Interview Tips

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  1. ChrisN macrumors 65816

    ChrisN

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    Hi,
    In a couple of days I am going to have an interview with a job I am applying for (Cold Stone) and since this is my first interview I need some tips.

    Any help is much appreciated.
    ChrisN
     
  2. Melrose Suspended

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    I believe we've covered some of these tips and such before, have a look through here (old MR thread) and you'll get some good advice. :)

    1. Wear a shirt and tie.
    2. Smile and be polite and courteous.
    3. Wear a shirt and tie.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    1. *Wear a shirt and tie (as Melrose said)
    2. Don't feel like you have to talk the whole time to fill in the silence
    3. Relax, smile and be yourself
    4. *Wear the shirt and tie

    *Males only, females should dress nice, but not provocative

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I dont think a shirt and tie is necessary for Cold Stone (it is a ice cream parlor). I don't think it will be an interview really ( as in not having to solve problems or talk to multiple interviewing people) but more of just talking to the manager and seeing if the manager likes you.

    I would wear slacks and a collared shirt personally
     
  5. Kinderhauz macrumors member

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    Make eye contact with the interviewer. Nod every once in a while to show you're paying attention.

    Appear confident, and act like you understand everything he/she is saying.

    Smile.

    Have good posture. Be upbeat and energetic (but not over the top).

    Be relaxed.
     
  6. ChrisN thread starter macrumors 65816

    ChrisN

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    I was thinking of wearing a polo shirt and cargo shorts (its a bit hot out for dress pants)

    thanks for the advice, also any good topic starters or anything to break the ice?

    Thanks,
    ChrisN
     
  7. jecapaga macrumors 601

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    prepare a list of possible questions you may have about either your possible position, expectations or the company in general. Memorize these. Eye contact.
     
  8. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    a tie is definitely way over the top for Cold Stone......slacks and a collared shirt is a better idea
     
  9. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I would agree with this one. I am glad some one pointed out that it was just a ice cream parlor. wearing a tie would be a quick way not to get the job...
     
  10. c073186 macrumors 6502a

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    Speaking of interviews; I have an interview for a full-time, summer "Accounting Assistant" position at Kerry Ingredients (kerrygroup.com). I am thinking that nice pants, shirt, and tie would be appropriate. Do you think that sounds right? And also, should I come with lots of questions? They always say that asking questions looks good in an interview but I am not sure how much effort I need to put into this, since it is only for the summer. Will they be expecting me to ask questions and stuff or just be a bit more casual since it is not a permanent position?

    Edit: When I said I don't know how much effort to put in, I don't mean I am going to slack and act like I don't care. I just am not sure if I need to act like this will determine my career and come in knowing everything about the company, etc.
     
  11. benmrii macrumors 65816

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    A tie would be overboard given their work attire, but you should definitely dress two steps above what you'll be expected to wear to the job. It shows respect to the business and manager conducting the interview.

    Avoid "um" and "you know."

    Have answers prepared for the likely questions you'll be asked, such as:

    "What did you like and dislike about your previous job?"
    "Why did you leave your previous job?"
    "Why do you want to work at Cold Stone?"
    "What are some of your strengths? Some of your weaknesses?"
    "Tell me more about these felony charges on your record?" :D
     
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