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Impromptu interview? Let’s crush it.

Hey dear, it’s been a minute. I’m not beginning to have consistency issues I promise. It’s time management issues (which is probably way worse but I’m working on it).

Rant coming up in 3, 2, 1…

ADULTING IS HARD!!! Why didn’t anyone tell me? How do working parents make it look so easy? I mean, it’s one thing to start working and start earning but when it comes to finding time to doing other things, it’s an entire ball game!

My life right now is like that Rihanna song… ”work, work, work, work” then I don’t understand the rest.

Word Porn

You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about adult stuff. Let’s just say that these past few weeks have actually opened my eyes to the fact that I’m not really a child anymore, considering the fact that I had just about 3 months left till graduation before the pandemic struck.

Many of us have put school stuff aside and have found other things to occupy us or bring us income and some of us are already planning the next step after graduation. Some of us have already started writing our curriculum vitae. This brings us to my random thought that I feel I should share with you today.

What do you do when faced with an impromptu interview? We might as well discuss this – particularly for those of us leaving varsity into the labour market. Let’s say, you’re notified that there’s a job opening and you’re informed the night before the interview, what do you do?

1. PRAY: If you’re a believer, you should commit whatever interview you’re going for into the hands of God and ask Him to take control. Talking to God strengthens your faith, surrounds you with positive vibes, and casts out fear.

2. IF THERE’S RESEARCH TO BE DONE, DO IT: You might want to know about the company that’s considering you for the interview or the person you might work for and most importantly, the venue of your interview. You might also have to read concerning likely questions that you might have or be asked. Trust me, you don’t want to go blind into an interview.

3. DRESSING: The saying ”dress the way you want to be addressed” cannot be overemphasized. If you don’t put effort into your dressing and you’re not taken seriously, please don’t feel bad. What most people notice first about you is how you’re dressed. An interview is often a formal event so dress accordingly and even if it’s an informal event, please do not be underdressed.

4. CARRIAGE: If you carry yourself as a child, you’ll be treated like a child and there are no two ways about it. I’m not saying you should reek of overconfidence and ’I too know’ but there should be an aura about your carriage that will command respect from every part of the room.

5. HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW: Never arrive empty for an interview, impromptu or not. Always have a portfolio, your CV, or something that will show whoever that’s interviewing you that you have what he/she is looking for.

Now speaking from experience, I’d like to tell you that wherever you find yourself, interview or not, always be sure of yourself. Be sure of who you are and be sure of what you want. Try to fight off intimidation as best as possible and always stand your ground with confidence. Do not fidget and be audible. Even if you’re unsure of something, do not allow the other party to smell your nervousness. Always carry yourself as someone in high demand all the time.

Love,

’Ruona. ❤️

P.S: I’d like to say thank you for always encouraging me to keep writing. This blog got me my first real job last week and I’m not even sure I’ve recovered from the shock ’cos I wasn’t even expecting it. My interviewer (now boss) asked to see stuff that I had written and I gave him the link to this blog then I sat down patiently and waited for him to scrutinize my written work. A lot of things were going through my head because this was my first real interview. When he was done, he asked me to write something for him and I wrote this:

You know the rest of the story.

So thank you again ’cos without you, there’s no Ruonaahsculture.

Meanwhile, How have you been, really?

What have you been doing to keep yourself occupied during this period?

What other interview tips do you know? Advice someone today!

What do you think of my interview ’test’? Did I nail it?

You know it gives me so much joy when I see you in the comment section. Please, drop a comment and make me happy.

Author:

I'm Oseruona Asak, popularly known as 'Ruona. I've finally put myself out here to share my thoughts since I often need to share what goes on in my mind...

30 thoughts on “Impromptu interview? Let’s crush it.

  1. Brooo, you did just great. Congratulations on your job boss ❤️. Thank you for the tips as i’ll be needing it soon 😭. The first time i had an impromptu interview, i was not myself at all. I was just praying for the interview to end. Right now, I think I need to grow some balls because acting like that won’t get me a job.

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    1. Lol thank you, Chief.
      This interview thing requires a lot of confidence… I think the key is to fake the confidence or do something so they don’t know that you’re nervous ’cos once they smell it, they begin to use it against you lol.

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  2. You know I’ve been good😘
    This is a really good write up.
    I think most of my interviews in the future which will be mostly (like) exams will be more about your stuff up there, then confidence, dressing, and other things I don’t know yet.

    Congrats again on your job. This is just the beginning 😉

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    1. Thank you boo! I agree with you but at the same time, I feel that it’s the stuff that you least expect that will capture the attention of the person interviewing you.

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  3. Congrats! Adulting is hard. Written English is tough. You have a way with words that prove you’ve studied and practiced.
    I’m proud of you.
    You’ll get used to all the new timing issues. Give yourself s a moment to just be. A new job, any new job, is going to sap you of time and energy until you get used to it.
    Those interview tips are top notch. So glad it worked for you.
    Congratulations!!

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      1. You will.

        And if you don’t, then you may want to look elsewhere. A job that takes all of your life isn’t one you can stay at. Your health will dip too much. It can be just a stepping stone.
        Give it six months. You’ll notice the difference is one is noticeable.

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  4. Hey Babe..congrats on your wins!!

    My first interview experience was also great like yours..although I was also tensed and agitated.

    You know when you apply for a job where you do not expect to get in?
    That was me..so my intention was just to do the interview to get the experience.
    So funny how I got the job at the end.
    My feedback from the interviewer was that I was honest in the interview. like Honesty actually made me stand out from many applicants!!!!
    So my own advice is just, be honest, and say only what you know and can do. I have a feeling the interviewers know when someone is overexaggerating about what they know and all.
    Before I will write my own blog post in a comment box..let me stop here..lol

    I am so proud of you dear 🙂

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  5. Congrats Ro😃
    I’ve been good. I’ve been working on music production, videography and some other stuff this period.

    I’d like to add, that one should get a good sleep before any interview. Your mood and wellbeing for the whole of the next day depends on it. It helps for proper reasoning, yes a person should learn about the job but should not overdo it at the expense of sleeping.
    Well done Ro.🤗

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  6. Congrats b🥰

    My first impromptu interview happened a month ago I had only a few hours to prepare and they even asked for a CV I didn’t have, I had to draft one and it turned out really good, and you know the rest of the story. The only advice I can give about an interview is to be confident about what you do and don’t try to over-impress, those people will see right through you. Thank you for this blog post babe.

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