Ten Tips to a Job Winning Interview

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Ten Tips to a Job Winning Interview

By: Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.

These days, interviews don't come easily. When you get The Call, make the most of your time -- and go for it!

1.) Investigate the company's culture, markets, and finances. But resist the temptation to show off what you've researched: "I just read that you're about to embark on a new product line") unless you have a question directly related to your career.

2.) Look like you belong. Learn the company's dress code and err on the side of conservatism. When you're seeking a senior position based on industry experience, you'll be expected to know the rules without being told.

3.) Take charge of the interview! The most successful interviews feel like friendly conversations. When your interviewer has an agenda (such as the infamous "stress interview") stay relaxed. Think of playing a game.

4.) Assume everyone you meet will provide feedback to the decision-maker. Some companies hand out comment forms to receptionists, security guards and potential peers who take you to lunch.

5.) Communicate interest and enthusiasm, even if you're not sure you're ready to commit. You'll rarely have all the facts until you're looking at an offer.

6.) Bring extra copies of your correspondence from this company as well as your resume, references, writing samples, portfolio and current business cards. Interviewers lose documents and conversations move in unexpected directions.

7.) Create a relaxed, positive attitude by devising a realistic game plan. When your career isn't riding on a single interview, you'll have fun and make a confident, relaxed impression.

8.) Write a thank you letter within forty-eight hours. Create a low-key sales letter, emphasizing how your qualifications match the company's needs. Present yourself as a resource, not a supplicant.

9.) After you write the letter, forget about the interview. Email or phone only if you've received a competing offer with a deadline.

Occasionally you may make points with follow-up mailings. A sports team public relations applicant sent puzzles, games and press releases -- and she got the job. Use your intuition.

10.) Keep notes of what you learned from the process. What worked? What would you do differently?

As soon as you begin your new job, develop a career plan and a safety net before you need one.

About The Author

Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D., is an author, speaker and career/business consultant, helping midlife professionals take their First Steps to a Second Career. http://www.cathygoodwin.com

"Ten secrets of mastering a major life change"


Contact: mailto:cathy@cathygoodwin.com 505-534-4294


jay jay 04.01.2012. 23:02

What sort of questions could I be asked at a catering interview? If anyone has a website or remembers any from experience please list them below

Many thanks in advance

jay jay

Admin 04.01.2012. 23:02

An interview is a dialogue. It is an opportunity for you and the interviewer to learn more about each
other and is not about winning the position. Focus on creating a relationship based on rapport, and on
understanding and addressing the potential employer?s concerns. You will probably be observed on how
you react to certain questions and how you are able to ?think on your feet? when answering. Memorizing
questions and answers is not the best way to impress a prospective employer. However, your preparation is
essential to answer the common questions listed below.
General Tips on How to Answer Questions
Think about each question before answering. Consider what information the question is really probing you
for. Pausing a bit will give you time to take a deep breath, relax and collect your thoughts. Remember, the
key is to listen to what the employer is asking and answering the questions in a well thought out manner.
? Tell me about yourself.
? Why did you decide to seek a job with this organization?
? Why did you choose this organization over our competitors?
? What do you know about our products/services?
? Why did you choose your particular field of study?
? There are thousands of possible careers. Why do you want to follow this particular career path?
? Why did you choose USC?
? What distinguishes you from other candidates?
? What job-related skills have you developed?
? How does your education relate to this job?
? Which classes in your major did you like best? Least? Why?
? What motivates you most in a job?
? Describe how you handle stress.
? How do you handle criticism?
? Give an example of a situation in which you worked through a problem to a solution.
? What kind of supervision gets the best results from you?
? Do you prefer working with others or alone?
? What is your experience working on a team (work or school)?
? What kind of job do you expect to hold five years from now? In ten years?
? What are your career goals?both short-term and long-term?
? Five years ago?how would you have answered this interview question: "Where do you see
yourself five years from now?" Do you think you have achieved what you wanted to?
? Describe your perfect job.
? What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
? What personal development strategies have you used to overcome any of your weaknesses?
? Discuss two accomplishments from your college experiences.
? Why do you want this job?
? What are your salary expectations?
? How do you feel about working overtime?
? Are you willing to travel?
? Are you open to relocation?

