Post # 1
Anybody else in that boat?
I mentioned in another post that I was interviewing for a dream position this afternoon. I could honestly do the job so well. But I’m not the best interviewer.
I feel like a good portion of my interview went well today. I answered many of the questions how I had wanted to. But there were a couple questions that kind of threw me for a loop, and I feel like they may have done me in. It’s hard to come up with something off the top of my head, hard to collect my thoughts, etc. I feel like I stumbled through those 2 answers and didn’t explain myself well at all.
Also, my interview only lasted 30 minutes. Bad sign? I just don’t have that “I know I got it” feeling. Sigh.
Post # 3
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
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
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
@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
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 # 8
@VAwife: Oh, I did all of that. I even made a table on the computer of everything in the job description and how that was relevant to my experience and typed out examples for each. I also typed up a ton of example questions and researched the company. I’ve studied quiet a bit and felt like I was very prepared. I just feel my head goes blank when tough questions are thrown at me. Thanks for the tips, though!
@Treejewel19: I was actually a PR major, too. 🙂 Only one speech class was required and I did that as a dual-credit class in high school. Looking back, I regret not taking more. Of course I had to do many presentations in other PR classes, but I do fine with those because I know the material and feel confident in delivering it. It’s the trick questions in interviews that get to me.
Post # 9
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.