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    Tips for a Successful Job Interview?

    So I recently applied for a job and I heard back from the employer today asking me to come in for an interview! I've done a job interview before, but it wasn't one that I was able to prepare for nor was it in a professional setting. I got the job anyways, but it was for retail.

    This job is, in my opinion, much better and more professional than the one I previously had. It's for the Department of Public Safety at my university, with the job title of "Law Enforcement Analyst intern/trainee" and I feel as though this could really start my career. I am majoring in criminology and criminal justice and will be graduating in the Spring, so it fits well.

    So for all of you success stories out there, are there any tips you can give on how to do well in a job interview? Thanks!

    Here's the job description if that helps:


    -Prepare, clean, and code data for crime and problem analysis
    -Collect, analyze, and interpret data and information related to criminal activity, public safety, and homeland security
    -Maintain, query, and retrieve pertinent information in computer databases
    -Identify patterns of crime and public safety concerns using database software, reviewing incident data, and conducting open source research
    -Research and monitor developing crime trends, public safety issues, and threats for the University community and surrounding region
    -Assist with a variety of daily, weekly, monthly and annual tactical, operational, and strategic reports
    -Conduct a wide variety of open source research and evaluate credibility of information
    -May perform other similar or related task as assigned or requested

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    This is from a document I used for my last interview from a consulting company I was working with at the time. This is fairly generic and not all will apply to your situation. It should help point you in the right direction.
    Good Luck. Interviews are extremely stressful for both parties.

    50 Tough Interview Questions Revised

    Tell me about yourself and your accomplishments.

    1. Tell me a little about yourself.

    Because this is often the opening question in an interview, be careful that you don’t run off at the mouth.
    Keep you answer to a minute or two.
    Cover four topics:
    Early Years
    Education
    Work History
    Recent Career Experience



    2. What can you do for us that some else can’t?

    Here you have every right and perhaps obligation to toot your own horn and be a bit egotistical.
    Talk about record of getting things done.
    Mention specifics from your resume or inventory of accomplishments
    Say that your skills and interests, combined with history of getting things done, makes you valuable.
    Mention ability to set priorities, identify problems, and use your experience and ability to solve them.



    3. Why should we hire you?
    Create your answer by thinking in terms of your ability, your experience, and your energy. See
    Question 2 for more detail.



    4. What do you look for in a job?

    Keep you answer oriented toward the opportunities at the organization.
    Talk about desire to perform and be recognized for contributions
    Orient your answer toward opportunities rather than personal security



    5. How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?

    Be realistic.
    Say that, while you would expect to meet pressing demands and pull your own weight from the first day, it might take six months to a year before you could expect to know the organization and its needs enough to make a major contribution.



    6. Did you change the nature of your job?
    Tell how you improved it.


    7. Can you work under pressure and deal with deadlines?
    Observe that both are facts of business life.
    Take examples from your list of accomplishments to show how you have dealt successfully with pressure and deadlines in the past.



    8. In your present (last) position, what problems did you identify that had previously been overlooked?
    Be brief and don’t brag. Indicate the positive changes your suggestions or leadership resulting in.

    9. If you could start your career over again what would you do differently?
    The best answer is, “Not a thing.”
    You should try to present yourself as a person who is happy with his or her life.
    You’ve enjoyed its ups and learned from its downs.
    You would not, as a result, want to change things that brought you to where you are today.
    Mention that it is the past, after all, that has prepared you for this position.



    10. What career options do you have at this moment?
    You should try to identify three areas of interest, one of which includes this company and job.
    The other two should be in related fields.




    11. How would you define success?
    Think in terms of a sense of well-being.
    Consider opportunity and responsibility as components of success.




    12. How successful do you think you’ve been so far?
    Say that, all in all, you’re happy with the way you career has progressed.
    Given the normal ups and downs of life, you feel that you’ve done quite well and expect to continue to succeed in the future.
    Present a positive and confident picture of yourself, but don’t overstate your case.
    An answer like, “Everything is wonderful; I’m overjoyed!” is likely to make an interviewer wonder whether you’re trying to fool him or yourself. The most convincing confidence in quiet confidence.