And most of all, its about eye contact. Never NEVER loose it.


KIM 13.05.2008. 15:40

what preparations should be made for a job interview?How can you show off your abilities in the job interview? Array


Admin 13.05.2008. 15:40

Interview Preparation
Some people who would be ideal for jobs fail at the interview stage for one reason or another. This may be because they do not click with the interviewer, they do not look the part, they are ill-prepared, they give the impression that do not seem right for the job, they appear too keen, they do not appear keen enough, they ask the wrong questions, they do not say enough, their body language is wrong, they fail to put across their expertise, and many more reasons.
In fact, when it comes to job interviews there are a whole host of potential pitfalls for candidates to fall into. However, it is not all doom and gloom, because if you are the best person for the job, then as long as you prepare correctly you should be fine. In fact, whilst pitfalls do exist, and there are issues which you should consider, you should at least be comforted by the realisation that there are no hidden tricks or special secrets which you need to learn, because the thing you need more than anything to succeed in job interviews is simply good old fashioned common sense.
Pointers for Your Interview
A lot of people panic when they hear that they have reached the interview stage of a job application. Really there is no need to do so. Typical job interviews are not Gestapo style interrogations and need not necessarily be terrifying or unpleasant. In fact, some job interviews can be very enjoyable. Whilst most interviews are informal, you should remember that most interviewers are not ogres, but just normal human beings. If you can cast aside any fear or apprehension, but instead relate to the interviewer, striking up a rapport whilst remaining professional, then this can help your cause.
The following tips may also help you.
Ensure you give yourself enough time to arrive early. If need be do a practice run to see how long it will take to get to your destination.
∑First impressions count so greet your interviewer with a smile and a handshake. You may not land a job in the first ten seconds of your interview, but if you do not start well and do not give a good impression right from the onset than the first ten seconds could cost you the job.
∑Take your lead from the interviewer. If he/she is relaxed and chatty then you should follow suit. Alternatively if the interviewer is formal then your demeanor should remain formal.
∑Dress appropriately for the job. This does not necessarily mean you have to wear a suit and tie, after all you would look rather foolish in a suit and tie if the job in question was for a helper at a pig farm. The main thing is to think about how the employer would expect and like to see you dressed. If you think that they would prefer to see you formally dressed then you should ensure that you are not only as well dressed as possible, but also as well groomed as possible. If necessary have a haircut before your interview.
∑Be confident but not cocky, and polite but not too shy.
∑Do not sit down until you are told to do so, and follow normal etiquette.
∑If you get the opportunity to impress the interviewer with relevant knowledge then do not be afraid to do so.
∑Remember your body language and avoid slouching or looking too casual, but instead try to look keen, alert and interested.
How to Win at Your InterviewIf you have been invited for interview, rather than panic, the first thing you should do is relax and congratulate yourself on making it to the stage. However, you should not sit on your laurels for too long because if you really want to succeed at the interview then a fair amount of preparation is also required. The following are just some of the things you should consider.? Do your research and find out about the company you are applying for.? If possible contact someone who works for the company and get some inside information.? Find out more about the market / career sector in general, and not just the particular company you are applying to.? Think in advance about the types of questions you will be asked, and prepare answers. Some of the things you may wish to consider here are what strengths are required to do this job well. Put yourself in the interviewer?s shoes and tried to pre-empt the questions.? Sometimes an interviewer will throw in a totally unexpected question. If you bear this in mind and it will not come as such a shock if this happens during your interview.? Think about questions you yourself want to ask at interview and memorize them. A note of caution however. It would be disadvantageous if you asked questions which were too obvious or irrelevant. So choose your questions wisely. If you ask relevant and intelligent questions then this will bode well. In addition to asking incisive questions regarding the post, smarter interviewees can also use the open questions forum to demonstrate the extent of their company research. An