouldn’t portray yourself in ways that are not true to your personality. That can get you fired during the first week if you land the job. Several reasons why you are a great future colleague should be apparent in the interview.

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