    13. What do you know about our organization?
    You should be able to discuss the following:
    Production Services
    Revenues
    Reputation
    Image
    Goals
    Management Style
    People
    History and Philosophy

    However, don’t act as if you know everything about the place.
    Let you answers show that you have taken the time to do some research
    But, don’t overwhelm the interviewer.
    Make it clear that you wish to learn more.
    Give answers in a positive tone.
    Don’t say, “Well, everyone tells me the company’s in a heap of trouble, and that’s why I’m here” – even if it is why you’re there.



    14. Tell us why you want to work for us?
    The deadliest answer you can give is “Because I like people.” What else would you like - animals? Here and throughout the interview, a good answer comes from having done your homework so you can speak in terms of the company’s need.
    You might say your research has shown that the company is doing things you would like to be involved with, and that it’s been doing them in ways that interest you.
    If the company is known for strong management, your answer should be you would like to be part of that team.
    If the company puts a great deal of emphasis on research and development emphasize the fact that you want to create new things and you know this is a place where inventiveness is encouraged.
    If the organization stresses financial controls, your answer should mention a reverence for numbers.
    If you feel that you have to concoct an answer to this question, then you probably shouldn’t be taking the interview, because you probably shouldn’t be considering a job with that organization. Your homework should include learning enough about the company to avoid approaching places where you wouldn’t be able or wouldn’t want to function.



    15. Please give me the definition of (the position for which you are being interviewed).
    Keep you answers brief and task oriented.
    Think in terms of responsibilities and accountability.
    Make sure that you really do understand what the position involves before you attempt an answer.
    If you aren’t sure ask the interviewer, he or she may answer the question for you.




    16. Do you prefer staff or line work?
    Say that it depends of the job and its challenge.

    17. Don’t you think you might be better suited for a different size company? To a different type company?
    Tailor you answer to the job being discussed.
    Say that your preferences for the size or type of company generally depend on the job in question.
    Note that your research has shown you that this organization and this job meet you criteria.




    18. If you could choose any company, where would you go?
    Talk about the job and the company for which you are being interviewed.

    19. What other jobs are you considering?
    Restrict your answer to fields similar to the one in which this company operates.

    20. What are your long range goals?
    Refer back to the self-assessment phase of your career continuation efforts. Don’t answer, “I want the job you’ve advertised.”
    Relate your goals to the company you’re interviewing for: “In a firm like yours, I would like to …..”



    21. What do you find most attractive about this position? What seems least attractive about it?
    List three or four attractive features of the job, and mention a single, minor, unattractive item.

    22. In your current (last) position, what features do (did) you like the most? The least?
    Be careful and be positive. Describe more features that you liked than disliked.
    Don’t site personality problems.
    If you make your last job sound terrible, an interviewer may wonder why you’ve remained there until now, or whether you have an attitude problem that would be likely to show up on a new job, too.



    23. In your current (last) position, what have been (were) your five most significant accomplishments?
    Have specific examples ready.
    If you are asked for five examples don’t cite ten.
    If you want to show that you were responsible for more than five achievements, you can say, “I’ve given you five that seem the most important to me. There are others, if you’d like to hear about some other area of my work” Then if the interviewer asks for additional accomplishments, you can give them without appearing to boast.



    24. How long will you stay with us?
    Say that you are interested in a career with the organization, but admit that you would have to
    continue to feel challenged to remain with an organization. Think in terms of, “As long as we both feel achievement oriented.



    25. Your resume suggests that you may be overqualified or too experienced for this position. What do you
    think?
    Emphasize your interest in establishing a long term association with the organization, and say that you assume if you perform well in this job, new opportunities will open up for you.
    Mention that a strong company needs a strong staff.
    Observe that individuals are always at a premium
    Suggest that because you are so well qualified, the company will get a fast return on investment.
    Say that a growing, growing, energetic company can never have too much talent.




