Here's an excerpt from a recent newsletter to clients:
Here’s some great advice from a veteran manager:
“Do your homework, research the station where you are applying for a position. (I always ask "what do you know about our station?) You would be amazed at how many applicants don't have an answer.
What not to do:
1) Your first question during the job interview should not be about time off.
2) Don’t be critical of any of your former (or current) employers or co-workers.
And always use common sense: give yourself extra time, to be on time, for your interview.“
Clients ask all the time, “Is it normal for them to do this?” “Is it normal for an interviewer to....”
Learn this right now: there is no NORMAL. Every shop and every manager is unique in their process of interviewing candidates. Some will spend thirty minutes with you. Some will spend three hours with you. Others will have you spend twenty minutes with one person, then twenty with another, and twenty with another, etc. Be prepared to roll with the flow.
Because about 70% of all interviews (by our clients) are followed by offers (usually in the next two weeks), we suggest you get a few estimates from moving companies now. It’s easier for us to get the relo money we need if we are armed with those in advance. Ask for “guaranteed” or “binding” estimates.
Please don't change your appearance before an interview. Managers want you to step into the station looking like what they have seen on tape. If you change your hairstyle, let us prepare them for the new "do" by sending them some tape of it. Or, at the very least, phoning them to warn you may look a little different when you arrive. Managers do not like surprises.
Dress for work. Do not dress casually unless they tell you to.
Don’t wear green. This one is a mystery to me, but I had a manager once tell me, “Make sure your clients don’t wear green.” I don’t think it had anything to do with the client being in front of a green wall, either. So, if one said it, there are probably ten more thinking it. Don’t take a chance: don’t wear green.
Be prepared for the possibility of a background check. That might include a check of your driving record and college transcripts. As for the driving record, a DUI or DWI in the past three years will disqualify you from most jobs. As for the college transcript, be sure your college will acknowledge you have a degree. We once had a manager discover that our client’s university said she did attend there, but they did not have her listed as a graduate.