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Old 08-06-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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The quals (getting an interview) was NEVER the issue.
The interpersonal stuff is what gets you hired or not (the closing).

With a lighter load on THEM... the person you met may have been more willing to engage with you.

Remember what Alec said?

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yeah, because i've even reapplied at Target and i've gotten 2 interviews there, 1 in February of this year, and 1 in May, both seperate from the Target location i worked at, and did not get hired, and they called me first to set up the interview, i've even reapplied at the one i used to work at but i never even got a new interview since leaving, and what's weird is that they told me I was eligible for rehire.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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So are seasonal, temporary jobs from September to November, as in retail stores that are hiring around the Holidays, like for Black Friday and the Christmas Rush, are they less picky about qualifications, do not have as high-standards during the hiring-process? Because I don't have much work experience, and the fact Target hired me last Fall for that seasonal, temporary job, and the fact that I'm struggling to get a permanent full-time or part-time job in retail, fast-food, customer-service, minimum-wage, entry-level service jobs is making me think that, i want honest answers please.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:53 PM
 
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so the resume, job application is what gets the person's foot in the door, leads to the interview? because i'm guessing the employers i've had interviews at this year probably saw something they liked on my resume, application, enough to get me an interview
Obviously your application passed the first stage. If you're getting interviews but not getting the job, it could just mean that you and 600 other people are applying and not all 600 people will get it.

It could also mean you are doing something in the interview that maybe you aren't even aware of. Do you look at the ceiling for your answers? Do you make eye contact? Do you fidget? Do you babble...(man did I have to work on this one...when I get nervous, I babble even while I'm telling myself to SHUT UP in my head), do you shake your leg, how do you dress, how do you sit, etc.

Take annerk's advice and have some people practice interviews with you...people that will be honest with you.

Also, while you don't want to babble, you also don't want to say too little. And show enthusiasm. You REALLY want that job, tell them WHY you really want that job. But remember, not everyone appreciates the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Some times you don't have to say all of it, just the basics.

You should probably also think of some answers to those ridiculous questions they ask:

"What would your past co-workers say about you?" (For God's sake, I hate that one. Who the hell knows, ask them.)

"What do you consider your weaknesses?" (This is all a game, that's all it is. You find a weakness that you can turn in to a positive.)

"What are your strengths?" Find something that you are really good at, doesn't matter if it's "organization" or whatever, as long as it has something to do with that particular job.

"What was your most challenging situation at your last job?" (As tempting as it may be, do not say, "Showing up! I hated that damn place, just showing up was a challenge!") (Ok, just being funny now.)

Anyway, those are the kinds of crap questions they ask...work on those. But when you get to the interview, make it sound natural, not scripted.

And don't sit on your hands! (Not saying you do, I'm saying it just in case you do.)
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:59 PM
 
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And don't sit on your hands! (Not saying you do, I'm saying it just in case you do.)
This made me laugh, but it's because I wish I could. I talk with my hands, and it becomes more pronounced if I'm nervous. I've learned a trick when in meetings. I hold a pen in my hands. It's appropriate and keeps me from waving my arms around. I used to do it during job interviews as well.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:27 PM
 
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Obviously your application passed the first stage. If you're getting interviews but not getting the job, it could just mean that you and 600 other people are applying and not all 600 people will get it.

It could also mean you are doing something in the interview that maybe you aren't even aware of. Do you look at the ceiling for your answers? Do you make eye contact? Do you fidget? Do you babble...(man did I have to work on this one...when I get nervous, I babble even while I'm telling myself to SHUT UP in my head), do you shake your leg, how do you dress, how do you sit, etc.

Take annerk's advice and have some people practice interviews with you...people that will be honest with you.

Also, while you don't want to babble, you also don't want to say too little. And show enthusiasm. You REALLY want that job, tell them WHY you really want that job. But remember, not everyone appreciates the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Some times you don't have to say all of it, just the basics.

You should probably also think of some answers to those ridiculous questions they ask:

"What would your past co-workers say about you?" (For God's sake, I hate that one. Who the hell knows, ask them.)

"What do you consider your weaknesses?" (This is all a game, that's all it is. You find a weakness that you can turn in to a positive.)

"What are your strengths?" Find something that you are really good at, doesn't matter if it's "organization" or whatever, as long as it has something to do with that particular job.

"What was your most challenging situation at your last job?" (As tempting as it may be, do not say, "Showing up! I hated that damn place, just showing up was a challenge!") (Ok, just being funny now.)

Anyway, those are the kinds of crap questions they ask...work on those. But when you get to the interview, make it sound natural, not scripted.

And don't sit on your hands! (Not saying you do, I'm saying it just in case you do.)
answer the question please regarding if employers are less picky, more likely to settle on a candidate, do not expect as much qualifications during the holidays, for seasonal, temporary jobs, during the months of September through December, because i don't get why i did well enough to get hired in my Target interview last Fall, but not enough to get hired for other job interviews i've had this year
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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answer the question please regarding if employers are less picky, more likely to settle on a candidate, do not expect as much qualifications during the holidays, for seasonal, temporary jobs, during the months of September through December, because i don't get why i did well enough to get hired in my Target interview last Fall, but not enough to get hired for other job interviews i've had this year
There could be many reasons. it's quite possible that although you are technically eligible for rehire at Target, you are not getting a good reference from your supervisor.

It's possible that your resume isn't at the right spot in the pile when they start going down the line to hire a couple of people.

There could be any number of other reasons.

Have you done a mock interview?
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:01 AM
 
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There could be many reasons. it's quite possible that although you are technically eligible for rehire at Target, you are not getting a good reference from your supervisor.

It's possible that your resume isn't at the right spot in the pile when they start going down the line to hire a couple of people.

There could be any number of other reasons.

Have you done a mock interview?
yes i have done mock interviews, but i wonder if there is more to it than that that is preventing me from getting hired
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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yes i have done mock interviews, but i wonder if there is more to it than that that is preventing me from getting hired
If you've eliminated every possibility for them to eliminate you (dressed up in a nice suit, creat/submit a professional resume, type/submit a nice cover letter, answer interview questions successfully, follow up, etc.), sometimes it's just the luck of the draw.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:06 AM
 
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If you've eliminated every possibility for them to eliminate you (dressed up in a nice suit, creat/submit a professional resume, type/submit a nice cover letter, answer interview questions successfully, follow up, etc.), sometimes it's just the luck of the draw.
i've always dressed professionally to all of the 11 interviews i've had this year, with a suit and tie, and more than of the interviews i've brought in 2 copies of my resume, i should get a cover letter though, although some interview questions are tough for me
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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i've always dressed professionally to all of the 11 interviews i've had this year, with a suit and tie, and more than of the interviews i've brought in 2 copies of my resume, i should get a cover letter though, although some interview questions are tough for me
Try coming up with prepared answers for the tough interview questions you encounter, and try typing a nice cover letter (Microsoft Word 2010 if you have it has the Fleisch-Kincaid Readability Scale included which measures the grade level of your documents). They could be eliminating you because you don't have a cover letter (you may have good writing/english skills and they don't know it) or because you're unable to answer the tough interview questions.

YouTube has tons of interview help/preparation videos you might want to watch as well.

But realize you're completing with hundreds, if not thousands of people for these positions. You must pull out all of your guns to win this dog fight. You will lose several battles in this war (rejection) before eventually landing a victory (a job), but you just must simply try again and try harder.
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