Interviewing – a form of art or plain talent?

on August 21 | in Alumni | by Therese Fredriksson | with No Comments

This past week I did my first interview in 7 months, yes, I know it sounds little compared to most people but from a person just graduated from Les Roches and a few internships, it is a long time. And I was light struck; I am so out of my interview shape.

During the last few weeks in Les Roches last winter, interviewing at least 3 times a week was as normal as pasta in Market Place 6 times a week and I felt that I was really good at it back then. I was always well prepared, not only because I am a control freak, but also because I like to be on top of things.

This time it was a plain disaster. I was literally thrown into the interview for a management position in my current property and I got a 10 minutes heads up, thanks. 10 minutes to prepare for my dream job? No, just not enough time. As I said, I am a complete control freak and not being in control of my future is really frustrating me now afterwards.

Interviewing can almost been seen as a sport nowadays, with practice comes greatness and yes, all of us will fall down at some point, but if we are well trained it will be so much easier to get up and get going again.

As many of you out there, I have applied and interviewed with several of the great hotel companies out there and I am so amazed of how similar all of these interviews are. Believe me when I say that I used to have a prepared answer for all of their problem solving, support your team and what do you do when someone is treated unfairly questions. It somewhat makes me think if all the human resources associates out there took the same class or at least read the same book. This cannot be a coincidence, can it?

And don’t let me forget all the examples, examples and examples. Prove that you are like this or like that. Les Roches provided me with great examples, especially with teamwork questions and problem solving. Two weeks into IP and everyone will know what I am talking about. I think it is important to keep in mind that these examples don’t only have to come from work experience. Why not give examples from your student life? Most of us have spent more than 15 years in school, university or collage compared to 3-4 years in the working world. And Les Roches has provided us with some of the greatest learning and developing opportunities that we will not find anywhere else.

I will leave my latest interviewing experience up to faith and get myself prepared for the next one. After all, I got a lot of interview training the last few years and it wont take me long to stand up and get going again.

A few tips from a fellow Les Rocheian when it comes to interviewing:

  • Know the company you are applying for and your interviewer, do your research and be well prepared.
  • Search yourself and ask yourself the questions; Why do I want this job? Why am I the perfect candidate? Keep the answers close by.
  • Find your strengths ahead of time and find examples to prove this.
  • Conduct the interview in a quiet place and allow nothing or no one to distract you.
  • Smile; be positive and believe in yourself!

Good Luck!

Therese

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