So, I had an interview today. I’ve been having a lot lately. Today was an online advertising company that I applied to and a friend, Bob, pushed my resume to his friend in the company who then sent it to the hiring manager.
That was on Monday. I thanked Bob for the endorsement. He said “You’re welcome. Own it.”
That’s a common phrase and Bob and I have used on each other countless times over the years.
I normally prep for a company by learning a lot about it, naturally. I basically transcribe the website into a notebook and mark questions as I go.
But this time I gave myself more time. In fact, 2 days, not 1. Tuesday I did most of the transcribing. Wednesday was more looking up articles and current events about the company.
And it showed.
It was a Skype video call which helped. I’m nothing if not amiable and it’s better conveyed visually. I wore a suit too. Full Windsor Knot, of course. Even my funky dress socks and my dress shoes. I was not playing around.
The initial 15 minutes went the same as it usually does. He describes the company, I describe my background. The next 15 minutes is usually my questions, if I have any.
And boy did I!
A few general ones about the position “tell me about the teams I’ll be working with” and so on.
But then I asked 4 or 5 good questions about the company. I like when someone says “that’s a great question.”
And he said “that’s a great question.” At least once. Maybe twice.
Now I wait a bit but I definitely came to play today, was prepared and owned it. I feel it went very well.