The 'Job Search & Interview' Thread
Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:43 AM
"it's a shame you got a beautiful face" *shakes head and leaves*
..........(note he was drunk/stoned^^^)
I dont really understand what happened there, apart from he thought I was crazy, and I think I put him off his shoplifting mood.
hahhahha i cant believe he admitted it. u must have made a good bond with him funny story tho
Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:52 AM
"Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless--like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash! Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
Posted 22 May 2008 - 12:01 PM
WHO WANTS TO HELP ME FIND A DECENTLY PAYING (HA) INTERNSHIP IN SUSTAINABLE AG IN A 2 HOUR RADIUS OF WHERE I LIVE WITH HOUSING THAT'S NOT COMMUNE-ESQUE?!
Posted 22 May 2008 - 03:19 PM
I think I need to change my way of speaking when it comes to interviews. I don't speak with confidence or with a matter of fact attitude, so I always come off as passive.
Posted 27 May 2008 - 07:39 AM
ORRR it could be due to the fact that he was drunk/stoned?
Oh how I miss that feeling .
I have a question/ need help: Im gonna look around for another job, but the current one I have (and wish to leave) is my first retail/ customer service job; scrap that, its my first job.
Should I add it on my CV, should I add that I want to leave it (will make me look like I'm really availiable, rather than a two timer) on the other hand, Ive only been there a month, would it look like I'm a quitter?
Should I explain on my cover letter why I want to leave there? What should I say? I left because of moral issues/ prefer to work in clothing retail/ wasn't treated well by colleagues?
The last one might also come across as bad, if the other employers think 'well she cant get on with everyone for the sake of getting the job done, she's not for us'.
Except in clothing stores, you dont have to interact with others that much, you can just get on with it. In this job, since I have no training, I'm learning as I go and have to keep asking people for help, esp cuz theres so many things you have to learn.
The prefer to work in clothing might also come across as 'well she might just get up and leave this one if she prefers to work in a better shop or something'.
The moral issues one...I dunno if people will get it or just think it's stupid. (I dont like selling lottery tickets....and other dodgy newsagent stuff, come to think of it CD's and DVD's are probably dodgy too. The lottery bothers me most for some reason though. Some people are just, proper gamblers on it).
Posted 27 May 2008 - 11:28 AM
As far as I'm aware, CVs and Cover Letters don't usually talk about why you want to leave your current job, that sort of stuff is asked during interviews/in application forms and even then, if you haven't mentioned a current job then you won't get asked the question/it's not applicable to you.
I'm not sure it did but I hope that helped you, somewhat.
Posted 27 May 2008 - 11:46 AM
Yea thats the main/BIG reason I'd want to mention it. I mean my CV's out there in about 8 other places already, and no other replies, Im sure theyre ready to snap up people with retail experience (especially those who are younger and they can pay less). So I'd think putting the very relevant experience on there would make a difference, as would saying stuff about having to learn things as I went along, with no training, and picking up everything in a short space of time...
Posted 27 May 2008 - 02:13 PM
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Randall indicated that he is often surprised at how unprepared many people are for some of the most typical interview questions. Take the time to give your candidates sample questions to help them prepare prior to the interview. These could include common ones, such as: "Tell me about yourself;" "Why are you exploring a job change?"; and "What are your short and long-term goals?"
Avoid the political approach
Politicians are often accused of not answering a question completely. The same is also said of some people in interviews. Many hiring managers are not only looking for the answer to a question asked, but are also using this to assess the listening skills of candidates. With this in mind, coach those you prepare for interviews to pay careful attention to what the interviewer says and what is being asked.
Great questions can land you the job
Dianne shared, "I have hired more than one person because of the thoughtfulness of the questions they asked me. I think one of my all-time favorites is, 'What could I show or tell you right now that would convince you that I am the one for the job?' I never told him this, but at that moment the job was his and he still works in my department six years later." Encourage your candidates to create a list of 10 or more provocative questions they would like answered during the interview.
You do your job, and I'll do mine
Every manager who shared his/her thoughts on interviewing agreed upon the importance of candidates not asking "what can you do for me?" questions, especially in the first interview. These include questions regarding salary, benefits, bonuses, and vacation time. Remind your candidates or applicants that you are the negotiator and will handle all of these details for them.
It's what you know to avoid a NO
One of Randall's pet peeves, and he's not alone on this one, is that some candidates know little or nothing about his company. Help each person to learn as much as possible about the company where he/she is interviewing. This includes providing details about the job or assignment, the organizational structure, and the products or services delivered by the company. Make sure to pass along the company's web site, if there is one.
Being "suited" for the position
Most of the managers interviewed for this article indicated that the attire of individuals attending interviews could use some attention. Their preference was that candidates be dressed in business attire for interviews, regardless of the level of the position. For men, this included a pressed shirt and tie or, even better, a suit. For women, the recommended attire included a business suit or dress in a conservative color.
The early bird gets the job
Promptness was another issue mentioned by the hiring managers. Being on time is no longer the standard. Managers are taking special note when candidates arrive early for the interview. Arriving ten to fifteen minutes early sends a message of strong interest and professionalism.
Say NO to negative remarks
Negative comments leave a negative impression, even when those comments are accurate. Dianne was recently ready to hire an individual until, at the end of the interview, he made disparaging remarks about his previous employer. Encourage your candidates always to avoid making any negative comments about current or previous employers, managers, or co-workers. Dianne suggests, "Remember what mama taught you'if you can't say anything nice, it's better to say nothing at all!"
