How to Handle a Courtesy Job Interview

During the job search, applicants need to be aware of the courtesy interview. A courtesy job interview is one in which the company recruiter has no intent of hiring the candidate, but conducts the interview anyway. The courtesy interview is known to human resource departments, and is a practice carried out by every level of the hiring process.

There are also interviews which are ceremonial. The reviewer has already made up his or her mind to hire the candidate, and the meeting is perfunctory. The courtesy interview on the other hand, is a pretense of interest. There are some professionals who believe it exhibits a lack of respect toward the job applicant. At the least, it leans to an incredible disservice to the applicant, and a waste of time for both parties. If conducted carelessly, it can leave the candidate with a bad taste in the mouth. Why then, do recruiters, headhunters, former colleagues, Fortune 500 companies, etc. conduct courtesy interviews?

The answer is found in two types of courtesy interviews:

• After about ten minutes or so, it is clear to the interviewer that you are not the right fit for the company. But he or she wants to be polite, and will continue the interview for another twenty to thirty minutes before thanking you for your visit;

• The interviewer is only seeing you out of an obligation or human resource policy. Whether or not the interviewer is interested in you, he or she will proceed anyway out of courtesy and/or respect.

How then, do you know you are in a courtesy interview? Here are some samples:

• The first sentence may be, “I just wanted to see where you are in your career search”. This is a fishing expedition. The interviewer is curious about what you have done since your last job, which companies you have talked to so far, or to pump you for information not relevant to your job hunt;

• “We had already finished final interviews when we received your resume. After looking at your impressive cover letter and resume, we thought we should talk to you before making a final decision”. This means a person higher up in the company asked the candidate to apply. That information was in the cover letter. For the interviewer, he or she is only doing it out of respect for, or fear of, the company executive.

• “As you know, we are an equal employment opportunity firm. We take that seriously and under consideration when we interview applicants”. This is done to avoid discrimination lawsuits. Some firms who accept government funds are required to conduct at least 3 interviews with applicants of diverse backgrounds. On a positive note, it could also mean the company is sincere in hiring a diversity of applicants, you included.

Ten to fifteen minutes should be long enough to know whether or not you are in a serious interview or talking to a person just going through the paces. It is clear that he or she has no desire to hire you. What then, should you do once you realize you are in a courtesy interview?

• Ignore the interviewer’s irrelevant questions, and do the interview of a lifetime. Dazzle and impress. Why? He or she may decide to refer you to another firm who would love to hire you. Or, the recruiter may think you are not right for the current job, but is perfect for another open position at the company;

• Using great tact, end the interview. Say you do not believe you are the right fit for the job, and do not wish to waste either of your time;

• No matter how you feel, do not be rude or show how angry you feel. You may see this person again;

• Always thank the interviewer for talking with you. Depending on how you and the interviewer clicked, ask for a referral so you don’t feel it has been a waste

• Do an assessment of the interview. Take note of the positive parts. When did your conversation seem to excite the recruiter? What topics made him or her ask you follow up questions?

It is always tough to go through one interview after another, not knowing whether or not you are wasting your time and energy. Do not take it personally. The job hunting market is extremely competitive. Look at the courtesy interview as one piece of several that an unemployed person will experience during the job search.

Job applicants should look for employment like a daily duty. You must be diligent, consistent, and determined to find work that fits your skills, experience, education, and temperament. Your task is to convince a company that you are the right person for the job.

A positive attitude will go far toward putting a negative meeting in the past. Don’t let one bad interview experience kill your spirit. Look forward; maintain your daily job searching routine, and work on getting an interview with the next company you like.

An Insider’s Guide to Airline Flight Attendant Interviews, Top Tips for Flight Attendant Applicants

There should be no surprise as to what an Airline is looking for from flight attendant applicants in their interviews. All airlines want Flight Attendants that will embrace and propel the corporate image of their airline.

Certainly flight attendants are individuals, but many identifiable traits of a typical flight attendant can be identified. All applicants will be positively cheerful and sport a happy disposition. They will also understand impeccable grooming and professional personal presentation. However for the most part, the successful flight attendant will possess the values and required communication standards of the interviewing Airline, and this can be markedly different between the airlines.

They maybe focused on first class VIP, relaxed business or holiday passengers, however in order to achieve its identifiable corporate image and brand, the airline interview process for flight attendants must identify and adhere to a matrix of values and guidelines upon which they can achieve consistency of a standard amongst their selected flight attendants.

The flight attendant interview selection process must adhere to this matrix template to enable consistent professionalism and fairness in the process and yet allow for the unique differences of every individual in a non-discriminative way.

When attending any airline flight attendant interview, impeccable grooming and professional personal presentation must be first and foremost. And while many of us can talk amongst our friends, not all of us are good communicators with strangers.

Your knowledge of the airline and enthusiasm for the flight attendant position will also be front and center to some of the questions that you will be expected to answer.Understand that you will be observed at all times, even before and after your interviews. While this can possibly be nerve racking for some, it will be the questions that you are given during your interview that will probably most challenge you.

And while rote learning of particular specific questions for your flight attendant interview on the whole can be useful, it is not nearly as effective as knowing why and how the interviewer wants a question answered.

When you know the reason for a question being asked and the format required to effectively answer it, any question can be answered with confidence and completeness.

Back ground knowledge of your chosen airline and complete flight attendant interview preparation will certainly dispel any jitters and add to your over all presentation and delivery.

Your knowledge of the airline and that of the flight attendant job role will provide a great reference base upon which to be able to naturally answer any questions. By then drawing on your own experiences when giving an answer you’ll be able to provide consistency and accuracy in your answers without fabrication.

So first and foremost be positively cheerful and sport a happy disposition. Understand what impeccable grooming means from an Airline interviewer’s perspective and be professional in your personal presentation. Learn to be a great communicator with all people. Demonstrate your interest and knowledge of the airline and the flight attendant position and relate your personal experiences to the questions asked of you at every opportunity.

And always remember that you will be observed at all times!

While the career path of an airline Flight Attendant is just way too good to miss out on, by knowing the objectives of an Airline during your flight attendant interviews it can’t help but provide a greater degree of confidence in what is required.

This can only reflect positively for you in the eyes of your airline Flight Attendant interviewer.

Tap Into Your Mailing List to Create Great Interviews

A great way to generate valuable information for your clients is to interview an expert.

But where do you get the questions to ask them?

If you have a mailing list, this should be your first port-of-call.

People on my list quite often receive an e-mail asking them to submit any questions they may have for an expert I am going to interview.

In response, I’ll regularly get dozens and sometimes, over a hundred responses, which form the basis of a great interview.

The “ask my list” method works for three reasons.

Firstly, it makes preparing for the interview a “piece of cake.” All I really have to do is to prioritize the questions and the ask them. It’s a simple question and answer format.

Secondly, because I know that some questions were more common than others, I know which areas of the interview I have to expand my questioning.

Thirdly, I know that the product that I create out of the interview will have a ready made audience. The late and great copywriter, Gary Halbert once said that finding the “hungry crowd” is the most important thing in marketing. By getting my mailing list to generate the questions, I know I’m catering to that hunger.

So, the next time you’re conducting an audio interview and have to come up with the questions, turn to your mailing list.

They’ll tell you what you should be asking. They’ll give you ideas about where you should ask it. And, you’ll how to market that interview, once you have it.