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Spontaneous Job Interviews: What You Should Do

Are you in search of a job?  If you are, there is a good chance that you will enter a number of local establishments, retail or not, to submit a job application or your resume.  Many professionals recommend submitting job applications and resumes in person whenever possible.  In most instances, you will have your resume accepted and you will be told that you will be contacted for a job interview in the future. However, you may receive a spontaneous job interview in some instances.  If and when that time comes, do you know what you should do?

Before focusing on what you should do or how you should handle spontaneous job interviews, it is first important that you familiarize yourself with them.  Spontaneous job interviews come in a number of different formats.  For instance, a manager may ask you to come in for a job interview that that day or the following day. Although you are given some notice, many are unable to prepare as much as they would have liked to for an interview that is scheduled right away. Speaking of right away, you may also find yourself having a job interview right on the spot.  This is not uncommon, especially in retail.  Essentially, a spontaneous job interview is one that is schedule at the last minute or without a large notice.

As nice as last minute or spontaneous job interviews are, they can be scary and overwhelming for many. With that mind, you should know that there are both a number of advantages and disadvantages to spontaneous or last minute job interviews. One of those benefits is the need.  If an employer is looking to interview you right on the spot or if they are looking to set up a job interview as soon as possible, there is a good chance that they need to hire an employee right away.  This vital need can significantly increase your chances of getting a job.  With that in mind, the biggest con or downside to spontaneous interviews or last minute job interviews is the lack of preparation.

Although spontaneous or last minute job interviews do make preparation difficult, there are a number of steps that you can take to prepare for them, just in case. For starters, you may want to ensure that you are properly dressed.  Even if you are just submitting your job application or your resume, you will want to make sure that your appearance is professional in nature, especially if you are submitting your resume or job application in person.  A manager who decided to offer you a job interview right away should expect you to be a little bit unprepared, but why not take a few extra steps, like putting on a nice outfit, to show them that you can be prepared for just about anything.

As previously stated, many job seekers prefer spontaneous or last minute job interviews, while others tend to fear them.  To prepare for the possibility of a spontaneous or a last minute job interview, you will want to take the time to do a little bit of preparation.  This preparation may involve having a mock interview with your friends or family members, using the internet to research common job interview questions and so forth.  Taking a few minutes or a few hours, at the most, to prepare for a job interview, even if one has yet to be scheduled, will do no harm.  In fact, it is likely that you would take these approaches later on, so why not get a little bit of a head start with doing so?

The above mentioned points are all points that you will want to take into consideration, when you decide to submit your resume or your job application in person.  As nerve-wracking as last minute or spontaneous job interviews can be, you will want to refrain from turning any down, as they can, literally, be the opportunity of a lifetime.

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April 18, 2008 - Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , ,

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