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Old 06-30-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: nc
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Tomorrow will be the first interview I will have had in the past 7 years. How much have things changed regarding interviewing and getting a job?

I believe I am fairly qualified for the position. Although, when I got the call for the interview, I was asked if I had certain credentials which I don't. There was no mention of having the credentials in the job posting. I have a degree and relevant experience but I have been unemployed for the past two years due to homeschooling my son. Is this going to be a huge factor?

I am really bad at interviews and am obviously out of practice. I've been going over the typical interview questions in my head and trying to come up with some good answers. Any advice for tomorrow?
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:58 PM
 
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Don't tell yourself you're bad at interviews - keep reminding yourself you're qualified, you got the call for a reason, and you have a good chance. You need to have a positive attitude. It can go a long long way if you behave confidently.

Look up typical interview questions, write out the answers, go over them, have someone sit you down and go through the questions with you - pretend its a real interview and answer as if you were answering someone at the company. This can give you some immediate practice and it will help calm nerves for when you have to go through the real thing.

Changes I've noticed in the last few years is that almost every interview I've had has been a panel of people - usually three, rather than 1 or 1 at a time, so be prepared to sit across from a group of people rather than just one.

Don't fidget - make solid eye contact.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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Tomorrow will be the first interview I will have had in the past 7 years. How much have things changed regarding interviewing and getting a job?

I believe I am fairly qualified for the position. Although, when I got the call for the interview, I was asked if I had certain credentials which I don't. There was no mention of having the credentials in the job posting. I have a degree and relevant experience but I have been unemployed for the past two years due to homeschooling my son. Is this going to be a huge factor?

I am really bad at interviews and am obviously out of practice. I've been going over the typical interview questions in my head and trying to come up with some good answers. Any advice for tomorrow?
if your gap in employment was an issue, you wouldn't have gotten an interview. you will probably be asked about it, but if it was a huge deal, they would have rejected you already. i would practice your interview answers out loud, with another person if possible. i wouldn't sweat the extra credentials, just be honest about your experience and abilities. if you don't get it because of that extra stuff that wasn't in the job listing, well, it was good practice at least.

i really like the guide to preparing for an interview from askamanager.org. i've gotten lots of good advice from that site.

good luck!
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:38 PM
 
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Have intelligent questions about the job and the company prepared. Be prepared to offer what you did during the years you stayed home to show you weren't completely checked out. Such as volunteering, boards, professional activities
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:06 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Build rapport with the interviewers. Smile and be confident in yourself and your abilities. Remember that this may the first in a series of interviews (7 years ago, you basically interviewed only once or twice for a position).
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:24 PM
 
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Hopefully the OP will get this job - not series of interviews. I would only wish that on my worst enemy.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:18 PM
 
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having questions ready to ask is a biggie. when i started out on this job search i only asked questions if i had ones specifically about the job duties and the company and things like that. then a hiring manager friend of mine told me that if candidates don't ask any questions, she thinks they're a bit dim. what i didn't realize is that being asked for questions is an opportunity to interview the interviewer about what it's actually like to work at the company and figure out if you WANT the job, rather than just focusing on whether you can GET it. this way you're more likely to end up at a job that doesn't drive you crazy. plus as a bonus, you will look more confident and thoughtful and actually interested in assessing your own fit for the job, not just desperate to get any job.

some all-purpose questions:

- can you describe the office culture/your management style?
- are there particular personalities or work styles that fit in well here?
- how will my performance be measured?
- was there anyone in the past who did this job exceptionally well? what set them apart?
- what would the ideal candidate achieve in their first year on the job?
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:37 PM
 
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Build rapport with the interviewers. Smile and be confident in yourself and your abilities. Remember that this may the first in a series of interviews (7 years ago, you basically interviewed only once or twice for a position).
Yes, this was a big change for me my last hiring. I was not used to having 5 different interviews with 4 different people.
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