Do you have an interview coming up in the next few days? Have you been invited to meet the Hiring Manager for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Did HR arrange the meeting and you have no clue what the person who will be interviewing you looks like?
In a recent interview practice session with a client, I invited her to share something about her upcoming interview. She advised that she would be meeting the president of the company for lunch and had no inkling what he looked like – how will I know it’s him? In three seconds via a Google search, voilà, we found a photo of the executive and she now knows what he looks like; no more wondering.
Here are three specific ways to discover a person’s appearance before your face-to-face interview, whether you are meeting off-site for coffee, lunch or dinner or at the employer’s on-site location.
1. Investigate to see if the person is a LinkedIn member. If so, and there is a photo, you will have your answer. (Not all photos used in social media are current, so use your imagination and keep an open mind). Do not say, “Oh, your picture doesn’t look like you” or “Wow, I hardly recognize you” -- definitely not your best icebreaker strategy.
2. Visit the company's website. Often, photos of the leadership team will be displayed on their corporate site.
3. Conduct a Google images search to see what, if anything, you may find of value in determining a person’s appearance.
Just as you have spent time checking out your “corporate date” (interviewer) most likely he or she is doing the same thing. Can you be found online in fewer than five seconds?