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Old 05-22-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I have an interview on Monday for a position that I've been wanting for a LONG time. I'm trying to do every single thing I can to ensure my success in attaining the position but I'm not sure if this would come across as strange, impressive or common.

I had a phone interview yesterday with an internal recruiter, and she set me up with the interview. I obviously sent the recruiter a cover letter, but I'm not sure if I should do the same with the hiring manager I'm meeting on Monday. I'm not sure that she would read through the whole thing while I'm sitting there (granted, it will be less than a page) but would it still be beneficial to include it with the copy of my resume that I'll be giving to her?

Also, any advice for someone applying for an administrative assistant position, besides general interview tips? I know it's not too glamorous but it's something I'm interested in
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Bring an extra cover letter and resume (and references) at the interview. I've been asked at interviews if I had a copy of my resume.
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Great minds think alike. The recruiter told me to bring 2-3 copies so I'm bringing 4
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:49 PM
 
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I have an interview on Monday for a position that I've been wanting for a LONG time. I'm trying to do every single thing I can to ensure my success in attaining the position but I'm not sure if this would come across as strange, impressive or common.

I had a phone interview yesterday with an internal recruiter, and she set me up with the interview. I obviously sent the recruiter a cover letter, but I'm not sure if I should do the same with the hiring manager I'm meeting on Monday. I'm not sure that she would read through the whole thing while I'm sitting there (granted, it will be less than a page) but would it still be beneficial to include it with the copy of my resume that I'll be giving to her?

Also, any advice for someone applying for an administrative assistant position, besides general interview tips? I know it's not too glamorous but it's something I'm interested in
If you have any type of portfolio or work product from a previous job, bring it. Business correspondence you've created (not confidential of course), anything you've designed graphically, a spread sheet you've put together, bring it.
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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If you have any type of portfolio or work product from a previous job, bring it. Business correspondence you've created (not confidential of course), anything you've designed graphically, a spread sheet you've put together, bring it.
Excellent idea, thank you
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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I've never heard of anyone asking for a copy of a cover letter in an interview, but I suppose it couldn't hurt to have a copy of it with you just in case. Definitely have a few copies of your resume with you.
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I've never heard of anyone asking for a copy of a cover letter in an interview, but I suppose it couldn't hurt to have a copy of it with you just in case. Definitely have a few copies of your resume with you.
Yeah, that's what I kind of thought too, it seems kind of different to bring one to the interview. My only reason for bringing it along is that I haven't had any kind of contact with this person and am hoping it may score me a couple brownie points. But I don't want her to think I'm weird for bringing it.

I'm also not sure about how to arrange my papers then...I know that the cover letter is customarily first but the only thing that I know she needs to see is my resume, so I'm not sure if I should switch the order so it's easier for her to read or what. I'm using clear report folders. Gahh.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:32 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Tips

1. Let the interviewer do most of the talking

2. Show interest in the interviewer's opinons about the company


95% of the time you will get the job
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:17 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Tips

1. Let the interviewer do most of the talking

2. Show interest in the interviewer's opinons about the company


95% of the time you will get the job
Do you realize how ridiculous this statement is?
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:22 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Do you realize how ridiculous this statement is?

I did it 4 times and got the job each time.


It took me a while to realize that I;m not suposed to talk a lot at a interview
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