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The dos and don'ts on what to do before and during a job interview.
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Don't say umm or in Japanese eto
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Judgementwolf wrote:

Don't say umm or in Japanese eto


Ah, I see.
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I regularly interview people at my job, and I have a few pet hates:

Don't tap on the table
Look at me when I'm talking to you
Don't bite your nails
Show your personality - I hate robots, but don't go over the top
Don't smell
Look clean and presentable
Be punctual in both appearance, time and language.
Know the job you're applying for.

These sound very basic, but some of these people don't have a clue.
Posted 4/2/14 , edited 4/2/14
UHMS and looking around like a pokemon are like the downfall.
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Widdiful wrote:
Just don't mention anime.


LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL SO TRUE
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Posted 4/3/14
Before the interview:
Light on coffee (decaf is great if you actually need it)
Less sugar that day
No cramming; in regards to answering questions
Eat right (get some simethicone if you need it)
Don't forget to prepare good questions to ask
Don't forget to choose the right clothes
Don't forget the language (I flew from Vietnam back to Japan for two interviews that one day, so it was kinda hard to adjust in terms of speaking--I greeted the employer in Vietnamese and she never let that go.)

During the interview:
Sit still
Eye contact is required
Listen to anything and everything he/she says
If you really want the job, laugh at his/her jokes
Answer attentively
Show knowledge of the history of the organization (optional, but really helps)
Don't pass gas (it's never been a problem with me, but hey, it might happen)
Most importantly, ask questions; and not just any questions, the right questions (do your research)


Bonus Questions:
1. How did you handle your first interview?

Extremely nervous that day--I had too much coffee and was still extremely shy.

2. Was the interviewer intimidating, kind, funny, laid back, mean, or serious?
Only in Asia were they really serious. When I auditioned one time in Kyūshū, I was told that I never compromised in tone even though everyone else saw that I tried my best. By the way, your "best" is only as high as what your employer thinks.

3. How long did you last on your first job?
Five months. I took a temporary leave and never came back to work, only to help out sometimes lol.

4. What was your first job?
Bakery/Sweets shop.
Posted 4/3/14
definitely don't sit on the floor
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I've only ever worked at fast food restaurants so I don't really know much about interviews, since most of the time they just give you job after a phone call.
Out of the 4 places I've worked at I've only been interviewed once, I wore what I usually wear, shook the guys hand and said that I was a hard worker and not a complete idiot like most people, and bam I got the job
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40 / M / SLC
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After speaking with my manager several times, and taking part in interviews for new people applying to fill out our team I learned several things.

Your interview begins the moment the hiring manager looks at your resume (or job application). For my manager one of his biggest pet peeves was spelling, nothing would foul his mood more than that. If a person had typos they were already fighting an uphill battle.

Do not dress casually if it's an office environment job. Coming in dressed nicely, suit and tie etc. while perhaps not being required for the job implies that you're taking the interview seriously and that you are interested in getting hired.

*Never* declare you won't work overtime. In most cases overtime isn't a usual thing, but declaring you're not willing to work it when it's needed automatically raises flags with any manager.

Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses if you don't like being micromanaged you're probably a self starter so say that (instead of the micromanaged bit) if you're more comfortable working with people chances are good you work well in teams (so say that, it really does help).

If the job requires support for customers or clients be sure to emphasize your strengths regarding that.

Never lie, about your strengths, your abilities to work with people of different backgrounds or your qualifications. It will always show and if you lie on your resume, there's an extremely good chance they will fire you with cause (good luck getting unemployment after that).

How long did I spend in my first job? 8 months working for a grocery store. After passing my A+ (a million years ago) I was hired by a rather big (for where I live) hospital system. I worked there for 15 years and would still be working there if my health hadn't failed me.
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Okay. Thanks for the advice. I already had an interview since last year which caused a few problems for me.
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Also, if given the chance, get time to shadow interviews. My handler (at the time) forced me to sit through numerous interviews and auditions while lecturing me on her "Do's" and "Don't's" for interviews.
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40 / M / End of Nowhere
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Gyava wrote:


Widdiful wrote:
Just don't mention anime.


LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL SO TRUE


It all depends. You will get a +1 if you mention you are into Gaming or Anime when interviewing with me. The framed Anime prints and other MMO related merchandise in my office should clue people in.
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don't eat garlic before interview, and make sure to smell nice. Eye contact and confident.
After, shake hands and call a few days later to check in and see how the hiring is going.
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