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28 August 2008

I have a job interview tomorrow. [More:]

It's nine years since I last had an interview. I don't know what to do!!

What should I ask? What should I not say?

Hope me!
Do not ask "I CAN HAZ CHEEZEBURGER?" And do not say "OMG BUNNY!" Other than that, I think you'll be fine :-D
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 28 August | 15:00
Go dressed as an axolotl.
posted by gaspode 28 August | 15:06
TPS is right. The subject of cheezburger-related compensation should wait until the second interview.
Good luck!
posted by jrossi4r 28 August | 15:07
Go dressed as an axolotl.

But the job's for a newt impersonator! Are you trying to get me fired before I'm hired?!
posted by essexjan 28 August | 15:12
Well better keep your eft experience to yourself.

Good luck Jan!
posted by goo 28 August | 15:20
OK, interview outfit sorted. (NSFW)
posted by essexjan 28 August | 15:20
Hee hee, jan. You'd definitely get the job!

Anytime someone mentions newts, my mind goes to Wodehouse and Gussie Fink-Nottle.
posted by gaspode 28 August | 15:25
Good luck, jan. You'll do fine. All you gotta do is act naturally.
posted by LoriFLA 28 August | 15:28
gaspode: it's not just you.

good luck jan!

FWIW I recommend not taking the following approach:

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posted by lonefrontranger 28 August | 15:49
Seriously, though, I am nervous. I just printed off some relevant stuff from the organisation's website to read in bed.

I'm worried, though, that I'll clam up and come across as a doofus, out of nervousness.

There's a written test, for 45 mins, followed by a one-hour panel interview.
posted by essexjan 28 August | 15:49
gaspode: it's not just you.
posted by Wolfdog 28 August | 16:03
Oooh good luck! I'm sure you'll be all right, really. You are a smart lady, and that will come through. Just walk in knowing that you're the shiznit.
posted by Specklet 28 August | 16:04
Just relax and be positive. People want to like other people, particularly in these sorts of stressful situations. You're a smart, capable person; I think you needn't worry about saying the wrong thing.
posted by crush-onastick 28 August | 16:39
I try to remember that the interviewer probably doesn't like being there either.

I prepare as much as possible by doing what you've done; learning all I can about the company/organization. I also try to answer, for myself, why I want the job, where I see myself in a few years, and why I would be the person they are looking for.

I usually come up with crap answers but it gets my head in the right place and once I am fully saturated, I can let go and just be relaxed and be myself.

You'll do fine. I know it.
posted by MonkeyButter 28 August | 16:56
It's been awhile since I last interviewed, too. I'm sure you'll do fine. I like panel interviews. There are usually a couple of strange folks who make me seem less weird.
posted by Pips 28 August | 17:17
(Or perhaps I misinterpreted panel? Is that a panel of interviewees or interviewers? I hope the former.)
posted by Pips 28 August | 17:42
Good luck Jan.
posted by plep 28 August | 19:36
Break a leg, Jan! And let us know how it goes.
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