example of an intelligent question could be along the lines of; ?I read in the financial times that this company is planning to invest £1m in training. Is this true??? Practice asking and answering these questions with someone. Even better, ask them to assess your performance and give you feedback. You should repeat this process until you are confident. If no one is available to practice with then some companies provide a mock interview service and can give you feedback and advice. Even if you do not have the money to pay a company, and you do not have any friends to practice with, then even practicing in the mirror is better than nothing.? If the job is something you have not done previously then find out as much as possible about the requirements, and prepare to be questioned accordingly.? Remember that you are effectively selling yourself at an interview. During your preparation therefore you should re-examine the job specification and consider the traits and qualities the employer is looking for. If, during the interview, you can reinforce the fact that you possess such traits and qualities then this will help your cause.? In an interview it is always good to reassure the interviewer that you can do the job. Most people do this. However, if you can go one step further and give examples, or actually qualify/quantify just how well you can do the job then this is to your advantage. For example, rather than simply saying that you are good at sales it is more impressive to say something along the lines of; ?I was top salesman as my last job and increased sales by twenty percent in the last twelve months alone.?? You should remain focused during the interview and ensure that everything you say is consistent, because if there are any inconsistencies then the interviewer will probably pick up on it. For example, if you claim to be an excellent team player but only give examples of how you work independently and autonomously than this may plant a seed of doubt in the mind of the interviewer. You need to be able to backup any claims you make.? If you are too negative during the interview, it could be to your disadvantage. It is therefore important to keep the general tone positive; even if the interviewer brings up negative issues such as a previous redundancy, or employment gaps. It is not a case of turning every negative into a positive, because you have to be realistic too, but if you can demonstrate that you have experienced adverse conditions and have coped well or bounced back then this is to your advantage. Employers appreciate positive people who can handle stress and pressure.Common Interview QuestionsThere is no way of knowing in advance exactly which questions an interviewer will ask you. However, you can certainly pre-empt some questions or types of questions such as those specifically pertaining to the job you seek. Nevertheless, no matter how much planning you do, you will almost certainly be asked some questions you were not expecting. Even though you cannot predict every single question, it still pays to practice answering questions such as the ones below as this will help you form the habit of focusing your mind on a question and responding accordingly. You may be lucky and get asked some of the questions you have rehearsed. But even if you are not asked any of the questions listed below, the very fact that you have rehearsed answering questions should help you respond in a more intelligent and considered fashion without too many ?erms?, long pauses or deadly silences.Some Potential Interview Questionso What are your biggest strengths?
o Elaborate on your weaknesses?
o What would you consider your training needs to be?o What were your reasons for leaving your last post?
o What do you know about our company?o Why would you like to work for us?o According to your research what do you think is most important to us as an employer?
o Why do you feel you are suitable for this job?o What makes you think you are better than the other candidates?o Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
o What are your primary career objectives?
o Have you ever disobeyed company policy? If so why?o Why do you think this career sector is right for you?o Have you underachieved or overachieved so far in your career?
o What major mistakes have you made in your career so far?
o Give an example of how you are a good team-player?o Give an example of how you are a good leader?
o Why would colleagues look up to you?o How have you handled difficult customers?o How adaptable are you to change?
o What are your priorities in life?
o Give an example of how you dealt with a negative situation?
o Sell yourself to me in one minute?
o Do you have any questions for us?
o If you could invite any one person from the past or present to dinner who would you invite and why?o Who are your idols?
o What inspires you?o What is your favorite place and why?
o What do you most enjoy about your current job?o What do you hate about your current job?
o What 5 things do you feel are important about this role?
o Wha


