Post # 1
I snagged an interview for a pretty darn good job…
I’m pretty good in person, but I am nervous this time around becuse I really, really want the job! What are YOUR tips/secrets to making a great impression at interviews?
Post # 3
Ok, you have to stop REALLY wanting the job (I know it is hard), that will only make you nervous. Try to stop thoughts like, OMG I have to have this job, etc. Relax. Be very professional, but answer questions as if you were with a group of friends. Just be yourself, and honest, and show humility. You’ll do awesome.
Of all of the people I inteview, the worst were those who tried to hard, and who take themselves too seriously.
OH and I always try to remember this: To you, this is a big deal, to your interviewers, it is a break from reg work. Try to make it a good experience for them. Read the crowd, and knock ’em dead!
Post # 4
Thank King, you made great points and help me think of things from their perspective. The woman who is interviewing me has the same educational background as I do, so I hope that helps a bit. At least we’ll have something extra to talk about 😉
I’ve been looking for awhile now, and I’m so pumped this came along…I hope I don’t blow it. eek!
Post # 5
Oh listen, my Fiance looked FOREVER, and magically found the perfect job with a wonderful group of really cool people. They still talk about his inteview, because when asked “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” he said, “I better be married or my Fiance will kill me!” They loved it!
You’ll do great. With the same background you’ll have loads of stuff to talk about with your interviewer!
Oh and remember this, even though unemployement is up, the number of quality people they are interviewing is not. Both I and my fiance have intereviewed new hires recently, and their may be more to select from, but the quality is low. Don’t be intimidated by numbers.
Just be yourself, I’ve seen your posts on here, you have a great sense of humor!
Post # 6
Congratulations on the interview!
I would do some research on the position so you have informed questions to ask. This is good for 2 reasons: It shows you are taking the interview seriously and 2, shows that you have done your homework (ie, not asking about benefits, job requirements, etc)
Post # 7
I have one tip for you: give a firm handshake. I can’t tell you how many women I have shaken hands with that just wilt in my hand. A nice firm handshake shows that you are confident.
Post # 8
Take time to think before you answer a question. It’s better to take a few seconds to gather your thoughts and make an intelligible answer than to try and answer right away to show you know it. It shows that you’re not one to do just anything or panic when you come in front of a tough situation, but you’ll take time to think through your options and do the right thing.
Be yourself. Smile, keep good eye contact, prepare ahead for your interview with relevant examples (i.e. if they ask what are your qualities, pick some that are important for the job, that you really have, and explain HOW you show these qualities).
I guess I could go on and on, but, really, just be prepared and be yourself. You’ll do great!
Post # 9
@King, aww that’s hilarious about your Fiance. I love it. And thanks for the support and kind words, I will be sure to let you know how it goes.
@MissIowa-You’re right, good questions are a must–I have a week to come up with some good ones–phew!
@Yumi, o-m-f-g, I cannot believe you said this. This happens to be one of my biggest pet peeves of all times. I pride myself on having a perfect handshake. Young women who feel the need to make the handshake more “femine” (?) by wilting thier hands? ugh, I immediately think poorly of them. How pathetic.