Advice for Interviews?

@movicont (495)
United States
August 12, 2008 8:44pm CST
Can anyone on myLot give some advice about preparing for interviews? Is there any way to tone down the nervousness that I get the night before? If I have a hard time talking to the interviewer, what should I do to make things easier on myself? I've read some articles about what questions are in most interviews, but some of them seem like smalltalk. What sort of answers are usually good to questions like "What is your biggest weakness?" I've seen recommendations to twist your strength into a weakness, and I've seen recommendations to just mention your weakness frankly. Also, are thank-you notes a good idea? Or are they too pushy? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, so thanks in advance!
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@pam210 (345)
• United States
13 Aug 08
I'm a hr manager and I interview people all of the time. Try to relax I know it is hard but just go in confident. If you can look up the company and find out any information you can. If you know about the company before you get there you will be way ahead. I have actually interview people that didn't even know what business we were in. I ask questions but most of my interview is small talk. I do it for a couple of reasons. I want the person to relax and by relaxing you can get to know the real person. I don't want a person to put on a show and sometimes by asking a simple question the real person comes out. You can answer a question about a weakness by saying - well I believe my computer skills aren't as strong as they should be but I am taking a class to improve them. I believe I'm not as organized as I should be but I'm working on improving that. Just be sure that whatever weakness you say doesn't directly relate to the job you are applying for. Don't be critical of your previous job and be prepared to explain why you are looking for another job or why you left your previous one. Thank you notes never hurt. I don't mind getting them and it will make an impression on me. What I don't like is people that keep calling me to ask about the job. That is just my personal preference though. Remember that first impressions do matter. Dress is very important. No jeams, tennis shoes, t shirts. Make sure you are neat,clean and clothes aren't wrinkled. Shake the persons hand, look them in the eye and smile. Be positive and have a good attitude. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the job or company and if you learned something about the company don't be afraid to slip that into the conversation. It shows that you want to work there. Good Luck.
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• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Thanks for the tips
@rosedust82 (2075)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Well, I guess the best thing to do before the interview is to psych yourself up that you can do it. Aside from being a trainer for my company, I also interview applicants and I tell them to relax because even before they'd sit down, I can already see how tense they are. Try to look relaxed on the day itself. Another thing, try practicing out loud the the answers that you'd say in case a question is asked... Example, why should I hire you. At least when they do ask that question, you can say it with ease. Another thing is to smile and keep your eye contact with the interviewer. That helps as well. Plus one thing that would really impress your interview would be answering a question uniquely... Like if they ask "what are your strengths?" A lot of people would go for generic answers like "I'm honest, hard working etc." and yeah... that's what everyone says right? Try to explain instead of making short answers like that. Hmmm.. what else? make sure you dress well and don't forget to look upbeat and enthusiastic aight? Good luck!
@movicont (495)
• United States
13 Aug 08
Thanks! That sounds like good advice. I'll try to relax...hopefully.
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• United States
13 Aug 08
for one thing, it's normal to be nervous at an interview because it's more of an interrogation with some people LOL I suggest you take deep breaths and keep a smile on your face at all times no matter what. Don't fidget because that can actually cause you to use less brain power when you need it most. Write down questions for them also...they may be interviewing you to see if you are qualified for the job but keep in mind that you need to interview them to see if they qualify the value of more than half of your life spent there...get what i mean? I suggest you write down what your weaknesses are in one column and strengths in the other to give you a clearer picture. I was once asked what are my weaknesses and my response was "not valuing my strengths as much as I should" when asked what were my strengths, I said, "knowing what my weaknesses are and dealing with them as best i could or changing them into strengths."
• United States
13 Aug 08
oh and Good Luck with your interview(s)!!!!
@vera5d (4007)
• United States
14 Aug 08
Thank you notes are always a good idea! Show up on time but not too early (5-10 minutes is usually a good window) 0 and be dressed well - conservatively and professionally, no matter what the job might be. You never know what they will ask you, but be prepared with good solid answers for "why did you leave you last job?" and "why do you want to work here?" knowing your strengths and positive weaknesses are good things to have in mind too. Some though are totally off the wall question - i had one ask me all these "deep questions" like "what was your worst mistake?" and such and I couldn't exactly tell him the truth without making me sound like a hardened criminal so had to come up with something totally stupid. Surprisingly though, that being the worst interview of my life, i actually got hired! Don't stress it - if it's meant to be, you will get the job, if not, there's probably a good reason for it & a better job out there somewhere for you.
