Regardless of industry, the first step of any job is the job interview. Under the best of circumstances it’s nerve wracking, under the worst it can be a disaster. And I think most of us experienced a nightmare interview.
For me it was my first job interview out of college and I was sure I was going to ace it. I had been working since I was fourteen years old and had gotten every job I had ever applied for. I was eager, uber prepared and dressed to kill in my new business suit.
As I answered every question the way I thought they should be answered, I was sure I had aced the interview. As I wondered where my office would be, the interviewer stepped out of the office for a moment and I was able to read, upside down, some of the comments she had written. Most of them looked positive but the last comment on the page, written in caps and underlined, stopped me in my tracks; VERY CONSERVATIVE!
I’ve been called lot things in my life (both good and bad) but conservative was never, ever, one of them! And although I didn’t get a call back for that job, I learned a lot from the interview. Mainly…be yourself, not what you think they want you to be. The rest will fall in place.
With the current state of the economy, everyone is trying to figure out how to get ahead of the competition. A better resume, more experience or even a glowing reference from someone within the company. It doesn’t matter how we get our foot in the door, but what we do once we’re in there.
Enjoy this successful (but not recommended!!) way to get a leg up on your competition from our friends at Pepsi.