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Question Job interview tips? - October 12th 2014, 10:54 PM

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So I don't know if I put this in the right thread or not, so feel free to move it if I'm wrong!

Okay so the title explains everything... So I have an interveiw tomorrow and is there any tips you guys know of.. Cause I'm super nervous and I really don't know what to expect.. I have an idea but no clue other than that.. Yes I have jobs before, but I never got a legit interview.. So do you guys know any tips so it can look better any advice will be apperiated cause I'm super nervous
   
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Re: Job interview tips? - October 12th 2014, 11:14 PM

Hi there,

I've had my fair share of job interviews

1) Be SURE to know the person you are interviewing with. What's their name? Are they the manager? Look them up on LinkedIn, if they have a job profile.

2) Do some research about the company. What are their values and philosophies? When were they founded? Etc.

3) Arrive at least 10 minutes before your interview. You can wait in the car up until 5 minutes before your interview. Be sure that you've had a snack but nothing too heavy that will upset your stomach during your interview.

4) Say hello to the person at the front desk (or whoever you speak with to tell them you're here for your interview). Smile at them, ask them how they're doing.

5) Greet the interviewer with a firm (but not bone-breaking) handshake, direct eye contact, and a smile. Be sure to let them sit down as you are, or even before you do. Don't sit down before they do.

6) Smile and give eye contact during the interview. Don't look down unless it's to review your notes or resume. In fact, bringing a portfolio with pen and paper is always useful so you can write down some details about the position if you are hired.

7) Be honest, but always turn something negative into something positive. What is your weakness? Why did you leave your last job? For example, "I resigned from my previous position as a Sales Coordinator at Panera Bread (hehe, my own old job ) because I was looking for a career that would be more relevant to my education and skill set. I would love to explore opportunities that are in a field that works directly with _______ (something that applies to your field)."

8) Come prepared with a couple of questions. In almost every interview, they will ask you if you have any. Asking a question shows that you want to know more about the company and are interested in the position.

9) Be SURE to thank the interviewer for taking the time to review your qualifications. Shake their hand and ask for their business card if they have one.

10) Relax! :-) Give them about a week to respond to you with their decision if they didn't offer you a job on the spot. If you don't hear back, feel free to call them up (this is where the business card is handy) or email them to say that you just wanted to touch base to see the progress of their job assessment on you. Remember, if they decide to not hire you, thank them anyway for the opportunity!



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Re: Job interview tips? - October 13th 2014, 10:06 AM

Hey Angie,

I agree with all of Katís tips but thought I would add some of my own too

Appearance- make sure you look presentable. You donít need to go over the top with an outfit, just make sure you look smart and avoid wearing anything that might be revealing.

Try to think of some questions that they might ask you, and prepare how you would respond to them.

When responding to questions, try to give a full, detailed answer. If they ask you ĎWhat makes you a good candidate for our jobí, instead of just listing qualities e.g. Iím hard working, good team player, try to give a brief situation of WHEN you were hardworking and WHEN you were a good team player. This backs up what you are saying, which is also a very good thing in an interview.

Also, try not to rush when you are answering questions. Even though you might be a bit nervous, rushing things might make it harder for the interviewer to understand what you are saying. On the other hand, try not to be really delayed when answering questions, as this might give a negative impression.

I know Kat has already said this, but definitely smile and be friendly. Itís ok to be nervous, but you still have to remember to smile.

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Re: Job interview tips? - October 14th 2014, 01:52 AM

This is going to sound crazy but wear blue. In my graphic design college class we learned that blue makes people feel calm, and it's a trusting color. I have lived by that and worn blue to every one of my interviews and got the job. (Not saying it was dependent upon the blue, but it's just a thought.)

Brush up on the company and try to learn as much as you can about them. They LOVE when people took the time to get to know where they want to be. You might also run into the question "so what do you know about the company?" or just casually in the interview if they ask "why do you want to work here?" that opens the door for you to say that "I learned that your company was the first to install solar panels to cut down on energy costs internally" or something like that. But you get the idea.

Don't wear too much make up. Try to go neutral. Avoid perfume as well. A light misting of body spray is acceptable. But that's it!

Bring multiple copies of your resume. I've been interviewed by up to four people at one time. It's nice that everyone present can have a copy to follow along and review. It's always awkward if just one person in the room has your resume and they have to pass it around or something.

There is no such thing as over selling yourself. They don't know you, you know you. You know why you deserve the job so tell them why. Tell them about your accomplishments be proud of who you are and what you can offer them.

Lastly. SMILE! Smile and make eye contact. Nod when they speak so they know you are listening. Also a firm handshake is always great.

You should do well! Good luck!!!!


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