(Closed) NWR…So there’s this job…

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Not sure exactly what type of advice you’re looking for.  From reading your post, my main thought is that you should NOT focus on “you vs. the coworker”.  It’s only going to stress you out and make you bitter if the coworker is chosen for the position.  Focus on how much you would fit perfectly into the position, how much you would bring to the table, and the fact that you love the company/job/position, etc…  Sometimes hiring managers look for people who want promotions, have degrees, and have seniority.  (They may have standard operating procedures that actually mandate them to look at these things and give them particular weight.)  But sometimes hiring managers go for outgoing and bubbly personalities who have a certain enthusiasm for the job.  This is out of your control . . . . so make the most of it by being yourself and pepping yourself up.  Don’t focus on your co-worker and stress over it.  (And definitely don’t compare yourself to your co-worker in front of the hiring manager.)

Post # 5
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651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree, don’t focus on the coworker.  Even if you don’t think she deserves it, it’s not your place to decide.  Give it all you have and hopefully they will weight your enthusiasm heavily in their decision!  Good luck with it!

Post # 6
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541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Will you have to go through an interview process for the job? And if so, how does your company interview? If it’s behavioral based questions I would prepare beforehand with thinking of some examples that you could use to answer the questions. If you google it you can find a bunch of examples online of questions that are asked.

If there is no interview or it’s not behavioral based, I would be keeping the positive attitude and working my butt off. Would you be able to go and shadow in the benefits department, too? Not only would you be able to have a first hand look at what you could possibly be doing and make sure it’s what you really want, if you have a “what would you do interview” it could help with your answers.

I wouldn’t stress about your co-worker. Focus more on you and make yourself stand out. Good luck!

 

Post # 8
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223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Be prepared to answer the following: 

-Why are you the best qualified?  In your answer to this question, bring up past experience (even in other companies) that either make up for or outweigh a college degree. Sure a communications degree may be a plus, but come on, In My Humble Opinion, anyone with common sense knows the proper way to communicate in a professional setting. These experiences can be as simple as “my experience in customer service has taught me the importance of adapting my communication style so that it is appropriate for the matter at hand; or: Working in the benefits department requires interacting with different personalities, and I feel that my customer svc experience has prepared me for handling each of those different personalities in the most effective manner.”

-Why do you want this position? Be honest with what you posted above. Stress the importance of growing within a company, company loyalty, desire to expand your skills so that you can better contribute to the success of the company. Maybe even cite an example of starting from the bottom up and working your way to more responsibility. I would even go as far as having either your current manager/supervisor writing a letter of recommendation on your behalf, pointing out your strengths or giving examples of you taking initiative.  Even if the letter comes from someone in the same company, at least your interviewing manager has something tangible to refer to rather than just walking up to your manager for a quick 2 min conversation about you. PLUS, you may be surprised- your current boss may see some strengths you don’t realize you have

Lastly, try to avoid general statements like “i’m super excited to become a better asset” Get specific with “I can become a better asset to the company in this position because xxxxxx”

GOOD LUCK!

Post # 10
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223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

ahhh, my old HR management skills creep to the surface every chance they get!  Feel free to pm me if you want more input

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