Acing the interview is one of the hardest tasks in any job search. The Doctor may be able to answer any question and solve any problem using his trademark cleverness, but you probably can’t. When it comes to interviewing, you should show up on time, focus on the needs of your employer, and give them reasons to like you — not EX-TER-MIN-ATE you.
The Doctor has been a hero, a friend, and a roommate. He has successfully worked as (or impersonated) a shop salesman, a scientific adviser, a government inspector, a surrogate parent, a ghost hunter, and a boarding school teacher — and has saved the world and possibly the universe on a weekly basis for the more than fifty years. No job is too large or too for small for this mad man in a box, and with more than 900 years of experience, isn’t it about time he offered the rest of us a little career advice?
We’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who with a series of posts featuring career advice from everyone’s favorite Time Lord. Here now are The Doctor’s suggestions on how to ace an interview.
First of all, do not be late.
If you’re running late or even think you’ll be running late, just call.
On the other hand, do not show up too early either.
Before the interview starts, silence your phone.
When you meet the person conducting the interview, don’t forget to shake hand (or tentacle) and smile.
If you have a name that’s hard to pronounce, help them out.
And try not to fidget.
Now the job interview is not the time to show off your most eccentric personality traits. Unless it’s in the job description, kindly save:
your kitchen pantry jazz hands,
your Oval Office jazz hands,
your holiday spirit jazz hands,
your wedding party jazz hands,
your ancient Roman soothsayer jazz hands,
and your giant alien space crab jazz hands,
…for a more appropriate occasion.
From the employer’s point of view, every search for a new employee is a kind of process of elimination.
So don’t give them a reason to eliminate you…
…or EX-TER-MIN-ATE you.
Instead, give them substantive reasons to like you — reasons you would make their ideal companion.
Expect tough questions, and remember that most people have the occasional black spot in their work history.
It’s only natural to want to run from disasters in your past…
But the darkest clouds always have a silver lining, even if it’s just the lessons you learned.
No matter how well or how badly the interview goes, thank you notes are always appreciated.
And remember, if you don’t get the job, it’s not the end of the world.
But if you do:
This post was brought to you by First Person Politics, PoliTemps, UNIT, Torchwood, and the Shadow Proclamation.
Look for our companion posts on Preparing for an Interview and Starting a New Job.
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