Post # 1
On Monday I have my first job interview since I graduated from college in December. It’s not in the field I eventually want to work in but I don’t care by this point! I have applied for around 70 positions, and have finally got an interview for a front desk receptionist position at a dance studio.
I worked as a nanny through college, which was a little more professional than casual babysitting but it did not require me to go through a formal hiring process. Therefore, I kind of feel like I have never had a “REAL” job!
I am so nervous! I really need a job and have gotten a little desperate after going so long with no luck! I’m mostly concerned about the potential questions, such as “Tell me a time when…” since I don’t have much experience to speak of!
Any tips? Thanks!
Post # 3
Gah, interviews are a pain but you get through them. The biggest thing I can think of is this question that everyone’s asked me: “what’s your biggest flaw / why shouldn’t we hire you ?” I always say my flaw is perfectionism/a fear of failing which can make me work slower than they would like. I haven’t been to too many interviews but I do have a job so it must not be the worst answer they’ve heard! It looks like you have your answer to the reason why they shouldn’t hire you: you don’t want to stick with the job for the rest of your life. Follow that up with a statement about how you are still dedicated to your work because you see how it can help you develop skills that (maybe?) could be used towards your desired profession.I don’t know what you want to do though so that might need some work.
Other than that, show up showered, cleanly dressed, and on time and good luck!
Post # 4
@LittleSu: This, and don’t forget to turn your phone on silent! 🙂
Also, make sure you elaborate on things they have probably heard a million times. Don’t just say “I’m hard working”, because everyone says that. The phrase has lost meaning. Instead, describe a time where you’ve proven yourself to be hard working, for instance with a difficult child while nannying or something. It’ll set you apart and show you’ve really thought about it.
My biggest issue in interviews is that I tend to think I can’t spend time thinking about an answer, that it’ll make me look like an idiot.. when the truth is if I panic and just start spewing out an answer I look like a much bigger idiot. If you’re stumped, take a deep breath, relax, and pretend one of your friends asked the question. It should make it a lot easier to answer!
Post # 5
You can always pull examples from volunteer work you have done, any past jobs, even just social interactions with people. All of these will work if you are asked to tell how you handled an upset caller , for example.
Make sure you know somethiing about the dance studio. Do some online research- read their website if they have one.
Be prepared to answer the question about why a college graduate wants to be a receptionist. They may be concerned that you won’t stay long.
Practice interview questions with somebody else.
Post # 6
Thanks so much for the tips ladies! I think I am prepared for tomorrow…just ready to get it over with now, haha! 🙂