Shalini 09.05.2009. 12:37

what sort of questions should i prepare for interview in a nationalised bank for the post of clerk? Array


Admin 09.05.2009. 12:37

Tips on How to win any interviews:

Preparation is the key to a successful interview. Thorough preparation enhances your chances of accomplishing the main objectives of an interview.

2.Keep Smiling
3.Be honest
4.Be enthusiastic
5.Make lots of eye contact

Top Ten Interview Questions and Top Ten Answers:

Questions 1: Tell me about yourself?
Answer 1:
What do they want to hear?
?Your strongest skill
?Your greatest areas of knowledge
?Your greatest personality strengths
?The things you do best
?Your key accomplishments

A suitable reply:
?I attended ABC Business College, where I earned my associate?s degree in technology five years ago. I started working as a junior software programmer right after I graduated, and was promoted to senior programmer after a year. I was a part of the team that build new POS system for the company two years ago and I helped train our sales and account department in its use. In addition to my technical skill, I am adept at troubleshooting. I am a hard worker who loves this business. I am now ready to take on a job with more responsibility.?

Questions 2: What is your greatest Strength & weakness?
Answer 2:

A suitable reply:

?My greatest strength is my ability to see a project through from its inception to its completion. Each project I am assigned is important to me and I always make sure it gets appropriate amount of attention.?

?I am very dedicated to my job and I expect the same level of dedication from other people. Not everyone feels the same way about work and sometimes my expectations are too high.?

Questions 3: What is your long-term goal?
Answer 3:

What do they want to hear?
?Are the company?s goals and yours compatible?
?Are you looking for fast or steady growth in a position the interviewer knows is a virtual dead end.

A suitable reply:
?I want to move into a supervisory position eventually. I know that will take time and hard work, its something I expect to achieve.?

Questions 4: Do you prefer to work alone or as a part of team?
Answer 4:

What do they want to hear?
?Are you a team player?
?Can you handle work independently with less supervision?

A suitable reply:
?Each situation is different. When I am working on some projects, I prefer to be part of a team, while I had rather work alone on other projects. I enjoy being part of a team, but I can work independently, too.?
Questions 5: What are the key motivators that excite you to perform at your very best?
Answer 5: Typical motivators might include pay, benefits, recognition, schedule flexibility, new challenges, learning opportunities, promotional opportunities etc.
A suitable reply:
?The key motivating factor for me are recognition, new challenges and learning opportunities.?
Questions 6: Have you ever had a conflict with a boss? How was it resolved?
Answer 6:

A suitable reply:
?On those occasions when the issue/conflict has been significant enough, I have explained my point of view to my supervisor later ? after the situation has been resolved and the atmosphere has calmed.?

Questions 7: Why did you leave your previous employer/employers?
Answer 7:

A suitable reply:
?There is great deal I enjoy about my current job. But my potential for growth in this area is limited at ABC inc. because of the size of the company and the fact that expansion is not a part of its current strategic plan.?

Questions 8: Why should I hire you?
Answer 8:

What do they want to hear?
?Whether you can go above and beyond your job description
?Your skills

A suitable reply:
?I'm a good fit for the position. I have what it takes to solve problems and do the job. My high energy and quick learning style enable me to hit the ground and size up problems rapidly. My colleagues would tell you I'm a team player who maintains a positive attitude and outlook. I have the ability to stay focused in stressful situations and can be counted on when the going gets tough. I'm confident I would be a great addition to your team. I have what it takes to fill the requirements of this job - solve customer problems using my excellent customer service skills. I will be an asset to your company. I look forward to being a part of your team. ?

Questions 9: What is your salary expectation for this job?
Answer 9: Do not state a figure.

A suitable reply:
"I am looking for the right opportunity and I am confident that if you find me to be the best candidate for this position you will extend me your best and fair offer"
State your current salary truthfully. If you are due to a raise in the next three months state the approximate percentage you expect. Be sure to explain that you have included bonuses, commissions, and overtime pay if applicable.
Questions 10: Do you want to ask any questions?
Answer 10: Yes.

Question for Human Resources:
?How would you describe your company culture?
?What benefit


Fox 29.12.2012. 03:07

Job interview at william hill betting shop, help needed? Hi guys

I have been out of work for a couple months now and i really want this job

Can anyone advise the type of questions they may or do ask in the interview? I have passed the telephone one so this is the face to face

I have no clue how bets work either

Any tips or advise will be great


Admin 29.12.2012. 03:07

General tip, imagine they are wearing bright orange wigs. Then you won't feel out of your depth.

Why do you want this job? They will ask that.

Heres how betting works. Punter bets ten pounds to win. Horse wins at 3 to 1. He gets thirty pounds plus his ten pounds stake.


