Ok, I came across this video during my weekly research binge on recruitment. I seriously had to watch it 5 times, one right after the other as I was busting my gut with tears running down my face thinking “Nice Job Kid – double fist pump in the air”. So it is a must watch – check it out because the rest of this blog is based on this video…”Closing the Interview”
What are you going to do to close your interviews? How far are you willing to go? Perhaps not as far and buddy on the video (nice marketing job Pepsi!) that you plot an entire master plan to scare away the rest of the hopeful candidates awaiting their turn. The question still remains, then how far do you go? My answer – as far as it takes (within legal limits – wink wink). Take a good look at the video – all the candidates look the same. No one stands out. From first impression you need to standout the second you’re in within eye sight. Yes, that might mean it’s time to get a new suit and re-tire that lucky 2 year old blue suit… and by the way when was the last time you got your hair cut n’ styled? You are your brand – how are you going to sell it? Bed-head is not as trendy as some desperately want it to be.
Now a flash back to the good’ol school days. How prepared are you for the interview? At all costs, do not answer the question “What do you know about our organization?” with “I’m not sure, I was hoping you would tell me more at this interview.” ACK! Yes, I have heard that response more than I care to admit. Approach an interview opportunity as a major paper due for your economics class. And if you didn’t take economics in school, too bad – figure it out.
Get detailed. That’s right – even minor detail counts. I had a President refuse to consider a candidate when he noticed the candidate was wearing “white socks” with a dark suit. That was it – interview killed – candidate’s opportunity to score the job – failed. How is that for a minor detail? But this is the coffee that is brewing in today’s recruitment world. You must learn to make your “mug” attract the right attention or your “mug” will be passed up and simply put – “No Coffee for You”.
What do you recommend candidates do to close the interview? That is without a really cool Pepsi commercial in their back pocket (wink wink).