Post Reply Applying for a job: lack confidence and over confidence
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Posted 8/22/15
I noticed that many people put off applying for a job either because of lack of confidence or over confidence. Either they believe they aren't good enough for the job in question, for they are too good for it and are waiting for the dream job to come their way.

I can say I was the first. I felt so inexperienced. It wasn't until I starting interning that I realize I wasn't as bad as I thought I was. People even wanted to HIRE ME. I think the toughest steps is the first, after that it's just growing pains. I think this mentality of mine has held me back for way too long. Now I feel like I can fly to places.

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I worked at a group home for about a year. It wasn't great work for minimum wage. Office politics, no organization, mildly depressing, etc but when I applied to work at other jobs all the questions I were asked in an interview were work related questions. Compared to when I had no previous work experience I found it very difficult to sell myself on why I should be hired or not. Once you get the foot in the door it becomes easier. At least for me it did.
Posted 8/22/15
I was gonna do that for my first job & tbh I feel like I was hired out of pity but it turns out I was pretty good???
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Just amazes when someone has the gift of gab. It can take you places and cover your ass.

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27 / M / Louisville, KY
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I'm only 26 and I can't even remember how my first interview went. I just know I easily got the job. Most minimum wage jobs mainly want to know if you show up on time for the interview, if you have a reliable mode of transportation, and how you present yourself in looks and attitude. An example would be going in some business casual cloths rather than jeans and a t-shirt. As far as attitude, don't give them a reason to skip you, they don't have to hire you, you just happen to be at the top of their huge stack and any nasty attitude would just make them go to the next person.

One important thing to note on interviews is to stand your ground. What I mean is do not backtrack or try to change your story. If you're making up lies in your interview they will raise the red flag immediately and end the interview.

Also, personally, in my opinion when asked "what are your weaknesses?" don't reply with none. You have some weakness, let them know and also let them know how you plan to address it. Make sure everything you say has some relation to the job. They don't give a single care about your hobbies and if you do start telling your hobbies they will probably not consider you as you can't keep focus on what you are currently doing.

If you get an interview, even if you don't want to work there, attend it and commit to the interview as good as you can and consider it practice. If offered a position, you can decline it and make some reason. You're not going to nail each interview. It took me 5 times to get my current position and I am glad I didn't get the first four in the long run. If you don't get called, don't worry and try for the next place. Some times hiring managers have the entire day scheduled for interviews for the same position with one opening and 10 candidates or so. They may have decided to hire the first person and when you come in 4 hours later for your interview you will have no clue. So, just know sometimes it's not completely your fault. Just keep trying and you'll succeed one day.
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Posted 8/22/15
I can't take the rejection and humiliation when applying for jobs so I put it off as long as possible.
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Posted 8/22/15



Thanks for all that! Most of it I already knew, but a few good things to know about! I never thought of doing "practice" runs.

I am 1 year from finishing my degree and entering the Work Force as a Geologist. I am nervous, but also excited. Always nice to see another 'young' lad (around my age, young in experience) who has succeeded in life!
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29 / M / Bullhead City, AZ
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Posted 8/22/15 , edited 8/22/15
That's just an excuse for not looking. McDonalds will hire anybody.
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During my interview process for the IT position at a college, I cracked them up. There were four people interviewing me. The very first thing they noted was my sense of humor, follow by my communication skills. I was able to communicate clearly and effectively, a rare secondary trait to find. I got asked how I learned how to communicate the way I did.

If you have no job experience, then focus on your secondary traits. Secondary traits are what you are as a person. For example, I am:
- Responsible
- Hard Working
- Trustworthy
- Willing to Learn
etc.


A special note, if you do not know an answer to a question, then reply, "I do not know; however, I am willing to learn." Lastly, get recommendations from your professors if you are cool with them.
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Its funny how I just finished my second round of interview from this job. At first I was like, "great! I can finally start something good". And then as the day goes by I've never felt so physically AND mentally tired in my entire life. I like to take challenges but I know my limitations and thought to myself that this job isn't for me.
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