Love Andy Warhol? Traditional Christian? Allergic to cats?
Name dropping gets a bad rap as it’s often used to cash in on a person’s associations to advance one’s own position. The worst “offenders” drop names of people they barely know as a close ally when in reality the relationship may be best characterized as “casual acquaintances.”
Interviews are stressful. They are nerve-wracking experiences that can knock us off our equilibrium and prevent us from showing ourselves in the best light possible. It’s a stressful situation, combining your nervous feelings and with an environment designed to judge can – simply put – cripple interviewees to the point that they’re unable to present themselves as who they really are.
It doesn’t happen regularly and surely not as often as it should, but once in a blue moon the interviewer will provide critical feedback after the interview. Accepting feedback is not always comfortable or easy to hear, but strive to take it as it’s intended – as a sincere offer to help you better yourself. The interviewer isn’t trying to be malicious. They are trying to share crucial information with you that can impact (and help) you in the future.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
If you get called into an HR/payroll interview, there are a lot of things you cannot control, from your own experience to the biases of those interviewing you. There are things you can control, however – here are a few tips to get yourself a leg up on the next HR/payroll position you pursue.
Prepare, prepare, and then prepare some more.
Your search for your next HR or payroll opportunity – if it is to be successful – will most likely need a strategy. It’s easy to get lost in the details of just checking job listings and blasting resumes out. But that is not strategic, and your chances of landing the HR or payroll position that’s right for you is much less without a plan.
Take the time to develop a job search strategy to best meet the unique needs of your HR/payroll career to-date and desired position.