Interview

Oct. 2nd, 2008 02:48 pm
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Well, I think the interview went pretty well, although I blanked for a second on the first question, which was, of all things, "why do you want to work at (Redacted)?" For some reason, that wasn't one of the questions I had specifically prepped for. I came up with something about working with books and working with people, and being in an academic environment since I'm considering going back to grad. school. It might not have been the best answer but it was an honest one. The rest of the interview went pretty smoothly, I thought. There were a couple of other questions that weren't among the ones I had specifically prepped for--one was "describe a time when you failed to provide excellent customer service" and the other one was "describe a time when you made a bad decision." I hate trick questions like that, but I understand why employers use them.

The manager who inteviewed me continued to seem like a really nice person, and she seemed a little nervous as well. I got the impression that she hasn't been a store manager all that long. It's definitely a job where it would be important for people to get along, because the manager and the assistant manager are basically the only full-time people, and they only hire temporary part-timers during textbook season, at the beginning and end of the semester.

The pay isn't great (it would be a comedown from what I was making at my previous job, which wasn't exactly generous), but my expenses are pretty low right now and it wouldn't have to be forever.

Date: 2008-10-02 07:22 pm (UTC)
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
From: [personal profile] wisdomeagle
*crosses fingers for you* I hope you get it!

Also, now I'm prepping answers to those questions in my head. I hate interviews so much. >

Date: 2008-10-02 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenbookwench.livejournal.com
"Job-hunting! We hates it, precious!"

Totally OT: who are the cute girls in your icon?

Date: 2008-10-02 08:46 pm (UTC)
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Max/Original Cindy)
From: [personal profile] wisdomeagle
Cute girls are never off-topic! They are Original Cindy (played by Valerie Rae Miller) and Max (played by Jessica Alba) from TV's Dark Angel

Date: 2008-10-03 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenbookwench.livejournal.com
I've been thinking about getting Dark Angel on netflix at some point. I actually watched it some when it was actually on, but it was at least somewhat of an ongoing-storyarc show, and it was at a bad time for me to watch it consistently.

Date: 2008-10-03 03:09 pm (UTC)
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
From: [personal profile] wisdomeagle
It's a fun show -- definite problems, but I really like it. (Of course, I might be biased because one of the first things my girlfriend and I did as-a-couple was mainline about a season's worth of it, so ymmv).

Date: 2008-10-02 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwynraven.livejournal.com
Good luck! I can attest to the fact that it can be nearly as nervewracking to be on the other side of the interview process as well :) I'm sure you did fine and I hope you get the job!

Date: 2008-10-02 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenbookwench.livejournal.com
Thanks sweetie! I'd love to hear about what it's like from the other side of the desk. It might help me use psychology in my interviews.

Date: 2008-10-16 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwynraven.livejournal.com
They want to impress you. They want to show off their stuff. Hmm . . . any specific questions?

Date: 2008-10-18 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenbookwench.livejournal.com
I guess what kind of questions you ask and what you're looking for when you ask them (i'm sure it's different for public vs. academic libraries, but there are probably some similarities), what makes a good vs. a bad impression (although I know that is really individual to the person). If we're going to get into specifics, maybe we should do this over email :)

Date: 2008-10-20 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwynraven.livejournal.com
Good idea. Did you change your email when you changed your LJ name?

Date: 2008-10-20 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenbookwench.livejournal.com
nope, it's the same.

Date: 2008-10-02 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darth-kittius.livejournal.com
"describe a time when you made a bad decision."

I would have been completely stumped by that one. I learn from my mistakes and then move on. I try, very hard (and usually with success) to forget about the specifics because otherwise I obsess over them and can't learn from them or move on. ugh. I couldn't imagine.

But good luck!!

Date: 2008-10-02 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenbookwench.livejournal.com
Yea, the first thing that popped into my head was something that I just did not want to talk about. But the second thing I thought of was something that I don't necessarily think of as a _bad_ decision, because in a lot of ways I'm still glad I did it, but I might have done things differently if I'd had more information at the time.

Date: 2008-10-02 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darth-kittius.livejournal.com
Seriously... the first things I think about are personal things that I’m not telling anyone in the work place. And the work stuff -- well they're all to complex to explain. You don't want to get down into the weeds with my old jobs... trust me. I don't suppose they'd take that as an answer though, eh?

Date: 2008-10-03 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenbookwench.livejournal.com
Yea, you need to be able to come up with something that's only sorta-bad, and ideally something that you were able to fix later.

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