I though I'd post this, partly in response to Mark's blog [url=http://www.manager-tools.com/2006/08/more-wsj-support-on-interviews/]More WSJ Support On Interviews[/url] and maybe to stimulate some discussion...
[b]Follow all the steps[/b]
I had an interview yesterday. It just goes to show how important a checklist or step by step approach can be. And I await eagerly M-T's guidance on this whole thing. I had actually prepared quite well for this one. I had gone through the job spec and matched up achievements (PARS) of mine to each requirement, and committed (most of) them to memory. I had questions for me to ask to the company, I was dressed appropriately (remembered to take out my earring) and got there in plenty of time for a pre-inteview restroom stop after a 1 hour non-rush-hour drive (it'll be some commute!).
[b]OK on balance[/b]
I'll preface the next bit with a note that I felt the overall the interview went very well. I came out feeling it was tough but that I had done a job with wich I was pleased in terms of questions and answers. That's the focus on the positive side but this story is about the mishaps...
[b]Trying too hard?[/b]
SO, I must have been concentrating or trying a bit too hard: I was met in the foyer by someone who wasn't the gentleman I had asked for or was expecting to be interviewed by. I completely stuffed up the handshake (a finger grab - doh! - It happens to the best of us Mark!). Then things were ok while we walked to the meeting room and I was greeted by two others - it turns out I was to be interviewed by not one but three hiring managers; Gasp! A panel! Not one to be easily put off, I followed their que in making some light of it when they apologised for the large contingent - which also helped to relax me a little.
[b]Popular boy today![/b]
It turns out there is more than one similar role to be filled and the three managers were looking at all incoming resumes and turning up to interviews of those they were interested in. I guess that was a bit of a nice thing - all three had seen worth in interviewing me. I must also point out that they were very professional and used good behavioural questioning in the interview. Probably put together by their HR support but pretty much as expected for a large multinational technology firm. It was well organised and some planning had obviously gone into it.
Again, things are fine for a while until ... horror, my cell phone rings. Bugger. Thinking too hard about PARs and forgot the basic stuff. Never mind, quick and sincere apology and turned off the phone. My phone [i][b]never[/b][/i] rings.... except, it would seem , at the most in-opportune time. I can't believe I made such a stupid mistake!
[b]All's well that ends...[/b]
Anyway, interview went for 1 huor and a half and I managed really nice handshakes at the end. Depending on how I feel about it (and how I go), I hope to continue this story in a later post...