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Old 16th September 2014, 11:59 PM   #1
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Feeling Like You Could Nail The Interview If You Had Your Time Over?

Does anyone else feel really let down/or have you felt really upset in the past over roles you REALLY wanted, but didn't get because you couldn't quiet nail the interview?

Worse still, have you ever looked back over an interview for this dream role, and then KNOWN that you could have nailed it if you had your time over?

I really hate the feeling.

For instance, yesterday I had an interview for a role I REALLY wanted, as it was working with all the designer brands and in my favourite one stop shop department store. Now, I think I dressed well and she liked that I could give clear examples of times in my prior roles where I successfully handled conflict and complaints, and also examples of how I worked in a team. I am also positive and bubbly like the typical retail assistant which I could tell was well received, but my problem is......

I get too nervous to really nail interviews, when it comes to going for the roles I truly want!

Instead I tend to waffle on a little too much.

If I had my time over again I believe I could have nailed the interview. Ugh.

It is like... I can look back and see that I shouldn't have waffled too much and I should have talked more about fashion.






I have an interview tomorrow for a fashion based role in retail so..... fingers crossed I can talk about style a little more and my passion for it will come out, without be waffling and sticking to key points!


Any tips on how not to get too over excited and not waffle on too much?
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Old 17th September 2014, 12:11 AM   #2
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Huh?

I thought you were ill suited to retail and were focusing on your admin career...
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Old 17th September 2014, 1:02 AM   #3
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Huh?

I thought you were ill suited to retail and were focusing on your admin career...

Working with things I like I don't mind, I just hate hospitality and am ill suited to it. A café or restaurant based role is... you either have it, or you don't. I don't have the knack for hospitality I am afraid.

I have come to the conclusion that I don't at all mind retail, at least I can work with products I like (I have put my application forward for positions that involve products I already know about and like).

Admin based roles have 300 plus applicants vying for every single entry level role so it is fairly obvious I wont get a reception job.

However, I am enjoying the online business admin certificate, and I am sure it will make me a more attractive candidate for retail/sales based roles.

I will still apply for reception and entry level roles in admin, however, I am sure I wont get any without years of experience in a similar role.
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Old 17th September 2014, 2:58 AM   #4
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When I started doing administrative work, I called all the companies I wanted to work for and asked what temp agencies they used, then I signed up with those agencies. Eventually I ended up temping at each and every company I'd called, made a good reputation for myself, made some great connections, and got hired at a fantastic job through my temp work. Something to consider.
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When I started doing administrative work, I called all the companies I wanted to work for and asked what temp agencies they used, then I signed up with those agencies. Eventually I ended up temping at each and every company I'd called, made a good reputation for myself, made some great connections, and got hired at a fantastic job through my temp work. Something to consider.


I have to finish my business admin certificate and get unpaid practice in entry level admin roles before a temp agency would even consider me....

I can't just go and register with temp agencies. They need a high WPM (Mine is only 70 now), and you need to know how to go in and work in an office without instruction.

One needs to learn these things, most people cannot just wing it and "know" exactly what to do because it is purportedly "common sense".

It is way too competitive here to be average at said jobs - you already need to know how to do the job before the interview to have a chance.

300 people apply to the same entry level admin role.




I had a real shot for the fashion orientated role since you cannot feign good style. I genuinely think I looked the part, albeit I am not that attractive but hey I dress well.
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Old 17th September 2014, 7:50 AM   #6
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I have devised a few things I will say from now on in future interviews to avoid the dreaded waffling.

For example, for the call centre interview for a major bank, selling their insurance services to existing bank clients..

-I will mention that I am interested in learning more about their insurance products including life insurance, travel insurance, and __ ___ and ____.

- I will say that since my personal training career and my stint living overseas and working in retail/studying at college, I have decided that I want to excel in sales, and I have been watching online seminars in order to inspire me.

- And of course, I will mention how I will be a major asset to them by providing examples of: times I have effectively dealt with conflict/complains, and worked in team.

