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1st IT interview and it's a phone one

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by grizz3210, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. grizz3210

    grizz3210 Byte Poster

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    Hi,

    I'm after some advice - I work for a multinational food distribution company as a warehouse supervisor. Whilst looking for my first step into IT I've managed to get an interview with the IT dept. My problem is its my first IT interview, and its a telephone interview.

    Has anyone got any advice/tips?
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    Be on time or slightly ahead of time. :)
     
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  3. Theprof

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    Just relax, try not to be nervous, take out your cv and be prepared to answer any technical questions they might ask. If you don't know something, just say you don't know. The interviewer wants you to be honest. Who knows, if all goes well you might be on your way to another interview in person.

    Good luck.
     
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  4. tripwire45
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    Actually, phone interviews have both advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are that you don't have to dress up, fight traffic to get to the interview site, and you can have all of the papers, books, and other resources you think you'll need for the interview right in front of you.

    The disadvantages are that you can't see the interviewers, judge their facial expressions and body language, have a look at the work conditions and any other visual cues that you help you figure out how you're doing in the interview and if the place seems like a good fit for you.

    Usually a phone interview is just a first step. If they like you over the phone, they'll offer you a face-to-face interview and up the stakes a bit.

    Advice? Try and keep relaxed. Be yourself. Don't try to fake your way through an answer you don't know and realize you can ask questions, too.
     
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  5. grizz3210

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    hi guys
    thanks for the advice wish me luck as the phone interview is mon at 3pm.
     
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  6. Lord Deckard

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    How did the interview go Grizz?
     
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  7. grizz3210

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    sorry been really busy

    the interview went well i thought (thanks for the advice guys),
    got a call back today asking me to go in for a face to face tomorrow at three so really happy :)

    wish me luck
     
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  8. derkit

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    well done Grizz - best of luck and let us know how it goes :D
     
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  9. grizz3210

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    will do and thanks
     
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  10. nXPLOSi

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    Sounds good, best of luck mate :) !
     
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  11. grizz3210

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    well i'm back from the interview think it went well
    and was told i was in the last two for the job so fingers crossed i should know tomorrow:sick
     
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  12. greenbrucelee
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    Fingers crossed mate 8)
     
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  13. grizz3210

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    hi guys
    still no news and i have a bad feeling about it :unsure
     
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  14. Mr.Cheeks

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    relax, no news is not neccesary bad news... they may have posted an acceptance letter...
     
  15. nugget
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    Good luck mate. :thumbleft
     
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  16. wizard

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    I'd give them a quick call, 2 weeks on is a long time to be waiting to hear back.
     
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  17. grizz3210

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    still no news after them telling me that i would know by last fri.
    i think that they must of gave it to the other guy due to me having to ring up the help desk today and speaking to someone that i didn't know (probably the new guy). :cry:

    i have got a question though, during the interview, they told me that there was only 5 people based on the helpdesk for 6000 users, not having worked on a helpdesk before is this the norm to have so few people working on the desk?
     
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  18. grizz3210

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    going to give it till thur for them to let me know if not i'll give them a call.
     
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  19. grizz3210

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    hi guys
    called them today and they were shocked that i didn't have a letter and tried to blame the hr dept :dry.
    the long and short of it was i didn't get the job, never mind back to looking for a job then:(.
     
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  20. onoski

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    Don't worry we've all been there at some point in our first quest and job search for a break into IT. I'd say keep studying, be focused and keep searching your break would definitely come. Cheerio:)
     
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