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Job Interview tomorrow and am TERRIFIED!!

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darlingdaffodils Sun 01-Sep-13 19:54:17

I haven't had an interview for years and this is for a higher position. I was already panicking as I have no idea what they ask in a supervisor interview. Then a friend who knows someone else who has an interview for the same job said "oh she has been preparing for ages - working out answers to probable questions" so I am really freaking out now!!!

I don't even know what to think of - I don't know what they will ask me. I just don't want to go in there and have loads of questions I can't answer.

NeedaWee Sun 01-Sep-13 20:01:35

You definitely need to prepare, that's the number one on any list, but its a bit late now so you will just have to go with the flow. Oh well next time Google interview advice &tips well beforehand

ElsieOops Sun 01-Sep-13 20:04:34

Google the job type and interview questions - there are usually loads on various websites. That'll give you something to think about.

Other than that just imagine what challenges you are likely to get in supervisor position and how you might tackle them.

Think of one or two questions about the job that you can ask them.

You haven't got ages to prepare now so I'd just do a bit then concentrate on getting an early night, make sure you know where you are going/what you are wearing etc.

Good luck!

McNewPants2013 Sun 01-Sep-13 20:08:53

Good questions here.

Good luck for the interview.

AgentZigzag Sun 01-Sep-13 20:15:02

Lots of luck daffs, it'll be a breeze smile

Some top tips for a relaxed job interview (oxymoron if ever there was), lots of arfs at 'watch your bowels'.

darlingdaffodils Sun 01-Sep-13 20:56:40

I hadn't even thought to worry about my bowels!!

Thank you everyone - I just don't want to go in there and make a fool of myself.

MoreThanWords Sun 01-Sep-13 21:00:20

Google what questions to ask at an interview - just so you don't sit there going "Ummmm ...... no, there's nothing I want to ask" !

AgentZigzag Sun 01-Sep-13 21:01:52

Hehe, pesky bowel's always get forgotten.

You won't make a fool of yourself, it's also up to them to get the best out of you, they'll know you'll be nervous and should put you at your ease.

It's worth it for the sense of relief afterwards - and the whopping pay cheque grin

GiveItYourBestShot Sun 01-Sep-13 21:18:03

I was told there are only really a few basic questions that employers want to as,- they might word them differently, but they are:
Why are you here? (Asking for this job, at this employer)
What can you do for us (skills and knowledge)
What kind of person are you? (Are you a people person? What are your values)
What distinguishes you from the other candidates? (Experience? Qualifications? Talent?)
Can we afford you?

If you can answer these you will be able to make a good case for yourself.

Good luck!

themaltesefalcon Sun 01-Sep-13 21:19:46

Best of luck!

imme Sun 01-Sep-13 21:22:15

Ok, be able to answer the following questions:
Why do you want this job and why would you be good at it?
What do you know about the company/ organisation? Why do you want to work for them?
What would make you a good supervisor? (experience, being good with people..)
Do you have any questions for them? (eg if you cannot think of anything else ask about the typical day, the team etc)

I used to do a lot of interviews (from the employer side) and I was often shocked by the lack of preparation by some candidates but if someone had decent answers to the above they would already be half way there.

sandiy Sun 01-Sep-13 21:45:14

Smile a big happy smile as you enter the room.If you get a tricky question Say gosh that's a tough one I might need to have a bit of a think about that followed by do you mean? Just to get some clarity and hopefully a hint.Do you have an area you feel confident in? If you do try to steer the conversation to show your strengths Obviously it needs to be relevant to the role not your knitting competence.I always think its good to mention reflection for example if something unexpected happened how you dealt with it and how you've thought more about it and any changes that come from that reflection.Try to be interesting especially if they are interviewing lots of people so you stick in the mind.
Any questions ask could you tell me about career progression within the company Do you offer any training for such and such Finally don t forget to thank the panel for their time it's good manners.Im not a hand shaker but it may be expected in your role.Good luck with mumsnetebay behind you you can't fail

Salmotrutta Sun 01-Sep-13 21:56:27

If appropriate try and give specific examples of how you:

Solved a problem
Used your initiative
Had to be organise something at the last minute
Resolved a dispute

Etc. etc.

Good luck!! smile

AmandaHoldenmigroin Mon 02-Sep-13 03:24:07

I have a good one. if asked if you have any questions (usually wrapping up the interview) ask them with a sympathetic angle (for instance, "you must have had a lot of applications for the role etc) what stood out to them about your CV. this will force them to reply with praise about you for about 5 minutes and then jump on a detail they have brought up to embellish about yourself. It leaves them with the positive aspects about you reinforced in their mind - it's a great technique that turns the interview in your favour.

AgentZigzag Tue 03-Sep-13 17:34:38

How did it go? smile

darlingdaffodils Wed 04-Sep-13 18:49:46

I didn't get it but came 3rd out of 12.

Going to ask for some feedback on my interview to see where I went wrong!

ElsieOops Wed 04-Sep-13 18:51:11

Well done daffs - good experience and the feedback will definitely be useful for the future.

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