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Guitarman700
post Oct 8 2008, 03:49 PM
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Ok, so i have a job interview today at 1:00 pm Central time, anyone got any tips advice or pointers for me?


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post Oct 8 2008, 03:51 PM
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Be Enthusiastic, Dress Smartly, Don't just let them ask you questions ask questions back with them and seem like a friendly person and just make sure you get across where you think you fit in their company smile.gif

Act confidently also. Where are you applying for a job as that makes a big difference. Don't fidget as well in interview. Keep your arms in view and no tapping on tables or anything lol. biggrin.gif

And Good Luck smile.gif That Caparison might be nearer than you think smile.gif

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post Oct 8 2008, 04:03 PM
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Well, I don't know so much about what they look for in an employee in the US. But here in Sweden, and I was in mid management once and had the opportunity to sit on the other side of the table holding interviews, I value education, knowledge and personality (but not in that order)

If you have the knowledge they are looking for, make sure to be very clear to say so. Don't be modest but don't brag.
A good education prooves you got endurance and set goals.
A personality that would fit with the current group is most important if you got the knowledge and could be a candidate. So don't be afraid to talk about your personal life and situation, hobbies etc. Try to find a common subject you could both enjoy talking about.

I know others will recommend you to be yourself. And that's so true. So try to be relaxed, social and how you would be amongst people you know. No cursing and four letter words if that's part of being yourself wink.gif

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post Oct 8 2008, 04:07 PM
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Thanks for the advice O.C. and Mickem. It seems like NO ONE wants to hire new workers here in Northern Michigan, so this is the first interview ive had in about 5 months! sad.gif getting all nervous wont do me any favors! Thanks again for the tips.


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post Oct 8 2008, 04:09 PM
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You'll be fine. smile.gif


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post Oct 8 2008, 04:23 PM
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Well, actually most of the time i have to lead the job interviews and there are a few things that are very important to me when it comes to hire new employees.
As mikem said before, it is difficult because i also dont know the situation in the us - i am from austria. and i have no idea, what job it is you are applying to. In most cases i am looking for people for management positions.
as i said there are a few very important things:
- be authentic, you are who you are and thats the person the employer is looking for. there is no need to play a role in the job interview and dont answer with standard answers you get out of books. every person who has to lead job interviews often can´t stand these standard answers....
- if you are invited that means that your curriculum does at least have all the (minimum) requirements that are needed for the job, so you can be confident baout that issue
- be active and be awake (sounds funny but you have to be at the interview with all your senses) and the interviewer must feel your presence.
- if you need experience for the job, speak about your former work and never talk too bad about your former employer!
- it is very good to talk about your hobbies and show that you have a social life and show that you know how to act during a conversation
- if you are applying for a management position, the interviewer must get a feeling of how you lead people, how you act in different situations - again, dont lie, act authentic - thats the best way!
- one of the most valuable hints: don´t act like you ar deserted and need the job really bad - be sure about yourself and show, that you are here to get an idea of your new employer, too. you also have to decide wheter this is the right job for you or not
- and another very important thing: inform yourself before you go to the interview, you should at least know what the company does (produces,...), how big the company is and so on (check the internet, .....) that shows your interest and that you are reliable...

so, that are a few (or more) things that come to my mind when i think of job interviews....
i wish you all the best and good luck!!!!



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post Oct 8 2008, 05:31 PM
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Never give them any reasons not to hire you, when they ask weaknesses the only one you should ever say is a lack of job experience THEN go straight back into reasons why they should hire you! give them reasons why you can overcome your lack of experience and be a valued member of your team. Your trying to sell yourself. you would never try and sell a car by telling the buyer it had some scratches and dents.


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post Oct 8 2008, 05:45 PM
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post Oct 8 2008, 05:53 PM
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Find out as much about the company that you possibly can. Find out where they focus their attention and try to let them know that you are aware of what their purpose is and then tell them your plan for making them more profitable. Companies like to see numbers.... positive growth numbers that is. They need to know that you understand them.

Money talks. Tell them specifically where you can add value. Use numbers and percentages if you can. Admit where your strengths and weaknesses are. They will make a judgment about you as soon as they see you. You have about 5 seconds. Firm handshake and eye contact here is critical. So dress nice, be positive - and this may sound stupid - wear nice polished shoes. You would not believe how many people judge you by the shoes you wear. Yes, it is a shallow world, but when you are competing for a job you have to do what it takes. Remember, they will select you to represent them to their customers. So, if you don't care enough to present yourself properly for an interview they won't bother with you.

One more important thing that 99% of people never do, and that it to follow-up with a thank you note. Not an email, but a letter thanking them for the opportunity to interview. Drop it off. Don't mail it. It may be a dead lock between you and someone else. Chances are, they will be impressed with your initiative if you do this.

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post Oct 8 2008, 06:16 PM
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Well im back, it was only a prelimenary interview, but they have tons of positions open, so im almost hopeful! Looks like i might be working at a pet store. tongue.gif


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post Oct 8 2008, 07:04 PM
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QUOTE (Guitarman700 @ Oct 8 2008, 07:16 PM) *
Looks like i might be working at a pet store. tongue.gif

Who will you have to pet? ohmy.gif
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Sound good, keeping fingers crossed smile.gif


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post Oct 8 2008, 07:15 PM
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haha. I'd love to work at a pet shop. Best of luck smile.gif Do you get staff discount biggrin.gif


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post Oct 8 2008, 07:36 PM
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QUOTE (OrganisedConfusion @ Oct 8 2008, 02:15 PM) *
haha. I'd love to work at a pet shop. Best of luck smile.gif Do you get staff discount biggrin.gif

i hope so. ive always wanted a boa constricter! tongue.gif


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post Oct 8 2008, 08:05 PM
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QUOTE (OrganisedConfusion @ Oct 8 2008, 08:15 PM) *
haha. I'd love to work at a pet shop. Best of luck smile.gif Do you get staff discount biggrin.gif

Maybe get a Spider? laugh.gif


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post Oct 8 2008, 08:18 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Oct 8 2008, 08:05 PM) *
Maybe get a Spider? laugh.gif

You could take your pet into work with you every day also so you don't need to worry about leaving it at home biggrin.gif As long as somebody doesn't accidentally sell it biggrin.gif


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post Oct 8 2008, 08:56 PM
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Hey a pet store, that's pretty cool. Don't forget to bring your guitar to store so you can workout during the day wink.gif


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post Oct 8 2008, 09:26 PM
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Little late, hope it went well:)


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Oct 8 2008, 09:56 PM) *
Hey a pet store, that's pretty cool. Don't forget to bring your guitar to store so you can workout during the day wink.gif


...and teach those beasts some music... hope they won't get freaked biggrin.gif


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post Oct 8 2008, 09:59 PM
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QUOTE (berko @ Oct 8 2008, 10:30 PM) *
...and teach those beasts some music... hope they won't get freaked biggrin.gif

Hope the lonesome old lady who buys a parrot for company won't have to listen to that bird repeating doom metal lyrics and growl. biggrin.gif


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post Oct 9 2008, 12:19 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Oct 8 2008, 04:59 PM) *
Hope the lonesome old lady who buys a parrot for company won't have to listen to that bird repeating doom metal lyrics and growl. biggrin.gif

Oh, she will, trust me. ill teach the birds Emperor songs! laugh.gif


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