I have an interview tomorrow…any last minute tips

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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42522 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@NurseMandie:  Make eye contact. Shake hands firmly. Remember that you don’t have to blurt out an answer. It is ok to take a minute to formulate the response you want to give.

Good luck.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Make sure you get a business card for the person interviewing you so that you can send them a handwritten note later that day!

And, don’t wear perfume.  It bothers some ppl and you don’t know if your interviewer will be one of those.

Good luck! 

 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@NurseMandie:  I work in research and have actually been interviewing a lot of people for a position over the past 2 weeks. It’s opened my eyes as to what is important (at least to me as the one doing the hiring). Most of this stuff is obvious, but here goes:

–make sure you know as much as possible about the organization & the position. I often ask, “So, tell me what you know about [my organization].” I’ve been amazed at how many people say, basically, “Errr, not much.”

–express interest in the job. Our top 2 candidates were people who said things like, “This is my dream job,” or “This is exactly the position I’ve been waiting for,” or “I really am so excited about this opportunity.” It might seems cheesy or obvious, but as a hire-er, I want to be sure that the person is interested, energetic, and going to stick around for a while.

–dress up. The workplace has gotten more casual in general, yes, but interviews still are worth dressing up for. Again, you’d be surprised the way some people show up for interviews — we had one woman show up in jeans (colored, but still) and an untucked shirt. At least go business casual!

–send a sincere thank-you the next day, and make sure you acknowledge all the people who interviewed you. I disagree with the PP who suggested a handwritten note — at least in my office, that would be unlikely to reach me in time. Email is the normal mode of communication in the workplace — go with that. 

–be humble and honest about yourself. We interviewed one person who was so obviously inflating her qualifications — it was a real turn-off. She was well-qualified exactly as she was; it’s a shave she ruined it by trying to sound too impressive. Nobody is perfect, so don’t be afraid to admit areas where you still need to grow.

hmmm, that’s probably enough for now. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Everything above is great advice. I interview people a lot so from my experience, here’s some more advice:

Bring a nice folder with your CV and some examples of your work, if you have any. I love when people do this. It gives something visual to evaluate you by, and since you have time to prepare it, it can only give you extra points. It’s also great to put in your file to help us when we’re reviewing candidates (sometimes, I don’t even remember people I interviewed a week ago – visual cues are very helpful). It also shows that you take the interview very seriously.

Don’t wear too much makeup. A woman came in for a morning interview the other day and the only thing I could think about the whole time was “this is what she was worried about this morning? Fake eyelashes?”.

Or weird nailpolish. Another interviewee had bright orange and blue nails. It was super distracting. 

Get there, like, an hour early (depending on the potential for traffic, delays, etc) and have a coffee or juice nearby. If you aren’t there 10 minutes early, you’re late (because every else comes 10 minutes early). If you’re late, you’re out of the game.

On that note, if you have a REALLY good excuse to be late, don’t call 5 minutes after the interview was scheduled. Call as soon as you know you’re going to be late and explain the situation. Then when you arrive, apologise and explain later on in the interview explain how punctual you are. 

Think about what you say when you’re talking. Sometimes people tend to get lost in explanations and ramble; that’s never good. 

BS (a little). Without going into over-exaggeration, as PP mentioned. If you don’t have experience with some skills/software/etc. that the interviewer asks you about, don’t just say “I don’t know”. Talk about what you DO know, emphasise that you are familiar with something similar and are a fast learner (give example) and that you are super motivated to learn. The interview will be able to detect that you just don’t know, but I prefer that over someone who just says they don’t know. At least it shows that they care and that they are confident in their ability to lean. If it’s a software, mention that you’re willing to learn it on your own time (recently, just saying that secured a candidate for the job at my work). 

Answer the question. We carefully design questions to give us a good evaluation of your abilities. If you don’t answer a question fully, you’re missing out and you’ll appear to have comprehension problems. On that note, if you’re not sure you understand a question, ask for clarification (doing this once per interview is totally fine). 

GOOD LUCK 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@NurseMandie:  Do e-mail. The handwritten note is a nice idea, but unlikely to get to the interviewer in time. 

That reminded me of something else: if there are two interviewers, be sure to acknowledge them both during the interview, and send them both a thank-you email. 

Oh, and ask questions at the end! Think about intelligent questions beforehand (a few of them, since some might be answered during the interview). I think asking 2 at the end is perfect.

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