Thank you, John Wooden! By standing on your shoulders’ (standing on the shoulders’ of my giant), I was offered the position of trainer at my catering company! This is the same catering company that I blogged last week about how we cater at the Oscars. From this experience, I learned a few things about how to conduct yourself and how to be one step ahead of the other candidates in your future college jobs or even post-graduation career goals:
- Be yourself. I was lucky to have my friend, Jamie, be in the training class the day of my second on-the-job training interview, and she commented that the other candidate, Joe, didn’t seem genuine and like he was trying too hard.
- Dress the part. I also noticed that Joe was dressed ever more slightly less formal than I was. We were basically wearing the same business clothes, but I had a suit jacket/blazer over my dress shirt, which made me look less casual.
- Know what you are talking about and do your research. The night before, I studied our orientation and training guidebook. I also had knew more additional information outside of the book just from calling the office, and working on the floor in the field.
- Be personable with the other candidates and the managers. You want to be someone that is relatable. And smile! Make it look like you are having fun.
- Give feedback. Nothing makes supervisors happier than giving them feedback and being a fresh new set of eyes that can make their operation run smoother and more efficiently.
- When you do get the job, make sure to celebrate! I went to Disneyland right after I got the call! But you don’t have to do that — grab a fancy dinner or go to the beach! Whatever the case, best of luck on all of your future goals!