Do you ever walk away from a job interview feeling really confident about your chances only to find out you didn’t get the job?
Happens to everyone.
And the harsh reality is that most of the time you will never know the reason.
It can be extremely frustrating.
But don’t lose heart. Very often there are factors involved that are out of your control.
All you can do is keep a positive outlook and carefully and honestly review everything that IS in your control.
First and foremost, you know your resume is working for you. It got you in the door for an interview. Well done!
So that just leaves the interview itself.
Anything you could change or improve?
These could impact a hiring decision for many jobs. They are however particularly important in the events industry.
Here's why and how to fix.
Think honestly if you might have unknowingly made any one of these blunders. (The good news is they are rarely done intentionally and easy to correct once you are aware.)
Common advice for an interview is to exude confidence while sharing your accomplishments and experience.
It’s good advice. But it can be taken too far.
Often times a candidate gets so caught up in conveying their great depth and breadth of experience and so anxious to come across as confident and knowledgeable that they leave the interviewer wondering…will they take the time to understand and learn about our particular needs?
Every hiring manager wants to hear what you have done. And they want to feel confident that you have the right experience.
But…they also need to know that you are open and eager to connect with THEIR particular challenges and opportunities.
Because every role in events is different. Every event faces a unique set of challenges.
Even with very similar events, factors such as the industry, the history of the event, the audience, and the geographic location can make a big difference.
Keep these ideas in mind to let your interviewer know you are open to learning and adapting:
The fact is that when it comes to events there is always plenty to learn and new circumstances around every corner. Share your interest in new challenges.
It is no secret that working in the events industry requires a lot of energy.
Long hours and hectic schedules are more the rule than the exception even before the event takes place. Physical demands on site are even greater with lots of walking, standing and endless interaction with people.
While your interviewer won’t have the opportunity to actually see you in action they can and will draw conclusions during your time together.
They need to feel your energy. (Don’t worry I’m not going to suggest you start doing chin-ups on their door frame or dancing around their office.) But you do need to give them the confidence that you are a do-whatever-it-takes kinda person.
Here are a few things that reflect your energy.
Before you head into an interview, consciously think about being open and positive and letting your interviewer feel your energy.
It is easy to slip into a matter-of-fact demeanor especially if you have been doing a lot of interviews or if you are not certain that this is the position for you. This is a sure-fire way to take yourself out of the running.
Engage with your interviewer. Let them know this opportunity matters to you. Even if you are not sure, the only way to find out is to be fully present.
Keep in mind they will be imagining you dealing with clients, suppliers and other staff. They will be looking for an open and engaged communication style.
Making a connection and engaging with your interviewer is as important as your resume.
Let them picture you in the position at hand.
Start full of energy, be present and engaged and demonstrate that you are the right person to support the challenges and opportunities ahead.
It may not guarantee you the job.
But you can feel confident knowing you did everything possible to make yourself a memorable candidate…for all the right reasons.
Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com
As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.
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