When I was invited to be a part of Brazen Careerist’s Network Roulette recruiting event, several thoughts crossed my mind. Of course, I was very excited for a possible job opportunity. Yet, the name of the event itself made me think of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” Don’t pretend like you don’t know the line: “Russian […]
When I was invited to be a part of Brazen Careerist’s Network Roulette recruiting event, several thoughts crossed my mind. Of course, I was very excited for a possible job opportunity. Yet, the name of the event itself made me think of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” Don’t pretend like you don’t know the line: “Russian roulette is not the same without the gun.” Please, Lord, what have I gotten myself into? I also thought about the chat roulette phenomenon. Ben Folds playing live at a concert while simultaneously interviewing me. I could live with that. The King from Burger King popping up on my screen with his larger than life, not to mention, creepy face. No thanks. I am definitely much more of a Chick-fil-a girl.
Brazen must have heard about my concern because Network Roulette did not involve video at all, just the ability to type really fast. When you only have four minutes to convince someone to like you, that’s a lot of pressure. You can’t rely on your fancy new clothes. You can’t flash those extra pearly whites you’ve been bleaching for the past two weeks. Everything you learned from your Interviews 101 book is out the window.
On top of all of that, there is absolutely no time for small talk or get-to-know you time. As someone who could carry on a conversation with a wall, I learned that two hundred and forty seconds fly by. Fortunately, after your first session, you more than likely will have the chance to regroup and calm yourself down from wasting your first shot. You remind yourself to be careful with your tone of voice (tone of text?) because you never know how someone is going to read what you say and take it the wrong way. Dry humor doesn’t go over well via the Internet. If at no other point in your life, this is the time to be quick on your feet. Although, there is a little leeway if you don’t have an answer immediately. Which means absolutely, positively no “ums”, “likes”, or “uhs”. That is an excellent reason in itself to use the roulette style interview! The computer doesn’t detect a shaking, nervous voice. No one will see or worse yet, smell that your deodorant isn’t working.
How to Succeed
All jokes aside, well mostly, here is the best advice I can give: If you can’t type the average forty words per minute, get to practicing, kiddo! Obviously, the faster the better, especially if your thinking-time is delayed. In school, I was always taught to practice with face-to-face interviews. Why not practice roulette style interviews? Enlist a friend to help you out and if they aren’t willing, look for a new friend! And most importantly, make sure you are in an environment where you are comfortable and there are no distractions. Turn the tube off, take the cookies out of the oven, walk the dog and put your Angry Birds game on pause before you sit down and get yourself a job.
Ready start now?
If you’re in the market for a new job in financial services, Brazen Careerist is hosting a Financial Services Career Expo where you can chat directly with recruiters from the Internal Revenue Service, Northwestern Mutual, and other top employers on Tuesday, April 19!
Looking for a killer summer internship? You might find the perfect one at a hot DC-based Tech Startup by attending the online Network Roulette for DC Tech Summer on Thursday, April 28!