(Closed) First “REAL” job interview …. tips?!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Gah, interviews are a pain but you get through them. The biggest thing I can think of is this question that everyone’s asked me: “what’s your biggest flaw / why shouldn’t we hire you ?” I always say my flaw is perfectionism/a fear of failing which can make me work slower than they would like. I haven’t been to too many interviews but I do have a job so it must not be the worst answer they’ve heard! It looks like you have your answer to the reason why they shouldn’t hire you: you don’t want to stick with the job for the rest of your life. Follow that up with a statement about how you are still dedicated to your work because you see how it can help you develop skills that (maybe?) could be used towards your desired profession.I don’t know what you want to do though so that might need some work.

Other than that, show up showered, cleanly dressed, and on time and good luck!

Post # 4
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LittleSu: This, and don’t forget to turn your phone on silent! 🙂


Also, make sure you elaborate on things they have probably heard a million times. Don’t just say “I’m hard working”, because everyone says that. The phrase has lost meaning. Instead, describe a time where you’ve proven yourself to be hard working, for instance with a difficult child while nannying or something. It’ll set you apart and show you’ve really thought about it.

My biggest issue in interviews is that I tend to think I can’t spend time thinking about an answer, that it’ll make me look like an idiot.. when the truth is if I panic and just start spewing out an answer I look like a much bigger idiot. If you’re stumped, take a deep breath, relax, and pretend one of your friends asked the question. It should make it a lot easier to answer!

Post # 5
46411 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can always pull examples from volunteer work you have done, any past jobs, even just social interactions with people. All of these will work if you are asked to tell how you handled an upset caller , for example.

Make sure you know somethiing about the dance studio. Do some online research- read their website if they have one.

Be prepared to answer the question about why a college graduate wants to be a receptionist. They may be concerned that you won’t stay long.

Practice interview questions with somebody else.

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