    Management Style
    26. What is your management style?
    You should know enough about the company’s style to know that your management style will compliment it. Possible styles include:
    Task oriented (Problem solving)
    Results oriented (Effect on bottom line)
    Participative style (open-door method motivating people and delegating)




    27. Are you a good manager? Can you give me some examples? Do you feel that you have top management potential?

    Keep your answer achievement and task-oriented.
    Rely on examples from your career to support your statements.
    Stress your experience and your energy.



    28. What do you think is the most difficult thing about being a manager or an executive?
    Mention planning, execution, and cost control.
    The most difficult task may be to motivate and manage employees to get tasks routinely planned and completed on time and within budget.




    29. Do you consider yourself a leader?
    Take examples from your work experience.

    30. What do you look for when you hire people?
    Think in terms of skills, initiative, and the adaptability to be able to work comfortably and productively with others.
    Mention that you like to hire people who appear capable of moving up in an organization.



    31. Have you ever had to fire people? What were the reasons, and how did you handle the situation?
    Admit that the situation wasn’t easy, but say that it worked out well, both for the company and, you think for the individual or individuals involved.
    Show that, like anyone else, you don’t enjoy unpleasant tasks, but that you can resolve them efficiently and, in the case of firing someone, humanely.


    Industry Trends
    32. What important trends do you see in our industry?
    Be prepared with two or three trends that illustrate how well you understand your industry.
    You might consider technological challenges or opportunities
    Economic conditions
    Current competitive situation
    Regulatory demands related to the direction in which your business is heading.


    33. What are the frontier or cutting-edge issues in our industry?
    Be prepared with two or three key issues.


    Reasons for your search for employment or why your out of work
    34. Why are you leaving (did leave) your present (last) position?
    Be brief, to the point, and as honest as you can without hurting yourself.
    Refer back to the planning phase of your job search, where you considered this topic as you thought about reference statements.
    If you were laid off in a staff reduction, say so
    Otherwise indicate that the move was your decision, the result of your desire to advance your career.
    Don’t mention personality conflicts.
    The interviewer may spend some time probing you on this issue, particularly if it’s clear that you were terminated. Be as positive and honest as you can. The “We agreed to disagree” approach suggested earlier may be useful.
    Don’t fabricate a story for an interview; even in today’s reference-shy climate, your story may be checked.



    35. Why haven’t you found a job before now?
    Say that finding a job isn’t difficult, but that finding the right job deserves time and demands careful planning.



    36. Did you think of leaving your present position before? If so, what do you think held you there?
    You might say that the challenge of the job held you in the past but, as that seemed to diminish, you reached the decision to investigate new opportunities.



    37. What do you think of your (former) boss?
    Be as positive as you can.
    A potential boss will anticipate that you might talk about him or her in similar terms at some point in the future.


    38. Will you be out to take your boss’s job?
    Say that while you certainly hope to win additional responsibility in the organization, you’ve always focused on getting the current job done.



    Strengths and Weaknesses
    39. Would you describe a few situations in which your work was criticized?
    Be specific. Don’t be emotional.
    Think in terms of constructive criticism
    Show that you responded positively and benefited from that criticism.


    40. If I spoke with your (former) boss, what would he or she say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

    Name three or four strengths and only one weakness. Be honest but not negative.


    41. What are your strong points?
    Present at least three.
    Use concrete, work-related examples to illustrate them.
    Try to relate your answer to the interviewing organization and the specific job opening.


    42. What are your weak point?
    Don’t say you have none. But try to make a negative sound like a strength carried a bit to far.
    “I sometimes get impatient and become deeply involved when a project is running late.
    Don’t offer a list of weaknesses
    A good interviewer may press you a bit by saying “Is there anything else?” You might answer “No, I don’t think so on that topic.”
    If the interviewer persist, come up with a second weakness, but only if you are asked for it. Don’t offer negative information unnecessarily.
    If the interviewer continues and asks for a third weakness, say politely that you really can’t think of anything else.
    Finally, show that you are working to correct your weaknesses.



    Salary related questions
    43. Why aren’t you earning more at your age?
    Say that is one reason you’re conducting this job search. Don’t be defensive.