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
14 Aug 08
My advice is to not practise! Don't stress yourself out by rehearsing answers or else you'll end up freaking otu and forgetting everything you wanted to say. Just be yorself, be confident and wear red! it gives a good first impression..
• Canada
14 Aug 08
I got lots of stuff at youtube for interview preparation .... hope you will like it.
@satyakam (1112)
• India
13 Aug 08
If you are well prepared and if you can articulate speech properly no need to afraid of an interview.Talk straight with due respect say fearless what is not known to u.This is not necessary that everything you should answer.Main thing they will see your confidence with knowledge.Dress properly and talk sensibly. If they will ask "what's your biggest weakness",then tell them my weakness is my honesty and free frank nature,they must like your answer.Dont worry be relax and You will get the job.Good luck.thanks.
@Elixiress (3893)
13 Aug 08
I find that appearing confident is the best option, make a few jokes and just appear happy and cheerful. I would never have thought of a thank you note, I think it gives the wrong impression, the impression that you need to give is that they need you and not the other way round.
@fearie (153)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
My best advice is to be very confident. Trust yourself that you can do it. Also, prepare for the question and give straight answer. Dont make it too long because chances are, you're gonna be talking nonesense. Be firm with your answer. Avoid unnecessary movements. Look the person interviewing you in the eye and smile. Taking a few second before answering will help you analyze their question. Good Luck!!
@currykai (427)
• Malaysia
13 Aug 08
I think after you have experienced more interviews, you will be better. Try to join some toastmaster clubs or do more presentation and public speaking to train your confidence level. Besides, try to be yourself and be confident with it. You could try to find out who will be in interview and how many of them to make you prepare ahead. Biggest weakness that is good are usually form in a development kind of characters like perfectionist, little more detail, tend to be more assertive and etc.These are better weaknesses compare to words like demanding, stubborn or very aggressive. I do follow up with thank you notes to show that you appreciate their time and is not pushy. there are a lot of thank you notes found in internet. Try to see which best suited and send them after your interview. It leaves a good impression that you have good follow up and interested with the job. Good luck to you!
• India
13 Aug 08
Nervesnous is the main problem in facing an interview board. The first thing you need to do is to believe in yourself. think that you are the best. If you alow only ,other will get job. Do prepare well . Talk to yourself about the interview . ask questions to yourself. Be confident in the subject. avoid you speaking about negatives. Concentrate on you positiveness. After all you athe marketing guy for your own destiny.Confidence should show in you dressing . A firm shake hand is good , dont break others hand while doing that ;-)
@subha12 (18453)
• India
13 Aug 08
You must try to practice mock interview. you can do it yourself also. try to look at the eye of the interviewer. it will make the confidence.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
To get rid of some nervousness try taking a deep breath and slowly releasing it while counting slowly form one to ten. Regarding the questions just be honest but not too honest that your bad traits would be revealed. For example if they ask you what is your weakness you could answer it in a way that it should be related to work, yo shouldn't say that your weakness are beautiful girls or something like that. Just be yourself and be confident that you will get the job
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
hi movicont,don't feel bad coz it's just natural for you to be nervous when you are on an interview.i bet majority will agree coz we just can't helped it.i myself is always nervous whenever i am being interviewed.i guess,what you should do to lessen the nervousness you felt during interview is the thought that you are prepared and you believe in yourself.never give doubt you can do[pass],try hard to relax and be yourself.prior the interview,it would be best if you'll research about the company profile/background you are applying for coz it will be a big help if you know about them.about the weakness issue,i guess,you'll just tell him the truth about what you think is your weakness and then give some positive follow up about it like you've done something about it and succeeding to overcome it..for example:..my weakness is being not a morning person but i am able to do it coz i always use an alarm clock to wake me up on time.something like that..i just can't find a nice example but you can try to search for FAQ during interview on the net..it might help ya also.i wish ya luck dear..Godbless..heaps! ="^_^"=
• United States
13 Aug 08
Most important thing, I think, is to be confident. Don't second guess yourself, and try to come off as self-assured in everything you say. Don't be cocky, but make sure they know that you are 100 capable.