C3P0 18.07.2012. 23:00

Does working a full time job while in college help balance out a low GPA? Hello all,

I am going into my Junior year of a Petroleum Engineering major with a cumulative 2.8 GPA (major GPA of 3.0). I have been working full time (meaning 40 hrs, I work nights go to school during the day) and I am a fully independent student who receives minimal help from parents (I pay tuition in cash, have my own car, car insurance, ext).

My GPA is a little low, and most of the large companies require a minimum of a 3.0. My plan is to send unsolicited resume/cover letters follower up with emails/phone calls to some smaller companies that have active internship programs, but don't have the HR manpower to go to colleges and recruit.

At my current job I have been promoted 4 times already (been here since freshman year) and am currently making $15.50 an hour. I work a technical job producing 10,000lbs. of a specialty snack-food every night so its not like I'm bagging groceries either!

My question is how much, in your honest opinion, is my low GPA going to hurt me? Will smaller companies be willing to overlook my lower GPA in light of the fact that I work 40 hrs a week paying my bills, while some other kid with a higher GPA might not have anything on his plate but schoolwork?

Any and all input would be greatly appreciated.


Admin 18.07.2012. 23:00

Generally speaking, GPA is not an indicator of success or successful people and people in the business world know and understand that. You have a great story to tell and employers will understand as these hardships as they do arise. I would actually really emphasize how you work a full-time job while balancing your school work (especially with an engineering degree) because this shows a phenomenal work ethic, drive and determination which are tremendous selling points that you should really focus on. On top of that, you got promoted 4 times which speaks volumes of the quality of work you produce.

Obviously you have a great background and experience, and ultimately what employers really care about are 2 things ?

1. Does the potential candidate have the required skill, or ability to figure out how to do the job?
2. Is the candidate sincerely interested and passionate about the job?

Your previous work experience demonstrates you have the ability and your degree shows your interest and passion for the industry which are key because hiring managers know many factors enter into a hiring decision. At the end of the day, employers would rather take a passionate, hard-working, honest and sincere candidate with a low GPA than an arrogant, self-absorbed candidate with a great GPA.

The most effective plan of action is to network with different people. Why? Because is it easier to win a race against a thousand or ten people? By networking, you?re circumventing the usual routes to getting an interview such as applying through corporate websites and allows for you to be more distinguished and unique. I would highly recommend:

1. Reaching out to family, friends, and all forms of contacts to see if they know of any openings or can put you in touch with other people that are better positioned to help you or are in a similar industry you?re pursuing

2. Reaching out to current employees to demonstrate your passion and get an in-depth look at the industry or company you?re considering pursuing and selling them on your story and your career goals.

I can relate to your situation a lot as I had a low GPA upon graduation as well. This website, http://member.collegejoboffer.com/info/ provided very insightful strategic tips on resumes/cover letters/networking and everything else necessary to land job offers as it helped me land multiple offers by implementing and applying what I had learned into the job searching process.

Best of luck to you and feel free to reach out should you have any further questions.


Live Laugh Love 25.08.2011. 16:47

Interview today: How do I answer the question about my greatest weaknesses? -For one, I'm a little shy, though I do like to help make a customer's shopping experience fulfilling. Because the service that you offer to the customer will reflect back on the company. I like to offer customer service.
-I tend not to ask enough questions. (People-pleaser)
-Not very confident, though through my volunteer experience, I was able to get out of my comfort zone, and became a leader that motivates other people.
I don't know if I should stick with these ideas. What do you think? Thanks ten points to the most helpful answer. And thanks in advance to everyone that answers this question :)

Live Laugh Love

Admin 25.08.2011. 16:47

You've managed to get through most of the interview unscathed; you even feel victorious. You've answered the questions well and exuded confidence...and then it comes. The dreaded curve-ball of a question, the one for which there is no easy answer: What are your greatest weaknesses? While this question can seem unfair and confusing, there are specific ways to navigate around the potential "wrong answers" and emerge in one piece, closing the interview with polished flair.

Honesty is Important
Be honest. Give employers what they're looking for, which is self-awareness and integrity. Don't create a weakness, but don't divert the question by stating a strength as a weakness. Avoid statements like "I'm just too kind" or "I care too much," as these are transparent and often irritating to employers.

