(Closed) friday interview

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Member
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wear a suit! Think about what makes you a good employee–tangible and non tangible (ie I saved the company x money during X project….personal qualties–good boss, reliable employee, etc) and also look at your weak points. Sometimes they ask you where you think you could stand to improve. For me this is alwyas an easy question–my knowledge needs to be broaded. I dont’ have enough education under my belt (they like engineers with advanced degrees) but it could stump you easily too

As far as salary goes…it’s tough. In my industry, where I work, you don’t negotiate a salary. What you’re offered is a standad Level1 Engineer’s pay calculated based on your GPA and stuff like that.

Also in this economy…i’m leery asking for more money unless you know you’re a top notch competitor and have some good stuff under your belt career-wise.

Post # 4
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Good luck!  Usually you don’t have to do salary negotiations until you are offered the position.  I would try and practice possible interview questions so you are prepared for them and try to pause before you answer a question instead of ummmming.

Post # 5
Member
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yay! Congratulations!

I would wear a suit definitely (if you have one). Research the company like crazy, and think of good questions. Highlight things you’re proud of, and show off results rather than general qualities. It’s great that you’re detailed-oriented, but HOW did that positively affect your last job and what results did you achieve because of it?

Usually salary negotiations come after an offer is made. If they do bring it up during the interview, though, keep it vague. Say something like, “It’s negotiable and I’m open to offers, but this is what I was makeing at my previous position.” I really hate the fact that salary isn’t supposed to be mentioned during the interview process because I’ve wasted so many interviews for jobs when the salary was WAY under what I could even accept, and it was a waste of my time (which I wouldn’t find out until later). But, I mentioned it once during an interview, and I didn’t get a call back, even though I was certain I nailed it, so I don’t mention it anymore 🙂

Good luck!

Post # 8
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would not say any number during the first interview for what you want to be paid.  You could be completely pricing yourself out of the running or you could be underpricing.  I would wait until they bring it up in a second interview or an offer and make them say a number first.

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