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Post Reply The dos and don'ts on what to do before and during a job interview.
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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Just list what a person should do and should not do before and during an interview for a job. Explain it all in your very own opinion.


Bonus Questions:

1. How did you handle your first interview?

2. Was the interviewer intimidating, kind, funny, laid back, mean, or serious?

3. How long did you last on your first job?

4. What was your first job?
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I remember taking speech class in high school. They say where a business cloth not fashion clothes, make sure your cloths are clean, take a shower , brush your teeth, bring all your document with you, when you get ask listen very carefully, don't interrupt the interviewer, and don't argue with interviewer. Their is a lot more but this what i remember right now.
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Thfelese wrote:

I remember taking speech class in high school. They say where a business cloth not fashion clothes, make sure your cloths are clean, take a shower , brush your teeth, bring all your document with you, when you get ask listen very carefully, don't interrupt the interviewer, and don't argue with interviewer. Their is a lot more but this what i remember right now.


Good hygiene is a must for interview along with looking your best.
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Too tired to answer the first part so I will go with the bonus questions.

1. How did you handle your first interview?

I just went in looking decent. I didn't bother dressing up too much or anything since it was just for Magic Wok. I didn't do too badly I suppose and was just as honest as possible. I even told them I didn't know what my positives were or anything and told them my weakness was that I am quiet and have trouble talking to people.

2. Was the interviewer intimidating, kind, funny, laid back, mean, or serious?

She was laid back and a bit funny. She told me at the end that the interview was basically just a formality and that I already had the job. She didn't seem to mind the difficulties I had in answering some of her questions because of how honest I was I think.

3. How long did you last on your first job?

Due to the short time I feel like I need to explain why but about 3-4 weeks I believe.

It was a long time ago. I decided I was done one Sunday morning after all the crap they had been putting me through. They had me working 1 hour a day for 3 days a week for training. I didn't mind that obviously but this one manager kept coming up to me and calling me stupid just because I hadn't been able to learn exactly what all went into each of their food items after having worked for just a few hours time. I also got some pretty bad chemical burns from them combining chemicals for cleaning that probably shouldn't have been mixed. Then there was the time I was told to go running after a car to hand over a container of gravy that I had forgotten to give them. They had me run down an extremely busy street and when I got back after successfully delivering the gravy I was yelled at for using the wrong door. It just wasn't worth it.

4. What was your first job?

Magic Wok. A fast food place I had never even eaten at and still haven't to this day.
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The most important thing is to arrive at least 15 minutes late, so they know you're a very busy and important person. Second thing you should do is interrupt the interviewer and insult his intelligence just to prove to him that you know what you're talking about.Last, but not least you should always make sure you're clothes are stained with food just to reaffirm the fact you're very rich and probably too good for the job and they're lucky that you even considered them.
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The most important thing is to arrive at least 15 minutes late, so they know you're a very busy and important person. Second thing you should do is interrupt the interviewer and insult his intelligence just to prove to him that you know what you're talking about.Last, but not least you should always make sure you're clothes are stained with food just to reaffirm the fact you're very rich and probably too good for the job and they're lucky that you even considered them.


I thought the clothes were supposed to be stained with blood and you were supposed to tell them none of it was yours. That you just came from a couple of other interviews and to not worry about it.
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JamesSabs wrote:

The most important thing is to arrive at least 15 minutes late, so they know you're a very busy and important person. Second thing you should do is interrupt the interviewer and insult his intelligence just to prove to him that you know what you're talking about.Last, but not least you should always make sure you're clothes are stained with food just to reaffirm the fact you're very rich and probably too good for the job and they're lucky that you even considered them.


You're joking right?
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Arrive early

Be presentable, doesn't matter if you're applying for a job in the government or you're applying in McDonald's. It's a good habit to dress nice.

Make eye contact and give a firm handshake when meeting the interviewer(s) and let them sit down first.

