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The Interview Isn’t Over Until It’s Over

When you interview with an employer, it’s not unusual to get introduced
to staff members other than the interviewer during your visit. Dave
Jensen’s new Tooling Up article on interviewing includes this advice (number 18, under During the Interview) for that very situation:

  • Assume
    that everyone you talk with on interview day will be involved in
    the decision to hire, no matter how they are introduced. Answers to the
    "candid" questions you’re asked by prospective peers often make it back
    to the hiring manager. You are interviewing no matter where these
    conversations take place–in the hallway, the lunchroom, or while
    walking through the plant.

Last week, a posting in the Careers blog at U.S. News and World Report
directly supports this piece of advice. Business owner G.L. Hill, one
of the bloggers at U.S. News, says his company uses these
meet-and-greet encounters as a way of finding out how an employee
prospect interacts with coworkers. Hill says mastering these brief
meetings is crucial to the candidate. Yet, says Hill, "Most fail due to
lack of planning. Or they believe the job
interview is over-and are trying their best to get out the door and
have no time to be nice to some random person they just met."

Hill adds, "Realize that the interview is not over until you are out of sight. This
does not mean you have to develop an oversize personality overnight and
become Mr. or Ms. Extrovert, but know that how you interact with others
has become more important than ever."

suggests practicing for these seemingly impromptu encounters, because
in Hill’s company–and probably many others–there’s nothing impromptu
about them.

One comment on “The Interview Isn’t Over Until It’s Over”

  1. Great post! I work for a staffing agency in Boston, Hollister ( and think that this is some of the best interview advice I have ever seen. It is rare that you will go into an interview and meet only one person, so going in with the mindset that everyone you meet will impact the decision of whether or not to hire you is so important. Your advice to practice for these types of encounters is great too. Thanks so such a great post!

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