Post # 1
So, my company is closing come January. I thought I would wait a little and have a nice little break on unemployment, but I know in the real world we could not afford this break I dream of. Anyway, there really are no job openings in my field like EVER, even when the economy was good. Sunday there was an ad for exactly what I do!! I faxed my resume, half thinking I would never ever hear from them. Well they called me today and I have an interview on Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I just thought I would ask you lovely bees for some tips, pointers to help me BAG this job! I have 5 years experience in my field, so that helps. I get very very nervous and over-think everything. Where do you see yourself in five years??? HUH? Questions like that…………… Anyone have any tips for me to ACE this interview? Thanks in advance!!!!
Post # 3
What are some good answers to those trick questions?
Post # 4
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: In a long-term career, that I am thoroughly enjoying, that are establishing and furthering my skills. – That was my go-to answer to that terrible question. They don’t care if you’re going to be married, travelling the world, or having babies.
Stay calm. Breathe. They all ask about your skills (problem-solving, directly related to the job, etc etc), what you liked about your last job, what you disliked, your strengths and weaknesses, etc. So think about how you may answer those. I found having a “pre-interview” with family, friends or SO helped. BE HONEST! I found honesty was the best policy and it got me the job I’m currently in. And, ask questions! Be interested! Puts you one step ahead.
Post # 5
Think ahead so you can give examples when they ask- Tell me about a situation in which you showed: leadership, problem solving, when you were wrong etc
If they ask you what your weaknesses are- give an answer that turns it into a positive-
“I am a perfectionist- so I recheck everything to ensure that any work submitted under my name is the best it can be.”
Do some research on the company- know what they do, find their ainnual report online, see what their strategic plan is, then incorporate some of that research into your answers.
Post # 6
Mostly what the pp said. For me it’s especially important to think of those “example” questions. The only thing I will add is to plan ahead your outfit and SIT in front of a mirror. Make sure your blouse button isn’t likely to accidentally come open or ‘pull’. Make sure there are no rips or stains. Etc.
Post # 7
My Darling Husband had his interview two weeks ago and the questions were hard
- Name one time where there has been a miscommunication effecting work and tell us how you resolved the situation.
- Name one time where you have made a mistake and how did you fix the error. What would you do differently the next time.
- Tell us about working with someone that was perceived to be difficult, how did you work with them, how did you complete the job at hand whole working with the person?
Those were some of the worst ones. Geez I hate interviewing.
Post # 8
One tip from my journalism training: don’t feel the need to fill the silence. You don’t want it to feel awkward, of course, but some interviewers like to use a technique where they won’t say anything to see how you’ll handle pressure.
Finish your sentence, cross your hands and smile. It’ll feel weird, but comes across as confident. Don’t end with a trailing sentence (my worst habit).
Post # 9
Golden Rules for Interviews
Smile and make eye contact
Never badmouth your previous employer-even if they deserve it.
Research the company/Know what they do or sell or make before the interview
Dress appropriately-no mini skirts or lowcut blouses (Unless you are applying to be a pole dancer.)
Turn your cell phone OFF before the interview
Do not chew gum, pick your nails, or play with your hair during the interview
If you screwed up/got fired from a previous job and they ask about it, take ownership of the issue. Don’t pass the blame on to the previous employer.
Be direct, not evasive.
Most interviews ask you to describe a challenge, or how you overcame a challenge, have your story ready for this.
Practice common interview questions with someone you trust, before the actual interview-listen and apply their feedback.
Be prepared for a crazy question-and it’s know it’s ok to give a crazy answer. Those are usually thrown in to see how well you think on your feet (my last company always asked “If you were an appliance, what appliance would you be, and why?” I said a toaster, because you put something good in, and something even better came out. I was told later the only wrong answer to that question was “I don’t know.”)