    44. What do you feel this position should pay?
    Salary is a delicate topic.
    We suggest that you defer tying yourself to a precise figure for as long as you can do it politely.
    You might say, “I understand that the range for this job is between $X and $Y. That seem appropriate for the job as I understand it.”
    You might answer the question with a question. “Perhaps you can help me on this one. Can you tell me if there is a range for similar jobs in the organization?
    If you’re asked the question during an initial screening interview, you might say that you feel you need to know more about the responsibilities involved before giving a meaningful answer. Here too, either by asking the interviewer or doing research during your investigation of the company, you can try to find out whether there is a salary grade attached to the job. If there is, and if you can live with it, say that the range seems right to you.
    If the interviewer continues to probe, you might say, “You know I am making $X now. Like everyone else, I’d like to improve on that figure, but my major interest is in the job itself.” Remember the act of taking a new job does not, in and of itself, make you worth more money.
    If no price range is attached to the job, and the interviewer continues to press the subject, then you will have to respond with a number. You can’t leave the impression that it doesn’t really matter, that you’ll accept what ever is offered. If you’ve been making $96,000 annually, you can’t say that a $42,000 figure would be fine without sounding like you are giving up on yourself. (If you are making a radical career change, however, a substantial disparity may be more reasonable and understandable)
    Don’t sell yourself short, but continue to stress the fact that the job itself is the most important thing in your mind. The interviewer may be trying to determine just how much you want the job. Don’t leave the impression that money is the only thing important to you. Link questions of salary to the work itself.
    If a search firm is involved, your contact there may be able to help with the salary question. A search firm representative may even be able to run interference for you. If, for instance, this person tells you what the position pays, and you respond that you are earning that amount now and would like to do a bit better, he or she might go back to the employer and purpose that you be offered an additional ten percent.
    But, whenever possible, say as little as you can about salary until you reach the final stage of the interviewing process. At that point, you know the company is genuinely interested in you and is more likely to be flexible in salary negotiations.



    Personality Traits
    45. Do you have any objection to psychological tests?
    Say you would feel comfortable taking them.

    46. Do you speak to others before they speak to you?
    The interviewer is probably trying to determine your ability to deal with unstable or unanticipated situations.
    Say that your actions depend on specific circumstances.
    While you wouldn’t normally start a conversation with a stranger on the street, for example, you feel comfortable initiating discussions with people you don’t know in normal business or social settings.



    47. What was the last book you read? Movie you saw? Sporting event you attended?
    Try to show that you lead a balanced life when answering questions about outside activities.

    48. Are you creative?
    Be prepared with work related examples of creativity.

    49. How would you describe your own personality?
    It may be wise to say you are the proud owner of a balanced personality.

    50. When could you start?
    Be prepared to give a date or commit to a time and date that you can commit to a start date.
    “Are you offering the position to me now?” might be a good response if an offer has not yet been made.



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    Re: Tips for a Successful Job Interview?

    Hi Kien,

    I'm sure people are hitting the big "these are the questions they will ask you" topics, since I've done a few hiring interviews I'll just tell you the things to utterly avoid (from my opinion/perspective)

    1) Bashing previous workplace, employer or coworkers. This includes if they asked why you left the last job, no one wants to hear there were personality conflicts or whatever when they're going to hire you.

    2) Talking about partying! No no.

    3) Avoiding eye contact. Makes you seem shady. Also, smile.

    4) Getting *too* casual. Even if they ask you a fairly personal question, keep it short and to the point. If someone started blabbing about what they do with tehir buddies or girlfriends in an interview to too much excess I would get the wrong impression about how serious they were about the job.

    5) Overblow self too much or be "too" confident. Definitely some confidence is good but if someone acts like they're just indispensible it can make them seem like they'll consider things below them at work, or treat the job without much regard.

    I doubt 6 will be a problem but if you get nervous or tend to have trouble speaking during things like interview, just do a little practice and make sure you can get short direct answers out calmly, poor communicators can be a killer for some jobs.

    Those were the things I looked "not" to find when interviewing, hope it helps, good luck!

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    ^^^^WOW RON killed it

    Just a couple tips from me.

