Interview Stress!

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    MrsGroves2B

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    Hi guys!

    I've just had a phone call from an agency saying a job I sent a CV for want to invite me to an interview. Perfect! The trouble is I don't actually know what it is exactly I'm being interviewed for!

    Basically a friend of my Dad works for a recruitment company that work in association with the Job Centre to help get people back into work. They help put people forward for jobs, but also do courses and lectures on things such as successful job interviews, writing CV's, etc. She sent him a message saying there's a 2 month contract going at her work, and because I have a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) qualification I can send my CV to the agency the job is with.

    I phoned for information, she gave me the person at the agency to speak to and he just said send your CV, which I did. No further information.

    I've tried emailing and phoning the agency, left a message, no prevail. I've tried contacting my Dad's friend, no joy. The thing is the person I'm contacting that's my Dad's friend is on the interviewing panel, so me trying to find out information through her looks bad on my part, but have no choice! I've tried websites, Google, nothing on those either!

    I'm not sure if anyone can help but is there anyone that can help me? I'm assuming its a trainer role, but if anyone works in this sector or does a role like this please can you advise me? The interview for the job is Monday but the agency want me to register with them, etc tomorrow! They still haven't sent me the details of what I need to take tomorrow! I'm beginning to stress and panic now!

    Thank you in advance and anticipation!

    xx
     
    MrsGroves2B, Aug 1, 2012
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    Can you ask for more info when you go register with the agency, never mind the interview you need to know who you might be working for!

    As for interview prep though, I am sure they won't have sent you fr an interview that you don't have the qualifications and experience for. Think about the types of questions you might get asked. Iam interviewing tomorrow for a junior colleague, generally team work, communication, leadership/ development are common themes.

    Good luck x
     
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    I know the company, I know the woman interviewing me, or one of them, there may be more than one!

    I'm assuming trainer as I found something for a job that went up early July, but has now been removed, which makes sense as I was told about a week later about it. However, there's no guarantee this is the same role, I expect so but not 100% certain!

    I've tried contacting the agency, I've left a voicemail and email as I can't get through, but no reply. Starting to worry now! At least I have until Monday for the actual interview I suppose.

    Thank you for your help! I really appreciaate it!

    xx
     
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    Not much to add but good luck!
     
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    Thank you! xx
     
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    Only just seen this now! I agree with what Mrs Brown said re topics - they always seem to ask questions such as 'tell me about a time when you have demonstrated [insert skill here]', so it might be worth thinking over good examples of work you have done in the past.

    Good luck! :)
     
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    The thing is this interview is for something that I've not done before- its with a new qualification I gained last year.

    The worst thing is I know the person interviewing me, she's friends with my Dad! To be honest I think this is why I've been invited to interview as when she was telling me about it she told me she was doing the interviews and to send my CV in, but I still haven't got a detailed job description so don't really know much- she hasn't sent me the information, so I'm currently on the website for the company (I don't know if anyone knows of a company called A4E who do coaching, etc to help people back into work?) so finding out stuff off there and hoping its all on there!

    Its the worst prepared interview ever! I half don't know where to start! I did a load of notes on the company and what they do last night, and now found out some interviews of people on the A4E website of people who do the jobs, what skills they need, etc, so trying that route out! Just hope that will do!

    I've been out of full time work now for 3 years, I have a 6 hour a week job in Hobbycraft and I'm a qualified teacher, and have now got a qualification to allow me to teach in the adult sector. The only full time work I've done is the odd supply placement in schools, so its a field that's kind of completely new to me! I need a job though!

    xx
     
    MrsGroves2B, Aug 5, 2012
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    Well, just got back after the interview, not sure how it went, but considering I didn't have a clue what to expect I think it went ok, wouldn't know whether it was good enough for success, but it was ok for an interview going into it pretty blind.

    xx
     
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    I think you can tell when an interview goes badly, so hopefully you'll get the position :) Did they tell you any more about the job when you were there?
     
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    Fingers crossed! Did you find out more at the interview? I went to an interview once and when I found out more about the job I decided I didn't want it haha, I did say to them at the end of the interview I wasn't really interested as it wasn't what I was expecting (and I already had a job I was just thinking about a change rather than needed a job if that makes sense!)
     
