How to Kill the Interview Process

“Be the sharpest dressed candidate in the history of the company’s interview process!” Photo by Clem OnojeghouCourtesy of Unsplah

I would definitely encourage you not to follow the advice I was given as a young professional, “Fake it ’til you make it!”

When I was venturing off into the professional world 15 years ago, folks older than me were giving that advice out like affluent neighborhoods give out the high quality candy like Snicker bars, bags of Skittles and Peanut M&Ms on Halloween.  And I’m not talking about the fun size versions either.  At every turn I heard, “Fake ’til you make it!”

And apparently I wasn’t the only one.  That is evident by the number of articles written about coaches and business executives falsifying information on their resumes. (Google it!)

Let me provide two valuable pieces of information as it relates to being prepared for your first job interview.  Follow my advice and you will be guaranteed to make a splash and be talked about for years to come.

1. Show up drunk.  Now I know what you are thinking. This is the WORST advice ever! But wait, I’m not talking about getting frat boy wasted drunk.  I’m simply saying get a little buzz before your appointment.  Of course, don’t drink and drive. Take an Uber. Trust me, the benefits of buzzed interviewing are remarkable.  You will be more engaging and gregarious. Think of it like an exclusive cocktail party for a party of one – You!  You will be amazed at how the time will just fly by and before you know it, it’s over!  Once the interview is complete, I’m certain you will have made an unforgettable impression.

2. Wear a tuxedo.  Nothing makes a potential candidate stand out more than the correct suit and tie combination.  But if you want to swing for the fences, show up in the Rolls Royce of suits. A tuxedo! I would tell you to don a top hat and a cane, but that would be a wee bit over the top. Just a wee bit. Can you imagine the number of boring, unmemorable interviews the hiring committee has to sit through?! The number is probably mind numbing!  Candidates just droning on and on why this company should employ them.  But you will have an entire leg up in the evaluation. Why you ask? Because you will be the sharpest dressed candidate in the history of the company’s interview process.  And you know what you will be displaying to your potential employers?  Moxie!  And if you are going to be ultra successful in business.  You better show up with a truck load of moxie, young man!

But seriously, don’t do either of the tips I just shared if you are really looking to land the gig. I would simply say – Be prepared for the interview.  You should be seated in the waiting area at least 15 minutes before your appointment, and bring something to read other than your phone. Do your research on the organization and come with two or three questions to ask.

And lastly, turn off your phone or leave it in your car.  Nothing says, “I really don’t need a job” like a potential candidate with the hotline bling phone.

“Oh, we didn’t know we were interviewing the US Ambassador to the great country of Zamunda!”

Good luck. Shine your shoes and rock a sweet bow tie / cummerbund combo if you are really feeling adventurous.  I’m kidding. Kinda…

Considered “one of the brightest young minds in comedy,” Mike Goodwin will be a featured speaker at Thinking Good’s Toolkit Conference. Mike has a heart to bring strength and healing through joy. That’s why he’s dedicated his comedic gift and wit to a style and delivery that is as clean as his bowtie.

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