Post # 1
I have my first real job interview ever today. I’ve been in school continuously since I was 4 until finishing grad school this September (23 years!) The interview is for a dream job that would advance my career enormously. I’m usually not a nervous/anxious person, but this is the most stressed I’ve EVER been! The interview process begins in about 1 hour, with many 1-on-1 meetings with prospective co-workers. After this, I give an hour-long talk to the entire department, followed by an interview with the future boss and other 1-on-1 meetings with co-workers. After all of this, I get to have dinner with everyone I met during the day. It’ll be intense. I’ve been wavering between complete confidence to total dismay for the last 48 hours. Words of encouragement/advice are really appreciated!!!
Post # 3
My mom always told me to smile during interviews. I found that not only did I probably look better than if I was grimacing, but it actually made me feel more confident.
The other advice that I’ve been given that has really worked is to say “Oh, that’s a good question” if you need a chance to think over your reply. It helps you stall for time without saying “um” or stumbling over your words.
You’ll do great. Just be yourself. 🙂
Post # 4
Good luck! You’ll do great–be confident, and be yourself.
It does sound super intense, but that’s what those 23 years of school have been preparing you for!
Post # 5
@Owlet: Smile, as funy as this will sound try to enjoy it too. Best of luck.
Post # 6
Good luck! I agree about the smiling advice and with the poster who said to take your time and to not be afraid of pauses. If you’re not sure what to say. don’t worry about taking a minute or two to think it over to make sure you can process your thoughts. It’s better to take some time to think your answer through than to try to fill the space with talking and hope you reach your point.
It’s also good to practice answers to some of those standard questions so you’re ready for them. I’ve actually been helping my mom look for a new job and she was stumbling through her answers so we practiced some of the basics.
Try to stay relaxed (especially in the big group situations, where it can be sort of overwhelming!) and I’m sure you’ll do great 🙂
Post # 7
Good luck! Just remember they wouldn’t be investing all this time in the interview process for you if they didn’t already think you’re a good candidate!
Post # 8
Sometimes it helps to think about it like YOU’RE interviewing them rather than them interviewing you. That way you’re going in and sharing what you know, asking them questions and seeing how you like them, rather than feeling like your being put under a spotlight and questioned.
You obviously know what you’re doing – or they wouldn’t devote a whole day to interview you. So go in there like you’ve already got the job and now your just finding out the details…just take a big deep breath to calm yourself. 🙂
Post # 9
Thank you so much for the well wishes and tips, bees! I think it went very well. The whole process lasted from 9am-9pm, so I was exhausted in the end but I really enjoyed myself and had a great time. I actually didn’t feel like I had to be ‘ON’ the whole time. I was myself and felt very comfortable with everyone. I won’t hear back for a while, but I am cautiously optimistic. Thanks again!
Post # 10
@Owlet: Congrats on getting through the day…sending good thoughts your way 🙂
Post # 11
@Owlet: Glad to hear things were less stress-inducing than they looked to be beforehand. Here’s hoping for good news!
Post # 13
Glad to hear it went well, I hope everything works out for you!
Post # 15
Good Luck! Waiting to hear when they are scheduling my 2nd interview. I should know soon, because they asked me during my first interview if I would like to continue to have a 2nd interview-of course I said yes. If they don’t call me in a couple of hours, I will call them. (Pacific Time here)