Anything else I have missed?

Oh and my five year plan is already planned out, so it is geared towards making recruiters see that I am driven and I have a plan, and their company is included in it (and it is not just a job to me)






I feel I will avoid waffling if I ONLY stick to those above points ^^^^ and be willing to expand on them, and give more examples (for instance, if they want to talk about sales and the things I have learnt from the seminars).



These are entry level call centre jobs.




Each night I also practice going over an example of when I effectively: dealt with conflict, complaints and worked in a team so when I am in an interview I don't let me enthusiasm or nerves get the better of me, and I can get straight to the point without feeling flustered or unclear of what to say.








Anything else that will help me avoid constantly feeling like " I could have nailed that interview" yet didn't at the time?
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Old 17th September 2014, 8:15 AM   #7
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Many times Leigh it takes more than nailing the interview to get hired.
In my company you can nail the interview but still not be the right fit for a position..

Many positions take a certain personality feature.. an example would be the perfect fit for a sales rep and the perfect fit for a production coordinators role here..
The two people we would fill would have different personality strengths.

A sales rep has to have the ability to understand and use the sales process and be able to make long term relationships work.
A Production Coordinator would have to have the ability to be pulled in many directions and not give in to any of them but make all people feel they did, they would also have to be much harder core than a sales rep who would be softer on the outside.

Don't feel bad if you think you didn't nail the interview.. it might not have changed the outcome...

and you will find a position that is right for you.. keep trying...
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Old 17th September 2014, 8:50 AM   #8
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Thanks Art Critic.

I was good at building long term relationships in personal training, as I liked talking to clients about their goals, and I enjoyed asking them to talk about how it is benefited their lives..

So I did enjoy building relationships, who doesn't? It is rewarding.


Ultimately, I just have to be myself. My personality will be the right fit for one company.

Being myself and also having plenty of examples on how I: worked as a team, solved problems, dealt with complaints and an example of how I increased sales.

As long as I have some solid examples for each point, I have researched the company and I tailor my answers to how I could be an asset to the company, then all I can do is be myself lol.

Sometimes I never think I will get a job during college.

I feel so upset at the prospect of staying broke until I graduate podiatry

I easily get interviews as I have worked so hard on my resume ..I GET interviews.

But young 16 - early 20's folks go for retail jobs so frankly, I only stand a chance at the retail outlets where they appreciate more mature aged people who have had experience in the workforce like me and have goals and a clear direction. And many young people have prior experience too and are goal orientated....

I doubt I will ever get a permanent part time role in either retail or entry level admin, but I am not going to give up.

Crummy call centre jobs are all I can likely get until I graduate, since personal training is NOT an option (too much money to start it up)

I have interviews for assistant manager positions though! It will likely be full time though and although I will take the job, I would... have to quit and ask to be demoted to part time store assistant whilst Uni starts....they may crack the sh*ts with me enough to NOT want me to stay on...

200 plus applicants apply for every entry level retail and admin role so umm, I tend to go for assistant manager roles since it fits in with my age more? And plenty of companies have asked me to interview for the role, we will see where it goes.

Thanks for the help. I am desperate to just work a job during college. I'd give anything for it, I research every company I interview for, and give it my all for every interview opportunity that is given to me.

My parents secretly think that yeah, I am stuck at college until I graduate.... I am just not one of those people who seem to just "get entry level jobs".







Once I complete my admin certificate and I operate at an advanced on computers, I will probably get a reception role after looking for months.