    Dont wear colgne but do show groomed properly. Have properly fitted clothing, it amazes me how many college guys show up to my interviews wearing pants they should have traded in at like 16 before the growth spurt. Being a gay man I hope you have those two down. Wear conservative tones, grey or blue suit with a subtle but strong tie.... no pastels just solid and limited design ties. Black shoes.

    The tactic for the interview? Be thoroughly informed about the department you will work for, know their mission, know your intended role and know what you bring to the table. If what you bring is a fervent desire for the field and a deep enthusiasm for learning then make it clear. Get plenty of sleep and be wide awake prior to the interview, tired ain't hired. When the interviewer talks LISTEN, turn off cell phones, not even a vibrate, look them in the eyes and listen to all they have to say THEN reply in as completely yet concisely as possible. People who talk too much are typically only really skilled in explaining what they will do -- not doing it. Finally, be calm. Nervousness can be misinterpreted.

    Good luck. For what i know of you, you are quick witted and rational. those traits will show for you very well in your interview. Cheers.
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    Things that annoy me when hiring someone:

    Sloppy 3rd grade hand writing. Spelling errors. Cell phones. Forgetting to bring proper identification. Not dressing professionally/appropriately for the job. Asking for way more money and benefits than entry level. Be willing to start at bottom, prove yourself, work your way up. If you're really that indispensable you'll get the pay. Smile. If you're a dick I don't want to work with you.

    ...and lastly... SHOW UP ON TIME.
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    Retail is a professional setting, you think people selling Mercedes are not professionals?

    With that said, depending on how much time you spent at your last job, and if you considered it 'professional' or not, I would really talk about your past job experience.

    If you work in retail for long enough you will get a very good feel for the criminal element in your area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evanrick View Post
    Retail is a professional setting, you think people selling Mercedes are not professionals?

    With that said, depending on how much time you spent at your last job, and if you considered it 'professional' or not, I would really talk about your past job experience.

    If you work in retail for long enough you will get a very good feel for the criminal element in your area.
    Well I should've specified by saying my previous workplace wasn't very professional. It was for a shoe store that hired mostly Asian high school kids and we just wore t-shirts, polos, khaki shorts/pants, and girls wore...whatever the hell they wore.

    Thanks for the questions to consider and what to do/what not to do, guys! These will really help me

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    When the interviewer asks, "Why should we hire you to work here?" Your response should always be, "Because you don't wont me working for your competition".

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    And for crying out loud, clean up your facebook page. Many prospective employers google you first. I've even heard of interviewers asking interviewees to view their facebook page right in the interview.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey3000 View Post
    And for crying out loud, clean up your facebook page. Many prospective employers google you first. I've even heard of interviewers asking interviewees to view their facebook page right in the interview.

    Thats illegal in this state (asking to see any of your social media, phone etc), you may want to check what the law is in your state, get advice on that no matter where you live. There is a $ fine $ if an employer asks for this information.

    Eventually what will happen is a ban on job applicant data mining, until then, do some research yourself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kien View Post
    Well I should've specified by saying my previous workplace wasn't very professional. It was for a shoe store that hired mostly Asian high school kids and we just wore t-shirts, polos, khaki shorts/pants, and girls wore...whatever the hell they wore.

    Thanks for the questions to consider and what to do/what not to do, guys! These will really help me
    things are just different on the east coast.
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    Re: Tips for a Successful Job Interview?

    Quote Originally Posted by borg69unimatrix View Post
    Things that annoy me when hiring someone:

    Sloppy 3rd grade hand writing. Spelling errors. Cell phones. Forgetting to bring proper identification. Not dressing professionally/appropriately for the job. Asking for way more money and benefits than entry level. Be willing to start at bottom, prove yourself, work your way up. If you're really that indispensable you'll get the pay. Smile. If you're a dick I don't want to work with you.

    ...and lastly... SHOW UP ON TIME.
    2 cents from another hiring manager: all of the above.

