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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.