I think my biggest chance of landing a university job/part time role, would be to do as much unpaid work experience from now until college as possible in admin, and then apply apply apply for months and something will come up...
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Old 17th September 2014, 11:31 AM   #9
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Oh and my five year plan is already planned out, so it is geared towards making recruiters see that I am driven and I have a plan, and their company is included in it (and it is not just a job to me)



How does podiatry relate to a five year plan with this company? Or are you just going to ignore that?
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Old 17th September 2014, 5:02 PM   #10
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Oh and my five year plan is already planned out, so it is geared towards making recruiters see that I am driven and I have a plan, and their company is included in it (and it is not just a job to me)



How does podiatry relate to a five year plan with this company? Or are you just going to ignore that?
I know people who do full time work plus studying for a degree and they are single mums with youngsters up to 5 years old.
It can be done.
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Yes! I always get nervous, also what makes me more nervous is when there are at least 3 interviewers! No matter how much I rehearse/practice, I still mess up some of the answers.
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Yeah I have come to enjoy interviews honestly. I love group interviews and I enjoy talking to the interviewer in face to face interviews.

I enjoy talking to the people. I don't over revise, I just go over my example I have of my delivering high quality customer service, of me working in a team and maybe one other viable example of the common questions, such as "where do you see yourself in five years"

I don't rehearse anything besides memorising a few straight forward and relevant examples as to how I performed the key things that the company is looking for.

Then I research the company on the train on my way to the interview, and during the interview I mention something I like about the company and perhaps I will ask them a question next time about something that pertains to the company that you could only find out through searching their website.

SO yeah. I have come to realise that being yourself, albeit looking professional and speaking clearly and coming across as confident, are key.

Companies all hire you based on your personality, essentially!

They already HAVE several people that poses the skill set they are after, in the end they are after a person who best fits into their brand.

I think I say everything they want to hear at this stage, they just don't see me as the best fit for their company, based on how I come across.
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Oh and my five year plan is already planned out, so it is geared towards making recruiters see that I am driven and I have a plan, and their company is included in it (and it is not just a job to me)



How does podiatry relate to a five year plan with this company? Or are you just going to ignore that?
No one wants to hire a person who's only ambition is to become a retail assistant. They want people to aim high and be ambitious. The brightest and most driven folks generally become at least store manager.....

That is why my friend got hired at the bank! They said they liked her drive and admired the fact she wanted to go on to get a masters whilst working the job. They said they preferred ambitious and driven people who believed in education.

What do you suppose I should do? Lie and pretend that as a 28 year old, I actually want to remain a retail worker for my entire life?
Obviously I want to achieve a lot more than that career wise and I have a lot more going for myself than just ....getting a job as a retail worker and remaining in that job forever.



What I could do is.... rather than mention University, I could say " I aspire to the career development that your company mentions on the company website, and would enjoy taking on any online university courses that would compliment my standing in the company, since I have always wanted to further my education"


Wouldn't that ^^^ show that I am ambitious, driven and interested in attaining a higher education, but in such a way that would keep me IN the company?
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Leigh,

I just logged in, so maybe I missed it - curious to know how the call centre interviews went.....
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Leigh,

I just logged in, so maybe I missed it - curious to know how the call centre interviews went.....


Hey, thanks for asking.

Well, I was successful in the first one, so I am not through to the final round on Monday. There are no tests, they just want to assess if our personalities would be a match for any of the various charities they represent.

if successful in the second assessment phase, I will start work that Monday.

The second interview for a call centre role was done by a recruiter for an agency that puts people forward into interviews for call centre roles, mostly for banks and Telstra/other major corporations!

They said they definitely have positions coming up that they feel would be a match for me, and they will put my resume forward for those positions. Whether or not the company wants to interview me is another question.

The recruitment agency supposedly has a lot of roles constantly on offer or coming up, so I am hopeful that I will at least secure a few interviews if I am not successful at obtaining the other call centre position which I find out about on Monday!

Lastly, I have another interview on Tuesday also if I don't get the call centre job. It is for an online college, and I would get 50K a year for that role if I was successful.

I really enjoy learning about educational courses ^^^ and I am genuinely interested in the role, in my spare time I talk a lot with my friends asking about their jobs.

The only thing I wouldn't like about the online college role, is that you are essentially there to get people to do courses even if they have little money and cannot afford it, it is your job to sell courses to people even if the course has literally a 0 chance of gaining them employment, you have to make out like they WILL get a job out of it - you have to say that they have a very fair chance of gaining employment through it.
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