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So I've got a huge job interview tomorrow in downtown Chicago. I really really want this job and I don't want to mess it up. I'm actually pretty good at interviewing, and I am qualified for this position, but I hope my nerves don't get the best of me and I blow it. I actually had a dream last night that I blew the interview.

I've prepared for the interview by researching the company, practicing interview questions, printing resumes, shaving ect. Any other tips for preparation? Tips for helping w/ the stress? Anyone else interview recently? Any interesting off the wall questions they asked that you may not have been prepared for?
#2
I was once asked what my program was. I said film. The guy said "Heh. Figures". I didn't get the job.

You won't get off the walls questions. Just don't provide answers that will seem off the walls to them. Answer exactly the way you'd think they'd want you to, and you should be set. Sometimes it's hard to, like in the case I was in, but you should be ok.
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Just be confident and affable. Good luck, you already seem pretty well prepared.
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Thanks dudes. Yeah one of my friends told me to not be nervous, and walk in there like I own the place. Like they're definitely gonna offer me the position. I'm not so sure about being as confident as he suggested, but I think you're right confidence is a good thing.
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Yeah don't act snotty or stuck up. Just be humorous and be very quick and confidence with your answers. Every time you pause and say "Um...", imagine you're sticking a pin in their balls. They won't like it, and you will only make it worse. Be fast, confident, classy and funny, and your charm will most likely score you a job. I've done well in all of my job interviews except the one I mentioned earlier because the cockhead apparently doesn't like film/art students and thinks we'll gay up his kitchen or something.
#7
haha nice. Yeah that's how I've gotten jobs in the past. I usually try to make them laugh a few times, and try not to stall on questions like saying um. Sometimes it's hard not to, but thats why I had my gf ask me a bunch of questions and I practiced my responses.
#9
Exactly. One joke that usually seals the deal is when they ask "can you do morning shifts?". I'll ask what time and they'll say "6-8" or whatever. I'll go "I don't know. That's usually when I get to bed."
Works like a charm. Don't know why, but it does.
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It's funny, I'm actually sitting in my class, Comm 300: Interviewers and Interviewing, right now.
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Exactly. One joke that usually seals the deal is when they ask "can you do morning shifts?". I'll ask what time and they'll say "6-8" or whatever. I'll go "I don't know. That's usually when I get to bed."
Works like a charm. Don't know why, but it does.


Nice! I usually make a joke about my size. I'm 6'7" and play a lot of basketball, so when they ask my about personal hobbies I usually make some sort of pun relating to that.
#16
Ask the interviewer "here's a shot out of the cannon. Oprah, Barbara Walters, your wife: You gotta **** one, marry one, kill one. GO!"
#17
Showing up a little early will score you some points too. You wanna be confident, but also seem eager to work there.

You, good sir, have not gone over to your friends house after a hard night of drinking to find 2 dudes passed out in the same room both holding their own flaccid cocks in hand, passed out, with porn on the tv.
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Ask the interviewer "here's a shot out of the cannon. Oprah, Barbara Walters, your wife: You gotta **** one, marry one, kill one. GO!"


... That's so easy.

Fuck his wife because they're already married, marry Oprah because she owns like 10 of everything (she's like a fat black female Noah), and kill Barbara Walters because she's on her way out anyways.
#19
Talk away when they ask you questions. The average amount of time you should spend answering a question at an interview is over 5 minutes, even if it's a question you feel you can answer in 2. Time your responses to general questions and work on extending them.

It is infinity times better to talk too much at an interview than to talk not enough. This is where they get to learn more about you, so if you hardly say anything, why would they have any reason to hire you?
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Tips for helping w/ the stress?


blow before the interview.


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Just make sure you draw the line between confident and cocky. Confidence gets the job done, cocky makes people dislike you.




lol reminds me of one of my former job interviews when i decided to just keep wearing the pantera t-shirt i was wearing because the front is one of the most decent t-shirt designs i had back then.

my mind was clearly somewhere else since i forget that on the back some huge letters spelled 'F*CKING HOSTILE' pretty much from top to bottom.

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I was once asked what my program was. I said film. The guy said "Heh. Figures". I didn't get the job.

You won't get off the walls questions. Just don't provide answers that will seem off the walls to them. Answer exactly the way you'd think they'd want you to, and you should be set. Sometimes it's hard to, like in the case I was in, but you should be ok.


That is without a doubt the worst advice I have ever heard. Likely, you will get an off-the-wall question. Most companies are evaluating personality as much as qualification. If you answer each question exactly the way you think they are expecting, you won't be remembered. Being remembered gets you a job.

My last interview was with a trial judge. I was asked about my position on moral theory, what the last album I purchased was, and what it was like being a construction worker (former job). She even asked me whether I played guitar! I wasn't asked a single question about whether I'd be a decent a judicial clerk. The reason was: she already read my resume.

They already know you're qualified. Show them you're a good fit. That's what they're looking for.
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That is without a doubt the worst advice I have ever heard. Likely, you will get an off-the-wall question. Most companies are evaluating personality as much as qualification. If you answer each question exactly the way you think they are expecting, you won't be remembered. Being remembered gets you a job.

My last interview was with a trial judge. I was asked about my position on moral theory, what the last album I purchased was, and what it was like being a construction worker (former job). She even asked me whether I played guitar! I wasn't asked a single question about whether I'd be a decent a judicial clerk. The reason was: she already read my resume.

They already know you're qualified. Show them you're a good fit. That's what they're looking for.


I don't see how those questions are off the walls. It's just, as you said, their way of getting to know you personally. Off the walls would be something you don't know how to answer because it's so out there, like "If you had to work for someone else, like one of our competitors, who would you work for?" or "Why did you pick us over X?". They'd ask questions that make you stand out to them if answered correctly, not ones that will purposefully screw with you.
My point was all the questions are straight forward, not that they're all only job related. Hell, I've been asked about my personal life in interviews like this many times. Is it still the worst advice you've ever heard?
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I don't see how those questions are off the walls. It's just, as you said, their way of getting to know you personally. Off the walls would be something you don't know how to answer because it's so out there, like "If you had to work for someone else, like one of our competitors, who would you work for?" or "Why did you pick us over X?". They'd ask questions that make you stand out to them if answered correctly, not ones that will purposefully screw with you.
My point was all the questions are straight forward, not that they're all only job related. Hell, I've been asked about my personal life in interviews like this many times. Is it still the worst advice you've ever heard?


In short, yes. Actually, it managed to get worse, because I don't see how those questions are off-the-wall and, in fact I, expect to receive them.

I'm typically asked about where else I've applied, why, etc.. I consider those standard interview questions, just as it's standard for the interviewee to ask the interviewer why s/he should work for the company instead of elsewhere. A smart interviewer (or at least one that isn't a moron) will prepare for that.

I consider off-the-wall questions ones that cover irrelevant, non job-related material. But no matter how you classify them, the interviewer should prepare for both, because s/he will likely get both.

Also, if they ask you questions to make you stand out, how is it helpful to answer in a way they will expect? Do they expect you to stand out? If so, how is that standing out?