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Interview advice!

Postby andy1088 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:48 pm

So, I did not get my last promotion sadly, but I should be going for another one shortly. Just need a few tips from professionals!
1. Should I wear a jacket with a button down/tie?
2. Should I bring my resume for an internal promotion?
3. Should I change my "action plan" from my last interview (last month)?
4. Should I mention my external readings (leadership books, developmental books)?
5. Should I talk up my strengths, the store's weakness and how I will fix them or both?
6. Should I contact my district manager who is friend's with the store manager to give me a good word, or just leave it alone?
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Postby agp » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:19 pm

1. Yes, better to over dress than to under dress.
2. Absolutely.
3. Depends on the position you are applying/applied for. If you feel that you did not get the promotion because you did poorly in the interview then change your plan.
4. Not necessary. You can as a leisure chat, but external readings are nothing more.
5. Yes, but don't call them store's weakness. Call them areas that can use improvement. Being positive (about everything) is key.
6. You can bring it up, but don't put all your eggs (or any eggs) in that basket.

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Postby DoingHomework » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:42 pm

1. Dress one step up from what you do on a normal day at work. Don't overdo it. I agree that it's better to be overdressed than underdressed but you don't want to wear a tie if the normal company dress is jeans and t-shirt.
2. Yes
3. That depends. Was there something wrong with your previous action plan?
4. No. But if you can thoughtfully apply what you have learned to your job then that is good. But don't ever drop names of books. It won't help you.
5. Yes, but keep things positive. Don't state the weaknesses. Your boss probably knows what they are and may be responsible for them. Instead just say how your skills will improve teh store's performance. You don't need to say that there is currently a problem, just that you can make things better. But b e prepared to provide details about HOW you can do that rather than just talking with no substance.
6. If the DM is familiar with your performance then perhaps but normally it hurts to try to apply pressure from above. Unless you are really good at the internal politics, stay away from that kind of game.

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Postby DoingHomework » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:43 pm

Seems like agp and I agree. And I did not even see that post before writing my own.

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Postby djrez4 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:02 pm

andy1088 wrote:So, I did not get my last promotion sadly, but I should be going for another one shortly. Just need a few tips from professionals!
1. Should I wear a jacket with a button down/tie? [color="red"]100% yes[/color]
2. Should I bring my resume for an internal promotion? [color="red"]Definitely[/color]
3. Should I change my "action plan" from my last interview (last month)? [color="red"]If you have reason to change it, yes[/color]
4. Should I mention my external readings (leadership books, developmental books)? [color="red"]Only if it's relevant.[/color]
5. Should I talk up my strengths, the store's weakness and how I will fix them or both? [color="red"]What everyone else said. Identifying things you could improve is a good thing. Listing the reasons the store sucks is not.[/color]
6. Should I contact my district manager who is friend's with the store manager to give me a good word, or just leave it alone? [color="red"]Absolutely. When a third party talks you up, it carries more weight.[/color]
Thanks for any and all feedback guys!


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Postby Vermonster » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:31 pm

It doesn't matter if your daily uniform is covered in human excrement, wear a tie when asking for more money.
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