Looking to ace your next interview? I bet you never thought that you could learn a thing or two from the movie ‘Step Brothers’.
There’s no need to study the movie, check out the snippet below for a good laugh with a few examples of what not to do…
In this scene, Brennen and Dale have been told by their parents that they need to get jobs, even though they’re very musically talented…
They’ve been offered a couple of interviews and it wouldn’t be a funny movie if it went smoothly, now would it?
Examples of what not to do:
Learn how to pronounce the names of the people you’re meeting with. This is obviously exaggerated in the movie because I’m not sure how many people would struggle with the name Pam.
Don’t ask personal or inappropriate questions. The step brothers ask the interview to rank his wife against celebrities in terms of attractiveness and how much he makes per annum. This is obviously a big NO!
Provide credible references. Brennen provides his stepbrother and Jesus as his references on his resume. Be a bit more selective and provide references that will be able to attest to your professional history.
Always add a positive spin when asked about your weaknesses. In the movie, the step brothers discuss their inability to work after 11am, they’re slow learners and they’re not good listeners. Instead of just listing things like this, be sure to discuss how you plan to overcome this, for example, “I have learnt to take notes during meetings to remain present and to ensure I remember the important topics.”
Don’t talk over the interviewer! This seems like a no brainer but take your time with answering and let the interview get out what they need to. In the movie, the step brothers are verbally abusive to Pam and talk over her for most of the interview. Take a step back, be present but respectful.
Here’s a few extra tips from the team at Huntsman Recruiting:
Prepare a list of questions for the interviewer. This might be relating to the role, the company, the culture etc. Anything you’re wondering about before you jump into the role to settle any of your concerns.
Befriend the Receptionist. The Receptionist will be your best friend! Making a lasting impression with the Receptionist will be extremely helpful – they’re the face of the business and often have a lot of input in first impressions of candidates.
Always be thankful. Being respectful and appreciative of the panel’s time, shows how you would act if you were selected. Sending a follow up email after you finish your interview thanking the panel for their time will go a LONG way!
Let us know what you think of our tips from Step Brothers and if there are any other interviews in movies you want us to check out!