Post # 1
So i’ve been officially looking for a job for three weeks now. I’ve had several promising interviews (and a third interview for a big company coming up next week) but this isn’t exactly the “high-hireing” period…
Lo and Behold, I have an interview this morning for my *dream starter job*! I am incredibly excited and nervous!
So I was wondering, What are your best interviewing tips?
Post # 3
I have done a lot of interviewing people for my office lately. Here are 6 tips:
1. Your interview starts the moment you get out of your car/off the metro. You have no idea who is involved in the hiring process and what their real role is. Smile and be friendly to everyone– from the doorman, to the person in the bathroom, to the person moving you from place to place.
2. Don’t talk shit/be self depricating, especially about your husband or old organization. Saying that you are leaving because your project didn’t get funded is fine, saying that you are leaving because your boss is crazy makes you look bad. Even if it is true. Saying you need a flexible schedule due to family obligations is fine. Saying that you are looking for a job that you can be be home every night is fine. Saying that you are looking for a job that you can be be home every night so that your husband won’t keep the kids up until 2am and not put them in PJs makes us judge you. Especially when our husbands do most of the child care.
3. Know our organization. Spend hours reading the website and talking to people about what we do. Don’t assume, you will look like a fool. At a minimum, google everyone who interviews you to make sure you know who they are and what you do.
4. Spend time on linkedin or the internet figuring out if people you know have connections in the organization. Use that information to help you (If you went to school with the bosses daughter, you should ask her for advice), and to know what to avoid (that crazy boss that happens to be driving you to leave? She happens to be having dinner with the person interviewing you tonight, so don’t mention her). We’ve already figured out the connections and have talked to people about you.
5. If you are staying in the same field, remember we know you and your work. You tell us that your greatest skill is proposal writing– I’ve read 4 proposals you have written. If none were funded and that is your greatest skill, that is a problem. We knew your work and brought you in, so we are okay with failures, just don’t make a failed project your strength. Especially one that the people across the table deemed as a failure.
6. Ask lots of questions. It shows us that you want this to be a good fit. We want it to be a good fit. Assuming you know the answer means you will most likely be miserable and leave.
Post # 4
@Pollywog: This is a great, concise list!
Another thing I would share would be show some personality, but in an appropriate way. I find sometimes applicants are afraid to be anything other than a cookie-cutter clone in a black business suit. You want to show a little of your personality in a way that makes you the stand-out appealing person for the job…”she is such an interesteresting person, AND she has the skills to get the job done!”. But just make sure it is in a way that is appropriate and fits to the organizations culture, if possible.
Post # 5
These are all great points!
I would like to add that it’s important to adapt to your surroundings. So if you see that your interviewer is more on the light/fun way then go with the flow. If she/he seems stiff and just business, do that as well.
During my last job interview (for the job I currently have now) I interviewed with three different people. The first (who was going to be my boss) was hilarious, we were both laughing nonstop. The second one was funny but then he would switch back to business questions, good balance. The third was a Clark Kent looking handsome man who did not seem to be able to crack a smile. I thought I blew it with him. He liked me the most, and I worked for him. Can you believe it? Anyway.
It’s all about how you handle yourself. They have already gone through your resume and background check, so chances are they now want to see how you pan out in the real world – not just on paper.
Post # 6
One of the best interview tips I have ever heard came from my FI who always asks an interviewer “What is your favourite thing about working for Company X?” Often this question really makes the interviewer think, and leaves them with a good feeling about their own career. It shows you are really interested in learning more about the company.
Post # 7
I get SOOOO nervous and awkward at interviews. I either come off as confrontational or ditzy. I talk 800 miles an hour. I don’t do well at all. However there is one exception. The job I am at now is my dream job-wanted to work here since high school. I got the interview, I was a mess before hand, but when I went into the interview, I was composed, gave good answers and spoke very well (and slowlyyyy). I think it was just meant to be! They could see how much I wanted the job and it definitely helped me in my interview.
Post # 8
I second everything Pollywog said, and I would also add a point of my own. Keep things to the point, don’t overexplain and don’t talk too much. I struggled with this in early interviews because I wanted to talk about every single relevent (and sometimes not so relevent) accomplishment in great deal. I had a panicked “omg I only have a short amount of time to impress them, I need to not leave any stone unturned” thing going on. I think I killed my chances a few times doing that. Better to be concise, to the point and keep your answers under a minute or two. If you are unsure if they want more detail, ask something like “does that properly answer your question?”
Best of luck!
Post # 9
Good tips bees!! Thanks alot!