(Closed) HELP! Job Interview on Thursday!!!!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Dress professionally. Be on time- in fact ensure you are a bit early so you have time to go to the washroom etc. No gum.

Be courteous to everyone at the company. Some companies make a point of asking the receptionist if she has any comments on the candidates.

Practice interviewing at home with someone lobbing you questions.

Do some research on the company so you know what they do and be prepared to use it in your interview. Throw in a tidbit when it seems appropriate.

Remember you do not have to blurt out an answer the second the interviewer stops speaking. Take a moment to collect your thoughts.

Plan ahead how you are going to answer the inevitable ” Tell us something about yourself”

Pick some of yoour interests that demonstrate skills they are looking for.

Also think of how you are going to answer a question that is looking for something negative like “What is your worst quality?”  ”

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Think about two positive examples of challenges you overcame and how you have improved the company you last worked for. Make a list of attributes that make you a good match for the company. Then you have good answers to a number of questions

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Maintain eye contact.

Ask questions such as:  Is this a new position or is it to replace someone?; Is there a probationary period?; “How does the company communicate happenings with employees (i.e., are there regular email updates, staff meetings, etc.)?;  How many people will I work with directly?  The important thing is to express interest in the company/position and there is no better way that asking questions.

Never discuss salary or benefits untill the interview mentions it first.  They might ask you what salary you are willing to accept.  Give a salary with about a $5000 range.

A much as I hate it, be prepared to answer the “Where do you see yourself in 5 years” question.  (I never ask this because I think it’s BS.)

Don’t wear perfume,too much jewelry, or too much makeup.

If you have visible tattoos cover them.

Even if the workplace is casual dress up for the interview…Conservative clothers adn shoes in conservative colors.

Make sure you get the name(s) of all interviewers and send each of them a handwritten thank you note within 48 hours.  NO EMAILS.

And most important:  relax and be yourself.

GOOD LUCK!!!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I recently landed my first big girl job and these were some of the questions I was asked:

-What sets you apart from the other candidates interviewing for this position?

-What do you know about this company?

-Tell me about a boss you didn’t like/didn’t get along with

-Tell me about your favorite boss

-What would you do if you were working on a team project and everyone but you agreed on an idea?

-Tell me about a time where you went above and beyond your job description to get a project done

And the other posters have some great ideas too. I sent email thank you notes the day after my interviews instead of hand-written notes because the hiring decision was being made quickly so I worried my thank you notes wouldn’t get there before they made a decision. Always wear a suit and make sure it is tailored! And be enthusiatic about the position!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

  • Bring an extra resume just in case someone needs it;
  • Be sure to answer questions but make sure you answer the actual question they are asking. Some people get nervous and let their answers run away with them;
  • Be sure to maintain eye contact and shake their hand. Rub your hands together a bit before to get rid of the clammy feeling;
  • Also it’s nice to ask for a name as your introducing yourself;
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or make conversation even impersonal conversation. Helps with the awkward silences that may occur.

Good luck!

 

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