reply to post by TheRedneck
Great Advice Redneck!
I don't know if it is any good for the interview setting, but it is great for when they get hired.
An old man told me once, "They agreed to pay me x amount, and I agreed to do whatever job they ask, that was the deal, they've never failed to
pay me, so I never fail to show up and do what they ask.
" Simplistic, useful, humble, sensible. How can anyone expect anything different?
I'd like to offer some more interview advice though....
Be confident but humble.
If I ask you to tell me about a successful project or something similar, then tell me your role, tell me what you did
that made it a success. This is the time to toot your own horn, but on the flipside, if I ask you to tell me about a personal flaw or weakness, then
be honest. I hate when people say they can't really think of any. That is an immediate way to NOT get a job. We all have flaws, tell me about one,
and then spin it to tell me how you take precautions, or have processes to overcome that flaw. Maybe you obsessively use a calendar to make sure you
don't miss appointments, or maybe you always show up to work a full hour early, because you consistently run 10 minutes late (like me).
If you've ever been told "you are over-qualified for this position,
" what it really means is you are an arrogant ass, and we don't want to
work with you. There is no such thing as over-qualified.
When an interviewer asks you to give a specific example of something, then be sure to give them a specific example. Don't just
describe what you would generally do in that situation. That will get you zero points on that interview question, because you never actually answered
the question, and you can't follow instructions very well. Either you weren't paying attention to the question, or you just don't have an example.
There is nothing wrong with silence. The interviewer is in charge of the room, it isn't your responsibility to fill the
silence with rambling. Answer the questions honestly, concisely, specifically, and then shut up! In the hundreds of interviews I have conducted, the
rambling has never helped a single person, but it has often uncovered something to make me question whether or not I liked the person. Don't talk
yourself out of a job, just answer the question and then shut up. Let the interviewer fill any uncomfortable silence, it's their room.
Do your research ahead of time, have informed questions available.
Interviewers always ask if you have any questions for them. This is
another time to shine. Mention what you know about the company, ask clarifying questions, seem interested and excited about their company. If you
and a couple of other people are equally qualified, they are going to pick the one that is the most energetic, positive, and exciting to work with.
All interviewers want to hire someone that will reflect positively on them. There is nothing worse than being the guy that hires a lemon. So, put
yourself a step ahead by knowing enough to be excited about the company and ask some questions to prove it.
There are plenty more examples I could give. I actually teach a quarterly class on interviewing skill for my company, and I do dozens of interviews
every month. If you ever get a chance to volunteer and sit on the interviewer side of the table, you should take it! It is very eye-opening to watch
the mistakes people make. At my job, anytime someone is interviewed and then passed up for a promotion, I always attempt to get them on an interview
panel so they can see the kinds of mistakes people make, and hopefully they can do a better job next time they are interviewed. When those types of
opportunities present themselves, DO NOT PASS THEM UP! When I offer something like that to a person, and they turn it down, I have no more empathy
for them missing promotion after promotion, its their own lazy fault.