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Pikasyuu
post Dec 19 2010, 04:39 AM
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job = money = trip to the UK, yes? yesss.

i finally got a job interview in my chosen field - retail at a shop that caters only to licensed cosmetologists. i really want this job, so any help you could all give me would be fanfreakingtastic. if you were hiring for this position, what would make an impression on you? what would you want to see? tiny details will really help!


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post Dec 19 2010, 08:23 AM
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I don't feel 'qualified' to give any interview techniques that are not patronizingly obvious, but I can offer positive vibes.

Good luck, Syuu! <3
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post Dec 19 2010, 04:26 PM
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When it comes to retail, one thing that always seems to impress hiring managers is coming in dressed nicely. There are so many people that think that retail is not a serious job so they show up in jeans or looking rather casual, so dressing nicely is actually showing the hiring person some respect and impresses. Make sure you smell good (I doubt this is an issue with you) and that your hands aren't rough (again doubt this is a problem with you.) Shake their hand and be confident when you talk to them. Relax and be yourself too. You're lovely and lively and I'm sure if you are just you in the interview, your potential employers will be swept up and want to hire you. As a person who has hired people for retail, you have that lively fun attitude that a lot of hiring managers look for.

Also when you're talking about previous jobs or previous experiences, try to stay away from negative answers.

Since it's a shop that caters to licensed cosmetologists, the only other advice would be, nicely done hair, nice nails and anything else that makes it look like you take cosmetology seriously.

Good luck syuu, I'm sure you'll nail it.


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post Dec 19 2010, 05:00 PM
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Oh, I'm sure you will have already done this since you've been so keen to work there, but make sure you know as much as possible about the company. It's nice to come across as being particularly interested in a job there rather than anywhere, and a bit of knowledge about the place can help let them come across.
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post Dec 19 2010, 05:17 PM
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Goodluck babe!


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post Dec 19 2010, 08:10 PM
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I would offer advice but I can't seem to take my own at the moment so it's probably not going to be the best. I will say try some relaxation techniques before you go in, breath, etc! People always says stuff like "Good luck but you don't need it" and it seems quite empty sometimes but I am a firm believer in fate, karma and manifesting your own destiny. Which then leads me to say if it's meant to be it's meant to be....blah blah blah laugh.gif Anyways, good luck....but you don't need it wink.gif

Let us know how you get on smile.gif


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post Dec 19 2010, 08:33 PM
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I don't really have much advice above what Hobbes says (learn as much as you can about the company and appear interested). Might also be worth reading this (http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewque...erviewquest.htm) page or something similar, especially the suggested answers for the horrible standard questions like 'What is your greatest weakness?' that seem to be designed to make you awkward. smile.gif I hate those things and they're always a stumbling block.

Regardless, good luck. biggrin.gif


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I tend to find that a nice confident start always gets things going well - introduce yourself, shake hands if they seem to be the kind of people who will respond to that, and show that you've done a bit of research, e.g.

Hi, I'm Syuu, pleased to meet you all. It's a really great service you run here, I heard about it a lot while I was doing my training.

Always do your research before you go to the interview. Find out about the history of the company, the size of their client base (if possible), the job you are interviewing for, the rough payscale you can expect, and if possible find out who your interviewers are. I always search the web for information on my interviewers - this is easy for me using LinkedIn because I'm in the software industry, but a lot of other industries also use LinkedIn too. It's always good to know how long your boss has been with a company.

Always have a few questions lined up - what you might want to ask depends on how you feel about the work. It's interesting to know why they are hiring people, so if you want to be very inquisitive you can ask if the company is expanding or if you are replacing a previous employee. Promotion possibilites and training are usual questions to ask, but asking how long people usually stay at the company is an interesting one that interviewers don't usually expect and can show that you are very interested in the long term options.

I'm sure this won't be a problem for you, but I always make sure I buff and trim my fingernails - this gives the subliminal impression of good health, and everyone wants an employee who appears to be healthy because they will take less sick days. Yes, I really am that sneaky smile.gif

Also on the level of sneakiness, I usually faintly mirror body posture and movements to encourage rapport with the interviewers. For example, if an interviewer has been sitting back and leans forward, I will lean forward a few monets later. I copy elbows on the table. If an interviewer uses lots of hand gestures I tend to nod in time with the hand gestures to build the sense of connection. Possibly this is a bit of an advanced manipulation technique, but it's nice to know about.

That last bit is entirely optional. I'd go with what everyone else has said, go in there, be confident and cheerful. Make them think you're a reliable person who will make their lives easier and happier if you are around every day.


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