Strategic Honesty is More Important
Avoid stating a weakness that is irreparable/unavoidable or so severe that it would scare potential employers away. Employers are assessing your worth as an employee by weighing it against the potential risk of employing you. Admitting that you've have a past of embezzlement, for instance, would not be wise. Commit to being honest, but be strategic with your honesty.

Keep Your Focus on the Job
Avoid disclosing weaknesses that aren't related to the job specifically. Your potential employer doesn't care to know that you don't call your parents often enough, or that you have a tendency to drive well over the speed limit.

Show Strength Through Weakness
Turn your weakness into a strength. This is easily achievable, especially if you've given thought to this before the question is posed. Revealing something that makes you potentially vulnerable, but is only a minor problem, such as lack of confidence with regard to a certain job requirement, will win the trust of potential employers. Stating ways that you're actively working to amend this weakness, like pursuing opportunities to practice that skill to build confidence and familiarity, will win potential employers' respect.

Prepartion is Key
As with anything, being prepared is essential to remaining calm and in control. Simply write down possible answers before interviews and practice owning, saying, and explaining them.

Read more: Tips on Greatest Weaknesses During Job Interviews | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6656607_tips-weaknesses-during-job-interviews.html#ixzz1W3pnniga


Nate 04.08.2011. 04:33

How to train someone that has been doing the job longer then me? In my job I work on a cnc machine but I have been able to pick up on everything and been learning things fast. I am at the point that I am looking at a major promotion but the problem is that my supervisor feels that because I have not been able to train the other two people in my department anything that I am unable to train anybody or keeping my information to myself and that is one little part of the promotion but I can't get hit with out it. The problem is that one has been doing it for four years longer then myself and the other two mouths longer. I know ten time more then both of them but they won't except my knowledge. I have given up on the one that is four years because she won't except change and is just jealous of what I can do. But the other pretends that he can do everything and I can't seem to teach him anything.
I only have about five minutes with him just to tell him whats going so he can run for the night shift does anyone have a tip that could help. I know I don't have time to teach him lot but if I can find a way just to improve his performance please anything could help just some way I could get him to listen


Admin 04.08.2011. 04:33

Be honest with your boss and tell him or her exactly how you feel about your coworkers. That they won't listen to you. Then ask your boss for advice on how to get them to listen. If your boss gives you advice, try that. If your boss doesn't have any ideas, suggest that the boss come down and ask you to show the others how to do something better. They will act differently when the boss is around. Once they realize that the boss expects you to train them, they will have more incentive to listen. If all else fails, find a friend who needs a job, and who you know will listen to you, and bring your friend in to interview with the boss to replace one of your coworkers. Make sure they know what is happening. Either way, you win.


to dream all day 12.06.2008. 10:48

Auditioning for first time NEED help!! also help coz i have to have a face shot for it!! PLEASE HELP!!!!? Im 13 and im entering the dolly competition to audition for a part on neighbours. Im so excited about it but i need some tips as ive never done any formal acting lessons except in high school drama lessons. We dont audition there we have to do it on a tape and send it in any hints on how to make my audition stand out. Also we have to have a face shot, what should i do any tips for makeup or clothing. Thnaks

to dream all day

Admin 12.06.2008. 10:48

sweetie ive never done any formal acting but there is ONE THING i know that makes a person stand out no matter wat they're going for, job interview or marriage proposal or dolly competition and its this-PERSONALITY.

if u put just one tenth of the energy u just put into writing out your question just now- u're a shoo in. you're poured out your heart just in askin some faceless person on the net to pls help, so put some of that energy into making an amazing audition tape! people always tell other people "just be yourself" and someone times we dont wanna believe it cuz we maybe dont like ourselves or think we need to be something better/ more fabulous/ cuter before anyone takes notice of us.