    In addition: Too heavy on the fragrance. Bad Breath. Dirty Fingernails. OVERgrooming (I'm not hiring a supermodel!). Crappy footwear (I'm an old shoe guy so that's one of the first things I notice). Over/under fashionable (think classic, especially for Men). Too much jock talk from High School (seriously, High School is mostly irrelevant if you're over 19). Get a decent haircut, even in Colorado. Shave (the scruffy look is over). And please, please, please, turn OFF your %#!# phone before you walk into the office. Seriously. You are not that important, turn it off, let it go to voice mail, you can answer the text when you leave.

    And even though it is practically legal now in Colorado (and Washington), don't bother coming in if you've gotten high in the parking lot before the interview. I can tell. Really.

    (In case you were wondering, all of the above has happened in real life!)
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    If they have something in their office that you share in common, comment about it

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    Thanks for the tips.

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    I read the job description and I'd do a little research on some of those topics. Especially if you're a criminal justice major. It also sounds like they're looking for someone that is very computer literate and knows how to use word, office and making spreadsheets etc. Bush up on those skills. I make it a point to leave my phone in my car. My uncle hired many people and it sounds crazy but to him the handshake at the beginning and end could be the deal breaker. Too firm and you were out to prove something or be macho. Too weak and you were a push over or showed weakness. If you avoided eye contact you were hiding something. Never wear cologne. Some people are allergic and many offices have gone scent free. I'm always at least ten minutes early for an interview. Try to be relaxed but remain professional. It may be illegal in some areas to check social media sites but it isn't in all and you'd have to prove that was the reason you didn't get the Job. It's not worth it. I'm sure there are several others looking for the same position. Don't give them a reason to exclude you

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    Re: Tips for a Successful Job Interview?

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    When the interviewer asks, "Why should we hire you to work here?" Your response should always be, "Because you don't wont me working for your competition".
    Best way to shoot yourself in the foot short of.... actually shooting yourself in the foot. But this question will come up, although it will likely be asked a bit more tactfully. Be honest, describe both the benefit you foresee for the employer as well as for yourself.
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    Job sounds exciting. It might be a good idea to prepare for possible questions related to each of the job description.

    And relax.

    Good luck!

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    Go Kien! Make sure you bring your personality!

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    It is possible to overthink these interviews. If your interview is with someone in human resources who only does job interviews, you will likely get questions that come right from a pre-prepared form, which in my opinion is the worst kind of way to decide if someone will be a good employee. However, they are probably unavoidable since so many companies do it. If your interview is with the owner of the company or someone who has a real vested interest in the company (other than just another employee), the questions are likely to be much different. Go prepared, but be yourself. You will be surprised how much weight your attitude carries and many interviewers can see through fakeness.

    I don't know about Maryland, but in many states you can go to the Department of Employment (yes, the same dept that handles unemployment claims) and they have people who will work with you on interview skills. Their goal is employment for everyone, not just those who are receiving unemployment benefits.

    Good luck.
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    Thanks guys! I'm preparng for it, but not to the point that I'll sound like a robot tomorrow.

    Fingas crossed.

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    Well I had the interview on Friday and I think it went well. But after, I did feel a bit underqualified and not too hopeful since they were only hiring one candidate. I just heard back from them and that thought was affirmed, unfortunately. Here's the email I got:

    Thank you for applying for the ---- Law Enforcement Analyst Internship program. It was a pleasure meeting you last week during our interview. I interviewed candidates with exceptional academic records and a wide variety of experience levels. It was a very difficult decision, and there were a number of candidates who would have brought a great energy to the position. I think you would be a great fit for the unit and you were at the top of my list. Unfortunately, I will not be able to offer you the position at this time. There is a possibility that I may be able to hire another intern when the department relocates in early 2014. I can’t say for sure at this point when we will move or what other staffing opportunities I might get by January, but I hope you will still consider the position if I am able to offer you a spot in a few months.

