I have had a couple of interviews in the past weeks and I have to come to the realization that I might not be very good at interviews. Having fun and leaving the interview with a smile on my face does not necessarily mean that I wowed them with my professionalism and intelligence. It probably just means I enjoyed talking to the person and that I am a spaz!
I do not get nervous for interviews. I think this is mostly because I know I have a lot of great experience and I tend to feel if I am too uptight that it will make the interviewer uncomfortable. I was in charge of recruiting at the company that I used to work for and we usually hired the people who we had the most fun with and who weren’t afraid to show their personality. It worked out well for that particular company, but that was a small, family owned business. We used these measures to judge if the person would fit in with our culture. I think culture fit is so important, but I think it is almost more important in a small business because if you have one person who has a bad attitude or doesn’t quite fit in with everyone, the entire organization feels it and it becomes apparent very quickly!
Oh goodness, what am I to do? It looks like it is time for me to call the Career Management office to set up my mock interview. I have heard many good things about this process and I hope it will help me learn how to portray all of the positive attributes I have to offer a business. It would also be nice if they could give me some tips on how to be less bubbly. I just can’t control my excitement sometimes!