Job Interview... tips anyone?

@lbinkley (1078)
United States
May 27, 2008 9:39am CST
So, after a little over 4 years of being a stay-at-home mom I am finally trying to re-enter the workforce. It has been hard to even land an interview, let me tell you! But I finally have one coming up this week and I really don't want to blow it! What if they ask me why I haven't worked? Some places discriminate for having children... I just don't know. I am looking for any tips or any advice anyone might have on interviewing. It's been so long since I've done this, I just a boost of advice and confidence here! Anyone?
3 responses
@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
27 May 08
just tell them the truth. i think they will know if you are just trying to impress them. be yourself and be confident. :)
@mialei23 (2386)
• Philippines
27 May 08
I went to a lot interview last month, and the first thing that they've asked me was "What are plans 5 years from now?" What are your strength and weaknesses? and What can you contribute to our company. "why do you think you were fit in this position you were applying for?" Well, just be confident, Smile =) and just talk straight direct eye to eye contact. Be sure you are in business attire with light make up.Of course, talk fluently in English and let the interviewer be impress. Have a nice day and good luck to your interview.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
27 May 08
I used to interview and hire so let me tell you what made a particular applicant stand out to me. Confidence, personality, interest in my business and a willingness to do whatever it took to get the job done. So, I'm not suggesting that you do a tap dance on your way in to the interview but you do need to put a big smile on your face and pretend you're talking to someone you've known and liked for years. If you don't already know a bit about this company do some research. Rehearse what you want to say that will bring to light your strong points so you don't trip over your tongue during the interview. Dress professionally and go easy on the fregrance. Don't worry about admitting to being a stay at home mom, I've never once encountered or heard of a company that discriminstes against working mothers but I'm sure they do exist. If the topic of children does come up take the opportunity to inform the interviewer of your ourstanding plan for childcare and emergency care if the primary child care falls thru. One last thing, before you go in for the interview take a few deep breaths and imagine yourself in a relaxed setting...the beach, a mountain top, any place that you like. Tell yourself that you're going to do great and go get em!!