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#1 Aug 19 2011 at 6:39 AM Rating: Good
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I've got a job interview in 20mins. It's here at my employer. It's a longshot, but interviewing is always good practice - and this one is with our top-dog. My one interview outfit still fit...woot!

What do you do to prepare for interviews?
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#2 Aug 19 2011 at 6:46 AM Rating: Good
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What I'm usually looking for when I'm doing interviews is how people carry themselves. Don't offer information you're not asked for, unless it directly helps while answering a question asked of you. You don't have to be honest, just convincing. Have all information you may need with you, paperwork and such, that you may be asked for. Also, ask questions about the job you're interviewing for. Sit up straight and make eye contact.
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#3 Aug 19 2011 at 7:13 AM Rating: Good
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Interviewing at the company you already work for is keen, since you already know all about the business.

Make sure to do some name-dropping of all the high-ups who like you, and mention all of the projects that you've worked on recently that have had a lot of company-wide attention.
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What I'm usually looking for when I'm doing interviews is how people carry themselves. Don't offer information you're not asked for, unless it directly helps while answering a question asked of you. You don't have to be honest, just convincing. Have all information you may need with you, paperwork and such, that you may be asked for. Also, ask questions about the job you're interviewing for. Sit up straight and make eye contact.

What kind of questions should you be asking as an interviewee? Besides "When do I get paid?"
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#5 Aug 19 2011 at 7:42 AM Rating: Good
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What kind of questions should you be asking as an interviewee?
What is expected of you, what benefits options you'll have, how promotions work, if there are options for schools to advance your carreer. Stuff like that.
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Debalic wrote:
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What I'm usually looking for when I'm doing interviews is how people carry themselves. Don't offer information you're not asked for, unless it directly helps while answering a question asked of you. You don't have to be honest, just convincing. Have all information you may need with you, paperwork and such, that you may be asked for. Also, ask questions about the job you're interviewing for. Sit up straight and make eye contact.

What kind of questions should you be asking as an interviewee? Besides "When do I get paid?"


You know, how much time do I get off, how often can I call in sick, what's the drinking policy at work, can I bang my reportees, stuff like that.
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#7 Aug 19 2011 at 7:58 AM Rating: Good
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All done. It went well. But still, the position is a long-shot.

There is essentially already someone doing the job that is being hired and that individual will be interviewing as well.
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Debalic wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
What I'm usually looking for when I'm doing interviews is how people carry themselves. Don't offer information you're not asked for, unless it directly helps while answering a question asked of you. You don't have to be honest, just convincing. Have all information you may need with you, paperwork and such, that you may be asked for. Also, ask questions about the job you're interviewing for. Sit up straight and make eye contact.

What kind of questions should you be asking as an interviewee? Besides "When do I get paid?"


It's kind of specific, but when I was interviewing (for architecture), I always made sure to ask each firm how they would help me with the IDP (Intern Development Plan). It's a mentoring program that all architects have to go through to be registered, and requires fulfillment of a variety of criteria covering different areas of the field. I'd check and see that they had put other interns through the program, that they covered all of the requisite areas of study, and that were encouraging about the whole thing.

In general, my attitude with interviews is just be be natural and honest. That's what worked for me with my current job, and I think it's a large part of why the workplace suits me so well. I talked about what I was naturally interested in, and it just happened to synch up great with what the firm did. I realize that it's a luxury that one can't always afford, though.
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#9 Aug 19 2011 at 9:35 AM Rating: Decent
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Your firm posts about pointless arguments on a gaming forum?
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Your firm posts about pointless arguments on a gaming forum?

Go with that.
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#11 Aug 19 2011 at 11:38 AM Rating: Good
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Take the Varus approach.. Ask your employer out on a date to further discuss any details..
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#12 Aug 19 2011 at 11:47 AM Rating: Excellent
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Take the Varus approach.. Ask your employer out on a date to further discuss any details..


No no no. Offer your employer an application for insurance, then look up his school schedule and his address. Then contrive to be in places where he is and casually, in an offhand, totally "I was in the neighborhood and..." manner, ask for the job. If he denies you, that's when you pull out the rope.
#13 Aug 19 2011 at 11:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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1) Find out where their research interests are.
2) Find some old data of yours that could be used to further their studies.
3) ?????
4) Profit.
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#14 Aug 19 2011 at 11:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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Uglysasquatch, Mercenary Major wrote:
Your firm posts about pointless arguments on a gaming forum?

To be fair, I used some posts as writing examples and forum-name dropped in order to get my ZAM position Smiley: laugh

I believe my resume said something like "I can actually read and respond to gbaji's posts in the Asylum, I just usually choose not to."

Edited, Aug 19th 2011 1:58pm by LockeColeMA
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To be fair, I used some posts as writing examples and forum-name dropped in order to get my ZAM positions

After the character "recommendation" I gave them, I was surprised to see you still got the gig.

Edited, Aug 19th 2011 12:59pm by Jophiel
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Uglysasquatch, Mercenary Major wrote:
Your firm posts about pointless arguments on a gaming forum?


I'm just here to ingrain myself so that I can hit you guys up for work later.

On a totally unrelated note, is anyone looking to renovate? Smiley: tongue

Edited, Aug 19th 2011 2:34pm by Eske
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#17 Aug 19 2011 at 1:21 PM Rating: Decent
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The fact your "one interview outfit" still fit would automatically disqualify you. If you can't be bothered to at least buy a new outfit to convey your interest, I highly doubt you'll be considered.
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#18 Aug 19 2011 at 1:44 PM Rating: Decent
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NephthysWanderer wrote:
The fact your "one interview outfit" still fit would automatically disqualify you. If you can't be bothered to at least buy a new outfit to convey your interest, I highly doubt you'll be considered.
How exactly is the interviewer going to know?
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#19 Aug 19 2011 at 3:54 PM Rating: Good
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If you're interviewing at a company you already work for, the whole "ask questions" isn't quite as important. You should ask questions about the position, but obviously not so much about the company, policies, etc since you might get strange looks for doing that. For someone interviewing at a new company one of the most important things to do is research the company you're interviewing for. It helps you to ask intelligent questions, but most importantly shows that you care enough about the job you're asking them to give you to spend some of your time learning about the company. You'd be amazed how many people I've interviewed who had absolutely no idea what the company did, what products it made, or really anything at all. It's a pretty big negative to an interview.


IMO, the next most important thing is to be relaxed and don't pad your resume (much). If you're comfortably able to discuss anything you wrote on your resume and anything related to the field you're working in, that speaks volumes about you as a potential employee. Don't act like you're going in for a test and searching for the right answers to the interviewers questions. Even if you are qualified for the position, it makes you look like you aren't.
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#20 Aug 19 2011 at 4:48 PM Rating: Decent
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bsphil wrote:
NephthysWanderer wrote:
The fact your "one interview outfit" still fit would automatically disqualify you. If you can't be bothered to at least buy a new outfit to convey your interest, I highly doubt you'll be considered.
How exactly is the interviewer going to know?


If she works there and she had to dig it up to make sure it still fit, it's pretty safe to say they'll know.

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