Interviewing for a Job

I recently helped Lauren Rosenbaum (@laurenrosepr) write a blog about group interviews. This got me to thinking about the different interview experiences I’ve gone through. Lauren asked me to write about my experience in a group interview. It goes without saying that there are things you need to do at an interview. The surprising part is how many people do not know what those things are!

Research, research, research. That’s right, research the company you are interviewing for. Showing knowledge of the company shows that you care about who they are and what they do. When I looked into the company I’m interning for I found out that they prefer to dress casually when in the office, I wore a suit to the interview and they were very impressed. When going to an interview, definitely dress the part. It may not be the most comfortable thing to wear, but they show you mean business (pun intended.)

I went through a group interview with a job I started after starting college. The group interview is an interesting experience. Seeing who your competition is from the get go can help you elevate yourself above the crowd. I wore the suit, I brought another copy of my resume with me and I talked with the interviewer. The loudest is usually remembered, but talking at the right time is remembered more. Read more of Lauren’s blog about group interviews and you’ll learn a lot.

The best thing to do, in my humble opinion, is just be yourself and answer questions to the best of your knowledge. If you don’t know the answer, or want to think of a good answer, ask the interviewer to come back to the question later. Giving an answer that you have put careful thought into instead of the first thing that comes to your mind definitely helps.

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Author: Travis Davidson

Growing up in Gainesville, FL around the timber investment and forestry industry, Travis Davidson understands the agricultural community along with the commitment and hard work it takes for a family business to be successful. Travis also understands the residential market in the North Central Florida area. As a graduate of the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, Travis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, with a focus in public relations and marketing. Throughout his years at UNF, Travis was an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and represented UNF at a Public Relations Society of America conference in Atlanta, GA.  Travis joined his family's businesses shortly after graduation. Travis is currently a Realtor, land manager and forestry operations supervisor, across North Florida, for United Country | Land & Lifestyle Properties and Columbia Timber Company. His father, Jib Davidson, is a Certified Forester and the experiences Travis has learned in land and forestry management has led him to improve several timber investment properties into productive projects for landowners. His experience has also helped many properties attract native vegetation and wildlife to residential, agricultural and natural properties alike. Travis is a member of the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and Florida Forestry Association where he earned the Master Logger designation. Travis is also an active communications committee member for the Florida Forestry Association.  Travis earned his rank of Eagle Scout while in the Boy Scouts of America and has become an avid outdoor enthusiast. Travis enjoys hiking, camping and spending time around a campfire with friends and family. His experiences in timber investments and real estate have built Travis' knowledge base and passion for agriculture and the outdoors that continue to grow more each day.

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