Post # 1
So, I need help preparing for a job interview I have for Thursday. I have only been on one “big girl job” interview in my life, and luckily I got that job, but now I’m super nervous because I lack interview experience. So I am asking for any pointers you can think of to help me. From how to dress to certain questions I should have an answer for. I moved to SC a year ago and haven’t been able to get an interview so I was shocked to get a call this morning for a job I applied to about 4-5 months ago. I am ready to start working again so getting this job would be more than awesome! So, any help would be wonderful! Thank you!!!!!!
Post # 3
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
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
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.
Post # 6
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 # 8
Thank you all so much! These are really helping me! One problem I have that I don’t know how to control is, when I get really nervous my hands shake like crazy. I try taking deep breaths but it doesn’t work. Any idea how I can minimize this?