This Monday I interviewed for a content-writer position at an up-and-coming SAAS company.
I spent four days researching the company website and Googling the hell out of the team members. I soon discovered my interviewer was responsible for a local viral post [insert onslaught of terrified excitement].
During the four days leading up to the interview, I researched the site, created a corpus of their highest ranking keywords, and started writing non-stop with only breaks for food, mate or for those brief moments—sleeping.
My wife got jealous a couple of times, so I had to make time to give her a hug, now-and-then again.
Over the last couple days of writing, I contacted a few writer colleagues from my publishing job and a writer friend that I knew from undergrad. My friend didn’t comment much on problem areas, but the time he took to listen to me talk out my writing process was a great calmer and confidence booster.
And after all the work, the writing sample felt good.
The interview went well: when I needed time to think about a hypothetical situation, I took my time and responded. In some cases he interjected with agreements or supplemented ideas that they had put into practice.
Everything was good, everything EXCEPT my lack of applicable experience with SEO.
I emphasized my enthusiasm to learn and write for a new genre, which seemed to leave a somewhat positive impression. But, as an experienced recruiter, you want someone to fill the role that can take ownership of their role ASAP.
Otherwise, a new candidate ends up becoming a liability.
I don’t want to be that ‘guy,’ so regardless of whether I get the position or not, I am back at the drawing table–planning out my study and writing plans. So far, it’s a checkerboard of genre-writing research and full-on writing days.
The goal is to write one piece each week with the goal of having showcase samples ready for my website in five weeks’ time.