The Fly-­In Interview

I received a call from someone referred by a friend in Utah. He was being flown in for an interview by a firm with whom he had been in conversations for quite some time and wanted some coaching before his interview. After all, it had been a decade since he interviewed!

In circumstances like this, I try not to overload someone; in his case, he had an advantage because as a long term consultant, he was used to selling his abilities.

I asked him about a few details.

What time is your flight?

Who’s going to pick you up?

What’s your schedule that night?

In his case, he had an afternoon flight. After he landed, he was going to rent a car and drive to a restaurant to meet the person who is sponsoring his candidacy for dinner; the next day would be when the heavy interviewing would occur.

One of my clients flies people out the day before and has a driver take them to a hotel to stay overnight. Interviews start in earnest the next morning. (They bring people in the day before so that if flights are delayed or even canceled, the interview schedule isn’t disrupted.)

Given that he was meeting someone from the employer for dinner (I thought of how rumpled I can be after a flight), he planned to change at the airport into appropriate attire for dinner, rather than travel in his suit.

Some companies treat the driver like a surveillance member and he reports back any rude or obnoxious behavior. I have had jobseekers abuse the ability to charge by ordering expensive liquor sent to their room.

Be smart about what lies ahead of you.

You will be under someone else’s control for a day or so. What can you do to perform at a peak?

Try to get a sense of your schedule. I have a client who will interview for five or six hours. Can your blood sugar hold that long?

Traveling across time zones? East Coast people have it easier interviewing on the West Coast. They may be up early but a 9 a.m. interview is like interviewing at noon for them. If you reverse it, a West Coast person scheduled to interview at 9 a.m. on the East Coast is interviewing at 6 a.m. and may be up at the equivalent of 4 for breakfast, appearance preparation, and to get to the interview (always arrive on time).

I remember Muhammad Ali would always start and finish each round strong to create an impression with the judges. Do the same. Start and finish each meeting at peak.

And, remember, you are not a rock star who will expense a limo and numerous expensive bottles of champagne!

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2008, 2016, 2020


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, 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 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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