Sunday, December 6, 2009
Redundancy Diaries #4 Talking up a storm
Given that I only own one suit I think I will wear that. I have no idea if it is really a day suit or dinner suit or business suit. Don’t know and frankly don’t care. It is grey, buttons up and looks formal with a tie.
I am not sure why I wear suit and tie to an interview as I have never worn one whilst working, well except when I was emceeing a Harmony Day event at which the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia was key note speaker and when one of my staff died. On reflection this was more of a funeral day than a workday.
Funerals and weddings are really the days for suits, and weddings can be a lot more casual open collar that sort of thing. Not as casual as at the race though. Nothing says class like a suit worn with a pair of Dunlop Volleys, nothing that is except a suit with thongs.
Looking forward to the interview questions, which always end up the same.
Q: Why did you apply for this job?
A: Ummm because you advertised it and are willing to pay me money to do it. Actually I did not even apply, my recruitment agent just emailed you my resume and this interview is the first I even knew that the position was available.
Q: What skills and experience do have suitable for this position?
A: Firstly thank you for reading my application that I worked on for hours to ensure all of my relevant skills and experience were fully described. I have brought a copy with me so why don’t I just read it to you. Turn the page when Tinkerbell rings her little bell.
Q: What are your weaknesses?
A: I am a hard worker, committed, and diligent sometimes I need to be told to slow down and have a break. (This was a guess what we want to hear question, right?)
Other guess-the-right-answer style questions include
How would you manage a staff member that is under performing?
Discuss how you work with teams and work independently?
How do you effectively manage your time with competing priorities?
Demonstrate how you pay attention to detales?
Q: When would you be available to start?
A: I can start appearing at the office on a daily basis in two weeks, I will start actually working approximately four weeks after that