Through some planning and deliberate effort in preparing your candidates for interviews, you have an opportunity to distinguish yourself from your competitors. At the same time, you'll be positively impacting each individual's ability to improve his or her career, get back to work, or transition from a bad employment situation to a better one. I can't think of a more winning scenario!
Posted 31 May 2008 - 04:56 AM
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Posted 31 May 2008 - 06:30 AM
Well I actually want to find another job, now, before the contracts over.
But I desperately want to leave even before finding another job .
Posted 02 June 2008 - 03:02 PM
But I desperately want to leave even before finding another job .
if you can afford it, go for it. If you can't, wait it out.
Posted 02 June 2008 - 11:26 PM
either way to find awesome job, the job seeker should standout from the crowd, i think scenting your resume would work like a charm.
forget the different fonts/grey cover letters.blah..
Posted 02 June 2008 - 11:35 PM
Why do you want this job?
This answer should be positive. So, for example, you want the experience, or you want to develop expertise in this area, or you have a similar job before and enjoyed it, or it is a personal interest. Do not mention money, and do not slag off your previous employers.
What qualities do you think you will need?
There are obvious qualities that will be needed for every job. So, for example, communication skills, a good work ethic, a will to learn, customer service skills, problem solving, analysing, leadership, teamwork etc. For further clues, you could also have a look at the Job spec. If it actually says in the Spec what the ideal candidate needs to be able to do, then that is your answer!
What will you bring to the job?
Same answer as above really, but also mention anything you have done in the past that is relevant, especially if you were successful at it! Just 'experience' is also good.
Why do you want to work for this company?
Similar to 'why do you want the job' but here is your chance to show you have researched the company. Try and come up with one positive that the company has. For example, GAME have a reputation for being specialists. Avoid saying things like you want shorter hours or they're more flexible or whatever. Just be really complimentary about the company!
What interests you about our products?
Research for this one is key. For example, in Debenhams, I would at this point list off some of the designers (John Rocha, Jasper Conran, Nigel Cabourn etc) and say they have a great reputation.
What can we offer that your last job didnt?
Be very careful. Again, avoid money or anything which could be conceived as being 'greedy'. Personal development, job satisfaction and new challenges are all good answers!
Tell me about yourself.
This is a really awkward 'question'. Basically, don't go into too much detail. Don't go back into childhood experiences or say anything negative. In a way, this question could be re-phrased as 'tell me some good things about you'. So, for example, you could say that you enjoy playing football and you were the captain of your local team (this shows leadership).
What about the position do you like?
This should be things such as the challenge, you enjoy working with the product area (clothes?), good location, nice facilities, good atmosphere etc. If they ask you to list things you don't like, only mention small things that really don't matter (the uniform isn't the nicest colour!)
Give me an example of a time you helped someone?
These ones can sound hard, but they're really not. Even if you have no work experience, it can be something that seems really insignificant if it shows you in a good light. As I have worked in a shop, my standard answer is about someone who came into the shop, I solved their problem, then did something extra for them to leave a good impression, and then made sure the problem couldn't be repeated. If you haven't worked before, how about a time you have helped a friend when they were feeling down?
Why are you leaving your current job (if relevant)?
New challenges, want to move into a different area of the industry, personal development etc. Do not mention money, or working hours, or if you've had an argument with someone, or if you didn't like the job etc.
Name 3 good things and 3 bad things about yourself.
The good is easy: leadership, communication, teamwork, customer service, quick learner etc etc. The bad things: there is a lot of debate about this. Don't say 'nothing', obviously. I personally would go for something that can also be seen as good, for example: "I am a bit of a perfectionist so sometimes I can overrun on certain tasks", or, "sometimes I need to slow down a bit, as I am keen to get things done but this sometimes means I miss detail" etc etc. The other approach is to point out things that really aren't relevant to work: my handwriting is scruffy. Another way this question could be asked is "if I spoke to your old boss/teacher, what would he say are your strengths and weaknesses".
Can you work under pressure and meet deadlines?
Obviously, this is a yes, but try and give evidence of this. For example, "at Christmas we had to merchandise a fixture in an hour and we did in half an hour even though the shop was busy". If you haven't worked, can be something simple like "I handed in all my coursework with time to spare".
What sort of pay would you expect?
For a lot of part-time work this isn't applicable. But if you are ever asked this, reply with a question: "what is your range for someone in my position". If they don't give an answer, specify a range (set your minimum above what your real minimum is).
What was the last film you saw?
Sounds odd but it is asked. Mention something mainstream that everyone will know, and obviously, no psycho-killer films. Just something nice and, well, normal, lol.
First of all they get you to talk to one other applicant to gauge how confident you are at meeting new people, talking to them etc
WHERE was this thread when I went to give my interview?!!
10 yrs :-/
*Ae ajnabi, tu bhi kabhi, awaaz de kahin se:faint:*
Posted 03 June 2008 - 01:55 PM
The only thing I worry about is quitting when I have no other retail experience.
So I had a dream, and I was thinking about how haraam my workplace is...then I found out my manager also manages another place and she put me down to work a shift one night...it was a bar called R&R (yea from eastenders) .
Posted 03 June 2008 - 02:40 PM
Posted 04 June 2008 - 06:22 AM
Hm.. yeah I guess I should really. I was gonna apply at Primark, but I need to edit my CV and stuff, hope the vacancy is still avaliable by then iA.
I need to ask for saturday 14th off at work, but the annoying supervisor "tpc's are so important" dude keeps picking up, I dont wanna ask him .