One of the first signs of a serious relationship is when your boyfriend of girlfriend asks you to meet their parents. This is when s*** gets real. You’re excited, nervous, you have absolutely NO idea what to wear and before you know it your entire closet is on the ground. For anyone who has had an interview lately, this sounds kind of familiar, am I right?
You find that perfect job (the perfect guy or girl), you apply (start dating), a few days/weeks/months pass and then the company contacts you for an interview (perfect guy or girl asks you to meet their parents). Insert full-blown panic mode here. You like this company (guy or girl) A LOT and you don’t want to blow it. This is your only chance. If the interviewers (potential in-laws) don’t like you, it is not easy to recover. Here are a few tips you can take from meeting the man or woman of your dreams’ parents that can carry over into the interview process with the company of your dreams.
Look nice: This is pretty straight-forward. When you meet your significant other’s parents you probably want to avoid short skirts, flip-flops, Hawaiian shirts, American flag shorts, taco shirts, excessive make-up, and that straight out of bed hairdo just to name a few. Same rules apply for an interview. Save that taco shirt for a few months down the road when everyone has gotten to know you a little bit better.
Be prepared: When you are meeting what could quite possibly be your future mother-in-law, you bring flowers. It is known. When you are interviewing for a job at the company of your dreams, you research their website, social media sites, and everything there is to know about them. You also bring copies of your resume, questions to ask the interviewer(s) and pen and paper to take notes with.
Ask a ton of questions: As a potential suitor for their son or daughter, parents want to know that you are truly interested in their child. As a potential new-hire for their company, interviewers want to know that you are truly interested in their company. The key to impress in either situation is simple: asking questions. What was their childhood like? Do you have embarrassing baby pictures? What is the work-life/culture of the company? Do you offer continuing education and professional training? Can you show me some examples of projects that I would be working on?
Whether you are meeting your significant other’s parents or interviewing for an awesome job the most important thing is to make sure you are yourself and that you are comfortable in the situation. Look, I get that your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy but as long as you remain polite and personable, you will leave a lasting first impression, I know it!