Post Interview: the aftermath

5 02 2009

So I had my interview this morning and it’s really hard to say how it went. I was extremely nervous and I think they could probably tell but I tried to pretend to be confident so who knows.  Plus, I only had my last job for a month before getting laid off. Unfortunately, that job was my first job in marketing after working in other area of the television industry for a few years.  So, even though I have solid experience in my industry, my marketing experience consists of one lonely month.  Not too impressive.  At least the hard part is over.  Now for the fun part: following up and just…waiting. And waiting. has some great post-interview advice (especially #3):

POST-INTERVIEW STRATEGY #1: Immediately send a Thank-You Letter.

POST-INTERVIEW STRATEGY #2: Don’t be shy about making follow-up calls.

POST-INTERVIEW STRATEGY #3: Don’t worry, be happy

POST-INTERVIEW STRATEGY #4: Negotiate your salary when you are offered the job.

POST-INTERVIEW STRATEGY #5: If you got the job, go celebrate! If you didn’t, don’t despair, just start again.


Here’s a picture of me, waiting to get the call for a second interview:



Getting back out there: first interview style

4 02 2009

Oh hey, guess what? I got an interview…my first interview since the layoff.  One of my mentors hooked it up bigtime for a job I really want so I’m meeting with HR and the hiring managers TOMORROW MORNING. So, no pressure or anything. Nothing is riding on this, at all. Except EVERYTHING.


So yeah, despite the pressure I’m putting on myself, I really want this job. I feel like I’m qualified and could be really good at it. I’m trying to super-prepare myself today so I can tear shit up tomorrow. But that said, I feel like there’s a fine line between showing you want the job and groveling on your knees.  Any advice for nailing the interview without coming across as desperate?  I feel like the applicant pool for this job is going to be pretty impressive so I need to really stand out.  Wish me luck!