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>> No. 13299 Anonymous
5th October 2019
Saturday 10:24 am
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Right, lads, I've been invited to interview for my job now but on the other side of the world.

It's a niche job so the demand for it outside of my immediate area is low and the chance to move to the other side of the world is even lower. My quality of life would be much higher and it's practically double my salary.

The interview is with the team I'd be joining and it's on Skype really late at night. How do I not cock this up?

If any of you have done anything similar before I'd appreciate advice on:
-How to not make ymself look like a weird twat on camera (what do I put in the background, do I still wear a full suit etc)?
-How do I make a good impression when other candidates will be there in person?
-Is it weird if I stay at work and do it and explain to them that it's because my home internet is shit?

Any advice welcome, I really fucking want this job.
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>> No. 13300 Anonymous
5th October 2019
Saturday 11:01 am
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My tendency is to look at every little detail. This allows me to relax knowing I've got things as good as they can be. This approach might not suit people who get anxious about details and prefer to "wing" a few things here and there, but being thorough has always worked best for me.

>>13299
>-How to not make ymself look like a weird twat on camera (what do I put in the background, do I still wear a full suit etc)?

Test run everything, a day before if you have to. Check how you look in your webcam. Check the lighting, environment and microphone, using the exact same hardware and room you'll take the interview in. Call a friend first and ask if you're coming through clearly, the picture is okay, and you're looking generally employable. A clean and professional outfit never counts against you.

>-How do I make a good impression when other candidates will be there in person?

Preparation. Doing your background research on the job, the organisation, the team, etc., and keeping a clearly worded motivation in mind.

Think it through as though it were really happening -- not just a prospective interview, but going from point A (where you are) to point B (working and living with them). Have you visited that part of the world before? Do you know what the culture is like? What elements of the job would you like to know about, but weren't able to find from your research?

Think about the interview from their perspective: what would they realistically be looking for from you? No one expects a perfect candidate, but what could they reasonably hope for? What would you look for if you were Skyping a candidate on the other side of the world? Is it a small team or a big corporate office? The more you can anticipate their questions and desired traits, the better you can prepare.

>-Is it weird if I stay at work and do it and explain to them that it's because my home internet is shit?

Interview where you feel most comfortable -- you don't need to explain anything. The most important thing is having an attractive and distraction-free environment that you enjoy talking in (or at the very least, can think clearly in).

You mentioned it's a niche job -- that probably means that it's a tightly-knit(ish) industry, where people will know or have heard of others. If you have any other contacts at all working in this area, leverage that now and ask if you can talk to them (or better yet, Skype them) about this particular place where you have an interview lined up. The more you get used to talking about the relevant work, the more thought you put into it, the better you're able to communicate it. It'll all show on the day.

There's lots of other generic tip lists out there, but it really boils down to just doing your preparation and presenting yourself well. The Skype is just an added element to consider that comes to "make sure everything works and close your other shit first".
>> No. 13301 Anonymous
5th October 2019
Saturday 6:29 pm
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>I really fucking want this job.

Is it the end of the world if you don't get it? I've performed considerably better at interviews ever since getting a very good job because I've now got the mindset that the worst-case scenario is that if I fail then I have to continue what I'm doing now, which puts me at ease.
>> No. 13302 Anonymous
5th October 2019
Saturday 8:23 pm
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- Make sure your you sound clear over your mike, get a new one if necessary.

- I think try and look at the camera a bit, not at them on your screen.

- Turn off any background downloads, windows update etc.
>> No. 13305 Anonymous
6th October 2019
Sunday 7:04 pm
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>>13300
>>13301
>>13302

Thanks lads, can somebody wish me luck? I'll need it.
>> No. 13306 Anonymous
6th October 2019
Sunday 7:44 pm
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>>13305

You've got this, lad. Put in your best performance and don't look back.
>> No. 13307 Anonymous
7th October 2019
Monday 3:44 am
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My personal trick is to get nicely pished, not properly drunk, just nicely pished. Like Lister in the Red Dwarf episode White Hole.

I've not failed an interview that I sunk six pints before first, yet.

That said, I wouldn't recommend my methods to everyone, but they've always worked for me.
>> No. 13308 Anonymous
8th October 2019
Tuesday 8:22 pm
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>>13299
did you do it yet jim lad?
>> No. 13309 Anonymous
8th October 2019
Tuesday 8:44 pm
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>> No. 13310 Anonymous
9th October 2019
Wednesday 11:47 pm
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>>13308

Just got home - it was a fucking disaster.

I knew I didn't get it when they said I'd hear next week. I've never had a job offer that didn't come through within a day or two, it's Thursday for them now and they said there was one more candidate, then it was next week.

If I had made it they'd probably be offering me Friday. What a fucking waste. I expected nothing, I'm still disappointed.
>> No. 13311 Anonymous
10th October 2019
Thursday 12:49 am
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>>13310
Oh and they said 'you will hear next week, maybe the week after that, but hopefully not.'

Never a good fucking sign.
>> No. 13312 Anonymous
10th October 2019
Thursday 3:08 am
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>>13310
Quite recently, interviewing for a company I'd applied to previously, the interviewer said "oh, we've got other interviews lined up next week and the week after that". The previous time I'd applied to them, I had an interview request withdrawn because one of the people they'd interviewed the day they made the request had been made and accepted an offer.
>> No. 13313 Anonymous
11th October 2019
Friday 8:39 am
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Thursday and Friday passed, nothing. Now i have to spend the whole weekend waiting too when I know it didn't go well.
>> No. 13314 Anonymous
11th October 2019
Friday 3:38 pm
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>>13313
Wish I could tell you 'Don't fret about it'.
>> No. 13315 Anonymous
11th October 2019
Friday 11:11 pm
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>>13313
Bear in mind that the worst that can happen is that they say no. Get back up, dust yourself down and carry on as usual.
>> No. 13316 Anonymous
13th October 2019
Sunday 9:24 pm
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Well lads, I think I've been offered the job (subject to references etc).

What a fucking whirl wind. I don't know whether to take it or not.
>> No. 13317 Anonymous
13th October 2019
Sunday 9:27 pm
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>>13316
Take it like a Polaroid picture.
>> No. 13318 Anonymous
14th October 2019
Monday 6:24 am
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>>13316

You spent all this time fretting about getting the job and now you're not even sure you want it? Howay lad, accept it.
>> No. 13319 Anonymous
14th October 2019
Monday 12:06 pm
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>>13318
He'd got it into his head that he wasn't getting it and had come to terms with that. Now he's all conflicted, bless him.

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