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post #1 of 9 Old 04-30-2013, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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I finally have a job interview!

And I'm so excited. My work closed about a month ago, they were basically pushed out of business by a big chain coffee shop and just weren't getting enough business. It sucks, but it's bitter sweet. I wanted to quit, and it was really hard on the two owners to keep it running while they lost so much money. Unfortunately for me it's the time of the year when EVERYONE is looking for work as they finish school.

ANYWAY! I applied at a bunch of places, and the best opportunity of the lot has scheduled an interview! It's for a receptionist / office assistant position at a not for profit counselling clinic, I'm so excited. I'm in school for Psychology / the social services and I really want to get it- honestly I didn't think I would get an interview, because I assumed there would be lots of applicants but HEY! I did. I have until the 15th to research their company and the programs they use, so that's good, I'm just really nervous. This is the PERFECT position, Monday - Friday, standard business hours, an amazing opportunity considering it's what I'm going to school for SO any tips on how to ace an interview? it's been three years, and my last position was at a coffee shop.

Should I bring a copy of my resume / cover letter? Obviously dress well (I need to buy new clothes, maybe I'll post what I'm thinking of getting), firm hand shake, eye contact and smiles. What do you think they'll ask question wise? I really want to impress here, can you tell?
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-30-2013, 04:35 PM
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Wonderful!! :)

I always bring a copy of my resume.. and don't dress too wowza. You want to dress professionally but clean and simple.

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I know how you feel!
The past month I haven't heard a thing back and then today I got two interviews

But for questions, google interview questions. Some sites actually have some good examples. I've found some examples on sites like Ask.com that were word for word identical to my Human Resource staffing textbook.

But other wise think of personal examples. Why did you apply for this position? How did you deal with challenging co-workers/customers/problems?

And dress professionally. If I was going in for an office assistant position I'd wear a nice white blouse, dress pants and heels (if you can walk in them). Skirt would work too, just at least knee length. And I try and keep it black and white.

Good luck!
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Alex, first of all best of luck at the interview!

Definitely bring the copy of your resume with you. Since you said it's for receptionist (I assume you'll work with the clients a lot) I'd dress professionally (darker longish skirt or pants, and lighter color blouse/shirt, not too many rings/necklaces/bracelets/etc, modest make-up (if you do make-ups :) ).

As for interview itself, be honest, smile, do NOT discuss or talk about any conflicts in your previous work/home/school. Don't forget to read what you can find about the company on Internet, so when they ask WHY you are interested working there (and in most places they do ask that) you could explain. Also it's nice to ask questions about the company, perspectives, etc. in the end of the interview - it shows you are indeed interested.

Again - best of luck!

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A day or two after the interview, send a note thanking the interviewer for their time.

I hope you get the job! Let us know how it goes.
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^^ Very much agree. I was thinking to say so too while I was typing, and completely forgot... :)

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Good luck! :)
Hope you get the job! :)
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-01-2013, 03:08 PM
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The very best of luck!!

I've been sending out C.V.s non stop for the last month, and do well to get acknowledged.... although today I did get 3 "sorry you are unsuccessful" emails *sigh*... all three were filled internally (why must they advertise if they are not actually going to look outside the company??!). I had an interview yesterday, its random, not my "sphere" at all and only a min wage job plus tips, but it's 3/4 nights per week which in the big picture means I'll make more than other jobs as I don't have to pay childcare. I find out tomorrow if I got it or not - fingers crossed.

Bring your resume, and don't forget to look them in the eye and give them a firm handshake.

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best of luck!!
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