Job interview tips?

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    Hi GatorCountry,

    I'm scheduled for a job interview tomorrow with UPS in Louisville. I have previously gotten the job before, but it was a seasonal job so I didn't accept it. However, all applications are thrown out at the start of the year so it will be as though I have never been for an interview before.

    I have been through the application and interview process several times having worked three jobs before (I'm 19) and interviewing for several more. I'm not one to get nervous and I seem to have done fairly well in job interviews in the past, as I've been hired on the spot for several other jobs.

    However, I'm a bit anxious because this job could do a lot for my future. If I land the position, I could get my school tuition completely paid for at the University of Louisville and get tons of benefits with UPS.

    So, I'm asking those with experience, what are some tips you guys have to conduct a successful interview? I know most of the basics, like eye contact, dressing nice and being polite - but are there any steps I should take to set me over the top?

    Thank you all!
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    Be prepared to ask questions that demonstrate you have done some research; not only about the company in general, but about the particular office/branch/location at which you are applying to work.
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    wear shoes, and don't bring a beer.

    ;)

    i'm kidding of course, good luck!
    davis (above post) has some excellent advice
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    I used to be a manager at UPS, go in and be confident, show that you are excited and will be dedicated and they will take you. Let them know you are willing to do any tasks that they need you to do.
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    Do your homework. Look up the person (people) you are interviewing with (Linkedin), the branch, the company, etc. Come in with a list of questions written down so when they ask you at the end if you have any further questions, you can run down your list. If they have all been answered, say something like, "We've covered every question I had coming in already, but I'll contact you if I have more."

    Also be prepared. Have extra copies of your resume and references available. Dress for success. And think of what you will answer to some of the common interview questions. You can even find someone to role play and ask you questions. Some common questions you might get include, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" "Why do you want this job?" "What are some of your best qualities?" "Worst qualities?"

    Last, if you get a question you are not prepared for, it's ok to take 5-10 seconds to think out an answer. Don't take too long, of course, but it's ok to take a deep breathe and say you need a few seconds to ponder. Then hopefully, you'll have a good answer!
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    Sometimes you can google specific interview questions for a company (especially if they like behavioral questions).
    I would second researching the company, even if you drop a piece of knowledge during the casual walk to the room..."I understand this facility handles 7 states" etc.
    The other thing is a thank you letter follow up. Doesn't have to be huge but don't make it form, reference the individuals you spoke with and give a short paragraph on how your skills match what was discussed, how much you enjoyed the chance to meet them, and that you look forward to hearing from them.
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    Follow up with a Thank You letter!

    Also, try glassdoor.com. They have past interview questions.
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    +1 on glassdoor.com

    I have interviewed a lot of UF students for internships and I have seen the candidates post my exact questions on there!
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    multi-tasking is a good quality…text during the interview :D
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    Tell them you'll sleep with whomever it takes to get the job! :D
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    Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Don't wear any pants to the interview! :D
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    so…did you land the job?
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    Regarding the thank you letter.....nah.....I was a recruiter for many, many years and the trend was the thank you letters were from the weakest candidates and had zero influence on any hiring decisions.

    Hope the interview went well. The best thing for interviews is to be dressed appropriately, be early, anticipate the type of questions, don't lie and be yourself!!
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    It's good to be 19. Why? Old men don't get hired.

    HR officer: you seem perfect for the job. Tell me what is your greatest weakness?
    Old Man: Honesty
    HR officer: I don't think honesty is a weakness
    Old Man: I don't give a sh!t what you think.
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    During interview be confident and don't ask too much question related to your job like 1)Can I have to stay long at office during over work.
    2)Can I take more than one leave during first month of my job.
    These question can point bad remark towards the interviewer so avoid it.
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    I have always believed you needed to listen intently on what the interviewer says and always look them directly in the eye when answering- you should do homework on the company you are interviewing with and never ask about the pay or benefits on the first interview- and above all be honest and make sure your resume is factual. I always did back ground checks. On more than one occasion I found where people had lied on their resume. If people will lie to get a job they will lie to keep a job.
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    Accuse the interviewer of not being a team player for refusing to light your cigarette for you.
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