I find applying and interviewing to both suck. Such a time waste to apply as you know they are getting hundreds of resumes and then going in, not knowing exactly what the company does (I apply to lots of Craigslist ads) and sitting around watching others in the waiting room. I know I'm good..great at what I do. It just sucks not knowing really what the company does when you go in and being able to show the visual work of what you do. It's why I always hand them letters of recommendations when done as well. It's just hard because while I know what I am great at, I know my weaknesses and public speaking is one of them. I'm a great researcher, marketer, event planner, etc., but I hate talking.
By the way, what sites do you all use when looking for work?
I hate interviewing for jobs as well. Job market is so tight that, so many applicants for too few positions. I didn't even get called on so many jobs after putting in applications. Luckily for me, my last interview was 4 years ago.
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absolutely hate interviewing. It is such a game.
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Generally I'm hired by word of mouth. If the interviewers are skilled at searching for the attributes they want for their company, the interview generally goes well, and we both learn whether I'm a fit for the position. If the interview is a formal process designed mostly to ensure that all human resources requirements have been checked off and the company is insulated from any possible claim of bias or unfairness, it is an unpleasant event whose only value is becoming comfortable with even that level of wasted time.
On preference, it's nice to be called and asked if I'm available. Nice when it happens.
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Not at all, I have not had to do it for quite some time.
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I'm in sales, so I look at an interview as the greatest possible pitch. Who doesn't like talking about themselves for an hour or two?
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No, I look at the interview as an opportunity to ask important questions as well as answering them. Just went through a two interview process to land a new job.
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I did but that was forty five years ago when I was getting out of law school. It was not fun getting questioned by people that do that for a living but as the years have past experience has made facing these interviews whether for getting hired on a case or for a job less fearsome and more educational.
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It depends on the interviewer. I have interviewed with those trying to make the interviewee fail, those trying to find the "right fit", and those just interviewing everybody. They can all be tough depending on the person's attitude (interviewer & interviewee). Is interviewee even a word?
I do a lot of business development work, meeting with potential clients for my organization, which is similar to a job interview (except that I speak for the whole corporation, not just myself). Still, the general principles are the same.
The things I always think about going in are: - can my company help this organization? - can we deliver what they need (not what they think they want)? - are their expectations realistic, or will we be in for a world of hurt? - can my team work well in their environment? are we a good fit?
In other words, do I like them, do I want to do business with them, and can I be successful in their environment.
These are the very same questions I used to ask myself when interviewing for jobs back in the day. It was never about whether they liked me so much as whether I liked them.
The confident attitude you have when you think that way shows, and makes a huge difference in the success rate for job interviews.
Edited by: TRINITYROYAL at: 8/20/2012 (17:38)
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Thanks for the feedback.
I'm realizing that the same lack of confidence bleeds into other aspects of my life, including job interviews.
Having been on both sides of the interview process, I can see how you feel the way you do. It's easy as the interviewee to feel like you're begging for a job. But at the end of the day, the potential employer needs a good candidate just as much as you need a job. If you walk into an interview with confidence it shows and makes a difference. An interview is as much about you interviewing the company to see if they're a good fit for you. Don't forget- you have a great deal to offer, or you wouldn't be soliciting an interview in the first place. You might be desparate for a job, but you still want to ensure that the place you're interviewing at is a good fit for you. If you approach an interview as an equal to those interviewing you, and see the process as an opportunity to explore a possibility rather than merely prove yourself, I think they end up more successful, both in how you come across and whether the position and company are a good fit for you and you for them.
I do not enjoy interviewing for jobs. I dislike the formality with 3 people staring at you making notes about every body movement and reply to question. I find this intimidating. which makes me a person who does not interview well. I am competent at what I do, but, interview terrible.
I do envy the people who can go into an interview relaxed and get any job whether they are qualified or not. On the flip side these people usually do not keep a job past the probation period.
Just some high level thoughts on my experiences with job interviews.
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Good point. It helps to see it from their vantage point too (pretty big risk to bring in an unknown).
In fact, every job I've gotten was through an introduction from a friend or former co-worker.
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I never had really done too much interviewing for a job, I was able to get jobs from the people that knew the kind of work I did. Then I went into the military (not much of an interview there either...lol). I got out of the military and decided to go to college for Drafting and Design, got a few degrees now with a bunch of people for references but the lack of job openings in my area has not been good. There are a bunch of places that advertise that they are looking to hire just to keep an idea of who is available in the market place. That way when the economy does get better then they have a few names they can call on when they need more people. It frustrated me at first but now I look at it as interviewing practice...lol
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Actually, I find interviewing for jobs a LOT better than interviewing someone for a job. It's a lot different for me when it's my money and my reputation at stake on a complete unknown.
On interviewing, I'm with you. I know what I bring and the interview for me is a 2 way street. I have to invest most of my waking hours with this company, so I'm constantly looking for red flags and reasons why I should or should not be a part of the company.
I think I get more nervous talking to women than I do interviewing for a job :)
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With the state of the economy right now, I'm pretty sure I'm not the only guy looking for work. As a man, I find it very easy to be on the interviewer side of the table and very embarrassing to be on the other side. I feel like I'm begging for work (which I kind am, since I'm the breadwinner in my family).
Yesterday, I had a second interview, this time in-person. It lasted 2.5 hours and I met with three people. It seemed to go really well, but I went in with a different attitude. I went in thinking about my family (my cheering section) and how grateful I am for them. I decided to transform my nervousness into excitement to meet the interviewers. What a difference! Even if I don't get this job, I made some new friends (we had a lot of laughs).
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