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Old 12-11-2013, 12:30 PM
 
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OK I've been on ALOT of interviews it feels like within the last year.. So, I am wondering if it's me. I get so nervous even though I've done this a bunch of times.. I've researched the companies, so I have actually went to for services. I just do not know what is wrong with me.

My questions are:

1. What do you say when they ask Why do you want to work here? I normally say because I have heard great things about the company and they treat clients with respect.

2. what do you say when they ask What are some weaknesses you have?? I normally say time management but then then I decided to become a mom, and go to school full time, and realized that time management and organizational skills were very important. Then I tell them how I have a calendar at home with everyone's name on it and activities, school work, menus because I really have this stuff.

Last question is
3. When can you start?? I normally tell them two weeks to get daycare figured out.

Are these dumb answers that are making me look stupid?? Ugh, so frustrated!
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:03 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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OK I've been on ALOT of interviews it feels like within the last year.. So, I am wondering if it's me. I get so nervous even though I've done this a bunch of times.. I've researched the companies, so I have actually went to for services. I just do not know what is wrong with me.

My questions are:

1. What do you say when they ask Why do you want to work here? I normally say because I have heard great things about the company and they treat clients with respect.

2. what do you say when they ask What are some weaknesses you have?? I normally say time management but then then I decided to become a mom, and go to school full time, and realized that time management and organizational skills were very important. Then I tell them how I have a calendar at home with everyone's name on it and activities, school work, menus because I really have this stuff.

Last question is
3. When can you start?? I normally tell them two weeks to get daycare figured out.

Are these dumb answers that are making me look stupid?? Ugh, so frustrated!
I can see some problems here from your post. When you say "because I have heard great things about the company and they treat clients with respect. " it sounds like a generic canned response recommended by some internet job tip site. Prior to an interview, do a lot of research about the company and cite real data about them. People want to hire someone that wants to be there, is enthusiastic about working there and not just looking for a "job."

On your weaknesses, interviewers know that everyone has some, and are looking for honesty but for something that is not critical, and evidence that you are working to overcome it. Mentioning that you are a mom is a no-no. They are not allowed to ask and you gave them something that may cause them to avoid you, fearing a lot of time off when kids get sick. Better to use a work example of how you discovered and worked on improving your time management. The weakness can't always be used for every interview. Time management is a bad problem if the job involves multiple priorities and deadlines.

For when you can start, again, you are burying yourself with that answer. Do NOT mention daycare, that's another red flag. Simply answer "two weeks."
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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oh ok. Thank you for the response. This whole job thing is tough
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:21 PM
 
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Very good advice, Hemlock.
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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It wouldn't hurt to do a mock interview with a friend who you can trust to give you honest feedback. You might have a tick that is throwing people off or be giving off the wrong vibe and not even know it.
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