The pop-up job interview

You’re on your way home after a hard day at work when you get a call from an unknown number. Is it someone trying to sell you life insurance for your cat? Is it your cousin Joey, calling to ask you for a another loan (on someone else’s phone)? Or, is it a recruiter who’s come across your resume and is looking for someone with your qualifications to fill a great position with a solid company? What are you going to do – answer or ignore?

If you have been job-hunting, or even casually exploring new opportunities, don’t be surprised if it’s a recruiter calling. With the economy heating up and companies on a hiring binge, recruiters are scrambling to find qualified candidates and this could be a golden opportunity for you! But, are you prepared for a pop-up interview?

Remember the old adage, “you never get a second chance to make a good first impression”? Well, the pop-up interview is just the sort of occasion where you need to make a great first impression, since the recruiter has several other potential candidates on their list, and will quickly move on to the next one if you don’t make a good impression.

Are you ready?………………….

The time to prepare for the pop-up interview is before you get that call. Carve out some time in the evening or on the weekend and sketch out exactly what you will say when you get the call. Try to anticipate the questions you’ll be asked and how you will respond. The recriter will want to know these things:

  • are you available?
  • when can you start?
  • are you open to relocation?
  • what are your current job responsibilities?
  • what salary are you looking for?
  • are you available for a follow-on interview?

There may be other questions relating to specific job qualifications and employer requirements but don’t be surprised if the call only lasts a few minutes. This is why you must be ready to respond and be able to clearly articulate your answers. The best way to be prepared is to practice answering the above questions before you get the call.

So…………..don’t fear the call from a recruiter now that you’re ready for the pop-up interview!