This post details some things to watch out for during the job interview process.
Remember if you have been called for an interview that person wants to hire you. All you have to do is convince them they picked the right person. So as a waiter here are some things I have found helped me when I have looked for work in the past.
1. When you are being interviewed by the owner and the person says something like they are looking for people who really love the industry and working for tips should be secondary. This for me throws up a yellow flag. For a waiter money is of the utmost importance.
2. If you have multiple interviews do the one you want first. Let’s say you have an interview on Saturday and you get a call from a place you are more interested in for an interview on Tuesday. Phone the one for Saturday and ask them if you can postpone for a few days. You can even be honest and say you have another interview before that you would like to attend. This might open them up to give you an interview over the phone. If you ask the right questions you can get some answers.
3. Ask what the average check is per person and if they are busy during the week. On the weekends most places are busy. If you want to make decent money though it has to be busy during the week as well.
4. Always during the interview go over what you have to offer that would help them. Be proactive and go over your skills that fit the place you are applying for. Just don’t wait for them to ask the questions.
5. Say something nice about the place. An interviewer wants to hear someone say how nice his or her place is. Comment on anything you see. Appeal to their pride. This will get you ahead of someone else right away and get you remembered.
6. Just before the interview is over and the job is what you want erase all doubt in the interviewer’s mind. Let them know it is what you want. After outlining all your benefits you have to close. Throw something out there like , I can give my employer notice and start work as soon as two weeks from now. This way at least you can smoke them out by seeing how serious they are in you. They may stop their job hunt right there when they hear that.
Or they may say something like we still want to talk to some people. If so, tell them hiring you will not be a mistake and you look forward to the opportunity. If this doesn’t work then just ask when you can expect to hear from them and their final decision. Some employers just don’t know.
7. Visualize a successful interview. See yourself as the one they want.
8. What does your gut feeling tell you? Do you feel good about this place? If there is any doubt it probably is a mistake.
9. The last piece of advice is never appear desperate. If it is meant to be it’s meant to be.
What about you out there? I would like to hear what tips you have.