(Closed) Job Interview Tips and/or Websites Needed

posted 10 years ago in Career
Post # 3
7691 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@SM1982: I dont know about websites but I always read “What color is your parachute” before applying for and going on a job interview. It is sold in any bookstore everywhere and it is the go to book on how to get a job and how to get ahead.

Many people refer to it as the “Job Hunters Bible”

Here you go – http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/

Post # 4
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would rather have you tell me your accomplishments, then bring me all your certificates to look through. Its hard to give advice, b/c I don’t know what kind of job it is, but you should try to have specific examples of things you have done or worked on. If they ask you a general question, you should repond with one of those examples. Try to relate the duties of the job to what you have done in your past employment. Hope that helps!

Post # 6
4822 posts
Honey bee

The best thing you can do is make a list of all possible questions and practice rehearsing them

Be able to tell them about yourself, your resume and all the projects you have worked on that really shows you know your field.

Why you are the candidate for the job

What are your strengths and weaknesses

They love the questions that begin “tell me a time when….. you made a mistake, encountered an unethical situation, took the lead, etc”

Do lots of research regarding that company as well as current trends in the field. You will want to ask them intelligent questions so they know you know how to think and are really interested in the job and company.  

Having a portfolio is great, but I wouldn’t show it to them unless its a natural lead in during the conversation. Pull out projects as you talk about them, show certificates only if they ask about your qualifications.  

good luck!

Post # 7
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I am not an HR professional, but I am an excellent interviewer. As in I have never not been offered a job I interviewed for. So here is my advice:

Smile and make eye contact. You’ll look confident and it makes me feel more confident.

If you have to pause and think before answering a question, that OK. DON’T say umm and try to fill the silence. Smile. Pause. “That’s a good question” Pause. Answer.

Be ready to talk about yourself. This is not the time for humility. Be able to answer what your strengths are. Have a good backhanded compliment answer to what your weaknesses are, i.e. “I like to take the lead, so in collabrative settings, sometimes I take charge more than reaching a consensus. I think sometimes that steps on toes, but I always try to listen to what the team has to say” See how that sounds like you are a leader?

Look professional. A black dress always looks very pulled together. Now is not the time for your ruffled girly look. Pull your hair up.

Don’t talk over your interviewer. Let them really finish before you jump in to answer.

Have some questions ready to ask about the position and the company. This shows you have done your homework and that you are taking this position seriously.


Good Luck!

Post # 8
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Make sure to have specific examples of your prior experience, such as handling a difficult situation, how you handled a failure to execute your duties, a time you took initiative, etc.  I always take a enough copies of my resume for each interviewer, as well as a padfolio to write any notes and their names in (unless you can get their business cards) to write a follow up thank you card. 

Don’t worry as you go in, be confident and good luck to you!

Post # 9
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

ABC- Always be Closing!

Ask them what they are looking for in a candiate, demonstrate how you fit all of those qualificfations, ask them is there any reason they wouldn’t hire you? When they say no (bc of course they will!), then ask what are the next steps for you to move forward into the position…

Don’t let them leave the meeting with any doubts.

Post # 10
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I completely agree about giving specific examples!!!!! My last job I interviewed all new applicants and it was so annoying to ask a question and get a very generic answer back, like if I asked about childcare expereience (it was a daycare), people would say I babysit and was a nanny, thats great but really doesn’t tell me a lot, instead a better answer is, I’ve been responsible for X amount of kids, ranging in age from x to x, when I worked for x. Same for if your proficient in somthing, like office works, don’t just say you can use it, let them know HOW you’ve used it.

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