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EP 939 (2017) Someone says, “We would like to invite you in for an interview.” What do you do now?

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The question for today is, "How do you respond when you get a phone invitation?" Is answers to most of these questions go, the answer starts off with, "It depends." Let me walk you through scenarios.

1st of all, let's say you just got an email out of the blue. "We would like a chance to speak with you." The correct responses, assuming that you know something about the job, you can just schedule the appointment and find out who you'll be meeting with.

Let's say you've had a quick preliminary conversation with someone. They say, "We would like a chance to meet with you." "Terrific!" You work out the schedule for when the in person meeting is going to be and continue on by saying, "what is the schedule going to be like? Who my going to be meeting with? What is their role within the organization?"

You see, you want to have a chance to be doing some research about the people you are going to be meeting with in order to get a sense of what their background is, experiences line, and where there might be some common points in your experience.

I also want you to ask, "could you send me a current job description for the role so I'm familiar with what he or she is going to be looking for?" Again, that doesn't guarantee exactly what the job is but it is what it has been institutionally approved but it will give you a sense of what they are looking for. If you watch my other videos, you will discover that I always encourage people to ask what I call, "The Single Best Question You Should Ask on Any Interview." Looking up on YouTube; you will find it there.

Lastly, what should you do when they invite you in for an interview? If it is a recruiter, 1st of all ask, "can we do this by phone or Skype?" If they you say, "No. We need to meet you." Ask them, "What is your agenda? What is it that you're trying to find out that we can't determine over the phone or Skype?"

You see, I'm a little harder on recruiters, frankly with a lot of recruiters, because they often do this for 2 reasons. The 1st 1 is that they really want to check your appearance because they have a client is fussy about wanting to hire people who look a certain way. Get my point? Obviously, you can see what someone looks like via Skype, right? Why do you have to drag yourself to their officers?

The other thing that comes up is agencies like to control the conversation and control the behavior. If they get you into their office, they believe they have you in your control. They have bossed you into doing something. They may say, "I want you to meet the person who is coordinating the search."

"Great! Why don't you just get me onto their calendar and we can do this by Skype and I giving way ID and we can do this."

"No, no, no. They need to meet you in person."

Does that make a lot of sense to you? Just out of curiosity, does that make a lot of sense? There are many ways the recruiter can have the conversation where they can check you out, developed a relationship with you, without dragging your butt for an hour and change to their office, without inconveniencing you so much.

Yes, you are looking for a job, or maybe you aren't looking for a job and they have a position that they are trying to manipulate you into. Whatever it is, always do things at your own convenience and don't jump through hoops because someone says to do it.

When all is said and done, the answer is, "It depends." You always want to find out what the agenda is and who you're going to be meeting with and what their agenda is in meeting with you and, lastly, you want to get a copy of the position description.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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