Monday, May 17, 2010

Learn to read upside down

This is a Washington DC skill—chat with someone over their desk and casually see what they are working on.

Now, I see it recommended by big biz guru Harvey Mackay in his book, Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You.

Anita Bruzzese, CareerBuilder, wrote about this. Try not to be the first interviewed—the last ones are remembered better.

Study while you wait—look around, how are people dressed, are they jovial or quiet?

Talk to the receptionist—“Do you like it here?” “How long have you worked here?”

During the interview—concentrate on what you can do for them! It’s not about you. Do research, what thoughts and ideas do you have on the industry?

Ask questions about the company.

When you leave, make notes—debrief yourself. Everything you noticed. What questions gave you the most trouble. What would be the biggest advantage of the job? Biggest drawback. What did you forget to ask?

When in doubt, I say—let them talk.

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