Post # 1
I have been applying for a few jobs and I have landed a job interview!
It is full time (I currently work casual) in an accounts role in a property company.
Besides my recent automated video interview with my current employer, I haven’t had a job interview in years! Any tips? Clothing to wear, how best prepare for questions (I always get tongue tied)?
Also, with my current job I am about to start a teaching role. How should I best approach the situation if I do get this job, or another job?
I know there are at least two others interviewing (the person I spoke to mentioned it when organising a time) so my chances aren’t super high but still. Fingers crossed!
Post # 2
- Wedding: February 2020 - Windermere, Cumbria
I don’t have any tips as it’s been a loooooong time since I interviewed, but just wanted to wish you the best of luck, bee!
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2021 - City, State
Hmmmm… I have no advice. I know my vocational program used this site called Big Interview to help me, but it costs money (79 dollars a month though I got it free through state funding) and I don’t know anything similar for free, but I guess the most important is to be honest without revealing what doesn’t need to be revealed and saying it in a positive way.
Post # 4
Jacqui90 : Always dress in business attire for interviews. I even did this when I was applying for jobs in the service industry. It looks way more professional and makes you stand out. Wear slacks, a nice blouse and a blazer/jacket. I typically wear flats as they’re more comfortable, but if you want to wear heals go for it. Just make sure you feel confident in what you’re wearing.
Practice potential interview questions. Either have your friends or your SO ask you easy and tough questions so you can formulate what to say. I get tongue tied as well. I was given advice that helps: always pause for a few seconds before answering their questions. It’s good to think about what you want to say. Also talk slower. If you slow your speech down, you’re less likely to get tongue tied.
I know it’s hard but don’t think about what to do with your current job until you land a new job. You don’t want to show your hand and risk them letting you go before you’ve secured employment. If you decide to leave all you have to do is sit down with your boss and say: “I’m putting in my two weeks notice. This has been a great job, but I’ve been hired for a position that aligns better with my career goals. Please let me know if there’s anything I need to do between now and my last day.”
Post # 5
I always recommend over-dressing for interviews. It doesn’t matter if the office is more casual or whatever, I go with a business suit and put extra time into hair and makeup. It shows you’re taking the opportunity seriousy, in my opinion.
To prepare, look at the job description. They often ask about examples of the skills they are looking for, as well as more general ones. Have some notes jotted down to reference about examples you can use for problem-solving, creative thinking, etc. Think about how to articulate why you want this job.
It’s also good have some questions prepared for them. Some might come up duing the interview, but have some on hand anyway.
Be very careful not to complain or badtalk previous jobs or employers – it makes you look unprofessional.
Post # 6
I agree – better to dress up than to dress down by accident!
I like to look up stuff about the company to get an idea of their work, their leadership, their contribution to the world, etc. I also make sure to ask them about what projects they currently have going on.
I also prepare beforehand with thinking about what skills could be translated to the job I’m interviewing for. For example, maybe my most directly related job experience had some skills, but maybe a previous, less related job had me managing projects, or interacting with clients, or had a lot of downtime during which I showed a lot of initiative and worked on new ideas.
Usually my goals have been to show I’m competent with the job stuff, that I’m genuinely interested in getting that specific job with them, that I’m friendly and would be a good member of the team, etc.
I applied to many jobs the past year or two but seems like many others were too – I was so unhappy at my job and after a year of being pissed and fed up, I finally got a new job and have been here for about 5 months. To be fair – I wasn’t always super diligent about applying and had months where I didn’t send in any applications.
Also, if it’s relevant to have a portfolio, I recommend it! I work in a job where it IS relevant but typically not required. But since some of my work IS outputting PDF or printed projects, I like to bring some examples. I also like to bring business cards, though I don’t always find a good moment to share them. Oh well!
Post # 7
Jacqui90 : I always prepare for an interview by researching questions my interviewing manager may ask. There are the “top 100” basics, like “have you ever made a serious mistake at your job, and if so, how did you solve it?”, to questions they may ask that are more specific to the position you’re applying for. Print them out, and write in answers, and study it. Learn the company’s mission statement, what they do, who their CEO is, who they serve, how large the company is, etc. Google is your friend. Write down and memorize everything you do at your current job, and previous jobs. When I’m nervous, I forget important details, so this helps me.
Business attire is a must.
When being interviewed, be sure to ask the interviewing manager questions, too. Take an interest in the position you’re applying for, and learn as much as you can.
I also make sure I know exactly where I’m going to interview, even if I have to do a drive-by and find the building the day before.
I also bring a folder with a copy of my resume, letters of recommendation, and references. Even though you’ve probably emailed it, you never know if you’ll be asked for a copy, and it’s better to be prepared than to apologize for not having them. Other than that, bring a couple of pens, paper, and turn your cell phone ringer off. Good luck, Bee!
Post # 8
I’ve conducted a few interviews and my advice is to dress business-like (blazer), be on time or early, be ready, and be professional and honest. I would research the company a bit so you know what they do even if you don’t know too much about the area you are working in as that will also give you an opportunity to ask your questions to the interviewers, which shows interest and they like that. Bring extra copies of your resume and references and just be confident in yourself and what you have to offer. Good luck!! 🙂
Post # 9
I did 10 internship interviews last year, and now I’m finally beginning the process of job interviewing. Fingers crossed for both of us!
What has really helped me is making a list of stories to tell. You are automatically going to seem more personable if you can offer a short anecdote to go with most of the questions. Make a list of amazing things you’ve done in past roles. Even for questions like “what do you want in a manager?” it’s a good idea to have an example of a manager you really enjoyed working with. Maybe even think of a few funny work-related stories or jokes you can throw in if the situation happens to arise where you can tell them. You want to be able to back up every answer with a “for example, last month there was a tight deadline and I blah blah blah”, or “there was this challenging client who did so and so, and here’s the amazing way I handled it”.
Other than that, go through all the lists online of common interview questions. I have a word document on my computer where I’ve answered all of them. It helps me to read through my answers outloud. The more rehearsal I do, the less tongue tied I get.
Good luck! 🤞
Post # 10
Interview Magic is a great book. You may not be able to get it in time for this one, but it is a good resource for your entire career.
Post # 11
Thank you bees! I definitely want to dress up rather than down, though it is the middle of summer, offices have air conditioning!
I think having examples ready is a good idea, when they ask in interviews I do find things but it may not be the best example, so it would be better to be prepared!
On the phone she said she would send a confirmation email with the time, car parking info (I didn’t mention that I don’t drive yet), etc. I haven’t gotten an email yet, should I wait a few days before following up? The interview is Friday.
Post # 12
Unless driving is a job requirement, do not mention it.
Post # 13
Jacqui90 : Prepare your bullshit answer for the bullshit questions “what’s your biggest weakness?” … never say “working too hard” or “caring too much” no one buys that. Always offer a followed-up on how you are currently working on improving said weakness.
Post # 14
Jacqui90 : In terms of your interview clothes, I suggest a classic suit. To avoid a too bland look, add a shirt with a strong color, such as red. A structured handbag, not too small or too large, minimalist hoop earrings and court shoes with a blocky heel:
Post # 15
claroquesi : thank you! I need to go shopping this week! I have a suitable jacket, but only have pants and it is way too hot!
rainbowduckie : good point. I have public speaking and that I am about to start teaching, but then if I got the job I wouldn’t be doing that for long.