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Interview Tips

Find the right job for your workstyle and lifestyle before the interview is over

No matter where you went to school, no matter how much experience you have, no matter who you know—if you aren't able to interview successfully, you won't get the job. The following are some insights designed to help you use the interview to determine if the position you are interviewing for is the right fit for both you and the company.

Do your research prior to the interview

In small resort towns, we have the benefit of being able to talk to people about the company you are interviewing with and get local references prior to the interview. This benefit of small town life allows you to hear about the pros and cons of working for the potential employer, what kind of work environment they offer and what sets them apart from the rest. This helps you get start to get a basic understanding of the people and culture of the company prior to even completing the employment application to determine if it would be a good working relationship for all involved. You will both be disappointed if you find out 12 weeks into the position that it wasn't a proper fit from the beginning.

Be professional

Don't take our relaxed mountain atmosphere for granted. Show up in professional attire. Attire, body language and manners count during interviews. Remember that interviewers are regular people like the rest of us, easily impressed by good behavior and just as easily offended by inappropriate behavior.

Be prepared

Collect and neatly arrange your important papers. Bring extra copies of your resume, reference lists, any immigrant work-authorization papers, and letters of recommendation. Bring at least one pen or pencil and a notepad.

Arrive early

If you're not at least five minutes early for an interview, you're five minutes late! Don't assume that it's ok to be on "mountain time." Impress them with your eagerness and punctuality. But don't arrive more than ten minutes early, as it might be inconvenient for your interviewers.

Read the mood

If the interviewer is formal, then you probably should be, too. If the interviewer is casual, then follow along while remaining courteous and professional. In either case, try to appear to be relaxed. Don't fidget and maintain eye contact with the interviewer.

Ask if it's possible to take a tour of the property. Ask where you would be working to see if it looks like a working environment that would be productive for you. Look around and get a feel for the types of personalities whom may be your co-workers. Do the employees and atmosphere portray a company where you would be happy spending your working hours?

Ask questions

Typically, it is best to ask your questions towards the end of the interview as you may think of a few as the interview progresses. Try and find out what the company culture is, what makes them stand apart from their competitors, and what type of incentive programs they offer for the position for which you are interviewing.

Avoid asking the frivolous just because interviewers expect you to have questions. Instead, ask about important matters, such as job duties, management style and opportunities for growth within the organization. Make sure you ask when they plan on making their hiring decision so you can follow up.

Follow up

If this is a position that really feels like a good fit and you like the culture of the company, use snail mail to send the interviewer a letter thanking them for their time and re-expressing your interest in the position. If you don't hear back from them within 24 hours of when they said they would contact you, give them a call to see if they have made a hiring decision.

If you feel that the position responsibilities were not a good fit, let the employer know that you don't think it would be a productive fit. Don't waste anymore of their time.

Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Acting as a professional, being organized, prompt, and attentive will help you make that first impression a positive one. Choose the employers that fit your workstyle. If you want to work in bellbottoms and beanies, choose the employers whom support that kind of work attire. Interview for a proper fit. This will ensure that both you and the organization grow together for years to come.

More job hunting tips and tools

Looking for more ways to boost your job search? Read our tip of the week or contact a resort recruiter for personalized assistance.