I've got an interview

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#1 TheMagnitude  Icon User is offline

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I've got an interview

Posted 27 January 2009 - 04:54 PM

I've got an interview tomorrow for Computer Science with Maths at Leeds university (England). I've prepared some material to show them such as source code for programs I have written, and examples of my programs running in action.

I'm a little bit nervous and was wondering if anyone had any first hand advice about whats good and whats bad in an interview such as this one.

Thanks,

~Adam
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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 27 January 2009 - 05:03 PM

whats the job
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 05:26 PM

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Sorry, I had that Mario voice in my head.
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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 27 January 2009 - 05:30 PM

Dress properly and don't disagree with the guy holding the interview. Just be confident.
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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 27 January 2009 - 05:37 PM

If you are asked what your weaknesses are, always turn it into a positive, e.g. Penis width is generally more important.

I've never been in an interview, I don't want to be in one for quite a while seeing as I'm not really fit for a job that involves people.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 06:21 PM

Are you interviewing for a job there or to go to school there?
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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:21 PM

Congrats -
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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 27 January 2009 - 09:31 PM

View PostRodgerB, on 27 Jan, 2009 - 04:37 PM, said:

If you are asked what your weaknesses are, always turn it into a positive, e.g. Penis width is generally more important.

I've never been in an interview, I don't want to be in one for quite a while seeing as I'm not really fit for a job that involves people.


Lol, usually in an interview the interviewer is more impressed if you are able to give a real weakness, but also coupled with how you have either improved with it or how you cope with that weakness and how you will turn it into a strength. These people aren't dumb, if you turn a weakness into a positive like "I work too hard" or something cliche like that they're just going to look right past you.


Also Congrats!
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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:16 PM

View PostGloin, on 27 Jan, 2009 - 04:30 PM, said:

Dress properly and don't disagree with the guy holding the interview. Just be confident.


Always dress one collar higher.
If you're aiming for a blue collar job, wear a white collar suite, etc.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:33 PM

If its a university admission interview, try to cast "I know X,Y, and Z" into "I am a quick and self directed learner, and tend to direct my knowledge in practical directions; as evidenced by X, Y, and Z".


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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:35 PM

View PostHyper, on 27 Jan, 2009 - 10:16 PM, said:

View PostGloin, on 27 Jan, 2009 - 04:30 PM, said:

Dress properly and don't disagree with the guy holding the interview. Just be confident.


Always dress one collar higher.
If you're aiming for a blue collar job, wear a white collar suite, etc.


Never heard it like that before, but that's good advice.

When I interviewed at RadioShack for a sales associate position, I wore a suit. The district manager said I was the first person he had ever interviewed to wear a suit and tie to the interview. Made an impression though. Got the job and was promoted almost immediately in to their manager program.
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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 28 January 2009 - 02:36 AM

Thanks for your advice I'll try and keep that in mind :). Its not a job, I'm applying to do a degree.

I'm getting the train in 10 minutes so I have to dash, but I'll post back on here how everything goes :).
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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 28 January 2009 - 06:35 AM

Congratulations! And good luck at your interview. :)

Moved to the corner cubicle - you're more likely to find interview advice there~!^^
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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 29 January 2009 - 12:51 AM

I showed up at leeds university with about 15 other applicants, and I was one of three who was wearing a suit. We then had a tour of the computer labs.

We also had a go with some of the PhD students work, which consisted of a giant powerwall (53 million pixels), and a co-operative 3D tetris game where each person took the form of some floating avatar (I was a cat, which I thought was very fitting, and the other people were a monkey and a dog), and we could each only control one piece at a time but you could have serveral people controlling the same piece which was quite fun. We didn't get a single layer :(.

The interview went very well and she was really impressed with what I had done so far with my programming and she gave me an offer on the spot. I think possibly the suit had something to do with it.

Thanks for your help guys :).
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Re: I've got an interview

Posted 29 January 2009 - 06:45 AM

Woo congratulations! :^:
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