Post # 1
Ok, career expert bees. I finally got my job interview scheduled and it’s next week. It’s for a tech job at a private university. It’s a panel interview with multiple departments and it will be several hours long. I would love to hear your best job interview tips. I know the basics, but I think I need to boost my confidence and the substance of the interview.
I really want this job, it’s perfect for my skills, and I really need the full time work and health benefits. I’ve had a lot of interviews in my career and I usually perform well, but on my last 3 interviews I thought I did well, but I didn’t get the job.
I feel like I’m pretty good at all the superficial stuff, like looking professional and being friendly and outgoing. I’m always worried that I will look too young or too feminine for my field, so I’m going to pull my hair back and go with no jewelry/minimal makeup.
During a recent interview, I think I flubbed a question about how I handle stress on the job. I think sometimes I get a little too honest when I have a good rapport with the interviewer. Any tips on how to keep from letting my guard down without seeming stiff and nervous?
Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
@Macintosh: I recently had a similar panel interview (and scored the job, yay!). I think the best way to avoid letting down your guard is to practice. Have someone ask you the questions over and over…give the answer you think you should, but never give it in the same way. Paraphrase yourself–you don’t want to sound rehearsed. That really helped me keep it together!
Post # 4
I would go over ‘behavioral interview questions’ and ‘Google interview questions’ as both are the most popular type of questions these days. I would literally answer all of them and then read them outloud so you know what you sound like. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers (outside of the technical questions) – they want to know how you’ll fit into the team and how flexible you are, how you can think on your feet, your work ethic, how you maintain sensitive info, etc. I used to hire for this exact job at a university.
While your team is likely to be low key in attire/personality, you should always dress up as if you’re applying for the top management position but don’t eliminate your personality, just tone it down a notch. Remember to mimic your interviewers body language, keep your answers succinct (but make sure there is a beginning, a middle, and an end), and BE YOURSELF.
Post # 5
I am a champion interviewer! Here are some tips:
1. Think about your answers before you start speaking. Don’t be afraid to even say, “Let me think about that for a moment.” Collect your thoughts and then…
2. Speak in SBO. Situation-Behavior-Outcome. “(S)There was a really unhappy parent that stormed into my office to discuss her child’s report card. I quickly calmed her by (B) explaining our grading system. (O)In the end, she understood why her child got a B and strategies to help bring the grades up.
3. Relax and look at the interviewers as PEOPLE. Not big, scary authorities. Smile and be yourself. But, really, #2 should make you a shoo in.