Getting a new job
Answered 2 years ago
Getting a job is all about selling yourself to the employer. What do you do when you don't have alot of self confidence? Fake it? I'm really uncomfortable telling people how good I am because I don't really feel that way.
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Research the company and in your interview, mention the information you've found in your research and ask questions about the company, the people, how your interviewer came to work there, etc... Discussing your research and asking questions will give the impression that you have a genuine interest in the organisation -- Something which is prized amongst interviewers.
"What's your weakness?"
-- "Whilst I have a grasp on XYZ program, I would like to further my knowledge of it and learn extra functions." Or "I can be a people-pleaser and have been known to not say no, resulting in having extra work piled on to me (not always by management, but by lazy co-workers). The bonus of that, I have developed exceptional time-management skills, and chose to see it as a positive, in which I picked up more experience in the workplace."
"Why did you leave your last job?"
-- [If it's for less than stellar reasons], "There was nowhere for me to expand my knowledge/experience/be promoted to/it was a temp job." Or "Well, I'm looking for long-term - I do not have any desire to job-hop. I'm looking for something closer to home as I had a long commute each day."
"Why do you want to work here?"
-- "Well, based on my research, the company gives a fun, close-knit vibe, there's room for promotion, I have an interest in this type of work/what the organisation does, I love meeting new people which is a bonus of starting a new job, as is gaining new skills. Other bonuses which aren't at the top of my list of reasons, is the premise is closer to home. My previous role/any past role, I had a long commute, which becomes tiring after so long."
The questions I hate are "what type of animal are you in the workplace?" - Stupid effing question. And also, "what sort of money are you expecting?" You either over-shoot or under-shoot. I'd suggest just being honest, target a little above what you were on previously if it was adequate, and mention that you are a diligent, hard worker, always looking to better yourself and understand the importance of getting the job done. Also mention that you aim to do a better job than expected by management.
Good luck, love! xx
I used to go in practically begging, then I did a skills assessment and compared myself to the competition and I realized the only person holding me back was me. I was too kind, modest, humble. I had all the skills and attitude but no self belief. Something is making you feel this way, neutralize it, you are worthy, you deserve it and you will get it. Be optimistic, hopeful and in control. No begging or second guessing yourself. Good luck.