I Need Some Job Interview Advice

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  • [ – ] lambdog76 reply I am a Manager at an Auto Shop, my wife is an FA at a dialysis clinic. As a potential hire, I am not concerned with your greatest weakness so much as how do you overcome that weakness. Tell me about a time you had a dissagreement with a teammate, how do you get through that? What would you do differently? Why do you want to work here? Now too, don't be afraid to ask questions back, this fit needs to be a two way street. You are interviewing them as much as they are you, if you keep that in mind, it will help your confidence. A talented nurse is an asset, don't oversell yourself, but don't discount your value. Lay out your limitations if appropriate, and your strategy for overcoming those limitations. Hope that helps.
    • [ – ] theoldsparrow parent reply This is great advice. Prepare some questions to make the job convincing to you to take the job. They will ask if you have any questions and will be impressed if you're interviewing them on slightly less of the same level that they're interviewing you. It's power dynamics but that's not important.
    • JessicaMartwin parent reply Oh great advice! Thanks. I have been thinking of things to ask in the interview. I would like to know so much more about the facility. They want to get to know me and I would love to get to know them. Thanks again. I really appreciate the help :D
  • [ – ] Cl0mar reply When I was interviewed for my current job (my first 'real' job) I actually told them that my greatest weakness is that I'm shy, but throughout the interview I also told them that I can work really well with other people so I think that kind of negated the shyness factor. I've also heard employers are more likely to hire people with good personalities who are more well rounded over somebody who can just spit out facts. Just be yourself and I think you will be fine!
  • [ – ] Flying_Purple_Pizzas reply Hey, Jessica, I can tell you are really nervous about this. First off, just know that this is the first opportunity but not the last. I know you want to get it over and done with because interviewing is uncomfortable. Just know that no matter how it goes, you will give it your best and all will be well. That being said, the key here is to stand in your power, decide that you want the job and imagine the feeling that it is yours. You aren't a beggar, you are an intelligent, hard working professional who will bring much quality expertise to the position. See in your mind that the interviewer is a person just like you. They are a little nervous to find the right person they can trust to do the job. You are making their life easier by being that person. See them as genuinely happy that they have discovered in you the right fit for the company. Emphasize your strengths. You can acknowledge your shyness but make sure they know that it will not hold you back. Be genuine, be sincere, and one...more way or the other, all will be well!
    • JessicaMartwin parent reply Oh thank you :D that does make me feel a little better. And yes, I am really nervous... Oh wow, I have never thought of it like that. You sir, have great advice! I really think that will help with the whole nervous thing. The interviewer is just a person. I just need to be confident! Confidence is key. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. Reassurance is always nice. I think I will do okay, considering this is my first nursing interview. I'll have to remember the advice you shared and I think it will go great. If it doesn't work out I know that there are so many other opportunities around the corner.
  • [ – ] AmandaFood reply You got some great advice here. I know you will do very well and hoping you get the job, good luck <3 shyness is not a weakness to me, I've seen a lot of shy nurses who are the most capable at their job.
    • JessicaMartwin parent reply Oh yeah, there is some great stuff here. Everyone here is just too nice :D I really appreciate everything each and everyone of you guys say :) Thank you so much. I really hope it goes well. If it doesn't I know there will be plenty of other opportunities out there for me!
  • [ – ] Roamancing reply The trick with weaknesses in a interview is to use a weakness that you can spin in a positive way. So if you say shy, talk about how that can help you relate to your patients and their needs. Main thing tomorrow is to do whatever you need to do to relax and feel confident for the interview.
  • [ – ] theoldsparrow reply The biggest weakness question is always best answered by too much of a good thing. I'm too dedicated because I always want to spend time with the patients. I'm too hard working because I'll always spend the extra time making sure everything is covered. I'm overly careful to make sure that everything is precise. Just remember that the most important aspect going into it is confidence. Just remember these words: whatever happens, you're going to do greatness.
    • [ – ] Y2JayDoesAsia parent reply I made a similar answer to this in my last job interview. I said I am too by the book and precedure orietented that other employees don't like it. But being by the book and procedure oriented can be a really desireable quality in a job.
    • JessicaMartwin parent reply Wow! Great advice. Those weaknesses definitely sound like something I could see in myself. I am going to try my hardest to remain confident through the whole interview. I believe that I would be a good fit for the position so I just need to show them that I can do it. Thanks again.
  • [ – ] Calibri_Funtimes reply MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT! Avoid using "UM" and "IDK" and "...and stuff". Breathe regularly. And don't beat yourself if the job falls flat. It took me almost 4 months after graduating college to find a job. Sometimes the job you end up getting wasn't what you sought in the beginning; keep an open mind.
