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How do you prepare for interviews?

Post icon  Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:38 AM

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I haven't seen one of these in a while, so here we go. I'm not looking for advice, as I've already got a job, and I rock at interviews (let's just say I've never had to come back for a second one because I'm hired on the spot). I just want to know how do you prepare? Are you nervous, chill, lazy, etc? Do you iron your clothes? What do you wear? Any strange "good luck" routines? Special breakfast? Speech practice?

Okay, now that I'm back, I can get to my answer. My first job at McDonalds was a shoo-in. I wore dress slacks and a nice blouse. The interviewer chuckled when I walked in, saying "a little overdressed, aren't we?" I just smiled at her and said "nonsense!" You can never be overdressed. Then again, most people who work there are teenagers who come in jeans and a tshirt. I set it out the night before, but I never ironed it. My interview itself was relaxed. I wasn't very nervous, but there were butterflies in my stomach. My natural charms and good looks just took over, I guess, because she seemed really impressed by me. ;) Of course they were trying to fire me a year later :P

My second job was at Bob Evans (Mimi's Cafe's owner) and I wore pretty much the same thing. Again, they seemed charmed by my personality, the answers flowed freely, my handshake was firm yet friendly, and I sounded confident. I went into that interview like a freaking boss, and she didn't even get to the end of the interview to say I was hired. I must say, being relaxed and confident sells.

My third and current job I got with the Department of Defense as a civilian. My ex's dad happened to be the connection, and interviewer, but not the hirer. Even though I knew him, he kept it professional. After all, he wouldn't want to suggest or sponser somebody that would embarrass him, right? The branch chief was very impressed with my resume, especially my extra curricular activities. Being in the AFJROTC really did wonders for my resume, as well as the leadership positions I held there, and also surprisingly marching band helped. You can never underestimate the power of a few extra curricular activities, because chances are, they were in the same orginazations/activites, and that's just a few more brownie points.

For that interview, however, I wore a sort of dress suit. It was a WalMart suit that didn't quite fit me right, but it looked alright. I did iron this. They didn't expect Coco Chanel suits or anything, given that I was going for a student job, but the effort certainly looked good. When I met my branch chief for the first time, I looked him straight in the eye, smiled, and gave a good firm handshake while introducing myself. He immediately said "oh, you're the ROTC girl, aren't you?! I've been waiting to meet you! I'm so excited to have you with us, and I expect good things from you!" :blush: Too bad he retired 2 months later. :( My new branch chiefs love me though.

I can't personally say I have any weird sutra's for pre-interview luck, however I do often light an incense and meditate to focus my energy (that's probably why I sucked at school this year, I haven't meditated in a while), so I do that before my interviews. Also the obvious "furious masturbation" joke, but it actually isn't a joke :P I make sure I have a good breakfast so I don't pass out, and just a little caffeine so I'm alert but not jittery. ^__^

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Re: How do you prepare for interviews?

Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:53 AM

I go into an interview in business attire. Better to overdress than underdress. I also prepare a few copies of my resume, and bring one of those nice leather notebooks with the legal pad and side flap for loose papers in it. I make sure to write down questions, answers, reminders, notes to myself. This way, I know what I want to ask, and have a cheat sheet of points I want to make. Lastly, I burn a CD with some samples of my work for my interviewer.
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Re: How do you prepare for interviews?

Posted 21 March 2011 - 07:19 AM

Okay, I updated my OP.

How many job interviews have you been on, what job was it for, and how old were you? Just wondering.
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Re: How do you prepare for interviews?

Posted 21 March 2011 - 07:54 AM

My first job was working for my dad in the warehouse at the family business for the summer. The "interview" was at the dinner table. I started at age 14. My second job was at my school's computer help desk. I went in during laptop distribution and said, can I help out and have a job. I was hired, again at age 14. My most recent job was my internship this past summer. It was a formal interview for a software development job. I was age 17 at the time.
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Re: How do you prepare for interviews?

Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:11 AM

Job interviews... we.

I approach each job interview differently. Have fun with it, no method to the madness, just fly by the seat of my pants for the hell of it.

My favourite was a job interview for an adult website. I would be what they labeled a "system administrator", which was a fancy way of saying I got paid 18 dollars an hour to look at porn.

The night before the interview I had forgotten about the whole thing and instead ended up at a really screwed up party. You ever hear of the game mushroom? You know with the beer bottle and the cards. It's one of those drinking games where each card has some drink rule applied to it. Well we replaced the game with an ounce of cocaine and a couple bottles of vodka...

What do you expect? The girl who told me about the job huffed 409 in her car on her breaks.

So I showed up to the interview about an hour late. Pissed all over their 'math exam'... a math exam for a porn job? That was weird, but I can do stupid business level math in a coma for christ sake. Then it was the typing test, done. Last it was the interview w/ HR where they asked me about myself, during which the manager of the office I was applying for walked through to say hello.

Her: "So what shift were you looking for?"

Me: "3rd probably"

Her: "You do look like the type who can handle 3rd shift."