here are my tips, hope they help you-

CALM DOWN. u are 13. this tells me that u have a million other auditions to try out for, some u'll get, some u wont. at 13 everything seems a massive rush but trust me lovely, its not. if u really want this- put your everything to it BELIEVING that u will give it you best shot, and nobody can fault you for that. besides, if you're nervous, jumpy, expectin yourself to mess up with all the adrenalin u got pumpin in you cuz u're on a tight schedule, u WILL mess up, and when u make a few mistakes u'll start to unravel and say "ohhhh i'l NEVER get it right." dont allow that- that's how doom enters the door right THERE- so sit down down for a minute and look yourself in the eye. tell yourself i WANT this, i CAN GET IT, so i need to be clear-headed and THINK. dont think like u're 13. think like u're 30. believe me when i tell u, calm down :-)

TWO- STEAM YOUR FACE. i didnt say burn it, i said steam it. go get a bucket, put hot water in it, put a nice smelling bath oil [a few drops] in it, put a towel over your face, and sit under there til its sweaty and hot and your face gets all oily and gooey but u know wat? when u get outta there and wash your face, put some face cream on it, you'll be glowing. nothing like unblocking your pores to make u look great. if u've got great skin dont do anything to it, just thank God for it. if u do steam, do it abt a day before u shoot the tape ok?

THREE- MOST IMPORTANT. STUDY YOUR MATERIAL. i dont knw wat you're auditioning or, but i do know this- u better give them exactly what they're asking for and not what u THINK they're asking for. if they want u playing a troubled young girl, u better get your brother to trouble you for an hour before u shoot your tape. if they want u bubbly and full of life, go do your favourite thing to do til you're all relaxed and full of energy, then shoot your tape. the best actors STUDY WHAT IS NEEDED OF THEM, they put time and effort into getting to know the character they'll be required to play- then they get alone and rehearse it til it comes naturally to them, THEN they act. u do the same.

find out from the script description or whatever, WHO u're meant to be playing, imagine her in your mind, what would she be like? then spend time acting her out slowly til the lines u make up to BE HER start coming naturally. when u're "in character" and u feel pumped- go shoot your tape.

FOUR- PERSEVERE. you're 13. that means KEEP GOING TIL U WIN THIS! do NOT lose hope if u fluff your lines. fluff them a million times, so what? do them AGAIN. the best actors still act on TEN SECOND REELS u know that. they act for a few second and the guy yells CUT- they act again for ten second and then CUT! after all those tiny reels, a movie's pieced together, so dont think they're all fabulous remembering tons of lines at one go cuz uh... they're not :-)
if u make mistakes, wipe the tape, start again. get someone older and GOOD AT THIS to help u- when u got something important to do or finish, never get someone who doesnt understand how important it is to you, or someone who's not really interested, or someone who's in a hurry to go do sumthng else. get somebody who cares and supports u and will tell u "hey now, keep trying" til u get the tape u want. ok?

FIVE- be yourself. i started with it, im closing with it. your own personality is the one thing u'll never have to fake as long as u live- its yours for FREE. so use it, make it work for u. if u got an amazing smile [most pple do, they just dont think so]- USE IT. flash it at the camera but dont over do it. if you have a special look that usually gets u what u want with your folks, use it. use whatever you have to make yourself stand out from all the tons of other kids wanting this part. dont go crazy, don get plastic, just be YOU playing whatever part they're looking for. trust me, a good eye wil always see the true uniqueness in a person no matter who they're pretending to be on stage or on camera.

do your best. if it doesnt work out- remember this, its NOT a reflection on YOU. it is something u didnt manage to do, not a statement that YOU are no good, ok? ALL people fail from time to time, that does NOT make them failures any more than a guy sitting in a garage makes him a car- got that?

take care and go get 'em.


hacker_stephanielynn 21.06.2012. 21:45

I recently graduated with a BSBA in accounting, but only have fast food as my previous job experience.? I have sent out at least 150 resumes and applications with no luck as far as call backs go. All of my previous work history was in the fast food industry starting out low and always working my way up to management, and I am afraid that all potential employers are seeing is that I've only worked fast food without actually looking to see all my accomplishments and responsibilities. I always make sure to be very prefessional in my cover letters, resumes, and interviews but never seem to be the right person they need. I really don't want to have to go back to fast food while I search for a job. So I guess my question is this: Is there any hope at all for a girl to get started in a real career in the accounting and finance world if all I have as previous work experience is fast food?


