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Hi fishbowl fam. Have a final interview at an agency that will be a half day, with lunch afterwards with the team. Having not done a half day interview before, any tips and tricks? Thanks y’all!

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Update: got the job! Thank you to everyone for your advice and kindness! 🤙🏻

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Pace yourself. It’s a long day. You need to be equally excited for everyone. You can’t mail any interviews in. You should have various examples and answers so you’re not telling the same stories over and over again. And have questions ready for everyone that shows you know their role and expertise. Make some friends, make people like you, waltz your way into their world.

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Don't only focus on speaking to upper management. Have a conversation with the receptionist, cleaner, etc. Show them that you are there for the team, not for yourself.

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You're interviewing them as much as they're interviewing you. Take a look at their reviews--especially Glassdoor and Indeed. Ask questions that give insight into how the team is functionally structured (often this is different than what's on paper). Be ready to give the same answers over and over to canned questions like, "What's your greatest weakness?" Have some funny work-appropriate and work centered stories available to bust out during lunch (e.g., "This one time at work, my supervisor took us for a team building exercise at a rock gym, which was so cool! We started the day renewing all our Google certs and ended it with a race up a 20 foot wall and challenging our department head to do different bouldering moves.") Above all else, remember that it is possible for a team to be a bad fit for you even when you get along with the individuals who are on it.

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If you know the resturant you’ll be having lunch at, look at the menu before hand. Know what you want to order before you sit down. This way you can focus on the conversation and asking/answering questions.

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And you look decisive.

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Eat breakfast beforehand. Make sure you drink water. Sounds remedial but man, I’ve gotten caught out by the end of a 6 hr interview marathon feeling awful with no food.

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Listen, ask questions, be friendly, be a person they would want to spend 8 hours everyday with but also be you. A lot of people complain how they hate their coworkers, if you don’t vibe then it probably is not a good culture fit for either, so don’t over pretend either or you’ll have to keep that up forever. For example I would be miserable at an agency that is really into sports and bro culture and fist bumps, but I fit in great with stylish feminist LGBTQA+ outcasts who care about the planet. There is something for everyone, and you should feel like you have at least one coworker you can hang at work with and speak the same language. It’s a great opportunity to be able to spend half a day there.

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Research everyone you’ll speak with. Ask lots of questions. Don’t show up hungover.

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Don’t drink too much at lunch.

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Stay hydrated

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I didn’t even know half-day/lunch interviews were a thing. Definitely embrace it. Talk to everyone you meet if you have the chance. Ask questions. Make friends. Be curious. Wear something you feel comfortable & confidant in. They’re prob just as excited to have lunch with you.

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Pretend it’s just a day at work and get involved as much as you can. Have conversations and don’t look at it as an interview.

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