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    Just had my first telephone interview....it went really bad!!! I couldnt answer half the questions no matter how much the interview helped.....I wouldnt mind but I dont particularly want the job (its only in a call centre and would be a 'put on' job till something better comes along....and now I feel useless!!!!

    I dont quite understand how they expect me to have experience of the various precise scenarios when I have gone school, college, uni and here I am.....not much time for a worth while job (yes I did have part time ones, but nothing to write home about)

    someone cheer me up!!!!!! Im now stressing thinking ill never get a half decent job as im so crap at interviews!!!!!

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    Never mind, work is toss!

    Calm down.

    Take three deep breaths.

    Make yourself a nice cup of tea.

    Now,

    Think of the number of times you've phoned a call centre and ended up talking to some chump.

    They passed the phone interview, so you should have nothing to worry about.

    :thumbsup:

    don't worry about it a job will come along soon enough - i finished my post grad in september last year and have just managed to get a part time job(in a retail shop - just glad to get anything at the mo) even though i wanted full time so something will turn up

    as for interviews i'm not very good at them either and especially the new scenario of descibe a situation when you worked in a team etc i feel like just saying ask me a question that has something to do with the job i am applying. Best thing to do is either just make something up or apply a situation to uni

    might not cheer you up, but remember there are other people in the same boat, just keep applying and don;t let one bad interview get you down :thumbsup:

    cannyscot;7804093

    Calm down.Take three deep breaths.Make yourself a nice cup of … Calm down.Take three deep breaths.Make yourself a nice cup of tea.Now,Think of the number of times you've phoned a call centre and ended up talking to some chump.They passed the phone interview, so you should have nothing to worry about.:thumbsup:



    +1

    & A Choccy Biscuit

    You only probably did bad because you didn't want the job so didn't put much effort in. I'm sure you'll do better next time when it's a job you really want. Trust me I've been in the same position....in the meantime just enjoy the free time you have as you won't have the chance to once you start working:-D

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    Trickyjabs;7804087

    Never mind, work is toss!


    work=money money=life
    cannyscot;7804093

    Calm down.Take three deep breaths.Make yourself a nice cup of … Calm down.Take three deep breaths.Make yourself a nice cup of tea.Now,Think of the number of times you've phoned a call centre and ended up talking to some chump.They passed the phone interview, so you should have nothing to worry about.:thumbsup:


    lol I appreciate the thinking....but now if/when I dont get it ill just feel worse!!!:w00t: lol although I really couldnt have answered the questions without lying....and I would rather be unemployed and valued for telling the truth than employed by lying :roll:
    shedboy66;7804109

    don't worry about it a job will come along soon enough - i finished my … don't worry about it a job will come along soon enough - i finished my post grad in september last year and have just managed to get a part time job(in a retail shop - just glad to get anything at the mo) even though i wanted full time so something will turn upas for interviews i'm not very good at them either and especially the new scenario of descibe a situation when you worked in a team etc i feel like just saying ask me a question that has something to do with the job i am applying. Best thing to do is either just make something up or apply a situation to unimight not cheer you up, but remember there are other people in the same boat, just keep applying and don;t let one bad interview get you down :thumbsup:



    I seem to apply everything to university, but when its a question like 'tell me when you have sorted a problem out for someone' what am I meant to say? Once my mum was constipated so I cooked curry?!?!?!?!?!
    lol If I dont laugh I would cry.....left uni in may and havent found anything.....its almost a year!!!!
    thats what I keep thinking....least I dont have commitments, could be sooooo so sooo much worse :thumbsup:

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    Spriggan;7804177

    You only probably did bad because you didn't want the job so didn't put … You only probably did bad because you didn't want the job so didn't put much effort in. I'm sure you'll do better next time when it's a job you really want. Trust me I've been in the same position....in the meantime just enjoy the free time you have as you won't have the chance to once you start working:-D



    no I want the job, I have applied to the police and the possible recruitment length is upto 18months :? so really need something even though I am very hopeful about the Police job. Ive had too much free time....and way too many friends offering to break up my day....but most things cost money and its just gettin to me now......anyways in a couple of days I should find out their desicion and after that theres even a face to face interview and an examination!!!!! Call centre recruitment is takin the miff lol :whistling: I can answer a phone and fob people off.....what more dya want

