(Closed) What are you best interview tips?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

These are great tips!

One that I recently learned: bring examples of your work. For the last interview I had, I brought a sheet with all my 2012-2013 projects with tasks, timelines, etc. When the interviewer asked what projects I had completed recently, I took out that sheet and started talking about the major ones, since there were too many to name. When I finished talking he looked at my sheet and said “Wow, you did all this since September?”

It seemed silly beforehand, but he seemed impressed and I got the job the next day!

The idea is that visual aid is more memorable for most people, and bringing examples makes you seem really enthusiastic and well-prepared.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Research and prepare questions that will show that you’ve put a lot of thought into how you can be an impactful part of the organization. I have had several hiring managers who will disqualify a candidate if their questions aren’t insightful or relevant.

Be prepared with facts, figures, numbers to demonstrate that you understand your business and your position and to demonstrate your efficiency. If you’re in sales, you should know your quota and the past three years of attainment. If you’re an analyst, know how much money you saved the company. 

Prepare, but watch out for sounding rehearsed and answering questions that haven’t been asked.

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Another good tip is to try to be yourself as much as possible. Once you’re through the phone interivew and get brought in to meet people, it’s to the point where they’re trying to establish if you’d be a good fit for the company and will blend well with the current team. Yes, it’s great to have polished and rehearsed answers and you should definitely do your research and be prepared…but companies are also looking for someone they can tolerate spending 40+ hours a week being around. I just got hired for a new job, and after the 3rd and final interview, they offered me the position – the partner/owner later told me he knew within 5 minutes of meeting me because I seemed to be so comfortable with myself and my answers and just seemed excited about the potential job and he could see me working with the team.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@BoxerLady:  Oh I was the same way! It took me a few rounds of interviews to get comfortable, mostly because I noticed all the people were basically asking me the same types of questions (I’m an accountant, there’s really only so many things they can ask!). There was a lot of “tell me about your work history and how you got to where you are today” and “what are your career goals” and “what do you expect to get out of this job” type of questions. So once I got the hang of answering those, I started letting my personality come out a little more while still trying to give thorough, insightful responses.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@Ellegee:  +1, especially for the asking questions part. From my experience, not asking good questions at the end of the interview is one of the top faux pas. Asking questions also allows the interview to end naturally (at the end of the discussion) rather than simply when the questions are done. This makes you more memorable and I find it WAY less awkward when you part.

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