Admin 21.06.2012. 21:45

YES! There is definitely hope! You obviously have a great academic background, but given your job search thus far, you realize that it is a very competitive job market and everyone else is probably doing the same exact thing you?re doing by sending out resumes.

Fortunately, you can stand out from the crowd and the most effective way to do so is by networking with people. Why? Because is it easier to win a race against a thousand people or ten people? By networking, you essentially circumvent the standard recruiting process through online websites and that?ll set you apart from everyone else with similar backgrounds thus increasing your visibility to hiring managers.

1. Reach out to people within your contacts such as family, friends, and etc. so they can keep you in mind if they know of any positions or even put you in contact with people who might know. Additionally, this could lead to a personal recommendation or internal referral for a position which is significantly better and more helpful when applying for a position at a company because it stands out from the hundreds of applicants that apply through a website.

2. Reach out and network with current employees at companies you're interested in. This is a great way to gain valuable insider knowledge regarding the industry and company which can be utilized in the interview process later on to demonstrate your passion, initiative, and familiarity with the field itself.

Aside from networking, I would also try and tailor your resume as close to accounting/finance as possible with detail and result-oriented bulletpoints. Even if it?s in the fast food industry, it is still a business and you probably have had exposure to the accounting/finance portion of the job given that you?ve worked up to a management-type level. Did you utilize some strategies to increase revenue? Or maybe you used different accounting methods to increase efficiency within payroll and etc.

You know, I was in your position not too long ago and not only did I have a low GPA, but I also got quit/got laid off twice from jobs that I wasn?t passionate about. I would highly suggest checking out this website, http://member.collegejoboffer.com/info/, because it really provided me with the tips, strategies, and insight I needed to break into the finance industry and now, I currently work at a private equity firm which has been my dream job since I entered the workforce.

Feel free to shoot me an email if you have further questions; I?m always willing to help people who have a similar background to mine because I understand how difficult and hard it was when I was going through the job searching process. Good luck.


Aaron 27.10.2010. 20:31

Do you think David Cameron is going to ruin the UK? 1st of all i'll like to talk about Job cuts.

He says he is going to cut 500000 jobs, At the moment its hard enough getting a job, i have unemployed for 18 months and before that i have worked all my life and never had a problem getting jobs, but 18 months ago the company i was working for went bankrupt. Since then i have applied for tonnes of jobs and only managed to get 6 job interviews in that time. With 500000 people being made redundant it will make it harder for the unemployed to get jobs.

2nd I'll like to talk about increase in vat in january
The economy is unstable at the moment, prices are high for e.g food, clothes, utility bills, etc. All companies will be passing the vat rises on to the consumer which will lead to people buying less because of high costs. this is not good for our economy if people will be spending less.

It was the wan-ker bankers fault in the 1st place so i don't understand why a country with over 60million people should have to pay for the fault of few bankers

it should the bankers who pay back the money and not the taxpayers................... & David Cameron is not helping the economy. He says as a nation "where in this together" the only thing he is together with is the bankers who have gotten away with it for the second time in less the 90 years. I do not trust politicians especially David Cameron.


Admin 27.10.2010. 20:31

You go on about the bankers but the point is that Britain's finances were in such a bad state before the banking crisis that it tipped us over the edge. The national debt problem we have now wasn't created by the bankers. A huge amount of government borrowing and spending under Labour burdened us and meant we almost couldn't cope with the banking crisis.
Another thing about the bankers is that the tax on the profits they were making over the past ten years was used to fund Labour's expansion of public services. It's hypocritical to point the finger at the bankers now when some of their bets went wrong.
It's like a housewife blaming her husband for losing money betting on a horse race when previously she was happily spending his money on luxuries when he was winning.

The VAT increase will generate a lot of tax revenue which will probably be used to minimize the speed of public sector job losses. Without the extra tax revenue the job cuts might have had to happen even faster.

I don't know you from Adam but I'm amazed that you've been out of work for 18 months. When I lost my job I took whatever was going at a temp agency to keep me in work. I did nightshifts in a printers, I swept the floor in a warehouse. I did all sorts of crappy office jobs too until I found something permanent.


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