    lil_tiger;7804180

    work=money money=lifelol I appreciate the thinking....but now if/when I … work=money money=lifelol I appreciate the thinking....but now if/when I dont get it ill just feel worse!!!:w00t: lol although I really couldnt have answered the questions without lying....and I would rather be unemployed and valued for telling the truth than employed by lying :roll:I seem to apply everything to university, but when its a question like 'tell me when you have sorted a problem out for someone' what am I meant to say? Once my mum was constipated so I cooked curry?!?!?!?!?!lol If I dont laugh I would cry.....left uni in may and havent found anything.....its almost a year!!!!thats what I keep thinking....least I dont have commitments, could be sooooo so sooo much worse :thumbsup:




    you just really have to make something up, it seems nowadays employers couldn't care if you can do the job well or not its more important that you tick the boxes with your answers to the stupid questions
    I had the same prob finished my undergrad tried to get work for a year and didn't find much so went back to do my post grad and now thinking about a PHD, it really is hard getting work especially now with the economic climate the job i managed to get was just for a new store i was told there were 90 jobs 2000 people applied for them,

    other than keep applying there is not much anyone can say to cheer you up, and i do know what you mean most things cost money just try to keep your brain ticking

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    shedboy66;7804259

    you just really have to make something up, it seems nowadays employers … you just really have to make something up, it seems nowadays employers couldn't care if you can do the job well or not its more important that you tick the boxes with your answers to the stupid questions I had the same prob finished my undergrad tried to get work for a year and didn't find much so went back to do my post grad and now thinking about a PHD, it really is hard getting work especially now with the economic climate the job i managed to get was just for a new store i was told there were 90 jobs 2000 people applied for them, other than keep applying there is not much anyone can say to cheer you up, and i do know what you mean most things cost money just try to keep your brain ticking



    its a pity they are hiring people based on lies though.....would they rather I was dumb, but single handedly rescued a full troop of boy scouts from their sinking minibus in the floods......:roll:

    I sympathise with how depressing it is job hunting. I'm in a similar boat and have recently had quite a few interviews. I always found the telephone ones more difficult compared to face to face because you cannot gage(sp) the interviewers reaction.
    Chin up though something will come through, I am waiting on so many applications its unreal but I always find that I hear nothing for ages then 3/4 in one day!

    Good luck

    Shedboy66 only do a PhD if you think it's REALLY REALLY worth it.............I speak from experience. It is HARD work, well I'm sure you know that, but also you need to consider your job prospects afterwards and if it will help you get the job you want. Especially if you are going to do an Arts PhD.

    Lil_tiger, I know how you feel, it's so difficult at the moment, no matter how qualified you are. Something will come along though for certain. If you have lots of time on your hands have you thought about doing some voluntary work? This looks excellent on your CV, and will prob give you scenarios to deal with which an interviewer might ask you about (solving problems, that sort of thing). It's really rewarding too, and most places will pay you travel expenses so you won't be out of pocket. It might be worth looking at anyway if this job doesn't come off, or even if it does sometimes you can opt to do just a couple of hours to fit around your job. But I hear you when you say work=money, money=life. Hang in there!

    [quote=lil_tiger;7804180]work=money money=life
    I would rather be unemployed and valued for telling the truth than employed by lying :roll:

    Confidence in the youth of today - RESTORED!!

    Repped!

    studentessa;7804382

    Shedboy66 only do a PhD if you think it's REALLY REALLY worth … Shedboy66 only do a PhD if you think it's REALLY REALLY worth it.............I speak from experience. It is HARD work, well I'm sure you know that, but also you need to consider your job prospects afterwards and if it will help you get the job you want. Especially if you are going to do an Arts PhD. Lil_tiger, I know how you feel, it's so difficult at the moment, no matter how qualified you are. Something will come along though for certain. If you have lots of time on your hands have you thought about doing some voluntary work? This looks excellent on your CV, and will prob give you scenarios to deal with which an interviewer might ask you about (solving problems, that sort of thing). It's really rewarding too, and most places will pay you travel expenses so you won't be out of pocket. It might be worth looking at anyway if this job doesn't come off, or even if it does sometimes you can opt to do just a couple of hours to fit around your job. But I hear you when you say work=money, money=life. Hang in there!




