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Abby 03-12-2012 08:56 AM

Possible New Job
I'm not sure who knows what, but how I paid for Alex was by working at McDonald's. I quit recently, for good reasons. (I was innapropriately approached by a coworker who was over 18. The police got involved it was so bad. :( ) Anyways, I really need a job. So, my mom works at a retirement home, and there are "banquet server" positions open. I applied, got a call the next day, and got an interview the day after that. It went great, and I've been waiting nervously for another call, which I just got this morning! So I have to have a second interview on Wednesday. I'm so nervous. I really need this job, to pay for my birds and stuff. I'll also feel quite crushed if I don't end up getting it.

Any tips for the second interview??

Charis 03-12-2012 09:13 AM

Sell yourself. That is what an interview is - you are something this company needs to buy (i.e. pay you) to make itself better. Know about the company, be ready with answers, be willing to learn however present yourself with a skill set and a willingness to work. I assume you are underage (since the police got involved when someone over 18 approached you) so don't be afraid to stick up for the need for time to do your homework, school things, etc however be willing to work. You can set a few light terms (example: you can't work Thursday night due to higher homework load) - the laws in your area may also set restrictions for you (here 18 and under cannot work after 10 pm or before 5 am and must be off during their school districts regular operating hours).

- Really the biggest thing is to sell yourself. You are an resource they need - the interview is to convince them of that.
- Dress up. You want the job - show you can put forth the effort. Even if jeans are okay wear dress clothes, dress shows, hair done nicely, etc.
- The first impression is made in the first 10 seconds they meet you. Walk with self confidence and self control, don't seem disorganized, walk looking forward but not with your "nose in the air."
- Shake their hand (assuming you are in the U.S.). Shake everyone's you are introduced to. It is friendly gesture, acknowledges the person and is considered a polite and professional way to meet bosses, coworkers, etc.
- Have references available. No need to push them in the interviewer's face however do carry them
- Turn your cell off. Not down - off. Hearing it vibrate is just as bad as it ringing.
- Maintain the "professional" look (self control, smile, shake hands) until you are off the property. Don't celebrate in the hallway or do a jig in the parking lot.
- Be friendly to anyone you meet or are introduced to. If you have to ask directions to someone's office be very courteous - some places do peer interviews and you want to make a good impression with your possible peers.
- Be 15 minutes early. It's not too early to get in their way, however early enough to show you have punctuality for your shift.
- Check you teeth/face before hand. Nothing stuck in your teeth,etc before you walk in.
- Even though you don't work there - pretend you do for politeness/good impressions. No need to jump in do someone's work however hold doors open for people, yield in the elevator, go through doors last, etc. What you would do for customer service if you already worked there. You never know who you are going to see in the hallway (I saw my now director on my way to interview for with my manager - didn't know it at the time but let her on the elevator first, smiled, etc - then the HR person told my director that I was the who they were expecting for the interview). Always take the time and put forth the effort to make a good impression on everyone you run into at the interview.

catalinadee 03-12-2012 01:43 PM

^ agreed! Good luck Abby. I worked in a retirement home my nan manages :D

PersnicketyParrot 03-12-2012 02:00 PM

Oh Abby, I'm so sorry all of that happened. :(. You'll be GREAT at the 2nd interviewif you just be yourself. Talk about how hard working and dedicated you are. Fingers crossed for you, Sweetie!

rowie 03-12-2012 02:38 PM

Best of luck Abby, you will do well. Have faith in yourself and who you are. Be yourself.

Jessica E 03-12-2012 06:00 PM

Thats was a great post. I will have my fingers crossed for you.

Osprey 03-12-2012 11:45 PM

Good luck.

I'm unemployed too.

I've been through two interviews. They make me nervous lol.

rowie 03-13-2012 07:18 AM

Well, I tend to sometimes give long winded rambling posts, sometimes short but it's all based on the energy I have available or in reserve, every post, every reply is given great thought into how can I help such a wonderful group of people that do so much for each other and for newly arrived strangers.

But I'm like this on every forum I join, you see I tend to have a bit of spare time on my hands these days due to an injury suffered 4 years ago :)

It took me from a very busy IT business owner and engineer to unemployable 40+ frustrated artist in constant pain and on some really really strong pain meds :)

I'm starting to put a few things together in a way of helping out at a place here and there and starting to get back into painting but all of this has caused me to become more thoughtful about life and life's opportunities.

I have always suffered with poor or low self esteem and this current period hasn't helped but here is where the real kicker is, NEVER let anyone see that side of you, force yourself to stand tall, stick your chest out and project confidence.
Because, believe me, if you can hold yourself strong, be true to yourself, project confidence you will become that person.

I have sat and listened to many people over the years, people who have had terrible things done to them, and we have all talked about how we make the good days better and I guess that's where I form the "Rowie-ism's" that I really hope make at least 1 persons day a little at the time :)

The brain may be the most complex and most amazing organ in a body but the mind is even more so but also fragile unless you work at making it stronger.

The first post in this thread said so much about you Abby, an inner strength, a strong will to move forward and to keep moving.

That is how I know!

The words we use and how we use them builds a picture of the person in my crazy mind, having a pictorial mind can be such a distraction at times :)

See I told you I could ramble! Sorry Abby and others, somewhere within these words is a message, I hope it didn't get too lost ;) :thumbsup:

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