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    I have one of these on Friday. I hate them.

    Anybody got any good stories, tips, preparation strategies, methods for coping, etc. to share to make me feel a bit better about it?

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    Approach it in as reptilian and sociopathic way possible. Show no human side, no tender meat, no weakness.

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    Do not seek a human connection. If you find one you will be punished for it.

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    Basic "inner game" tip: don't be too attached to the outcome. You'd like it, but you can take it or leave it.

    Also depends on the sort of job. If it's a "please give me the opportunity to earn a living performing this anonymous administrative function for you" situation, the main thing is to come across as agreeable and competent. If it's "yes, I am just the person to transform your digital strategy" (or something nebulous like that), it's much more about persuading them that you're so good at this sort of thing that they need to persuade you that their particular problems are worth your attention, and then persuading them that you are so persuaded and will dedicate yourself with vigorous enthusiasm to solving those problems. You need to be much more of a wanker to carry that one off.

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    Basic "inner game" tip: don't be too attached to the outcome. You'd like it, but you can take it or leave it.
    That's a really good one, thanks!

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    My version of that is, I'd like it, but it'll also mean I won't be able to go to the beach after work and I'll have petrol costs again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poetix View Post
    Basic "inner game" tip: don't be too attached to the outcome. You'd like it, but you can take it or leave it.
    generally agree with this. it's a balance: be confident and relaxed, but not obnoxiously entitled, overly casual or standoffish. if you really want the job, show genuine interest but not desperation, project the aura that you're happy with your current situation but meeting with them because this particular opportunity sounds interesting. don't make it seem like you are interviewing all over the place with lots of other employers.

    it's a little bit like a first date: be yourself, communicate what you're all about and have to offer, be respectful but leave them with the notion that they'd be better for having you on board.

    I'm self-employed, so my story relates to a meeting for a potential project (which is similar to a job interview). the guy who I met with had apparently cut himself shaving that morning, and had a small wad of tissue stuck to his face to stem the bleeding. it wasn't an oversight, he obviously knew it was there, I guess he had no choice.

    cutting yourself shaving happens sometimes, not a big deal. the weird thing was he never mentioned it, so there was this odd unspoken tension for the entire meeting (I imagine if I were in his shoes, I'd have made a joke about it to diffuse the situation). and of course, I found myself continually focusing on the small bloody wad of tissue attached to his face while he explained his company's work for a particular client and how the firm sets itself apart from competitors. it was almost farcical, felt like I was on some hidden-camera TV show where they film a person in an absurd situation to see how they react.

    I ended up not getting the assignment, and I was kind of thankful. probably symbolic in a way, anyone who couldn't bring themselves to make a joke about something like this would probably be kind of a dick to work for.

    good luck!

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    Thanks, good story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    I'm self-employed, so my story relates to a meeting for a potential project (which is similar to a job interview). the guy who I met with had apparently cut himself shaving that morning, and had a small wad of tissue stuck to his face to stem the bleeding. it wasn't an oversight, he obviously knew it was there, I guess he had no choice.

    cutting yourself shaving happens sometimes, not a big deal. the weird thing was he never mentioned it, so there was this odd unspoken tension for the entire meeting (I imagine if I were in his shoes, I'd have made a joke about it to diffuse the situation). and of course, I found myself continually focusing on the small bloody wad of tissue attached to his face while he explained his company's work for a particular client and how the firm sets itself apart from competitors. it was almost farcical, felt like I was on some hidden-camera TV show where they film a person in an absurd situation to see how they react.
    I bet he sticks a small wad of tissue with a dot of red ink on it to his face before conducting every interview.

    "Damn, he was really promising - but, like most of them, he failed the 'shaving cut' test. Oh well, send in the next one please, Karen."
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    Quote Originally Posted by poetix View Post
    Basic "inner game" tip: don't be too attached to the outcome. You'd like it, but you can take it or leave it.
    I've found this effective, perhaps because I've never really interviewed for a job I genuinely wanted

    But yes, telling myself I don't really care anyway substantially reduces my nerves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    Approach it in as reptilian and sociopathic way possible. Show no human side, no tender meat, no weakness.
    I could treat it like a social experiment, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    I could treat it like a social experiment, yes.
    My natural inclination is to seek a rapport. To make a friend. This is always punished. Always. Terrible instinct. I'm a naf. Too pure for this world.

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    Shot or two of vodka
    Took a rest stop that wasn't on the schedule

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    Basic "inner game" tip: don't be too attached to the outcome. You'd like it, but you can take it or leave it.
    I used to try this but it never worked for me. In the end I switched to a position something like

    "Nothing in this world or the next could possibly approach the pleasure I will derive from being your data entry clerk for the next two weeks. I can say with hand on heart that if I don't get this job then I will certainly kill myself in the most agonising way possible to punish myself for blowing my one chance at achieving contentment, prosperity, righteousness and ultimately transcendence".

    Which also didn't work.

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    U could try using the STARL method to structure your answers, but depends what it's for I suppose (i work in HE)

    Situation
    Task
    Action
    Result
    Learn

    Basically you need to make sure you get in what you did and why it mattered, rather than spending ages talking about the situation. It worked well for me, I got the tip off my manager when i'd messed up an interview. The 'learn' is a new bit that was added later, you can miss that off if it's too much.

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