Post # 1
so ive never been a good interviewer….i spent age 18-27 in the military where they dont teach you those skills. i got my current HR job from a staffing agency and because i work so hard i got the job permanently. well now im about to interview for a new dept and i really really want and NEED this position, at my job we always do behavioral question interviews, so if you can offer any advice or just send some good juju or prayers into the universe for me. the interview is monday, and i can use all that i can get 🙂
Post # 4
You’ll do great!!! Everybody gets nervous – just smile and be yourself.
Post # 5
Maybe you could read over those questions your office uses to come up with some ideas of how you would answer. I’d role play with someone too, you have the weekend so just ask someone for help for 1/2hour.
I usually just wing it. I usually can’t sleep the night before and get sick to my stomach. As soon as I sit down in the interview I’m fine. I didn’t get the last job I interviewed for (thank you god) it was for something completely different than listed in the ad. I went with it anyway for more practice and since I didn’t care I had a great time.
You have been doing a great job, they really only want to get a feel for you as a person, and that comes from confidence. I wouldn’t spend too much time rehearsing. Good Luck I’m sure you will do fine!!
Post # 6
@HisIrishPrincess: thank you!! i needed that. i was fine once they told me i would be scheduled but now waiting a whole week has kind of dimmed my light, now im overthinking and worrying about it. i usually wing it too, but maybe i should practice to at least get criticism.
Post # 7
@CarpefnDiem: I just went thru a series of 3 interviews for a single position and was pretty nervous prior to each interview. I can honestly say I was really nervous with the first interview but after that one I was cool as a cucumber during each interview.
My best suggestion to you is to review common questions used during interviews. Simply do a google search and there are good websites which will list common interview questions. It will also suggest good responses and which ones to avoid. One common question used in interviews is “what are your weaknesses” and I hate answering this question. Doing a bit of research helped me find a suitable answer to provide without hurting my chances in landing the job or affecting my potential job performance. Another thing you can do is review your resume and the job description duties of the position you applied for. By looking at both items you can highlight the components of your resume which the position is asking for. This will help you when being asked questions such as “what skills can you bring to the position/company”.
Be and feel confident when you go into your interview. If you suffer from shaking hands then have something in hand like a pen. It helps! Good luck!
Post # 8
@msfuturea: thank you so much! i will do all of that this weekend
Post # 9
@CarpefnDiem: Go to Barnes and Noble and read through the book 301 interview questions. It will help you with the “right” answers and give you a little confidence. Be yourself, look good and have a great attitude about the opportunity. Good luck
Post # 10
I just went throught numerous interviews over the past few months and it is really trying. I will be thinking good thoughts for you. It is inevitable that you’ll get nervous, but try to be as prepared as possible. Google possible interview questions AND answers (and of course come up with your own) and just be as prepared as possible for it. The last interview I had I did that as much as possible the night before the interview (they called me at 4pm and wanted me to interview at 3pm the next day) and it went great. I didn’t get the job, but the head honcho called me and told me the interview was wonderful, but they had someone apply with 15 years experience for the entry-level job I was applying for.
Good luck to you, try to relax and just be you!
Post # 11
Google interview skills. (I just did.) Read the articles. They all say the same thing in slightly different ways, but sometimes repetition helps stuff sink in. Then ask your SO or a friend to role play an interview with you. Most people have been on enough interviews to be able to fake being the interviewer. I think it’s especially helpful to practice those “gotcha” interview questions, like: “What’s your biggest weakness?” “What’s the biggest work-related mistake you ever made, and how did you learn from it?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
Post # 12
@CarpefnDiem: YW!!! I wish you the best of luck in your interview. Everything I suggested are the things I did and the end results we in my favor…..I was offered the job over the 10 other candidates who were interviewed and I accepted 🙂
Here is one of the websites I used when preparing for the managerial interviews I had:
Post # 13
@msfuturea: congrats! i hope i get the job as well. it would be a huge blessing for me to get out of my current situation.
Post # 14
@CarpefnDiem: I worked for a vaccine company for several years selling vaccines and was promoted a few times. I want through over a dozen interviews and they are ALL behavioral questions. The way you should answer them (and I’m sure you can google this as well) is the STAR method. Situation. Task or Action. Result.
For example, if they ask you for a time you were in a leadership position:
Situation: I was the project lead for a new initiative that the company was promoting.
Action/Task: I had to manage 10 other employees by delegating tasks so that the initiative could succeed. The way that I did this was teamwork, motivation and collaboration.
Result: As a result, the company improved in (sales, morale, competitive advantage) by xyz%.
What I learned from this: (hiring managers love this) I learned by working in collaboration with others that it is easier to achieve a goal.
Obviously this is a vague example. If you practice answering all interview questions like this, I promise you, they will be impressed. It hasn’t failed me yet 🙂
Post # 15
@CarpefnDiem: Practice practice practice! Don’t wing it! I completely agree with the PP on using the STAR method – it works like a charm and it helps keep you from rambling. I also had an additional “R” for reflection – similar to what the PP said it’s a combination of what you learned, and how you might approach something differently in future.
I would google a big list of behavioral interview questions and get to work. Come up with 10-15 situations/stories/scenarios you can use to apply to different questions. Answer each question on paper using the STARR method. Then practice answering the questions with a partner. Make sure they tell you when you’re rambling, or saying too many “ums” or “likes.” Once you’ve culled your stories down into neat, easily understandable snippets, practice some more! I often use my cat and practice as I pace around the apartment.
It sounds like a lot of work.. and it is. But trust me if you want the job you need to do it. It makes a tremendous difference! When I started prepping for interviews like this I had about a 90% success rate and have even been told I’ve been the best interview they’ve ever done. It is NOT because I’m the best candidate, but because I rehearsed so often and was able to present myself well.. and most importantly, I was prepared so I exuded confidence.
Good luck!!! You can do this!!! 🙂
Post # 16
@geekspice: thanks honey! i will practice my butt off this weekend