A second interview is just as important as a first interview
When I was around 19, I was looking for a full-time job after having several part-time jobs in the past. The job that I was interviewing for was with Radio Shack. The first day it was a room full of people learning what was going to be expected of us if we were to become employed with them. I was excited and had my first interview. I was soon called back for a second one. I thought for sure I would get it, because the first interview went so well. I could tell they were really impressed with my answers.
What can go wrong during an interview?
The day of my second interview, I was running late. I really didn’t get a chance to do anything with my hair, and if memory serves me correctly, I was wearing a shirt that was a little snug and didn’t look that great on me. I’m not sure if it was those two things that made the interview go so poorly or if it was the fact that those things completely zapped my confidence. She asked me a few questions that I feel I responded well to, and then there were two that I completely screwed up on.
What types of questions do they ask during an interview?
I worked at Ross previous to this time frame and she asked me how I used to familiarize myself with the merchandise. My answer: “I used to shop there a lot.” Yea, that was bad. Another question was: “Was there ever a time where a customer gave you a hard time, how did you handle it”? My answer: “A customer became angry with me because I was taking too long to find what they were looking for.” I knew immediately that was the wrong answer, so to make up for it I said: “I asked her to help me look for it.” Oh, good god! It went so wrong! I left that place knowing that I didn’t get the job. I still remember the look on her face when I said that, and it was 11 years ago. That was definitely the worst interview of my life.
How to successfully prepare for an interview
First of all, give yourself plenty of time to get ready. Make sure you both look your best and feel your best. See those questions above? They will ask you questions like that. Always answer a negative question with a positive answer. Was there ever a time a customer gave you a hard time? “Yes, they were having difficulty finding an item and I found it for them right away” (that would have been much better).