Preparing for an interview is one of the most important steps in any job search. The Doctor usually knows who and what he’s dealing with when he arrives on the scene, but you probably don’t. When it comes to interviewing, you should look before you leap, get a good night’s rest, and dress for success.
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 best prepare for an interview.
First, find out all you can about the employer.
Read up on what they do, the people who work there, and their recent history.
Don’t hesitate to ask around and compare notes with those you trust.
But don’t say or do anything that could get you into trouble!
Remember, they’ll be looking into you as well. So don’t become your own worst enemy.
You may even want to take a few precautions, particularly when it comes to your online presence.
The night before the big interview, make sure you regenerate.
When the big day comes, don’t forget to stretch and moisturize…
Also, dress appropriately.
No seriously, dress appropriately.
It’s best not to leave these sorts of decisions to the last possible second.
Regardless, take a look at yourself in the mirror before you walk out the door…
…to make sure your hair is under control…
…and that you don’t look like this…
Hopefully you have two or three solid references you can call on when you need them.
Don’t forget to bring copies of your resume, tailored to your audience.
And lastly, don’t forget to bring ID — even if everyone knows who you are.
You may be asked to verify your identity and work eligibility.
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Look for our companion posts on Acing the Interview and Starting a New Job.
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