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    Essentially what the title says. We had a 'practice interview' at our school recently with people from the local rotary club, and for me at least it went absolutely terribly. Went in there with my CV/personal statement and it got picked apart like there was no tomorrow, I don't have much to put on one I suppose but I didn't expect it to be so harsh. I was unprepared for most of the questions I got asked and it struck me that if I go in for any job this will probably be the case as, from what I've read, different places will have very varying interview styles. The though of 'role play' interviews especially freaks the hell out of me.

    I just think that I'll always come across very shy - which is strange, as I'm NOT a shy person - and therefore I'll be unable to get a job anytime soon and will possibly be hindered when it comes to University interviews.

    Its really holding me back, especially as I really wanted to go forward for a summer job this year, got as far as writing my CV but just freaked out when I thought of having a job interview and packed the idea in. I think its a matter of finding the confidence (again, I'm not unconfident in general ) and also that I'm EXTREMELY bad at selling myself- I'm kinda naturally self deprecative, not in the sense that I have low self esteem, I just cringe at the thought of talking myself up and so tend to avoid it at all costs.

    Is there anybody else who was in the same boat and got over it, if so how? And are there any generic questions that pop up in most interviews?
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    1. You should be prepared for every possible basic question. e.g. 'tell me about yourself', weaknesses, strengths, where do you see yourself in 5 years, trends in the industry etc.

    2. Interviews are never really that hard to crappy min wage jobs. If you get a job in sainsbury's they only ask things like 'what would you do if a woman wanted a magazine and you didn't have it in stock?' - if you can't think of the answer 'offer to order it, then tell her where the nearest news agent is if she doesn't want to wait' then you're beyond help! :p:

    3. Only oxbridge interviews are a big deal - all the others are basically just show up and you'll get an offer.

    4. Google 'common interview questions' and stop wasting our time.

    5. I suck at interviews. I'm unemployed but I'm getting better; you need experience and you need to be humiliated a few times and build your confidence back up (sort of like a vaccination!)
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    i'm in the rotary club! heyho fellow rotarian.
    edit: oh wait, you're not in it :sad:
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    (Original post by o-e-s-j)
    1. You should be prepared for every possible basic question. e.g. 'tell me about yourself', weaknesses, strengths, where do you see yourself in 5 years, trends in the industry etc.

    2. Interviews are never really that hard to crappy min wage jobs. If you get a job in sainsbury's they only ask things like 'what would you do if a woman wanted a magazine and you didn't have it in stock?' - if you can't think of the answer 'offer to order it, then tell her where the nearest news agent is if she doesn't want to wait' then you're beyond help! :p:

    3. Only oxbridge interviews are a big deal - all the others are basically just show up and you'll get an offer.

    4. Google 'common interview questions' and stop wasting our time.

    5. I suck at interviews. I'm unemployed but I'm getting better; you need experience and you need to be humiliated a few times and build your confidence back up (sort of like a vaccination!)
    Thankyou very much I don't think I should suck toooo much at things like "tell me about yourself", though I have a horrible habit of trying to say one thing and saying something completely different, so perhaps a lesson in articulation is required for me. And I shall be going to google now
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    Seriously, most interviews aren't anywhere nere as bad as the pratice interviews - especially for small part-time or summer jobs and most universities.

    At a part-time or summer job interview expect to fill some forms out on the day and answer some seriously basic questions - 'how will you get to work?' and 'Are you happy to do first aid training/become multi-skilled?' which are eaisly answered on the spot or prepared for. The harder questions are often found in the applicaton process, giving you lots of time to consider your answers - thats based on a supermarket job - I can't comment on jobs for smaller companies or waiting tables which might require you to do a trial shift. Just be yourself and make informal but polite conversation - it's really the best way to wow the interviewer - they don't want to know how diligent, hard-working or punctual you are - they hear that from everyone, it'll just bore them!

    University Interviews - Is pretty much the same drill, but try to relax and ooze personality which is what they are looking for - you can prepare for quesitons based on your personality and the way you behave towards study- and if you're passionate about doing the subject at the university that you have applied to it'll be easy!

    The only time that you will need to face an interview like the pratice one is when you are older applying for high-end jobs - for now it's not a worry, and as you progess in a career you will learn how best to handle interviews since you will need to face one for most promotions.

    As for your CV not being up to scratch, there's not much that you can do to improve it, except to ensure to include all work experience and qualifications - schools use a very old-fashioned and ineffective template for student CV's anyway, so I would reccomend going online to find a decent template - and get your parents to check through to see what they think. Again, most companies are unlikley to check your CV if you are applying for a summer or part time job.

    Hope that helps.
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    I've had abut 15 interviews to date, most of them not serious jobs. Most interviewers are nice people, they aren't out to rip you apart
 
 
 
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