Holiday Job Interviewing 101

With the increase in seasonal hiring comes an obvious question: How can job seekers go beyond temporary employment? The answer is actually simple: You must highlight why you’re an asset beyond the holidays.

Here are a few job interview tips that can help you both land that seasonal job and transform it into a permanent position.

1. Approach the holiday interview like a typical interview

Seasonal hiring may seem like an “in and out” situation, but it’s vital to not treat it as such. Look at a holiday job interview as you would any other. This means you should do the following:

  • Research the organization
  • Understand the company culture
  • Relay your past experiences
  • Bring a portfolio (if appropriate for your industry)
  • Ask about the next steps in the interview process

When you approach a holiday interview as seriously as you would a typical job interview, the possibility of impressing the interviewer will likely increase.

2. Emphasize your flexibility

Many seasonal jobs may require employees to work in stressful situations or for extended hours. This is why it’s important to emphasize your flexibility during your interview.

For instance, if you have an open schedule, let your interviewer know you’re willing to work whenever he needs you. Or if you can work in any department, let her know upfront.

Telling the interviewer you can perform well with a variety of different people and situations can also help your chances. The more flexible you are, the more attractive you’ll be as a candidate.

3. Note your transferable skills

Transferrable skills are king. From an employer’s perspective, it means you can be placed in different settings without difficulty. A holiday interview is the perfect place to show off these transferable skills. Show the interviewer you are already educated on a certain skill and can save the organization time and money since you do not have to be trained extensively.

4. State your desire to stay after the season is over

How can an employer be aware of your desire to work past the holiday season if you don’t say so? It’s essential to be clear in your interview in regards to your future plans.

For example, you can tell the interviewer you believe you have the necessary experience and potential to succeed in the role, now and in the future. Back this statement up with past experiences which show why this is true. This subtly lets the interviewer know you’re not in it for only a few weeks or a few months. You’re in it for as long as they’ll have you.

A seasonal job can be your ticket to a long-term career if you follow the above tips during the holiday interview. Remember, treat a holiday job interview as you would a traditional interview–emphasize your flexibility, note your transferable skills, and state your desire to stay after the fact. Should you perform well during your time, you’ll may be listed as an employee to keep around after the season is over.

What do you think? What are some other rules to follow in the holiday job interview?


Guest Expert:

Alan Carniol is the Founder ofInterview Success Formula, a program that helps job seekers to deliver powerful answers that prove why they are the right person for the job. Follow Alan and Interview Success Formula onFacebook,Twitter, andLinkedIn.

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