How To Ace A Job Interview While Mourning The Loss Of A Beloved Pet
There’s a new message in your inbox. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. The boss would like to schedule an interview with you and your dog is dead. Follow these 6 simple tips and you can’t lose.
1. Read the Job Description
If you can get your hands on the job description between bouts of sobbing and binge eating, be sure to study it so that you can better understand the company you are working for. Knowing this information will help you draw examples from your previous work experience that highlight the qualities that make you right for the job.
2. Don’t Mix up the Name of the Company with your Dog
You’ve got a lot on your mind. You are trying your best to prepare for the interview, but your thoughts always return to your furry four-legged friend Ringo. For this reason, it is wise to memorize the name of the company and drill yourself ahead of time. Inadvertently speaking of Ringo in place of the company will cause your interviewer to ask what you are referring to. This will inevitably induce tears as you remember his wet nose and floppy ears.
3. Bring an Interview Toolkit
Being prepared for the interview is the best way to nail it. Before you head out, it is wise to bring a folder with several copies of your resume, directions to the office, pens, a notebook and Klinex in case you become wistful
4. Display your skills by ALWAYS giving the right examples
This company is looking for a real go-getter who can make tough decisions in a fast paced environment. Putting your dog to sleep was one of the hardest decisions you ever made and while this seems pertinent, most employers won’t see where you are coming from. Try to tell stories drawn from your work experience.
5. Ask Questions
Always have a few questions prepared. Good topics for questions include career development, upcoming projects and the vision for the company. Try to avoid questions related to your loss such as “ How long will it take for me to feel better?” “When will the sadness go away?” “Should it go away?”
6. Don’t bring the corpse to the interview
Ringo has been dead for several days now. He is starting to stink and decay.