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    It was strange, I found that compared to interviews I've gone to in the past I did about the same, but never got the other jobs, so don't expect to get this one- each interview is an experience so glad to get the opportunity to have a go at least, but I hadn't had any experience in that sector so couldn't really relate to the job, which makes me think even more so that I haven't got the job. Its only for about two months anyway. I seriously think the only reason I had an interview was because it was my Dad's friend who was on the interview panel and she's met me before, with a surname of Ceney (pronounced sea knee) you don't come across many of those, so put two and two together she can invite me to interview!

    The interview itself was pretty much a factual thing (albeit I had to give some white lies so I could at least answer the questions, but nothing that could drop me in it at a later date!) But as its a trainer position for a company that specialise in getting people out of work back into work, I had to do a mini micro teach, so basically plan and deliver a 5-10 minute lesson on anything without warning (just got 15 minutes to prepare) to show my abilities to come up with something "off the cuff", which went ok, but could be better I suppose!

    Don't hold much hope, but will find out at the end of the week at the latest.

    xx
     
    MrsGroves2B, Aug 8, 2012
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    I started to lose whatever hope I did have when Friday came and went, and I had no calls off anyone regarding the job. Then Saturday morning the agency phoned me and said that they'd contacted the place I had the interview at and they were very interested in me, but still had a couple of interviews to do so that's why they weren't in touch with me, so there's still a glimmer of hope there, even if I'm not 100% confident!

    xx
     
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    Well that sounds like a good sign! Now, to sabotage the other interviews... muh ha ha ;)
     
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    Well good news is I've been offered the job- its temporary for 2 months starting the 28th August (day after Bank Holiday)

    The worrying news is that my notice period at my current job is 4 weeks, and this job starts in 2 weeks, and the diaries have been worked around the training for me already, so the main boss needs to know and make a decision to see if for 2 weeks (just over) they can accomodate me. If not then I may not have the job!

    The pro points in my favour is that it only affects 2 mornings a week, and the latest I can get there on those 2 mornings are 11am (I work 7am-10am shifts at the moment on Tuesday's and Thursday's). The problem is things start at 9am and sessions start then, as its trainer positions.

    Head office at my work are closed, my boss at work is not in until 9am tomorrow, new job are talking first thing in the morning. The person I've spoken to has said that if its up to her she would accomodate it but its not.

    I've asked about holiday at my work, but because the holiday year starts in June I may end up owing them holiday, I've toyed with working 2 weeks of my notice and then calling in sick for the last 2 weeks. I'm physically stuck until the morning and I'm panicking as I don't want to jepodise a new job, albeit temporary for the sake of a notice period.

    They said for permanent positions they expect you to give notice to an employer, but as its temporary its quick turn around so they don't know if they can until they've spoken to the main boss. I could cry I'm so worried. Earlier I just thought they have to allow it, but it turns out that they don't have to being temporary.

    If only I knew everything before 5am and I couldn've called head office! I was officially told today, but have been waiting for a phone call or message, which I didn't get until after 5pm.

    So interview stress has turned into another form of stress! I'm just hoping and praying that the new company give me the go ahead to work my notice for the sake of a couple of weeks, and/or my current company allow me to finish a little earlier.

    I can't switch hours as its contracted either (in both jobs)

    So scared, so stressed, and feel so upset of what could happen!
     
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    What a tricky situation! Have you heard back yet this morning?
     
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    Everything's sorted! All's fine and haven't had to hand my notice in at my current job either as they've swapped me to a Saturday. I didn't want to give it up as I love it there and even though the hours are only 6 per week (now down to 4) its permanent and this new job is only until the 5th October initially, so at least I have a job at the end of it if it doesn't get extended or even become permanent, and my new job can cover me for the first week as its only two mornings that will be affected, and my new hours at my current job take affect the week after, so I'm very happy and not so stressed now!

    So I can now celebrate having a new job (albeit temporary!)

    xx
     
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    Excellent, that's great news! You must be so relieved! I order you to go and have a celebratory drink in the sun ;)
     
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    Fantastic news!
     
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    Relieved isn't the word! I'm happy now, I had a phone call arranging a time to be there next Tuesday for my start day and where to go, so all that is good, and will get further information before the weekend, so I'm happy now the the ball's rolling!

    More money to save towards the wedding! Even better!

    Thanks ladies!

    xx
     
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    Started my new job a week ago, delivered my first training session on my own this morning, which was ok, but I think I need to do a few to get into them and used to what I am training about, but over time I think I will be ok xx
     
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