Nothing makes our day more than hearing from people who are now hired because they used Snagajob. Annie is now working at a salad restaurant! We just had to share her story and the advice she has to everyone else looking for a job:
“My story is short and sweet, I one-click applied to a place that had a name I liked. I got a callback the next day, went in for an interview two days later, and was hired by the end of the week. I am still getting callbacks from a couple other places I applied to as well. While I’m happy to have options, I found a job I enjoy.
My advice will sound like your mother is talking to you, but it is what it is. Let me preface it with this: An interview is like a blind first date without the flirting. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t say to someone you just met. The decorum is pretty similar as well.
Wear something nice. This means no flip flops or tank tops or shorts. Do your hair and put on some subtle makeup even if you have to borrow some product (I did). Smile. Keep your phone in your pocket unless you are looking up specific information at the interviewer’s request or filling out a form. Again, smile, laugh, be jovial. Look as comfortable as possible, sit up straight, be eager. Don’t outright lie. Be respectful; don’t bite the hand that feeds.
Have several people you know grill you with practice interview questions, including some weird ones to keep you on your toes. Prepare your canned answers — “Why do you want to work here?” is a commonly asked question. When asked if you have any questions, have one under your belt and it better not be, “So, when do I start?”
This deserves to be on its own line: DO NOT ASK ABOUT SALARY/MONEY ON THE FIRST DATE. Unless it is brought up, just… don’t. I know some folks’ applications are tossed in the trash for that reason alone. Show up and don’t be late.”
Thank you, Annie! We couldn’t have said it better. Take Annie’s advice and treat your job interview like a first date. Don’t overshare but be enthusiastic. Good luck!