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Job interview tips?

Asked by SuperMouse (30842points) August 14th, 2008

I am heading out this morning to a job interview. I have been a stay-at-home mom for ten years now and I’m afraid my interview skills are a bit rusty. Any great tips to help me land the job?

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ideabrian's avatar

Interviewers want to know the person will confidently be able to handle the job. Bring your confidence and honesty to a situation.

Also, they may be co-workers, so be bold and confident like you would if a co-worker was asking for some expertise you had and could share with the team.

wilhel1812's avatar

Well, they asked me
“What makes you happy at work”

sparkky's avatar

know the company you are interviewing inside out so it looks like you tailored your job search to that position. Be confident and have fun with the interview. You’ll land where you belong. Listen to the questions carefully and answer them specifically. Have prepared a pad answer re the accomplishments you did while away from the workforce that allowed yourself to maintain the skills you intend to offer the employer. Good luck!

galileogirl's avatar

Know something about the company that you can slip into the conversation or when they ask “Is there anything you would like to ask me?” Listen carefully to what the interviewer is asking. When they ask “Tell me something about yourself” EDIT. Talk about the nonpaid jobs you have and how now you want to build on those and take on more challenges etc

wildflower's avatar

A few tips:
– Be on time (ideally a little before, but wait to be called)
– Firm handshake
– Confident eye-contact (avoid crossing over to creepy)
– Let them take the lead, but be ready with complete answers and add anything you think is relevant (don’t take over, but avoid giving yes/no answers)
– Be enthusiastic, but not desperate. You want this job, not any job.
– Be ready to answer questions like:
“Where do you see yourself in 5 years”
“What are your strengths and weaknesses”
“Why this job”
– Have 1 or 2 questions for them at the end, but not salary and/or vacation related.
– In 1–2 days, send them a message thanking them for the opportunity to interview.

Good Luck!

jrpowell's avatar

This won’t really help with the interview. But I found that sending a thank you letter via fax or post can work wonders.

I had a terrible interview one time. The next morning I faxed a thank you letter to the HR person. She called fifteen minutes later and offered me the job. She originally said I would hear back from them in about a week.

sparkky's avatar

Also make sure you have some questions ready when they ask you do you have any questions.

jasongarrett's avatar

Practice, practice, practice. Ask your friends to interview you. Interview for jobs you don’t really want. The more comfortable you are, the better you’ll do.

RandomMrdan's avatar

I’ve gotten every job I’ve interviewed for, and have been in many positions that they normally make exceptions for me to fill.

-firm handshake
-don’t forget names
-eye contact
-talk as if they’ve made the decision to hire you (future tense ways..I know you already want to buy, it’s just how many you need) Just don’t go over the top.

they will of course ask typical questions in an interview like what Wildflower mentioned…at the conclusion of the interview make another firm handshake, and say something like “thank you for your time “insert name”, I look forward to hearing from you.”

Just remember, confidence, confidence…you can see right through anyone who lacks confidence.

SuperMouse's avatar

Thanks everyone – I got the job!!! WAHOO!

wildflower's avatar

Congrats!! I’m delighted for you :)

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smiln32's avatar

Congratulations on getting the job.

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