I recently was on a talk show with Spud McConnell of WWL Radio. We talked about difficulties facing the Millennial generation as they enter the job market, especially in job interviews. It seems that some folks from this generation are doing some rather odd things when it comes to interviewing.
- bringing a box of donuts into the interview because there was no time to eat before the interview
- wearing flip-flops and a T-shirt into the interview
- interrupting the interview to check up on a pet, who was left of the car
Isn’t this hilarious? Listen to the interview for several more like the above!
I want to cover a few things in more detail in this post then I could on the talkshow. The first deals with company research. I reckon that doing research on a company is much like dating. Let me explain. Most girls that I have dated (and that’s not a really long list!) attempt to project a very positive image. It is only later, after multiple interactions and maybe a few fights or breakups, that I learned that she is not perfect — much like me!
With LinkedIn, you can find out former employees of the company and then contact them to find out the truth about a company — or at least their version of the truth. Of course, keep in mind that some people are going to be miserable regardless of where they work . I am going to walk you through this as if I were wanting to know the truth about Money Management International, my former company.The first step is to make sure that you are registered on LinkedIn. Then, you want to click on “Advanced” up in the top, right-hand corner by the search box (see below). When the page below comes up, want to complete the company slot with the name of the company that you are researching. Underneath that, you want to choose “past not current” so you can see the past employees of the company.
And Voilà…there you have it! If you cannot find a way to contact any of these folks through LinkedIn, you ought to be able to do it in an alternative way considering all the information on the Internet. If you’re still not sure, read The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris. If you’re still not sure of how to do it, contact me. Again, this research thing is like dating. You do not want to commit until you know the whole story rather than the public image.
One more thing I wanted to cover is that job seekers need to ask questions during the interview. Did you know that the word “interview” comes from a Latin word that means “to see about each other”? This is not an interrogation that you must survive. Rather, they are seeing what you have to offer — and you are seeing what they have to offer. If it is not a good fit, then both of you need to look elsewhere. Here are a few good questions as you see about the company….
- What would a typical workday look like?
- What does the typical career path for this job look like?
- Do you have continued development or educational programs to enroll in?
- How would you describe your company culture? (you may get better information from former employees)
- What are your major competitors?
- What upcoming changes do you see in this industry and how are you prepared to deal with that?
If you are like me and don’t even know which jobs you should be interviewing for, you ought to consider career coaching. Talking to a career coach and making a career change has been one of the smartest, life-changing decisions that I’ve ever made!
Happy Job Searching and let me know if you need anything!
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