Post # 1
I have an interview for a position I would die over and I am actually nervous. I have never been nervous for an interview in my life. I am wearing black slacks, a royal blue top, and black jacket. My hair is down, I have my glasses on, and I am barely wearing color on my lips but my eyes are in almost full makeup minus the under eyeliner.
What do you think he will ask? It is for a secretary to the director position.
What do I say if he says tell me about yourself? I never know what to say, what do they look for?
Post # 3
Primarily they look for honesty, they look for an intelligent and interesting person and they really don’t want you to talk too much. So if they ask you about yourself, be honest, get a little excited if there’s something you really love and only talk for a minute or two and give them the opportunity to ask for more info if they’re interested.
Sounds like you’re dressed very appropriately so don’t stress you’re going to do great! Good luck!
Post # 4
@jesssamesssa: Whenever they asked me I would always talk about my family and person self. When I would interview I always liked when they would tell me about their hobbies because it would tell me if they could relate with their co-workers.
I often looked for people who dressed well, social (give thorough answers–the more examples the better), and polite. I also liked when they’d ask me questions especially why I continue to work for the company. What do I like about it, so that may be a good question to ask your interviewer.
Post # 5
@jesssamesssa: Always remember that you can take a minute to gather your thoughts re how you want to answer a question. It demonstrates that you will not blurt out the first thing that comes to mind.
Post # 6
Thanks yall. So talk about my personal self for a min when they ask, including hobbies etc. Take a moment to collect my thoughts before blurting out an answer in a hurry. Be honest and polite and ask the interviewer about why he continues to work for XX.
Should I bring up the fact that I am getting married in 10 days? I mean on the site it says the job hire date would be Oct 1, but my plane doesnt get back til the 1st. :/ Do you think this information will make him skip over me?
Post # 7
@jesssamesssa: No, one day won’t make a difference to them if you’re the right candidate for the job. And please don’t lie about getting married etc. That goes back to honesty. If they tell you later they can’t hire you because of the one day, they’re giving you an excuse because they chose someone else.
Post # 8
Do you have solid questions to ask them? I always ask what the culture is like within the department, and about continuing education opportunities (certifications, workshops, etc)
Post # 9
@FutureMrsAJG: Oh, no I wouldnt lie about it. But I do feel like I should bring it up somehow so that he knows if I am hired I would have to start one day later.
@littlemisst08: I usually ask what a typical day is like and how long they have been working for the company….
Post # 10
“Tell me about yourself” is the worst.
I’ve always been told to make the things I say related to my profession and my professional interests. I add very little detail about my personal life, which is irrelevant to the position.
In your case I would definitely mention your upcoming marriage, but only because it impacts your start date. I would make it clear that that is the reason you are mentioning it.
Post # 11
@Stiletto13: I guess that would be a good time to bring that up. But atleast after my honeymoon I wont be taking any other vacations so they wouldnt have to worry about that for a while.