(Closed) Venting: Money, House, Really Scary Job Interview Tomorrow

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

What type of job interview is this? For what postion, I mean.  I’ve never heard of this type of interview before

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The case study is probably being used to see how you think critically and how your decision-making skills are.  I would concentrate more on backing up your points and detailing your thoughts.  Not all business cases have a right/wrong answer. 

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Remain calm, let the interviewers take the lead in the conversation but have thoughtful questions prepared for when there is a lag in conversation. Don’t worry about the case study. If you get the right answer: great! But they are looking to see your thought process and problem solving skills first and foremost. As long as you try to identify what you NEED to know in order to get the answer that’s almost as good as giving the correct answer.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ah, ok. Well good luck!! Stay calm, have some questions to ask, and don’t worry about the case interview.  I’m sure they are after your thought process more than a correct answer, at least, I hope 😉

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@moderndaisy: Yes! What she said. They almost certainly are looking to see how you think through a problem, not necessarily if you can get the “right” answer in a certain amount of time while 5 people stare at you. Just narrate your way through the problem and “think out loud” so they can see what your thought process is.

Best of luck!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve done consulting problems beforeand this sounds similar to what you do for them. Look up advice on how to handle them (lots out there on the web) but in general: 1) write down what you are doing (the math) – they are likely to read it upside down and will appreciate that plus it makes it easier for you not to have to remember what you did, 2) if you make any assumptions,state them outloud, 3) always do a gut “does thisnumber makesense at the end”?  Know most mistakes are made on silly things like decimal places/zeros, and just work carefully.

Lunch.  Don’t plan to eat much.  This IS still an interview, it’s just a social skills test more than an standard interview test.  Be prepared to lob the interview ball more than in regular interview (where they direct the conversation largely).  You’ll look up the backgrounds of course of everyone you are interviewing – try hard to remember 1-2 interesting things about these lunch people that you can ask about when the conversation dies.  At the very very beginning, walkign to lunch, be prepared to talk smalltalk – weather is gorgeous, had no problem finding the office, love the view, etc.

Prepare in advance targeted questions for the people you’ll be meeting.  Ask a company strategic question of the higher up, a teamwork/day to day perspective of the person your level and maybe an atmosphere related question of the HR person. 

For the rest of the interviews…read over the job description and note attributes they are looking for.  Figure out a story for each attribute and see if you can weave those stories into your interview tomorrow.  be ready for obvious questions: why this job/us, why leave old job, what do you like/dislike about old job, what are your top 3 strengths/weaknesses, are you a team player or leader…  If you are new out of school then why that major, why that school, etc.  Think of it as a conversation NOT big scary interview or you’ll intimidate yourself up the wazoo.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh man, I can’t believe I forgot to add the best advice I got before my job interview. My fiance gave me a big hug and said “Remember, if you get this job, these people are going to be your coworkers. So just try to have a good time getting to know them and enjoy it.”

It was SO helpful for keeping me calm.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Never forget YOU are interviewing THEM as well.  It should be a two way street. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

When you are doing the math – do it however will help you avoid mistakes.  So carry those ones, cross out numbers and write down new ones, etc.  It does not need to look pretty, you just need to be careful and methodical!

And attitude is definitely important – think positive and enthusiastic (but not in that overwhelming scary way, ya know?  in the, I got this, no problem way).

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Wow, that is a crazy amount of time!! Glad that you got some help, and happy that you passed it!! Keep us posted, I am rooting for you 🙂

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

6 hours ia bit rough (try 7 hours with no lunch break…that’s what I did once), but extra interviews are always a good sign!  The only real downside is trying to stay energetic throughout all of it – I always feel beat at the end if I’m projecting throughout.

And don’t worry about the hint, I’ve heard they’ll do that sometimes

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