(Closed) Sigh ..I really just don't think I'm a very good interviewer.

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What were the questions they asked that you stumbled over?

Honestly, I go in with a completely empty mind and answer without thinking.  Most people wouldn’t advise this, but it helps me be more relaxed and I’m not struggling to remember answers that just won’t come out genuinally.  Interviewers notice these kind of things.  Most of all, try to be yourself as much as possible.  You’ll succeed best at a company who will hire you for being YOU, not some cookie cutter employee that you think you need to be in order to get a job.

Good luck!  I was on the search for 2.5 months and just got a job yesterday and my interview was only 8 minutes. 

Post # 4
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2892 posts
Sugar bee

Don’t worry about the unknown. 🙂 I know it’s easier said than done but I’m sure you did better than you thought. And even if you answered every question perfectly I’m sure you’d still be wondering if it was good enough to land the job. I’ve landed jobs with interviews that were 30 minutes or less. Pour yourself a glass of wine, have a cookie, whatever, reward yourself for a good effort. Crossing my fingers for you! Hope you get it!

Post # 5
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve typically done very well in interviews, so I will share a tip. Before every interview, I type up a worksheet of common interview questions and things I should know. This includes background info on the company, universally common interview questions, and any technical questions that might come up. Creating the worksheet is really good prep and then I read through several times just before going into the interview. I also practice a good close and verbally going over my resume.

Post # 6
Hostess
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@VAwife:  Very good advice.

I am a pretty good interviewer too. As a public relations major I was required to take several public speaking classes and I really found them incredibly useful for interviewing later on. I would highly recommend looking in your area to see if one is offered. Yes they are scary….at first. After a while you become incredibly comfortable with speaking on random topics thrown at you immediately before going up to the mic.

Post # 7
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5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

One interview trick that my husband and I always use is we have 4 stories or anecdotes that relate to our professional career or are about our other noteworthy attributes and we make sure that these 4 anecdotes can be used to illustrate any sort of question.  

So when an interviewer says “tell me about a time you….” you have 4 anecdotes ready at least one of which should be applicable to whatever he’s asking.

Post # 9
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1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I *know* I suck at interviewing. I get nervous, and I have sucky answers. Before my last interview, I went here http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewquest.htm  and copied and pasted the answers they suggested for common interview questions. I spent 2 days reading these, and adjusting answers to fit me, and I got the next job I interviewed for.

It wasn’t just the answers, but I had a lot more confidence because I knew my answers were better, so I was a lot less nervous.

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