“Can you tell me what I need to bring with me to the interview?”
This question came to me in an email from a candidate after I had sent out interview invites.
One might think is is a normal question, except that I sat staring at this email with a dumbfounded look.
Then I rolled my eyes and laughed a little.
I finally replied to the candidate, “Please click on the link HERE to return to SignUp Genius and read the instructions, which will tell you what to bring.”
You know, the instructions that you have to scroll past to sign up for an interview?
The ones you obviously did not read?
Let it be said that I am thorough in giving instruction, from the date of the interview, to the location of the interview, to how to prepare for the interview, to the part where I explicitly tell them to bring their resume with three supervisory references and also fill out the attached form, place it in a sealed envelope and bring that too. Underlined and bolded. It’s hard to miss.
Hard to miss unless you forget to READ.
Reading is important prior to an interview, as are a few other items of note:
- You might have a hard time putting that IKEA dresser together or knowing how many of those prescription pills you’re supposed to swallow today or being hired by a potential employer if you forget to read instructions.
- Also important is showing up at the appointed time that you selected for yourself. When you don’t show up, then don’t call or email with an explanation, you may need to look elsewhere for a job. Someone in HR recently stated the no-shows are a result of the economy (low unemployment), but I don’t accept that as truth. I think it’s simply inconsiderate and rude.
- No, I am not going to change your appointment to next week Tuesday so that you don’t have to take time off from your current job. The interviews are this week Tuesday. Come or don’t come, it’s up to you.
- If you show up for an interview looking like you need a brush, a shower and an iron, you may be confused by the term “professional appearance.” Go home and try harder next time, but leave your over-powering cologne/perfume at home.
- Supervisory references, please. Not your neighbor, co-worker or hairdresser.
- Back to reading – I asked you to come 35 minutes prior to your interview. You must have missed that part. I guess the interview panel will have to suck it up and be 35 minutes behind for the rest of the day.
- Great. You came dressed professionally and on time. It looks like you brought your resume, a list of appropriate references, and the form I asked you to place in a sealed envelope. You are smiling, respectfully social and seem confident. It appears you have prepared for this interview. I hope you do well because we can always use qualified people who can read and write.
You CAN write…right?
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