So I have my first interview in nearly 5 years tomorrow. I've only been out of work for 7 mths but haven't had an interview for nearly 5yrs. I found out the pay rate from hr and it's a possibility thay the position would offer about $3.50 less than what I was getting. It is based on yeats of experience but I don't know if me being out of the job for 7 mths means it's reset...like I'm a first yr worker. It's fir a ward clerk role
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21-01-2014 16:16 #1
21-01-2014 16:17 #2
Any thoughts? And any tips?
21-01-2014 16:48 #3
Just wanted to bump it up and say good luck!
I don't have much advice other than be confident, pre plan things like parking etc so you don't get rushed/flustered on the day and go in with questions so you look keen when they ask if there's anything you want to know.
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21-01-2014 17:00 #4
Thanks for that. I always get to an appointment wayyyy too early! I'll probably be parked 1 hr before lol.
Funny enough its at my old workplace but different department so I have that advantage. Not looking forward to bumping into anyone I know although I left on a good note. I can't be bothered explaining why I want to come back! Don't't know if I'm wasting my time though because I'm not prepared to accept approx $3.50 less per hour!
21-01-2014 17:05 #5
Ok looks like I was a bit off. It's only 80 cents less per hour. Would you decline a job for 80 cents less an hour?
21-01-2014 17:16 #6
Well that's a possibility too... tell them what you were being paid in your old role, and tell them that you want that pay and you're well worth it. Could pay off.
My two thoughts are go in with questions of your own (as someone else suggested), and keep eye contact. Oh also, think about how fast you're speaking. General rule with public speaking etc. is to halve your usual rate of speech.
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21-01-2014 17:33 #7Senior Member
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Who is interviewing you? Is it HR or the hiring manager?
I suggest thinking about all the things that a person needs to be good at that particular job (eg. organisation, accuracy, initiative etc...)
Then think of 5 examples of things you've done that show those qualities. Specifically, what was the situation, what did you do and what was the result?
Then think about your own strengths and weaknesses and what you bring to the job and organisation.
Once you have your examples, rehearse them until you sound confident saying them. Take a video of yourself giving your answers, watch it and keep improving your answers and your body language. You'll probably only need to do this once or twice to improve a fair bit.
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21-01-2014 17:49 #8
I've sat on a few interview panels. My tips -
- Don't discuss the money till after they offer you the job. And 80c an hour isn't much anyway.
- don't be afraid to take a minute to think of what you want to say rather than rushing into an ill thought out answer.
- you MUST give examples. It's all very well and good to say you have good interpersonal skills but it won't get you the job unless you can demonstrate it with an example
- did the application require you to answer selection criteria? If so, focus on those in your prep as there will likely be one question per criterion.
- try to come across as a likeable person. Smile, smell nice, make eye contact.
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21-01-2014 17:50 #9
I took pay cut of $15 an hour in my current job (mining to aged care). It was good for the experience, but I'd like to go back to something a bit higher paid now....
21-01-2014 20:14 #10
Thanks for all the tips. They are great! It's the hiring manager doing the interview. She sounded really nice on the phone. Hope she's the same irl.
I'll definitely go in with questions and examples. I'm confident about my strengths but really hate the weaknesses question. If I get that question what would I say?
I know it's a busy office. Maybe I should say I don't like hard work? Lol
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