Sit up straight and speak in a clear voice

Maintain that eye contact throughout the interview

and most importantly, be cool and calm. Some people get too stiff when they're in an interview and mess up on answering questions.
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First, I have to clarify on what the person above me posted - give a firm handshake, but by no means is it an arm wrestling match. Grip the interviewer's hand like you're gripping a game console controller: strong enough so it can handle any jerky movements you make while playing, but not strong enough to strain the controller. Also, make sure the webbing between your thumb and hand are touching their's, which makes it a business handshake. Gripping their wrist is a sign that you're a frat punk that watches too much Dragonball Z, and dangling their fingers is just sissy.

Now, try to find someone that works there already and ask what type of questions will be asked. Government jobs tend to ask behavioral questions (e.g., "Give a situation in which you had to lead a group toward a goal, " "Tell me about a time in which a project you were working on failed and what you did"). Small corporations tend to ask specific questions about your experiences in that field. Large corporations such as Google or Microsoft tend to ask really strange questions that give them an idea on how you think outside of the box and what you're like under pressure.

My strongest advice is to prepare answers to those questions beforehand, along with anecdotes about your past that essentially brag about you without having to actually brag about yourself. Interviews offer a chance to sell yourself, but if you say "I'm the best you'll find" that's just cockiness and you will ~not~ be hired. Practice, practice, practice.

Finally, remember that you're not fighting against the job description. The fact that you have that interview means they've checked your qualifications and determined that you can do the job. YOU'RE FIGHTING THE OTHER PEOPLE APPLYING FOR THE JOB. For any one job, there's usually anywhere between 50 to 900 people that are applying for it. So if you don't get the job, it doesn't necessarily mean they believed you could not do the job. It means that someone else applying for the job fit their "ideal" person better. Interviews are subjective by nature, and you can never know what will sway a specific interviewer.

Just be you and do your best.
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Get there at lease 15 min. early.
Dress nice, business causal at lease.
Eye contact at all times, shake hands before siting down and before leaving the room.
Have a resume with you to give the interviewer(s), the most I've seen was 5 at one time.
Know something about the job your applying for and the company.
Try not to look too nervous.

Also, depending on the job your apply for be prepared for a long interview. For my current job, the interview lasted about 45 min.
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JamesSabs wrote:

The most important thing is to arrive at least 15 minutes late, so they know you're a very busy and important person. Second thing you should do is interrupt the interviewer and insult his intelligence just to prove to him that you know what you're talking about.Last, but not least you should always make sure you're clothes are stained with food just to reaffirm the fact you're very rich and probably too good for the job and they're lucky that you even considered them.


shoot no wonder i've been without any luck for so long, i've been going about this the wrong way

thanks for the tip
Posted 3/29/14
I work at a high end beauty boutique and I get asked for my opinion on potential hires. The first thing I look at is the person's email address, you won't believe how many people can't even be bothered to have a regular email account. I've seen quite a few sexy_kitten23 or jbieber4ever, and these are college educated 20 somethings.

It's always great when a potential hire comes prepared, know the company and/or products. Be personable and enthusiastic but not to the point of being 'fake', be open minded and respectful and remember that FIRST IMPRESSIONS are everything. You're trying to sell yourself to these people and you only have 30 minutes to an hour to have them pick you over other candidates.
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There's a nice list going here so I'll just add one thing. Represent yourself as honestly as possibly. I mean that both in terms of the words you speak as well as the way you look :)

1. How did you handle your first interview?
I dressed up and arrived 5-10 minutes early. I didn't expect to get the job since there was so much competition for it, so I just went in with a calmer disposition than probably most other people; Honestly, I just thought of it as "nothing to lose, so just treat it as a more formal but just a normal conversation." Luckily (or maybe thanks to that?) my interviewer/boss ended up choosing me ^^

2. Was the interviewer intimidating, kind, funny, laid back, mean, or serious?
My interviewer was my boss. He was intimidating and serious, but he's like that in real life too, so it's not like he was trying to be scary.

3. How long did you last on your first job?
2.5 years I think? I ended up quitting when the late-night hours were too much combined with my course load.

4. What was your first job?
Office assistant at my university dorm. Most of the time it was like getting paid to do nothing, but the hours were sucky since we were staffed 24/7 and on holidays
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Try not to fart....

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