When you prepare for an interview, do you have a vision for how it will go? Arrive at a place, meet new people, have a solid conversation, wrap up with confidence and learn next steps? For many candidates, that’s how the interview process flows. And for other candidates, the entire interview process can be one hot mess from start to finish. Here is a specific example from an executive-level job seeker of how vision and reality collided. Though this scenario happened a few years ago, it teaches us how to be prepared for anything and everything during the interview process (and life!)
An executive was flown by a prospective employer to corporate headquarters. Upon his arrival, he expected a limo to deliver him to his interview destination. Nope, no limo. No driver. No nothing. He called the company and they apologized for the glitch. He took a cab and was furious. He arrived and was asked to wait in the lobby. He impatiently waited and once again, was offered an apology….a last minute meeting to put out some fires. When the company leader finally arrived to greet him, he mentioned that the board room was under renovation and that their meeting had been changed to the cafeteria – we hope you don’t mind. (It was lunch time in a large and noisy space. And yes, the job seeker did mind.) He minded so much that the meeting was cut short and he returned, by limo, to the airport, only to discover that his flight home had been cancelled.
As a job seeker, are you prepared for disruptions and interruptions? Are you prepared to wait? Are you flexible and willing to roll with the punches that may occur along the path of interviewing? Are you versatile? Are you adaptable? Are you resilient? Do you have a good sense of humor? Do you have an open mind? Do you go with the flow? ____Yes ____No ____Maybe.