(Closed) Important Interview Tomorrow – Any Tips?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It always helps to rehearse your answers to potential questions, research the company’s mission and values (and use your knowledge of them during the interview), and think of a few questions ahead of time that you will ask.

This might sound cheesy and obvious, but don’t forget to smile. πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Linz1231:  I was going to post this question! I’ll come back to see what advice you get. Good luck on to you tomorrow! πŸ˜€ 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Take a deep breath before you answer and go with your gut. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Research the company. Look at yourself in the mirror answering the obvious questions. Pause before you answer a question. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Prepare questions ahead of time regarding the company/responsibilities, etc. 

If you’re uncertain of an answer to a question, don’t fake it.  State that you’d be more than willing to seek out the answer.   

Be youself!  SMILE! YOU’ll do great!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Relax…be yourself….look the interviewer in the eye…..have a good handshake…..smile…..have a few questions to ask at the end…

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just had a SUPER intimidating interview last week and was SUPER nervous! But I got the job! YAY!

Just keep taking deep breaths. Make sure you get there a little early, even if you have to sit in your car for awhile and chill. lol

Smile and be enthusiastic. Focus on the positive things, even if you’re tempted to bring up negativities.

Research the company and prepare a list of typed questions just to show your interest. Ask the interviewer(s) what THEY like about their jobs or the company.

Try not to speak too quickly. Just pause for a sec when they ask you a question, think for a moment, then answer clearly. If you can’t think of an answer right away, say “wow that’s a really good (or hard) question.” Then answer the best you can.

But most importantly just try to relax and show them your positive attributes! Be yourself!

Good luck! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

First off, try to break the ice/tension in the room! When asked generalized questions, such as “tell me about yourself”, a lot of managers are looking for what you and your qualities/character can bring to the table. For example, you can say something like “I am the first born in my family, so I naturally take on leadership very well. Because of that, I have always been a team player and someone you can always depend on”. Youre saying something personal but also contributing as to how this has helped you throughout life. I have personally always used this because it’s true for me. πŸ™‚

 

Also, as others have PP, research the company, rehearse questions that you are sure they will ask. I have been on both sides of the desk so I kind of know how it goes. PM me if you have any questions. Good luck!!!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Arrive 10-15 minutes early (no more or less or you risk looking unprofessional)

Dress appropirately (if unsure of the dress code, business attire is a safe bet)

When sitting, keep your knees together (especially if wearing a skirt) and cross you feet at the ankles and tuck them under your chair. Also, clasp your hands in your lap or lean slightly on an armrest.

When asked a question, take a breath, quickly compose your thougths, and then answer directly, succinctly, and with a smile. 

Go easy on perfume or ditch it alltogether. Same goes for coffee, cigarettes, or other pungent foods/drinks/etc.

Research the company you’re interviewing with so that you’re familiar with their scope.

Be confident, smile, make eye contact regularly, and don’t forget to breathe!

Good luck!! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

We give candidates a huge list of preparation tactics for interviews, so I am going to type out a few for ya πŸ™‚

 

1. Stop telling yourself you are nervous and that it is important. Tell yourself you are worth this job, you deserve this job, you are the perfect candidate for this job, and they would be crazy if they didn’t hire you.

2. Sleep well. Lots of sleep! Caffeine-cut it back-half a cup in the am if you drink.

3.Prep. reaearch the company, stock information (if applicable) news articles, and website. One client of ours actually asked the candidate what colour was their website. Write down three reasons why you really want to work there. Also, prepare a typed out list of questions (5 minimum) that you have in regards to the company, products, culture, expectations from the boss. Leave out anythin to do with money, holidays, personal days, what they stock in the lunch room cafeteria…etc etc.

4. Presentation. Ironed blouse, conservative, simple jewelry, nothing flashy. Wear the company colours if you can pull it off discreetly. I noticed one of an employers colours were light blue, so I made sure to wear a light blue scarf and white blouse to the interview (yes, I got the job). Mints. Don’t forget those. No perfume, in case there are allergies in the office. No heavy makeup-minimal is key and no flashy, sparkly nails, eyeshadow, etc.

5. Practise your elevator pitch. That long walk to HR or the meeting room can be mighty awkward, and handling it with silence is not a good first start. Make light chit chat, it can be about the weather, how much you love the area the office is in, something positive-you are selling you are a positive friendly person.

6. Thank the interviewer right off the bat for the opportunity to meet with them.

7. Smile, firm handshake, the usual πŸ™‚

8. And Miss Manners says…don’t sit until they sit or offer you to sit, don’t fidget, don’t have your phone on you (leave it in the car), don’t ramble about you, be concise.

9. Mirror their body language, tone of voice, pitch, etc. This takes time to practise without looking fake, and sometimes, I will “test” people I am interviewing to see if they will do this with me by slumping, or crossing my legs. (This is important for sales or customer-facing roles). So if your interviewee seems more low-key…bringing in the big, boisterous personality may be tough for them to handle. Generally, they have to remain neutral, ask lots of questions to find out if you have the skills to do the job, and also if they can see you being a part of the team, and if they think you are gonna stick around. So it is okay to ask questions about their longest team member, what advancement opportunities there are, and how important it is to you to be loyal to a company.

PS-the final impression-big smile, handshake, “So wonderful to meet with you, thank you very much (X) for the opportunity to interview with you, when shall I expect a follow up? (if you can slide this in) or, I look forward to hearing from you.”

10. Write a thank you card immediately and drop it in the mail that day.

 

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I’m in the middle of interviews at the moment too.

My main tip would just to stop seeing it as intimidating. I’m 24 and interviewing with CEOs of large companies so it’s pretty intimidating to me if I think of it like that.

When I go to an interview now I just try to remember they are just people, and all had to start somewhere. I have also worked in quite a few offices so know just because you are older/have worked longer than me it doesn’t mean you are any smarter or better so I just treat interviewers the same way I would an older relative or a teacher would be the best way to describe it.

Good Luck!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Woohoo!!

 

Congratulations!!!!

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Linz1231:  Congratulations!

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