First job interview

  • TheBizMan

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    Apr 04, 2013 6:43 PM GMT
    OMGERRHDD!!
    Dudes, I have my first job interview next Friday in Denver Colorado. I'll admit, usually I am very composed when it comes to high pressure situations but I'm kinda freakin out a bit. This is a job a reallllyy want and in a city I can actually bare!! I don't wanna fub it!

    I'm looking for some real life advice of what employers are going to be looking for. Experiences from RJ employers or employees who've recently interviewed for a salary paying job would be greatly appreciated!

    A little bit of info:
    I'm interviewing for Frito-Lay.. you know, the guys who make the chips you are snacking on right now. I am applying for the Operations Resource position. This position requires a high level of managerial and leadership skills as I'd be supervising a team of 30-40 frontline individuals ranging from as young as 18 to as old as 60. In addition, you must be skilled in analytical analysis, presentation, and communication because you are in charge presenting out daily, weekly and monthly operations figures.

    The interview process is basically a two day affair. When I arrive, I'll be put up in a hotel, and treated to dinner along with the other candidates. The following morning, I'll be taking a tour of the plant, after which I'll start my interviewing. Interviewing consists of 5 rounds of 30 minute interviews, with various plant managers (HR, logistics, quality, etc). These are behavioral based questions with an emphasis on leadership.

    So that's it guys! I get into these situations where I know what I want to say, but then trip up my words and it comes out in a jumbled mess. This only happens though if I'm caught off guard. I study really hard in order to avoid this.

    Well I know this is probably TL;DR but I;m really excited and nervous and happy and anxious!! Thanks men
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    Apr 04, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    I can only imagine that they'd ask at least some of the generic questions..

    - Why do you want to work here, instead of (insert competitors)?
    - What have you done to prepare for this position?
    - What is your greatest achievement so far?
    - Have ever had to make a difficult decision?

    Then they'd probably ask you some job/industry specific questions.

    - Chili cheese Fritos? Or regular? icon_wink.gif
  • TheBizMan

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    Apr 04, 2013 8:20 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI can only imagine that they'd ask at least some of the generic questions..

    - Why do you want to work here, instead of (insert competitors)?
    - What have you done to prepare for this position?
    - What is your greatest achievement so far?
    - Have ever had to make a difficult decision?

    Then they'd probably ask you some job/industry specific questions.

    - Chili cheese Fritos? Or regular? icon_wink.gif

    Haha, I'm definitely more of a chili cheese man.

    They actually asked me those questions during the prescreening phone interview. So I am basically on the second round of interviews ( a good thing). If they do ask those questions again I should be prepared.

    Thanks for the input icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 04, 2013 8:42 PM GMT
    This is your first job interview ever?

    Dude, you're 22...
  • TheBizMan

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    Apr 04, 2013 8:49 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidThis is your first job interview ever?

    Dude, you're 22...

    Excuseee me miss thang.

    No it's not my first job interview. It's my first job interview of this caliber. I'd be in a supervisory position and for a 22 year old, yeah I think it's a big deal.... I figured the interviews may be a little more rigorous.
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    Apr 04, 2013 8:54 PM GMT
    TheBizMan said
    jmusmc85 saidThis is your first job interview ever?

    Dude, you're 22...

    Excuseee me miss thang.

    No it's not my first job interview. It's my first job interview of this caliber. I'd be in a supervisory position and for a 22 year old, yeah I think it's a big deal.... I figured the interviews may be a little more rigorous.


    * shrug *

    Just be yourself.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Apr 04, 2013 9:55 PM GMT
    Just relax ... your not likely to get the job any way ... rarely do you ever get the first one ... during the interview just make sure you don't over talk yourself ... give your answer then shut up and don't get uncomfortable with the silence ... if you get uncomfortable with a long pause they you can say, "was there anything else I could clarify?" ... in other words, kick it back to them ... take control, don't let them control you
  • Fable

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    Apr 04, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 said
    TheBizMan said
    jmusmc85 saidThis is your first job interview ever?

    Dude, you're 22...

    Excuseee me miss thang.

    No it's not my first job interview. It's my first job interview of this caliber. I'd be in a supervisory position and for a 22 year old, yeah I think it's a big deal.... I figured the interviews may be a little more rigorous.


    * shrug *

    Just be yourself.



    advice of the century.



    not.
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    Apr 04, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    fable said
    jmusmc85 said
    TheBizMan said
    jmusmc85 saidThis is your first job interview ever?

    Dude, you're 22...

    Excuseee me miss thang.

    No it's not my first job interview. It's my first job interview of this caliber. I'd be in a supervisory position and for a 22 year old, yeah I think it's a big deal.... I figured the interviews may be a little more rigorous.


    * shrug *

    Just be yourself.



    advice of the century.



    not.


    Shut your whore mouth, whore!!!icon_mad.gif
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    Apr 04, 2013 11:23 PM GMT
    Take off your shirt and show them your amazing torso.

