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Lyrhawn
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Big job interview tomorrow. Haven't been on a lot of professional job interviews, so I'm pretty nervous.

I've been trying for months to land a job at GM, and after several near misses to even get considered for a job, I have an interview tomorrow. Well, officially it's an "informal sitdown," which I think means it's an interview to GET an interview, but that's still big for me given how big a leap this is from my normal field of experience.

If ever I needed to perform to 100% of my ability, it's between 1pm and 2pm tomorrow.

I feel like I'm going to throw up.

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You'll do great. You are absolutely right that it's a de facto interview. Dress accordingly. I would not be surprised if the informal interview goes well, they will have you immediately sit for a formal one that day, possibly more. Don't be afraid to come prepared to interview all day.

Come prepared to ask questions.

List of questions to ask a hiring manager.

When they ask you to walk them through your resume they don't want to hear the minutiae of your entire professional career. Give them 2-3 key things you did at each job, and describe them quickly/efficiently.

Be familiar with GM's corporate culture and mission goals. Link. Seriously. I know corporate goals sound retarded and vague, but those are the things GM corporate determined were so important they needed to be written out. To the extent you can be familiar with those goals and actually cite them in your answers as to why you'd be a good fit at GM, that will signal to recruiters that you've done your homework and GM is somewhere you actually want to work, not just a firm to collect a paycheck from.

Anyway, you weren't soliciting advice, but I'm on the job hunt too, and this is my way of giving you a fist bump for solidarity.

Good luck, and again, you'll do great!

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Good luck!
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Lyrhawn
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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
You'll do great. You are absolutely right that it's a de facto interview. Dress accordingly. I would not be surprised if the informal interview goes well, they will have you immediately sit for a formal one that day, possibly more. Don't be afraid to come prepared to interview all day.

Come prepared to ask questions.

List of questions to ask a hiring manager.

When they ask you to walk them through your resume they don't want to hear the minutiae of your entire professional career. Give them 2-3 key things you did at each job, and describe them quickly/efficiently.

Be familiar with GM's corporate culture and mission goals. Link. Seriously. I know corporate goals sound retarded and vague, but those are the things GM corporate determined were so important they needed to be written out. To the extent you can be familiar with those goals and actually cite them in your answers as to why you'd be a good fit at GM, that will signal to recruiters that you've done your homework and GM is somewhere you actually want to work, not just a firm to collect a paycheck from.

Anyway, you weren't soliciting advice, but I'm on the job hunt too, and this is my way of giving you a fist bump for solidarity.

Good luck, and again, you'll do great!

May not have been soliciting it but I absolutely appreciate it.

There's so much information to remember. My brother has worked there for a couple years and he's tried to prep me, but this interview came up really fast. I've basically had 48 hours notice, during which I literally worked 24 hours (two 12 hour days in a row). My prep time has been limited and I'm feeling a bit harried.

But of course it helps that my brother knows the hiring manager well.

Bout time a little nepotism worked in my favor, but it can't get me all the way there. That part is on me.

Thanks again, I'll report back tomorrow!

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Jake
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Good luck, Lyrhawn! Let us know how it goes.
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Good luck.
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quote:
I feel like I'm going to throw up.
A study I saw recently, indicated that the best way to deal with that is to channel the nervousness into excitement instead trying to calm down. From a biophysical perspective, calm is the opposite of anxious, but excited and anxious are pretty similar. So everytime you start to feel like throwing up, say 'I'm excited to do this'. Say it out loud if possible.
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Lyrhawn
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The interview went well!

Some of the questions in that link that Blackblade sent me ended up being really helpful, not just to show I was a good candidate, but they yielded good, interesting answers I was glad to have.

An hour after the interview I got a call saying the manager I interviewed with halted the hiring process and wanted to make me an offer. So I got the job!

Still in a slight state of shock. This is a huge break for me and it's going to be a ton of hard work, but the potential for where my career could go now is incredible.

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Congrats!
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congrats. I hope things continue to go well.
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Ya dude! So happy for you!
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Awesome news! Congrats!!
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