Nerd Journey 009: Blowing an Interview and Dressing for an Interview

Welcome to episode 9 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_), two VMware Solutions Engineers who are hoping to bring you the IT career advice that we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers. In today’s episode, we discuss a Career Clickbait article on blowing interviews and how to dress for an interview.

Original recording date: 2018-03-20


03:03 – Career Clickbait or “Thanks for the Clickbait”

  • Here’s the #1 way people blow a job interview (Moneyish)
  • And the number one way is…arriving late.
    • John was late to his VMware interview.  Listen to the story.
  • The article has a list of 10 things but was sourced from a much better article –  Hiring Truths: Over 850 Managers Reveal Their Practices and Opinions (SimplyHired Blog).
  • Gems from the article…
    • Look at common things hiring managers don’t do.
    • What do hiring managers expect you to say when looking for another job?
    • What behaviors were viewed positively and negatively?
    • John references a article that suggests arriving 8 minutes early.
    • What is the one positively viewed element of a resume that John says is easiest to control?
    • John and Nick debate whether interviewers will actually give candidates feedback if a candidate asks.
    • What one interview choice did hiring managers in their 20s have the biggest problem with?
    • How do you express a bad experience with a former employer or boss in a constructive way to an interviewer asking why you are looking to make a change?
    • Do you have a kitchen sink resume?

29:10 – How to dress for an Interview

  • Who should you ask about appropriate dress for the interview?
  • Does a male having facial hair affect professionalism?
  • John rants about cultural bias.
  • Would John wear jeans and a t-shirt to an interview?

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