(Closed) Job Interview Pointers

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@Twyla_Smith:  Get a thank you note in the mail STAT! If you need help, just shout.

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@Twyla_Smith:  honestly an actual written note is going to take too long to get there. Get your interviewers email address and send a thank you email. 

Timing is important on this for a couple reasons. The note coudl get there after they make a decision on a candidate and not be of any value. 

In an email you can also add any afterthoughts related to a question you feel you didnt ace or you can attach some portfolio example of work if applicable.

An email allows for back and forth communication between you and the interviewer.

What goes in it

  • Address by name
  • Thank you for their time
  • Reiterate your enthusiasm for the position (this should have come across in the interview as well) They want to know you have the passion for the job. This sometimes can override a lack of a particular skill if they think you are excited enough and can learn it
  • Quick sentence reiterating your top skill/experience that makes you a great fit.
  • And if applicable, something adding to the interview/addressing a concern they had and let you know during the interview. This would come out at the end when you ask them if “Do you have any concerns regarding my ability to do this job”

Dear Interviewer,

I really enjoyed learning more about the X position today and appreciate the time you took to tell me more about it and to interview me. I am very excited for this opportunity and the value I can bring to X company.  My experience in X will allow me to excel with your guidance.

You mentioned you were concerned that my lack of experience in X may be a problem. I would like to emphasize that I have done X and which demonstrates that I have the necessary skills even if I dont have direct experience to succeed.

I really hope to be speaking with you again soon. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

 

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@ThreeMeers:  Yes, that is good advice! On my last interview, I dropped off written thank you’s because they’re right around the corner from me. I can see how it would make more sense in most cases to send email.

Post # 38
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I know you already had the interview, so this is just for future reference.  I do hiring in my job, so these are my opinions and things that would sway me:

  • Take out the nose ring.  I will be distracted by it, and not listening to what you say as carefully as I could.  It also looks unprofessional to me
  • One pair of conservative earrings.  Don’t wear anything flashy, don’t have a whole row of studs in your eats.  I’m sorry to say it, but it also looks unprofessional to me.
  • If the tattoo is in a spot that can easily be covered, then yes, by all means, cover it.  If it is at all suggestive or questionable, cover it completely.  If you work in an area where having a tattoo would be an issue, you do need to mention it.  If you’re working in a professional office, you should do your best to keep it covered even after you’re hired.
  • Definitely bring a couple copies of your resume, and a notebook to write notes in
  • Prepare by looking up the company and learning as much as you can about the specific office you’ll be working in.  Have questions prepared!  Lack of questions tells me a lack of preparation, and I don’t hire unprepared employees.
  • Don’t talk salary unless the hiring manager brings it up first.  A lot of time, they have no control over it.  In my office, HR and the recruiters do all the salary work, whereas the hiring managers have no say whatsoever.
  • Send a thank you note, or email, to the person you interviewed with!

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@Twyla_Smith:  WHOOO! Congrats on the job offer! 🙂

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