    Totally agree with this, voluntary work would give you outcomes for the competency questions. Also just being really prepared with different scenerios for these type of questions, think outside the box a bit with them , they don't have to be work related. I often sit in the bath thinking about possible answers!!:thumbsup:

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    I find i do best when i dont care about a job as im much more relaxed. When im offered an interview i do a bit of research before but try to go in with the 'im interviewing them and they'd be lucky to get me' Its a bit big headed but it works. Just be confident :-)

    Swot up on the standard interview questions ie 'when have you had a problem and how have you overcome it' and think of some answers then get applying. Questions like this sound overwhelming at first but you can easily come up with something if you give yourself chance to think about it. Failing that, make up a problem and say how you would honestly deal with it of you did come across it that way your not telling too much of a lie. ie. once someone else messed something up at work and i did overtime and stayed with them to fix.

    Hope you have some luck soon!

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    Emma-lee;7804373

    I sympathise with how depressing it is job hunting. I'm in a similar boat … I sympathise with how depressing it is job hunting. I'm in a similar boat and have recently had quite a few interviews. I always found the telephone ones more difficult compared to face to face because you cannot gage(sp) the interviewers reaction. Chin up though something will come through, I am waiting on so many applications its unreal but I always find that I hear nothing for ages then 3/4 in one day!Good luck


    yeah there were a few times when I had finished my (excuse for an) answer and it just went silent.....then we would both start talking and talk over each other :? I generally get 2-3 emails a day saying they dont wanna hire me! lol it is getting kinda daft now :x
    studentessa;7804382

    Shedboy66 only do a PhD if you think it's REALLY REALLY worth … Shedboy66 only do a PhD if you think it's REALLY REALLY worth it.............I speak from experience. It is HARD work, well I'm sure you know that, but also you need to consider your job prospects afterwards and if it will help you get the job you want. Especially if you are going to do an Arts PhD. Lil_tiger, I know how you feel, it's so difficult at the moment, no matter how qualified you are. Something will come along though for certain. If you have lots of time on your hands have you thought about doing some voluntary work? This looks excellent on your CV, and will prob give you scenarios to deal with which an interviewer might ask you about (solving problems, that sort of thing). It's really rewarding too, and most places will pay you travel expenses so you won't be out of pocket. It might be worth looking at anyway if this job doesn't come off, or even if it does sometimes you can opt to do just a couple of hours to fit around your job. But I hear you when you say work=money, money=life. Hang in there!



    I chose not to do the LPC course as I dont think its worth it, and no matter how long it takes me to get a job I will stand by that decision.
    I have considered voluntary work....but I just think that while im voluntary working I could be looking for jobs, plus I would no doubt end up spending money on the work (petrol/bus fare/lunch etc) The job centre are useless and I tell them so every fortnight lol....no help what so ever....unless you can get benefits in this country they really dont give a toss :x
    thanks for the advice tho

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    lil_tiger;7804204

    no I want the job, I have applied to the police and the possible … no I want the job, I have applied to the police and the possible recruitment length is upto 18months :?



    haha I'm at 11 months, it's taking forever but I've got a good job at the minute so I'm good. They've just done my references. Hoping the fitness test isn't any time soon because I've torn all my quads, can't run now on my 3rd week of recovery.

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    cannyscot;7804410

    [quote=lil_tiger;7804180]work=money money=life I would rather be … [quote=lil_tiger;7804180]work=money money=life I would rather be unemployed and valued for telling the truth than employed by lying :roll:Confidence in the youth of today - RESTORED!!Repped!


    lol thanks....pity the companies dont value this!
    Emma-lee;7804413

    Totally agree with this, voluntary work would give you outcomes for the … Totally agree with this, voluntary work would give you outcomes for the competency questions. Also just being really prepared with different scenerios for these type of questions, think outside the box a bit with them , they don't have to be work related. I often sit in the bath thinking about possible answers!!:thumbsup:


    Since I have got the police application I think of nothing else.....but whatever I come up with seems like such a loose link that its pointless lol.....ill keep thinkin
    fairysel;7804414

    I find i do best when i dont care about a job as im much more relaxed. … I find i do best when i dont care about a job as im much more relaxed. When im offered an interview i do a bit of research before but try to go in with the 'im interviewing them and they'd be lucky to get me' Its a bit big headed but it works. Just be confident :-)Swot up on the standard interview questions ie 'when have you had a problem and how have you overcome it' and think of some answers then get applying. Questions like this sound overwhelming at first but you can easily come up with something if you give yourself chance to think about it. Failing that, make up a problem and say how you would honestly deal with it of you did come across it that way your not telling too much of a lie. ie. once someone else messed something up at work and i did overtime and stayed with them to fix.Hope you have some luck soon!