Me: "Is it that noticeable..." ::rubs upper lip:: "... is there something on my face?"

I got the job.

WIN!




I know what you're thinkin'... you wish you had me as your employee. Come on, admit it, I'm the best employee you could ever have!

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Re: How do you prepare for interviews?

Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:15 AM

First big interview was for a sales position at CompUSA in Boulder, Co. I was 18. I'm pretty sure I got the job as soon as I walked in, they ate up my southern louisiana accent and "yes mams" and "Thank ya's". That was a fun job. I had moved up there cuz there wasn't a lot of computer related jobs in Louisiana...so Boulder in 2001 was like Mecca for me. Learned a lot and made a lot of friends.

Recently? I do interviews literally every day as a software dev recruiter. It's a different story being on the other side of the table asking the questions and running the whiteboard. I get to meet developers every day and shoot the bull.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:17 AM

Depending on where I work I dress toward there standards with some flair...thats definitely not the right word... When I was 16 I was interviewed at a local grocery store for a position, their dress code was black shoes, dress pants, white dress shirt, and black belt. I wore exactly that with a tie.

My theory for dress is to where one level up from what they expect (stopping at a suit). So If I'm expected to wear a dress shirt and tie to work every day I will where a suit. If just a dress shirt then a tie and maybe a sports jacket. I have found that being fashionable takes away from the "stereo typical computer nerd" feel (in the lack of social experience area).

Generally these days suits are overrated and not many people wear them anymore...and I don't own one.

My favorite business-formal attire is a light coloured dress shirt, tie, and if I can pull it off a blazer, khaki, or black dress pants, and dress shoes.

My goal during the interview is to sell myself to the interviewer(s) and create a comfortable experience for everyone. More then likely if they enjoy sitting down with me and the guy who's got better qualifications is awkward or tense I will have the upper hand or a better chance.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:25 AM

I just had a job interview on Friday. I went in dressed in a nice button up shirt, dress pants, nice shoes, black socks, and belt. I was expecting a one-on-one interview, but it turned out that there were four other people that were going to be doing the interview at the same time. It was kind of like a get to know us, get to know you kind of thing. We all took an assessment to gauge our computer skills. I passed with flying colors and the interviewer recommended that I take a second assessment to see if I would be a good fit for an online chat support position. I took that and again passed with flying colors.

So the original interviewer took me to interview with a second person in the specific department for the job that I took the assessment for. I interviewed with that person one-on-one, and apparently I made a good impression, because they called me back later that same day and offered me the job.

So now I'm here for my first day!

BTW- This is my first real job. I don't really have any previous job experience, so this is really cool. It's an awesome position that's definitely more that running a cash register or bagging groceries. (Not saying that those are necessarily bad jobs, just that it's not something that I would really care to do.)
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Re: How do you prepare for interviews?

Posted 21 March 2011 - 01:10 PM

In general terms, I prepare for an interview by taking some time to Google the company I'm applying to work at. If I know something about the person I might be reporting to, I'll do a search on them as well. It never hurts to know something about the place you're considering working for. If I know what kind of industry they operate in I'll do a little reading on current issues in that industry as they apply to IT.

For dress, I won't show up to an interview in jeans. Dress pants, appropriate collared shirt and decent shoes. I once had an interview where the interviewer asked me baldface "why didn't you wear a suit?" and I responded with something like "because I don't own one and I prefer my skillset to be what impresses an interviewer". I didn't take that offer when they made it though...just too damned stuffy for me.

One thing you should do is Google yourself and see what comes up. Having a look at your Facebook page is also a plus if you're not set to private. Never hurts to keep your online persona respectable. Not sanitary...but if you have pics on FB that someone took of you passed out on the toilet with yer pants around yer ankles and sitting in a puddle of your own vomit (or anyone's for that matter), untagging those before an interview might not be a bad idea.
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Re: How do you prepare for interviews?

Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:49 PM

i wash my feet.
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Re: How do you prepare for interviews?

Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:35 PM

View PostDark_Nexus, on 21 March 2011 - 09:49 PM, said:

i wash my feet.

For the work you do, they'll need to be clean for the camera.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:55 PM

Hi,
My First job, I had just finished my college but not forgot that days so I used to wear Jeans and T-shirt or Short Shirt So its very difficult to me to wear formal dress so i arranged simple formal shirt, simple trouser and black shoes which was really ugly that time. But when I faced interview they never gave any interest to my clothes. And they gave me simple project to complete in 20 minutes. But I got some technical problem so I was unable to complete project in 20 minutes. But finally they hired me because of my coding standard (They Liked My Writing Style of Coding).
But really I was afraid when I was faced interview and I had forgotten many answers of simple questions.
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Re: How do you prepare for interviews?

Posted 22 March 2011 - 06:35 PM

By actually being competent and going to them.
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Re: How do you prepare for interviews?

Posted 23 March 2011 - 10:00 AM

Look, just because you have this grudge against me for some reason doesn't mean you can come in and shit all over my thread.
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 10:03 AM

You asked how we prepare for interviews. That's how I do it. It works for me.
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