    • JessicaMartwin parent reply Eye contact is great advice! Thank you so much for your help! I know that if this doesn't work out there will always be something else out there for me. Thanks for the reassurance. I really appreciate it. At this point, I will be open for just about anything.
  • [ – ] GunDoctorTV reply Be yourself and show confidence act like you are supposed to be there.
  • Orginaljun reply Don't lie about your skills, be true what you say. People will find out eventually and it will backfire. Brush your tongue and teeth, because bad breath is number 1 for not getting accepted lol. ^^ Don't give up, keep searching, of course i want you to get the job, but you know what i mean ^^. Talk about past skills at jobs and give them the phone number of the person you worked for, of course you have to ask permission from the person phone number if its oke to give them a call for asking questions about you. Only give them the phonenumber of the place you worked for if were getting along with the people of course. God bless :)
  • [ – ] JustABloke reply There's nothing I can add here, I've read all of these fantastic comments and I'm wowed by them. I just want to wish you all the best with all upcoming interviews, and to thank you for sharing this part of your journey with us.
    • JessicaMartwin parent reply The people here are just so amazing. I wasn't expecting so much great advice. The vidme family is just so amazing! I'm lucky to have such supportive people in my life.
  • [ – ] DrCut reply Be yourself and especially try to be cool. Don't be a robot. Try to be like on your Vlog. Very nice, pretty and with a lot of sympathy. The recruiter search the experience but also he'll project to work with you every day. I hope you understand what I mean. Ask some questions too to show your interest, it's very important. :)
  • [ – ] Mackdaddy1911a1 reply Ask the interviewer how many slackers they have working there. Before they can answer tell them you are there to replace them all. Be strong and be blunt. If you are timid and they hire you they will burn you out. So be confident and you will get the job. Oh and tell the truth even if it is embarrassing. Good luck.
  • [ – ] Y2JayDoesAsia reply A modern interviewing technique that employers use thesedays is to ask you stories about how you handles situation X, Y or Z in a previous job. Ie- how did you handle a difficult situation with a customer, how did you resolve it, what was the outcome? They structure a lot of questions like this which is a way to get you to tell the story rather than make up a bullshit one. If you get stuck and can't draw from your own experiences, think of something similar in your life. Ie- they ask you how did you resolve a conflict with a coworker. Mabey that has never happened, but you instead have a story of how you resolved a conflict with somebody from a sports club or something.
    • JessicaMartwin parent reply Great advice!! Thanks 😀 I will definitely have to think of some things like that. I could totally see them asking me questions like that.
  • [ – ] ASideofFem reply It's gonna be ok. You seem very nervous. When answering the strengths and weakness questions. Keep the job description in mind. Say a strength that you might have that you know they are looking for. As for the weakness thing. This is a little tricky employers do this on purpose to see whether or not you are a right fit for them. Try using a weakness that is not a shortcoming for the job you are applying for. So if you say your biggest weakness is that you are shy, follow it up with something positive, like working around different types of people will help me get out of my shell, or something like that... I'm sure you will do great, if not it's always great practice for the next one. 😊
    • JessicaMartwin parent reply Ha, I am really nervous. Awe thanks so much. I really appreciate your help. If I get the job I owe a lot of it to each and everyone of you that gave me advice and such kind words :)
  • [ – ] HeroicVillain reply Night before, no alcohol or anything that will give you stomach issues and get enough sleep, and even though you want to project yourself as professional, try to be yourself.
  • [ – ] WeirdestNews reply Just remember that the person Interviewing you is just another person just like you. They go home to their families, eat food like you, watch shows like you and in some cases they are a bit nervous interviewing you!!! That's actually true. What makes people nervous is that they see the interviewer as something more than a person when they are just like you.
  • [ – ] ExcalibursZone reply Personally, I haven't had to do an interview for quite a few years. My strategy was to show up 15 minutes ahead of time, exude confidence in my abilities, and when asked silly questions like the "What do you think is your greatest weakness?" one, I just answer honestly. Mine is attention to detail and expecting others to do the same. I tend to bring my previous military training and experience with me and people generally don't like me being the lead on anything. So, look at your shyness and see if there's a way you can spin it in a positive light, or look for another weakness you believe is close to or if not on par with that which may be less of a hindrance in what you're applying for. Good luck tomorrow! I hope you get the job. Our health system is in need of nurses who know their stuff!
    • JessicaMartwin parent reply Thanks!! I really appreciate it. I will definitely get there early. In my mind on time means early haha. I will definitely find a way to spin my weakness into a positive thing. Again, thanks! You guys seriously are the best :D
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