Advice and Good Vibes Needed

Well, I finally have an interview! This afternoon at 3:00 PM.

Does anyone have any advice for this interviewee?

And good vibes would be much appreciated. :slight_smile:

I actually love interviews, except when I really want the job. The best way is to go in thinking that it will not be the end of the world if you don’t get it. Interviews where I done this have always been positive because you seem more relaxed and people respond to that.
If it is good vibes you want - they are coming at you from good old London
Good luck

< sending you good karma from Texas >

Be relaxed, be confidant, have fun with the interview.

Trite, I know, but it’s the best I can give you for now.

Good luck to ya!

You say “cheesy” like that’s a BAD thing.

Hi Cant.

Good luck to you! My advice is to look the interviewer in the eye (shows confidence and honesty) and be positive and energetic.
Oh, and don’t make any jokes about death :slight_smile:

Formerly unknown as “Melanie”



That was my sucess mantra, hope it works for ya.

More good vibes from the lone star state.

t lion

" I Wonder What Happens When I push THIS Button? "

That’s been my experience too. I usually do better and actually enjoy the ones where I could care less if I get the job. I just go in relaxed and more like myself.

Also, companies like hearing what benefits you bring to them, how you feel you are a good fit for the job because… and most of all try not to discuss what salary you want. Hedge if you can because that is a determining factor. If the think they can’t afford what you are worth, it won’t matter how good you are in the interview. Some of the things I usually say when they ask are, “It really depends on what the position entails, You know more than I do at this point what encompasses, and you now know what benefits I will bring to it, so I will trust that you will make me a fair offer.” When they ask you what salary you are making now? I say, “That would be like comparing apples to oranges as the positions are not similar, and the benifits and bonus plans play into the role. I look at the whole package. I am sure you will be fair.”
Keep in your mind that if you discuss salary after they want you, they will be more willing to give you your asking price.

(ohh and this totally goes against what my crackwhorepimp says, for that job I am supposed to say “a mule!”)

I wish you the best!

I really try to be good but it just isn’t in my nature!

Show up naked.


Good luck, Cant.

Nothing like a bad decision
Says who you are.
-Gin Blossoms, “Perfectly Still”

A question I ALWAYS get, and never know how to answer, something along the line of “What is your most heinous, disgusting, revolting, quality/habit?” Seriously! As if anyone would honestly answer this. My advice though, is to ask questions - have some prepared…“What is a typical challenge I would run into?” or “What sort of challenges does the current employee in this position face?” “What sort of future is their for me in this company?” Interviewers, in my experience, think your uninterested/doltish, if you have no questions.

their/there. Ugh.

PCW and saraam, excellent suggestions. I’m printin’ dem bitches out.

PCW your advice is especially good as I’ve read several books on interviewing and they always tell you to avoid that question. But they never tell you HOW!

“I refuse to answer on the grounds that I may disqualify myself from the position.”


P.S. Yes, I plan to curse tons during the course of the interview.

I love interviews.

I usually go over questions that they will ask me, and answer them outloud. I do this for 2 or 3 days, and the night before an interview, I block it all from my mind and sleep. Works for both interviews and tests.

I also try to use humor when appropriate (usually when they ask me to retell a time when I was…useful, challenged, whatever).

Good luck baby, I’ll be sending the vibes!!!

Nothing is so bad that it can’t get worse.

Here’s something that folks hardly ever say in an interview, but it can make a great impression…

See, obviously you want the job, or you wouldn’t be there in the first place, right? You know it, the interviewer knows it - but you’d be surprised how rarely people actually verbalize this (I used to do a LOT of interviewing of job candidates, I think I heard it twice). Here’s the tip: SAY it, right at the beginning of the interview and again as you’re leaving. “I really want the job Mr. Jones. I’m very excited about it and believe I could be a great addition to your team. I hope you’ll consider hiring me.”

And don’t be afraid to brag about yourself and your achievements. The interviewer can read the résumé for the facts, but you must supply the background details. You wouldn’t be in the interview if your résumé didn’t show that you have the qualifications - enthusiasm, ability to commuicate, creativity, willingness to work hard to produce results, and pride in a job well done are all weighed heavily in the interview.

Also - good words to say about you and what you bring to a job: teamwork, commitment, dedication, problem-solving skills, communication, willing/eager to learn new skills, organized, confidential, task-oriented/goal-oriented, etc.


I am too in shape! :::muttering::: Round is a shape.
C’mon up and see me sometime.

Dress like you are ‘on the job.’

Search the web for articles on how to do
interviews. Also, what kind of interview is this, with who and about what? sigh

Oh well, handy. I’m screwed. When the lady called me for the interview this morning, I told her any time she was available would be fine for me. She said 3:00 PM today. I’m dressed in olive pants, my “kindergarten teacher” sweater (crocheted flower-thingy that I get many compliments on, but is just not me) and my brown waterproof boots as it is threatening snow today. I think I look nice, but I’d normally wear a skirt/jacket combo.

Oh well. rubes says it’ll just make me more confident in the interview. We’ll see.

It’s an administrative assistant position with a financial firm. I know the position backward and forward, so I’m good there.

I doubt they’ll offer me the salary I want, but I’ll say “I’m sure you’ll make a fair offer” as convincingly as I can.

Thanks again for the advice and the good vibes, everyone. You’re all just sooooo sweeeeeet!

By the way, there’s no way I can get home, changed and back in time for the interview.

Uh,oh…I was always taught that for a job interview you always wear a navy blue suit; even if you’re applying for a janitor position. I am crossing my fingers for you though (I think you’re on your way or there as I write this.) At any rate, if you don’t get it, here are some good vibes to cheer you up. (I can’t believe no one else has linked you to this yet!) :wink:

“There’s a snake in my boot!”

Thanks vixen! Those are exactly the “good vibes” I was looking for. :wink:

Hmm… I have a navy blue jacket that I wear with a black skirt, but I don’t have the whole ensemble. Maybe I’ll ask for the power suit for Christmas.

I don’t know what time zone you’re in but I’m guessing you’re having your interview right now. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you (but it makes it really hrad to rype!@)

“If ignorance were corn flakes, you’d be General Mills.”
Cecil Adams
The Straight Dope

Nope, I’m leaving in about 20 minutes. It’s two blocks away from the office.

Thanks for the encouragement, favorite poster of all time!

5:35 PM and the interview was over just about two hours ago. It went very well!

She asked me what my weaknesses and strengths are, she asked me what I like/dislike about my current position, how many words per minute I type (65 for anyone who cares), what I like/dislike about my boss…

You know, I went into the interview thinking that I didn’t really want the job. Well dammit, I want it!

She says it’s between me and one other candidate. They’ll let me know sometime within the next two weeks.

I’m sending a thank you card tomorrow. The woman who referred me to this job (who I’ll also be working with if I get it) says that it would not be too cheesy to send a little gift with the card. El Hubbo says it would be muy cheesy.

So, the question before you all now is this:
Should I or should I not send a small gift (teeny Christmas wreath, small spray of flowers) with the thank you card?

I’m so happy at the thought of a new position, a new company, a busy work day!!!

Thanks again for all the good vibes and excellent advice. I lubs da Teemin’ Millyens!