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Dogbreath
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Well, since your collective luck-wishing powers seem to have worked well for Lyrhawn, I figured I might as well give it a go myself. [Smile]

I have an interview for a job as a Cyber Analyst with a relatively small corporation (~400 employees) this Tuesday. They got my resume from a colleague of mine last week, and after a series of phone interviews, e-mails and a background check (to confirm my security clearance) they've asked me to come in for a sit down interview.

I'm incredibly nervous. My active duty service with the Marines comes to end next month after 5 years, and it's been longer than that since I've had to interview for a job. And, come to think of it, most of those interviews were mostly of the "10 minute make sure you're not a thief/axe-murderer" quality for manual labor jobs. I've never really had a professional interview before.

I'm well qualified for the position (which appears mainly to involve systems integration, which I have a great deal of experience with) and it seems like a job I would really love doing every day. And the company works closely with the government and several large military contractors, which means I'll still be somewhat inside my element. (as opposed to, say, a job at a big corporation) I'm excited and obviously they must like something about me if they're going to bring me in to interview.

So most of the nervousness is about the interview. I'm not a naturally charismatic person, I don't set everyone at ease and I'm not the best at talking about myself. Right now I'm researching the top 25 questions they're likely to ask me, then I'm going to write out responses to each of them and practice the interview all weekend with my wife. I don't intend to actually recite a canned response in the actual interview, but having strong memorized answers will help a lot with confidence, as it will give me something to base all my answers on, as well as something to fall back on if I choke on a question.

Other than that I'm doing a lot of research on the company, and am preparing about 5-6 questions to ask them about the job, their work environment, partners, etc. Not so much because I'm interested in those things (though I am), but because I've heard half the interview is about the questions you ask them and the level of interest you show in the company.

So, any recommendations? Things I should worry about more? Things I shouldn't worry about as much? How friendly vs professional I should keep my demeanor? Etc.

Wish me luck! [Smile]

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Lyrhawn
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One suggestion I would have for when you have to answer questions is less to memorize specific answers for specific questions than to think generally about your experiences. You might get a lot of "Think of a time when..." type questions. You'll find that many experiences can answer multiple questions, so maybe have a general idea in your head of multiple work experiences and lessons you've learned and be ready to adapt them on the fly to the questions you get.

I'd probably keep it mostly professional, but gauge the room. Obviously it's not stand up, but if you can softly slip in that you're a friendly easy to work with person and not a robot I think that would help. So long as they take you seriously I think a measure of friendliness is helpful.

My interview was a softball though, so I'm not the best at advice on this.

Good luck though! I hope Hatrack's magic powers have had time to recharge since last month.

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You're doing the things that I would recommend, and as far as the tone to use in the interview I think Lyrhawn has it right.

You've described a lot of community service/involvement that requires people skills. Use those same skills. Be interested in what they are doing and what they want.

(But really, you're already preparing sufficiently. If you are a good match, I'm sure it'll come out in the interview.)

Good luck.

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good luck!
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Very best of luck! They would be so lucky to get you.
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