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The dos and don'ts on what to do before and during a job interview.
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Try your best to be confident as it will help with making a proper impression, don't lie about your abilities but don't dwell on your weaknesses. It is extremely important to avoid being negative, try your best to talk about things in a positive light even if you hate something. People have a bad habit of letting their guard down around an interviewer because they seem nice and affable, try not to ignorantly fall into baiting questions as you get more comfortable with an interviewer. You are basically selling yourself to the interviewer so consider that you are the product, why are you more valuable than anyone else? What can you offer the job?

This is all stuff I have learned from both sides of the interview process, don't read too much into it but just keep an open mind and try to use friendly body language. Avoid crossing your arms and be polite and adaptable, and if you fail at the interview don't let it get to you. This is a rough job market and experience counts for more than it used to. A lot of good advice in here
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after every interview, send a thank you email, sometimes it's a tie and the thank you note may let you win, plus it helps them remember who you are.
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1. How did you handle your first interview? I didn't spam forums with stupid threads.

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For my first job I did the interview over the phone and lasted 6 months and got bored.
Most of the in-person interviews I've done were through recruitment agencies that use pseudo psychology and can't be prepared for.
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Shukuzen wrote:

1. How did you handle your first interview? I didn't spam forums with stupid threads.




You got problems, dude.
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Posted 3/30/14

qualeshia3 wrote:


Shukuzen wrote:

1. How did you handle your first interview? I didn't spam forums with stupid threads.




You got problems, dude.


I'm not the one who has such immense needs for attention that I have to make a bunch of threads a day. Problems schroblems.
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be early, dress smartly i.e no trainers, dont lie or bullshit because they may call you out on it, show enthusiasm, try and stand out if a group interview and ask questions yourself as it shows your serious intent

good luck
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To be honest, there is a lot of advise out there. Everyone has their own strategy for interviews. I show up a little early and look presentable. Since you've already sent in your resume, the interviewers know a little about your background. The interview is about getting to know you, your personality. So be yourself, and don't bs your way through an interview. Any decent HR rep can spot a bs answer. If you don't know something, admit it.
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Yeah, you seriously got problems. Thanks for stopping by, crazy.
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wow this is actually a serious thread
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TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:

wow this is actually a serious thread


Is that good or bad?
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It's interesting reading this. I'm yet to have my first interview and I fear it may be soon so some pointers are very useful. I think my biggest problem will be this concept of 'selling myself' a few have mentioned. I'm so opposed to making myself out to be this fantastic near flawless person that should so definitely be chosen over all the other candidates. That's not the sort of person I am, I hate people like that.

I'd have to put on an act and that would make me feel uncomfortable in the work place. When I go in I'm going to feel compelled to be as realistic as possible. The biggest compliment I usually give myself is 'yeah I'm all right at it, I guess, not the best but oh well'. I mean, if you give me a job I will work to get it done, mainly because I feel if you're going to get paid, the least you can do in return is the work (not only that but you'll probably get fired if you don't, obviously).

I can do the dressing smartly and speaking clearly parts, it's just I'm terrible at selling myself because I compare it to bragging and I'd choose being humble or down to earth over that 110% of the time (even on my Soundcloud account my description is made to make me sound like the worst musician alive for the sake of a laugh). So that's what you'll get with me, someone realistic and who can have a laugh but will get the work done, not someone who thinks they are the most godlike employee candidate to grace the Earth.

Infact, to anyone who reads this there's a question: Should you display a sense of humour in your interview (obviously not overdoing it) or should you be very serious? I'd like to have a joke here and there if I can, but I don't want them thinking 'oh he's a joker, making me laugh alone won't get you the job' (assuming I could make them laugh) or having the most cynical thoughts to make that seem like a negative quality. Obviously we're talking as generally as we can.
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I think most people are nervous on job interviews. It's important to relax. Don't even think about wanting to be hired. Think of it as talking to some stranger you'll never meet again, about your skills and what you want to do with them.

Or imagine they are a neighbor with some job that needs doing and you're offering to help them out instead of them needing to hire someone, and they're not sure if you'll the job well or not. So you want to convince them to let you do the job, but in the end, it's their loss if they choose the wrong person. If you get away from the idea that you have anything to lose from an interview, then it should be easy to act as relaxed as you always do.

The last few jobs I've gotten, my attitude was that I was happy enough doing what I was already doing and had some misgivings about going elsewhere. So I wasn't very concerned with how things turned out, and found it much easier to just have a relatively natural discussion with my interviewers.

Another thing to consider might be doing practice interviews to get used to experience, I think some people do that kind of thing.

One more thing, don't lie on an interview about your abilities. Being caught at that is one of the best ways to ensure you don't get hired. Just because you don't have a particular skill or know the answer to a particular question doesn't necessarily mean you won't get hired.
Being honest and having the integrity to admit your shortcomings is something that likely will be appreciated. Even if you aren't hired at the time, perhaps in the future when you've learned more, you will be reconsidered. If you get caught in a lie, that'll never happen... and if you don't know what you're talking about, you're probably going to get caught.

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Depending on the job you are applying for.

1) Arrive Early

2) Doesn't matter what the job, it's safe to always go with a Suit and Tie unless otherwise stated by your interviewer . Just try to avoid BLACK suit. If you can rock any other color, then go for it.

3) TALK A LOT, but not too much. Just show that you have good communication skills, and don't say things that might get you in trouble, don't say irrelevant things and go off topic.

4)Demonstrate your ability to critically think.

Bonus Questions:

1. How did you handle your first interview?
Freaking nervous, couldn't really pay attention to what was being said to me.

2. Was the interviewer intimidating, kind, funny, laid back, mean, or serious?
intimidating. I heard from one of my friends that this guy looks down on female (im a male) and won't let women look at him on the same eye lvl.

3. How long did you last on your first job?
I had to resign, due to school starting again.

4. What was your first job?
Clerk in a pharmacy
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DONT KEEP BITING ON YOUR NAILS AND DONT FIDGET WITH YOUR HANDS

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