June 18, 2015
Have an interview tomorrow? How to prepare—and succeed—on short notice.
In a perfect world, interviews would always be scheduled weeks in advance, giving you more than enough time to get your best business suit dry-cleaned, conduct extensive research on the company and get three different versions of your “elevator pitch” down pat.
In reality, that’s just not the way it usually works. Once the chain of events that can lead up to a job interview is set into motion, the situation often escalates rapidly. You may sit next to a foodservice industry executive at a Saturday night dinner party, only to be asked to show up bright and early Monday morning for a job interview. Or maybe a former supervisor will mention your name when the night auditor at a local hotel suddenly skips town, leaving management desperate for a qualified replacement.
Regardless of the reason, last-minute interviews are often a fact of life. This is especially true in the hospitality industry, with its long history of rapid growth, ongoing turnover and an international network of job-hopping insiders. The most successful job hunters are those who make the most of their connections, using the industry grapevine and word-of-mouth to create opportunities where none may have previously existed.
The downside of this approach? Well, you may have to train yourself to be ready to ace an interview at a moment’s notice. This sounds like a daunting challenge, but if you get into the right mindset, it’s definitely doable. If you’ve been reading a lot of how-to books about interviews, you might think short-term interview success is an impossible feat, since most of the job search literature out there focuses on long-term, carefully-planned employment hunts. Just stick to these simple guidelines and you can be on your way to wowing your future employer in less than 24 hours.
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