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Old 10-02-2007, 10:27 AM   #1
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I haven't had an interview in about 7 years. Tomorrow i have an interview with the railroad. I hope i get the job because i heard the railroad has good benifits and they pay good. I was just wondering if anyone had any hints to help me out.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:36 AM   #2
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I'm sure you know that usual, "you're selling yourself, be confident, know your competition, let them know what you can offer there company" etc.

Take a look at the link for some question they may ask, oh and good luck.


http://www.quintcareers.com/intervie...estions_1.html
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just be prepared for that dreaded question: What are your weaknesses? that one gets me everytime!

here are a bunch others to prepare for:
What are your long-range goals and objectives?
What are your short-range goals and objectives?
How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
What are your strengths, weaknesses, and interests?
How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?
Describe a situation in which you had to work with a difficult person (another student, co-worker, customer, supervisor, etc.). How did you handle the situation? Is there anything you would have done differently in hindsight?
What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort? Describe a situation in which you did so.
In what ways have your college experiences prepared you for a career?
How do you determine or evaluate success?
In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our organization?
Describe a contribution you have made to a project on which you worked.
What qualities should a successful manager possess?
Was there an occasion when you disagreed with a supervisor'* decision or company policy? Describe how you handled the situation.
What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
Describe your most rewarding college experience.
What interests you about our product or service?
Why did you select your college or university?
What led you to choose your major or field of study?
What college subjects did you like best? Why?
What college subjects did you like least? Why?
If you could do so, how would you plan your academic studies differently?
Do you think your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
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In what part-time, co-op, or summer jobs have you been most interested? Why?
How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?
Why did you decide to seek a position with this organization?
What two or three things would be most important to you in your job?
What criteria are you using to evaluate the organization for which you hope to work?
Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
Are you willing to travel?
Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
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Of course, there'* the obvious.
Dress well, be well groomed..etc.
Make sure to arrive early, and leave early enough to allow for delays such as a flat tire, traffic..etc...
Since you have a day, try to research the company a bit. Learn what you can about it, it will show you are truly interested. Also, try to form a bond with the interviewer. Do a quick scan of the room and try to find something to relate to and make small talk about. Just don't get over your head and appear to know more than you really do.
Be your self, and don't worry about being nervous, they should expect you to be.
Probably a good idea to have a few questions prepared since they almost always ask you if you have any. Also, try to have some kind o idea of expected salary, in case that comes up.
You don't want to lowball yourself, but you don't want to ask for too much that you take your self out of the running.

Hope this helps. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Probably a good idea to have a few questions prepared since they almost always ask you if you have any.
When do I start?
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Actually, that can be a good one.
Or, if you don't want to seem to eager, you can say something like when do you expect to hire, or when would you hope to have the position filled by?
The last class I had to take before graduation with my Asociates degree was called Professional Development.
We actually did mock interviews. Aced mine
Anyway, may be a good idea to ask about advancement opportunities. Shows you're willing to stick around.
I'll look when I get home to see if I still have my book and see if there are any good pointers that I am forgetting about.
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All of this information is good advice. BE PREPARED!

I'll relay the worst interview I ever had.
I walk into the interviewer'* office and he invites me to sit down in front of his desk. He picks up a piece of paper and scans over it. I see it'* my resume. He puts the resume back down on his desk and asks ONE and ONLY ONE question for the entire interview. "So, why should I hire you?" That'* it. It'* all 100% on me to finish the interview. I answered as best I could and he responded "Thanks, we'll let you know our decision."

Now that'* got to be the worst experience ever. I don't know what he'* looking for, what he'* expecting, nothing. So I told of my experience, and basically tried to sell myself. That was 17 1/2 years ago...I got the job and still work here today.

Expect to have them give you an opening to sell yourself sometime during the interview, and be ready to sell like you're selling ice to a snowman.

Good Luck!!!
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So, how did it go????
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Above all, be confident and enthusiastic.
Turn your weaknesses into strengths.

Do a workout just before the interview so you are almost breathless as you enter the room. You will be amazed at how that controls your nerves.
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Best tip I can share (I've had 3 interviews in my life) and they've all amounted to having conversations. My last interview lasted over an hour, because we ended up talking about..well whatever. Needless to say, I got the job.

Know who you are talking to and about the company you are interested in, that seems to be the biggest piece of advice I can give. It shows you are interested in what they have to offer you.
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