    I thought that about the not caring so much so been more relaxed thing....think thats what suprised me when I kept freezing! and when I said things I hadnt fully thought through and she pulled me up on it I just screwed up more :oops:
    I do try to think of the standard questions but these always end up with answers with regard to uni....and then they tend to change the question to 'other than uni.....' thats where it falls apart cos I didnt really do anything else lol
    Im still not comfortable with lying....perhaps its just me:oops: taa for the post though

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    lumoruk;7804439

    haha I'm at 11 months, it's taking forever but I've got a good job at the … haha I'm at 11 months, it's taking forever but I've got a good job at the minute so I'm good. They've just done my references. Hoping the fitness test isn't any time soon because I've torn all my quads, can't run now on my 3rd week of recovery.



    well done...if theyre checking references then youre practically there arent you??
    Surely they would take into consideration your recovery time for it, my cousin got her fire service training delayed because she had a problem with her knee....she caught up with the others though

    Im struggling with good answers to the police application questions at the moment though :thinking:

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    lil_tiger;7804479

    Im struggling with good answers to the police application questions at … Im struggling with good answers to the police application questions at the moment though :thinking:



    I got an application back in 2004 tried filling it in but didn't have enough life experience, got one last year and I had to cut down all my answers I had so much to put :thumbsup:

    Been working since I left 6th form at 17, so had more work/life experience now.

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    lumoruk;7804490

    I got an application back in 2004 tried filling it in but didn't have … I got an application back in 2004 tried filling it in but didn't have enough life experience, got one last year and I had to cut down all my answers I had so much to put :thumbsup:Been working since I left 6th form at 17, so had more work/life experience now.



    yeah Im expecting the lack of life experience reply....I really want it though and I guess I am relying on my degree to show Im a fast learner etc....they hire some 18 year olds though and I dont really see how they can all have more life experience than older people lol


    anyways.......i gotta go to sign on now....:x

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    lil_tiger;7804526

    yeah Im expecting the lack of life experience reply....I really want it … yeah Im expecting the lack of life experience reply....I really want it though and I guess I am relying on my degree to show Im a fast learner etc....they hire some 18 year olds though and I dont really see how they can all have more life experience than older people lol



    Was a lot of young people at the recruitment drive at high wycombe, made me feel old! hope you tick the fast progression box :thumbsup:

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    lil_tiger;7804458

    [QUOTE=cannyscot;7804410]I thought that about the not caring so much so … [QUOTE=cannyscot;7804410]I thought that about the not caring so much so been more relaxed thing....think thats what suprised me when I kept freezing! and when I said things I hadnt fully thought through and she pulled me up on it I just screwed up more :oops:I do try to think of the standard questions but these always end up with answers with regard to uni....and then they tend to change the question to 'other than uni.....' thats where it falls apart cos I didnt really do anything else lolIm still not comfortable with lying....perhaps its just me:oops: taa for the post though



    I know what you mean, I couldnt lie in an interview as I know i'd get caught out if i got the job. Just think about examples with friends and home life, if they've offered you an interview they have seen your cv and are aware you dont have much business experience so they should expect that you will have to use examples from your personal life.

    Once ive got stuck in an interview i tend to turn to jelly, try taking a second to think. I've learnt your best to just say 'hmmm i havent heard that one before....' and take a momrnt to think that fumbling an answer together.

    I sometimes make up an answer when they say "tell me a time you've blah blah blah" at the end of the day they are just looking to see how you'd react to the situation.

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    lumoruk;7804549

    Was a lot of young people at the recruitment drive at high wycombe, made … Was a lot of young people at the recruitment drive at high wycombe, made me feel old! hope you tick the fast progression box :thumbsup:


    I did indeed....hopefully they want either young(ish) uns with the potential to learn/improve, or old(er) ones that have experience they can apply to it (thats what Im hoping anyways!!!)

    natversion1;7805168

    I sometimes make up an answer when they say "tell me a time you've blah … I sometimes make up an answer when they say "tell me a time you've blah blah blah" at the end of the day they are just looking to see how you'd react to the situation.



    I disagree....theyre looking to find out what attributes you have and how they can be applied to scenarios that could come up during the job (usually)
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