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How to prepare for an interview

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
11 of 18

People prepare for interviews? lol who knew? I don't do anything. lol I just show up.

 

My recruiter escorts applicants to the hiring manager. They always get on me because I show up with nothing. They tell me I should have a pad and pen. Umm yeah cuz I'm gonna write down something? Uh no. What am I taking notes of? My weakest trait? That's stupid. I also make sure to wear bright colors. Dark suits and wat? No. Fail. Bright colors, crack lots of jokes... That's my arsenal of win.

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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
12 of 18

Yup, no preparation here either, because I know the answers to the relevant questions (and I suppose would dismiss irrelevant ones).  

 

On the other hand, my first reply to an invitation usually specifies the things I need to know before knowing whether further conversation will be fruitful. Saves a lot of time, and sets the tone of our being professionals interviewing each other.

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Nikhil D Member Since: May 28, 2015
13 of 18

Hi Lena,

 

Since I belong to the Customer service category, the interview questions that I face are more intended to test my train of thought/ thought process, and the way I react to certain questions (just like I would react to a customer during a call...). So the questions that I am asked without fail, each and every single time (without exception) are as follows:

 

1. Always the first question: Tell us about yourself.

 

2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

 

3. Have you ever faced an irate customer and how did you handle the call (duh!!!)?

 

4. If you had a disagreement with your Senior/ Supervisor, what will you do?

 

5. Are you willing to work in shifts/ work on weekends (again, every single time without exception)?

 

I am so well versed with this routine, that I can do it in my sleep (seriously, no boasts), its been that frequent...

 

I only wish, the interviewers were as creative as some of the customers can be....That way, they will receive more honest answers instead of canned/ diplomatic responses. (Santa, Tooth Fairy, etc...are you guys even listening?)

 

 

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
14 of 18

There's a great meme for this lame question but it'll get modded.

 

Them: What is your greatest weakness?

Me: Honesty

Them: I don't think honesty is a weakness.

Me: I don't give a crap what you think.

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Nikhil D Member Since: May 28, 2015
15 of 18

Thanks for the subtle hints, Dr. Evil....

 

I was able to follow the breadcrumbs Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
16 of 18

You gotta wonder why interviewers even bother with these questions. They know they are getting a scripted, fake answer.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
17 of 18

I rarely grant interviews. If a client wants to hire me, they can ask a few questions via Upwork messaging.

 

If a client wants to talk to me on the phone or via Skype, that is a consultation, and they should have a contract in place with me and be ready for me to bill them for my time by adding manual time to my work diary.

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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
18 of 18

@Preston H wrote:

I rarely grant interviews. If a client wants to hire me, they can ask a few questions via Upwork messaging.

 

If a client wants to talk to me on the phone or via Skype, that is a consultation, and they should have a contract in place with me and be ready for me to bill them for my time by adding manual time to my work diary.


Not everyone here has been using "interview" in the same sense. I was speaking particularly of the process Upwork calls an "interview," which is the messaging back and forth before an Offer is made. While I might not be as hard-lined about it as Preston, I agree that this text-based interview should be all that is needed in most cases. I'm not about to open a Skype pipeline, if ever, before having hashed out basic job specs, rates, and the like.

 

I will add that there's one form of preparation I sometimes do, depending on the job post: I may look online for information about the prospect: signs of legitimacy, activity, audience, focus, reach, etc.

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