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    - What helps make you feel secure when entering a job interview?


    Going in prepared with a good knowledge of the company I'm interviewing for and the position I'm interviewing for. Having well thought out answers to why the company should hire me and I what I have to offer.

    - What types of questions do you feel uncomfortable answering? (What do you anticipate to be the 'correct' answers?)

    What are your weaknesses? I really want to be honest but always wonder if what I say will work against me? Not sure what the correct answer is. I think its good to be honest but don't name a weakness that could truly be determental to doing the job.

    That and the "where do you see yourself five years from now?" question. I think the 'right' answer is growing the developing your skills in the company and staying in the company but honestly that's not always what I want.


    - What are some good questions to ask?


    Interviewers should ask questions like what skills do you have offer and why you would be a good fit?



    - Do you follow up?


    Yes. After I interview, I send an email to the members of the hiring committee thanking me for my time.

    I do call back later to ask about the status of the hiring process and when a decision will be made but not so often as to pester them.
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    The best tips that I can give.

    Pretend to be extroverted if you are not. Be bubbly and super positive in the interview. Smile and try to joke a little with the person who is interviewing you. But remember to show them that you are a dedicated and hard worker--but you also enjoy teamwork. When they ask you why you want to work for the company, try to insert something about how the company effects people or the environment. If it is retail, say you always loved the customer service and how the company strives to make the customers the number one priority.

    So basically, just BS your way through the interview. This may require some acting skills and you need to be a good liar. Lie your way into a job. I do it all the time.
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    I'll think about this more later, but the first thing that comes to mind is to make sure you have good answers to questions like what are your strengths and weaknesses.

    For your weaknesses, be honest, but put a positive spin on it by showing how that characteristic is also a strength, and explain how you cope with it in cases where it might be a concern. And make sure you have a quicker answer to what your strengths are.

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    I have a lot of issues with job interviews.

    - What helps make you feel secure when entering a job interview?
    When I get the impression the interviewer is sincere & asks relevant questions to the job, not asking loaded, trick questions or working off some script of questions they think they're supposed to ask. if I get the impression they are trying to scare me by making the job/environment/themselves sounds tough, then I don't especially want to work for them. I want someone who shows they can treat employees/coworkers well, not like robots.

    - What types of questions do you feel uncomfortable answering? (What do you anticipate to be the 'correct' answers?)
    The weakness question is annoying because it's a trick question. They know you are going to put a positive spin on it. They're basically asking "how well can you BS us?". If I were honest, then I'd say that I may be 10 minutes late but it makes no difference in my efficiency or productivity and no employer I've ever had in the past cared because the bottom line was I worked faster than others with higher quality output. If I actually ever said this, I know I would never get a job. Instead I'm supposed to lie about being a perfectionist or some other "weakness" that translates to good for employer & bad for my personal life.

    Less than questions, I feel uncomfortable being asked to do "tests" which amount to work without pay. In design, this unfortunately pretty common. If prerequisites for the job include a resume w/references, a degree & portfolio of sample wok, then giving "tests" is not only insulting, but it's borderline unethical. You're getting ideas for free, basically.

    Employers need to learn to extrapolate the given information about the person to see how it would adapt to the position they're hiring for. Few will come to the job having done EXACTLY what it requires in past positions. I think a good question may be, "how would you apply your past experience in this position?". I have never been asked this & it seems extremely relevant to me. What you have done/learned is not the same as how you'd apply it in a new situation.

    - What are some good questions to ask?
    Questions that are relevant to the actual work being done. Think about if you were the interviewee, and how you would honestly answer a question. If you know you'd have to BS to answer the question yourself, then it's not a good question. If you want to get a feel for their personality, then just ask! Ask them how they interact with others in past jobs, ask them what their personality is like. Those roundabout loaded questions just push people to say what they think you want to hear. That's why so many who say they get jobs easily & interview well also say they LIE. If you want honesty, then you have to be honest with yourself about the kinds of questions you're asking & what their purpose is.

    - Do you follow up?
    I used to and it made no difference. It simply made my humiliation more acute; it's like sending flowers after a first date & never hearing from the person again. It seems desperate & needy, IMO. Although I've heard of people nagging an employer into hiring them, but I can't stomach such tactics.

    I've found "don't call us, we'll call you" to be the preference of most employers anyway.
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    Recently I heard a recruiter tell a story of a guy who made it through several rounds of interviews and was looking really good to the employer, and was sent to the last interview with the vice-president just to okay him. When asked by the VP how he works under stress, he replied "I'm at my peak badass when I'm under stress".