    Again, it was wonderful meeting you, and if there is anything I can do for you, don’t hesitate to ask.
    So yeah, while I'm glad that I was at the top of her list, assuming she wasn't just trying to spare my feelz or that it wasn't a mass email sent to those who didn't get it, and that she might offer me a position later on, I can't say I'm not bummed. But I tried.
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    At least you made an impression. A lot of times you do not hear back. Just get back out and keep trying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kien View Post
    Well I had the interview on Friday and I think it went well. But after, I did feel a bit underqualified and not too hopeful since they were only hiring one candidate. I just heard back from them and that thought was affirmed, unfortunately. Here's the email I got:



    So yeah, while I'm glad that I was at the top of her list, assuming she wasn't just trying to spare my feelz or that it wasn't a mass email sent to those who didn't get it, and that she might offer me a position later on, I can't say I'm not bummed. But I tried.
    Wow...that's a very refined dear john letter...top of list? Clearly not...but you could have been just below the one who got the job. I suppose the letter could have been ever more refined to say "you came in just below the candidate we hired"....

    gawd!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kien View Post
    Well I had the interview on Friday and I think it went well. But after, I did feel a bit underqualified and not too hopeful since they were only hiring one candidate. I just heard back from them and that thought was affirmed, unfortunately. Here's the email I got:



    So yeah, while I'm glad that I was at the top of her list, assuming she wasn't just trying to spare my feelz or that it wasn't a mass email sent to those who didn't get it, and that she might offer me a position later on, I can't say I'm not bummed. But I tried.
    I think that's a very promising letter. It's WAY more than most people get. You very well could hear back from them in a couple months. ... and who knows, maybe the guy that did get it won't last.

    Granted, it's not the, "You got the job!" you were hoping for, but it is a very detailed and personal hope that they might get you one day soon. ... as I said, that's a LOT more than most people out there applying for jobs get. You made a good impression on them and they have you in mind for their next opening. Hopefully it will work out.
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    As someone that does interviews [after the dreadful HR screening], I went through cityboy's list and yeah, most of that is SHIT! 19, 24 and 34-36 are actually illegal to ask a potential hire in MA.

    No joke, I can read a resume and then look at a person and within 30 seconds of talking with that person, I know if I am gonna hire them or not and a lot of that is tied to "body language". I felt bad for a recent applicant. I would have hired them but they had the nastiest coffee breath ever. Now thinking about it, there are a fair amount of applicants I have rejected on "appearance" alone: bad breath, dyed hair, fake nails, excessive jewelry, exposed tattoos, wrinkled clothes, BO. I wish I could just post my work's appearance manual so I can focus more on the personality than their appearance.

    Then there have been a few applicants I had to reject because they fidgeted or couldn't make eye contact with me. I know it is a nervous experience but you if you seem tense, that means you struggle to talk to strangers. You will be surprised how many people are turned down for jobs not because of their resume.
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    I don't understand if you were at the top of the list why didn't you get the job. Did they not hire anyone after all? Maybe I'm just not reading things right.

    If you're really interested in working there I'd be proactive. In a month or so I'd touch base with her. Just a quick email "I'm still interested" type thing. That's how my brother got a very Good job. He contacted them periodically and the manager said it showed her that he really wanted to work there.

    Most importantly is that you don't give up. Keep applying. The right position will come along

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kien View Post
    Well I had the interview on Friday and I think it went well. But after, I did feel a bit underqualified and not too hopeful since they were only hiring one candidate. I just heard back from them and that thought was affirmed, unfortunately. Here's the email I got:



    So yeah, while I'm glad that I was at the top of her list, assuming she wasn't just trying to spare my feelz or that it wasn't a mass email sent to those who didn't get it, and that she might offer me a position later on, I can't say I'm not bummed. But I tried.
    I hire people every freaking day and with HR folks, unless they see something they like, NO ONE sends out a please try again. You simply say "You were not selected, thank you for applying". Someone just was more qualified. That shit happens. If it is something you want for the job or for the experience, then check back with her in early December and let her know you are definitely still interested and ask if there is any more detail on their move and potential opportunities. Your organization and follow up BEFORE they post an opening will make a big impression. However do not pester because that has the opposite effect.
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    Yeah, I'm still applying for other jobs while keeping this one in mind.

    Thanks for the advice and feedback everyone!

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    Yeah, cant wait around.
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