Well, as some of you know, Im in the process of exiting the military and joining the civilian world. Well, we've found the area we want to live in so I started applying for jobs.
Well, I got my fist call back and interview. It's probably the best job I've applied for so far, and it's in the area. It sounds great....but here is the problem. I've not done an interview in a LONG LONG time. My people skills are not exactly what a PR rep is always looking for. I can keep it under wraps, but my mouth can get the best of me at times.
Needless to say, I'm pretty nervous about this. This is a big shot here, and I can't afford to screw it up.
OH! BONUS! - If i get the job, it's 10 minutes from Outlaw Cigar!
My mouth has gotten me into more trouble than I care to admit. Part of why my military years started out quite rough. I've learned to hone it over the years though. Being vulnerable and showing I'm not afraid to admit my weaknesses has benefited me greatly during interviews. I found that if you make yourself sound perfect, you won't get a second call. Something else that has worked in my favor is finding a similar ground with the interviewer, something in common. It helps tremendously with the comfort factor while talking.
Another thing not to underestimate is all the experiences from being in the service. If you had a career anything like mine, you've covered the gambit on jobs and skill sets. Like Ken said, use these examples to show the depth of your character and expansive knowledge your career has given you. Hope that helps and good luck!
Thanks guys, I've learned to (usually) keep my mouth in check too. I generally speak well and am good at thinking on the fly. I really think it'll be OK and I should have a solid shot at the job. That said, it's obviously not a guarantee.
Best wishes, Jay. Let us know how it goes.
I believe your military background will keep you straight during the interview, be yourself, good luck!
I'm applying for a Culinary Lead at a Great Wolf Lodge. So, it's generally in my wheelhouse, but not exactly what I'm used to.
I'll touch on something I hear quite often. Small detail, but I always call the day after the interview and thank them for taking the time to interview me. Also, at the end of an interview, it is vital you show how interested you are in the position. With the program I'm in at school, I meet with 50-100 employers every semester. This is one of the things I hear most often, believe it or not. It's the small details that can separate you from the pack. Good luck!
Hopefully you get the Job! I've been to the Great Wolf Lodge in Washington State and it's a nice place. I assume they are connected, but they might not be.