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How to be prepared for a job interview?
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Posted 10/15/15
I really wish I could help. I hate interviews. I've never gotten a single job for which I interviewed in person. I blame the fact that I am socially awkward.

However, I've got a good employment record with places I worked without interviews. Usually I was hired because they heard about me from a former employer, or they had seen my work firsthand.


I do think that interviews have terrible blindsides, such as letting terrible workers who are smooth-talkers in, or keeping good-workers who are socially awkward out.... BUT, I really have no better solution, in most situations, so I can't really complain about it too much, either.
Posted 10/15/15
You will be nervous, but try to control it.

Dress very nicely and sensibly. Smell nice with fresh breath. Show confidence. Keep eye contact. Be HONEST.

You want to make a good first impression. If you show up a mess, then you aren't likely to get the job even if your resume is good enough.
Posted 10/15/15 , edited 10/15/15
I got turned down by so many businesses and I think that interviewers generally dislike my personality. I just see it as; if I didn't get the job, it just wasn't meant for me
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Posted 10/23/15
Even though I never been in a interview, I wish they would try you out for 10 days then if they like you they'll hire you for that position. All you have to do is say that you're applying for a fill in position name here and you want to let the company know that you're ready now.

I haven't worked out the bugs for that kind of logic but this idea is just a concept...
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Posted 10/23/15

FlyinDumpling wrote:

Google is your friend. Besides looking over your resume and picking the appropriate outfit, search up some common interview questions and memorize your responses. This is a helpful site, your company might be there

http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm



How do you research a company without making it sound like you grabbed it from wikipedia? He told me "Do thorough research on background of company aka their sites, google, wiki and their product (watch their releases)"

I never researched a company and I'm afraid that I need help condensing it so that the employer doesn't catch the sent that you ripped it from a site. They already know their company, the question is...do you know their company?
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Posted 10/23/15 , edited 10/23/15

BloodSolace wrote:


FlyinDumpling wrote:

Google is your friend. Besides looking over your resume and picking the appropriate outfit, search up some common interview questions and memorize your responses. This is a helpful site, your company might be there

http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm



How do you research a company without making it sound like you grabbed it from wikipedia? He told me "Do thorough research on background of company aka their sites, google, wiki and their product (watch their releases)"

I never researched a company and I'm afraid that I need help condensing it so that the employer doesn't catch the sent that you ripped it from a site. They already know their company, the question is...do you know their company?
Some companies want you to say word for word for some things. For example their mission statement should be exact. Of course it varies for different companies but it's true for companies with a strong corporate culture. You can always paraphrase (I would think that most people have a harder time memorizing things word for word). You don't want to "condense" so much that you sound ambiguous

You should always do research on a company since it gives you an advantage.
Posted 10/23/15 , edited 10/23/15
I never used to prepare myself. I gave them my CV, let it speak for itself, they called me in, I showed up, I was honest, I was blunt, I never excused myself, I was there for a job not a date. If I along the way didn't like the interviewer, I told them that I didn't want to work for them and left. I only work for people I like, or at the very least tolerate. A good boss, and a good working place, makes me want to give it my best. I will never settle for a shitty boss under shitty conditions.
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Posted 10/23/15 , edited 10/23/15
Clean yourself up/shave/whatever
Dress well, not casual (for the love of all things fashion make sure you iron your clothes kids...)
Manners...use them
Do some basic research on the company
Speak clearly and directly, no ums likes or any of that bs
Make eye contact but don't stare the guy/girl down
Don't slouch
Be confident but not to the point it's overbearing
If it's a guy, give him a firm handshake when you introduce yourself
Don't be afraid to ask questions, you want to know what you're getting yourself into
Don't lie, but don't sell yourself short
Be mindful of the time, an interview that's only 5-15 minutes is usually not a good sign in professional areas
Be 5-10 minutes early for your interview

After your interview is over it's a good idea to check back with them 1-2 weeks later if you haven't heard from them
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Posted 10/23/15 , edited 10/23/15
Dress appropriately for the position. Don't overdress or under dress. Both are bad. If you aren't sure about how you should dress, visit the business and pay attention to what the staff are wearing. If everyone is in scrubs or coveralls just go for business casual or nice casual clothes with a collared button up shirt tucked in, depending on the position. Dark washed blue jeans work well for this if they are acceptable. Black is okay, and light blue is a no-no. It should be obvious, but no holes/rips/tears.

Always bring extra copies of your well written and well formatted resume and cover letter in an organized file. Go spend some coin on heavy resume paper as well. Opinions from hiring managers differ on this, but most tend to appreciate the person that took the time and money to print their resume and cover letter on nice paper. In a stack of 500+ resumes, that slightly off white and thick paper tends to stand out.

Answer questions honestly, and try to not be nervous. List your qualifications clearly and speak with adequate volume. Don't shout, but don't mumble. Make eye contact with the interviewer(s). Don't look only at the person who asked you a question, and don't scan the room. Take care to manage your hand gestures and unnecessary movements. If you are standing, don't sway and don't put your hands in your pockets. If you are sitting, keep your nervous hands out of your damn pockets. If things take a turn for the worst and you really get nervous, cross a leg, put your hands together in your lap, and clench your hands in a natural rhythm (long sleeve shirts are a good idea if you have to resort to this). Take a breath and try to calmly answer the question. If you don't know the answer, let the interviewer know. Letting out a bit of nervousness at this point doesn't hurt at this point. Just don't lose it. Depending on the question and the position you are applying for, apologizing may be smart. But it may also make the hole you're sitting in a bit deeper. Choose your words carefully.

Job interviews can be pretty stressful, but dress appropriately, be prepared, be polite (but don't kiss ass), and answer questions honestly. If you don't get the position, someone else did. Calmly think about what you did and what you could have done better. Try again and work to continually improve your skills. Job interviews have always made me nervous, but they are doable. It doesn't help that meeting and working with new people makes me nervous as hell. Good luck to anyone that turned to this thread for job interview advice.
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Posted 10/23/15
Business casual attire, know the position you are interviewing for in order to get your thoughts and ideas out. try not to look nervous they feed on your fear. Just relax as long as you get your thoughts out it doesn't matter how slowly you speak. Also ask a lot of questions. It shows your interest.
Posted 10/24/15 , edited 10/24/15
Be yourself. If it's a company you can't get in without putting on a facade, then it's not the company for you. You're going to be stressed out in a workplace where you can't be yourself. I've learned from experience, and now I've finally found multiple workplaces where I'm comfortable being myself. Happiness > $$$

And suits. Fuck suits. Any company that expects you to wear a suit during the interview is a brainwashing slavery farm. Attend all interviews in your casual clothes, whether it be a tank top or pyjamas.
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