I had my very first real-live, not-on-a-phone interview the other day. It was for a foodrunning/table bussing position at a restaurant. Yay! Sort of. I’m not hugely excited about it, but 1. it’s better than nothing and 2. honestly, I don’t think it’ll be that bad. (Mostly because I would get paid $400-500/week. I’ve NEVER gotten paid that much. IN MY LIFE. Once, I worked a job 9-5, 5 days a week for six weeks and I barely got $500.)
At any rate, I did that interview and now I got a callback from another place for an interview. This place is MUCH more convenient – I can walk there, should the weather allow it. At any rate, it’s so easy to get there. I can bike there when everyone go off to New Hampshire in a few weeks.
Still, I have to get the job so…
Things I learned from my first real-live, not-on-a-phone interview:
- Bring your resume.
- Smile lots.
- DON’T SLOUCH! (Did I slouch? I don’t know.)
- Make sure you talk lots, but without interrupting him. (There were a couple places in the conversation that I could have said something, but I wasn’t entirely sure that he had finished talking. I didn’t want to interrupt, you know?)
- Try not to sweat. It’s hard in this heat, but I can’t help but feel that it took a couple points off my uncalculated score.
- Make sure that you have the names right of the companies you worked for.
- I smiled! YAY! Points for me.
- I was relatively eloquent. Surprisingly so for me, anyways, given that I usually stammer when I’m nervous or upset or anxious or…I dunno, breathing.
- I did jump in where he began talking about taskloads and how, in catering, there’s always things to do. That was good.
- I think bringing my own bottle of water and refusing his offer of a glass of water was good. “Hey, look at me being prepared!”
- I was early. Not sure how early exactly, but I was early.