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    Interview Advice

    I have my first interview for a real job today, anyone have any helpful tips?



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    Re: Interview Advice

    One thing, and only one thing: Ask them if Cyclone Fanatic is blocked at their workplace.



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    Tank top, Zubaz, socks, Birkenstocks. Dress for success.



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    Re: Interview Advice

    Send a thank you note afterwards, even an email is better than nothing. I thought this was common knowledge as you always seem to hear it in classes that talk about career prep, etc. But I was very surprised how few people sent thank you notes after I interviewed some people.

    I'm sure you've always been told to show up early as well, but don't show up too early. 5 minutes, 10 minutes max and expect to wait in the reception area until the scheduled time. Nothing irritated me more when interviewing than when the candidate tried too hard to impress (I had a guy show up 45 minutes early once). You're not respecting my time if you show up that far in advance of our scheduled and agreed upon appointment.



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    Make sure your fly isn't open, don't swear, don't talk about waking up in the gutter Saturday morning after a fun night out. Don't ask the interviewer out, no matter how hot she is. Don't make a sound with any part of your body except your mouth, and by that I mean words, not whistles, clicks, pops, etc. If they have sports paraphenalia in the office, don't make fun, (on a side note, if they have hawkeye memorabilia around, just get up and leave, it's not worth it). Shave, wear a tie, be yourself, assuming you aren't a mass-murdering pedophile, and chalk it up to gaining experience interviewing if you don't get the job.


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    Re: Interview Advice

    1. Do as much research on the company as you can. 2. Bring a list of questions to ask the interviewer (about company, goals for this position, etc). 3. Do not discusss money on first interview if you can aviod it. If they ask what you you want tell them you're sure they are fair and competitive. 4. As interview winds down, express your interest and ask what the next step is. 5. Get contact info and send thank you email.



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    REmember that you're interviewing them just as much as they're interviewing you. Come up with a couple good questions to ask them. I always like the "How do you prepare your new workers better than your competition?"


    Be yourself and look them in the eyes.


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    be passionate.


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    Don't overdress if they are having casual Friday...



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    Re: Interview Advice

    A great question to ask an intervewer is "Why did you choose to work here?"


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    Re: Interview Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    Don't overdress if they are having casual Friday...
    It's almost impossible to overdress for a job interview and even if you do, it will not likely affect the outcome. That is NOT true if you underdress.



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    Be yourself, smile, and be excited about the opportunity. I interview people all the time, and you can tell when people actually want to be there and are excited about it. Personality matters as much if not more than the skills.


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    Re: Interview Advice

    thank you notes.
    arrive 10 minutes early.
    take notes.
    ask questions (a couple written down before and during the interview)
    ask about upward movement. What can this new job prepare you for in advancing in the company.
    Find a good seat... usually not the first one you see walking in to the room... get one close to the interviewers.. try to not to sit across a table.

    DO NOT:

    ask about wages, benefits, vacation time, holidays and sick time ... anything to do with compensation. Let them bring it up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyPlainsDrifter View Post
    It's almost impossible to overdress for a job interview and even if you do, it will not likely affect the outcome. That is NOT true if you underdress.
    If you come in with a suit on and they are kicking it in jeans and hoodies, then you didn't do your homework...



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    and DO NOT do any of these:

    show up in flipflops.
    show up in a bikini with a long t-shirt over it (and it was an eyesore).
    show up high, drunk and/or lacking sleep.
    ask if the interview can only take 10 minutes.
    leave the kids in the car.
    text or read a text while in the interview.

    yes.. I have each of these happen.. and many more than once.


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