    You'll be guaranteed a pay raise on your first day.. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 04, 2013 11:40 PM GMT
    TheBizMan said... These are behavioral based questions with an emphasis on leadership.

    So that's it guys! I get into these situations where I know what I want to say, but then trip up my words and it comes out in a jumbled mess. This only happens though if I'm caught off guard. I study really hard in order to avoid this.

    Well I know this is probably TL;DR but I;m really excited and nervous and happy and anxious!! Thanks men


    Quickly! Read "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick Lencioni.

    Remember! "Leadership" is ultimately about developing people in organizations.

    "Talent" is the engine which drives the creation of all value.

    When it comes down to it, answer from your heart and focus on "people".
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    Apr 05, 2013 1:10 AM GMT
    Most important things to remember in an interview.

    STOP TALKING!!!!

    I've no idea how many interviews I've been involved in where they just didn't shut up. The nerves got to them and they just yammered along trying to make a good impression.

    Second most important thing

    TALK!!!

    Don't sit there dumbfounded and yes this happens to people who clam up when nervous.

    Third most important thing.

    ASK YOUR OWN QUESTIONS!!!!

    Oh gawd how many times I've asked this question and gotten nothing. You wanna work for us, know us at least a little, ask 2 maybe 3 questions about how we operate (or ask more specific questions based on things you've learnt from us)

    Really though you're already at round two so this is a good thing for you. Try to be calm, think before you speak. When a question is asked pause for a second and think about the question (not just your answer) and then reply.

    Do some background research on the company, where they started, where they are going, where they are now. Find out about the public ideals of the company what they look for in people and where they stand socially within the community which for most companies now is incredibly important especially when they have to interface with customers in such direct ways all the time.

    and smile, people like you more when you smile and you've a nice smile so freakin smile at them!

    And don't tell them your nervous say your excited. People might disagree with me here about this one but saying your nervous makes it seem like you need calming and you don't your excited and you want them to be excited with you.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 09, 2013 2:03 PM GMT
    well like George Carlin said if the interview is going really bad pick up the picture of the woman on his desk and say "hey who's the cunt?"
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    Aug 09, 2013 7:25 PM GMT
    your only 22? however its illegal to ask about age.....but I do have a concern, not meant to bust your bubble but you may not be management material at your age.

    have you ever been in a supervisory or manager role? what is your experience? the people you maybe supervising are or could be a bargaining unit, do you have experience in a union work environment? Do you know labor law and state/local EEO policies? Give me an example on how to deal with a difficult employee and or disciplinary action how did you handle it? And the opposite, how do you define and reward good employees? Have you done time keeping? Do you consider yourself a leader or a manager? define both and what you would do in each role. Have you ever had psychological counseling other than a death of a family member?


    As you can see, most of these questions relate to being management or supervisor and the skills needed (personal and technical), not all people should be in management roles especially ones with psychological problems. Union work environments can be difficult if you don't know what to expect as a company supervisor.

    Good luck though

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    Aug 09, 2013 7:28 PM GMT
    *Looks Around*

    This thread was made in April....its August....Can someone say RESURRECTION
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    Aug 09, 2013 7:28 PM GMT
    Good luck buddy !
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    Aug 09, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    RadRTT said*Looks Around*

    This thread was made in April....its August....Can someone say RESURRECTION



    oh, did he get the job? I guess not, no follow up since April icon_confused.gif
  • madsexy

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    Aug 09, 2013 7:37 PM GMT
    Why is it whenever we give someone advice on a topic like this or like a boyfriend issue we have to chase him down later to find out WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED?!?!?! You'd THINK that after we give out the benefit of our sage advice based on our vast experience the LEAST the OP could do is KEEP US THE FUCK UPDATED!!! icon_evil.gif
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    Aug 09, 2013 7:41 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidThis is your first job interview ever?

    Dude, you're 22...

    Why is 22 too late for the first interview?
    I had my first real job interview at 24, when I finished my Master. Before that I did interview for internship etc.
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    Aug 09, 2013 7:42 PM GMT
    madsexy saidWhy is it whenever we give someone advice on a topic like this or like a boyfriend issue we have to chase him down later to find out WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED?!?!?! You'd THINK that after we give out the benefit of our sage advice based on our vast experience the LEAST the OP could do is KEEP US THE FUCK UPDATED!!! icon_evil.gif


    I KNOW RIGHT!!!
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    Aug 09, 2013 7:53 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidJust relax ... your not likely to get the job any way ... rarely do you ever get the first one ... during the interview just make sure you don't over talk yourself ... give your answer then shut up and don't get uncomfortable with the silence ... if you get uncomfortable with a long pause they you can say, "was there anything else I could clarify?" ... in other words, kick it back to them ... take control, don't let them control you


    KInda agree with this is like Mind vs mind. icon_wink.gif

    + if you could question them a few along the way then cool. It speaks your intellect, jeez well that depends who is interviewing you... not some old lady icon_rolleyes.gif

    go in with that happy vibe! icon_wink.gif