    He was axed and didn't get the job because he said that.

    I'm not sure how I feel about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    Recently I heard a recruiter tell a story of a guy who made it through several rounds of interviews and was looking really good to the employer, and was sent to the last interview with the vice-president just to okay him. When asked by the VP how he works under stress, he replied "I'm at my peak badass when I'm under stress".

    He was axed and didn't get the job because he said that.

    I'm not sure how I feel about that.
    Wow, why? Because he used the word "badass"? I'm confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redcheerio View Post
    Wow, why? Because he used the word "badass"? I'm confused.
    I'm guessing yes and maybe also because he was too cocky around the big wig, regardless of the fact that they want someone who will be confident and productive on the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paperoceans View Post
    The best tips that I can give.

    Pretend to be extroverted if you are not. Be bubbly and super positive in the interview. Smile and try to joke a little with the person who is interviewing you. But remember to show them that you are a dedicated and hard worker--but you also enjoy teamwork. When they ask you why you want to work for the company, try to insert something about how the company effects people or the environment. If it is retail, say you always loved the customer service and how the company strives to make the customers the number one priority.

    So basically, just BS your way through the interview. This may require some acting skills and you need to be a good liar. Lie your way into a job. I do it all the time.
    This advice wouldn't have been half bad if you had left out the last line. Anyone who lies there way into a position then has to maintain their lies indefinitely. More often they will be discovered as disingenuous and will have to be at odds with the hirers while they consider you to be someone ideally replaced by new talent.

    Do your research, find out details about the company/school and find aspects that you truthfully identify with or support. They can be talking points as well as showing genuine interest.

    Don't chew gum, dress crazy, try out the newest fad hair or accessories, or wear strong deodorant or perfume.

    Double and triple check your resume/CV, then have someone smarter than you check it again.

    An interview is NOT the time to be trying on a different personality type, acting out a false role, trying to smooth talk and lie your way into a job. Interviewers do this for a job, some liars will slip through the cracks and get hired, many more will not. Be yourself but be prepared. The more prepared you are the less nervous you will be and the more natural you can thus act.

    Be on time! And by on time I mean be 15 minutes early, ready to wait with a smile - not finishing your breakfast burrito in front of the receptionist' desk. The extra time will give the impression (hopefully not a lie) that you are punctual, professional and take the interview seriously, as well as giving you time to decompress, de-stress, take a nervous piss etc. and still be on time.

    Lots of good tips in this thread.

    If you know someone trustworthy that works in the particular company or industry ask them good questions and listen for good advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malice View Post
    - What helps make you feel secure when entering a job interview?
    - What types of questions do you feel uncomfortable answering? (What do you anticipate to be the 'correct' answers?)
    - What are some good questions to ask?
    - Do you follow up?)
    1) Knowing that the interview is a win-win situation, since if you don't get the job you won't be any worse off. This allows you the confidence and freedom to see the interview for what it is... a chance for both you and your potential employer to learn about one another and find out if there is a good fit. Don't go into this situation only focusing on how you want or need the job and let all the pressure fall on your shoulders. They want to fill the position with someone who they can look forward to working with... considering all the things co-workers and subordinates do that are negative and make their job harder. Be the opposite of the co-workers they already have that they don't like dealing with.

    2) None... be real, because in this situation you're naturally feeling nervous. While you might find the interview a challenge, they do not, so they will see through just about anything you try to do due to nerves. The more real you can be, the more respect you'll get from your hopefully future co-workers.

    3) This is your chance to challenge them and show that you're not a passive paycheck-sucker, but someone who will be a valuable component, drive the business forward, and most of all make their job easier or at least not make it harder. I ask something like, "how often are opportunities which will make positive improvements to how things are done considered? is your team driven by proactive choices or by necessity, in other words putting out fires? how do you capitalize on the creative potential of your employees?" A tip: find the company's biggest competitor's strength and leverage that into a question/challenge. For instance the question above would probably work well at an interview with Microsoft, since Google is well known for being driven proactively by the creative ideas of it's employers and Microsoft is more of a programming factory.

    4) No, there is no point. They will never let the person they want to hire go because they didn't check back. If you have to check back then you're already in a position of needing something rather than having something to offer them that they want.
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    When you tell a recruiter that you're a little nervous about the interview and they say "AS YOU SHOULD BE" what the heck does that mean?

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