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post #1 of 11
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After not hearing back for like a month after submitting my resume I get a call this morning and have a interview for the position of Computer Support Analyst which I know is entry level position but was told its used as probational period to find where I would be most suited.

Anyways I am both excited and terrified at the thought as I have never had a sorta white collar job I have been a CNC programmer/machinist for the last six years since I graduated high school.

I have been attending Tech school for the last year an a half for Network Administration and Information Technology. But going from machining into IT is big jump in my honest opinion I feel alot out of my league.

I really want to get out of the shop and I really want to impress the employer and I'm asking best bunch of techies I could think of OCN what should I expect and what should I prepare/study for?

Anyways TL;DR thanks in advance
post #2 of 11
Congrats man!

Learn some information about the company so you can justify why you want to work from them and what you can offer them, And think of some questions to ask them at the end of the interview (don't ask about salary though!)

Good Luck


p.s. Our uni recommenced reading this.

http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advi...erview-success
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/13/11 at 10:56pm
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At my work it's not all about the technical know-how (don't get me wrong, it's important); The personality and dedication of a potential employee is the strongest factor.

The techie side of the job can be learned and one can improve themselves. However the personality side of a person is what it is, that can't really be changed much.

Just go in with a positive attitude, confidence, and most of all take a second to compose your thoughts before answering questions and when responding be sure to speak slowly and enunciate clearly. Don't ramble on and put your foot in your mouth if you don't know.
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Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
Congrats man!

Learn some information about the company so you can justify why you want to work from them and what you can offer them, And think of some questions to ask them at the end of the interview (don't ask about salary though!)

Good Luck
Hey thanks that defiantly some study material right there! Woot thanks.
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Originally Posted by bane-o View Post
Just go in with a positive attitude, confidence, and most of all take a second to compose your thoughts before answering questions and when responding be sure to speak slowly and enunciate clearly. Don't ramble on and put your foot in your mouth if you don't know.
Positive attitude Check, Confidence Check, Composing thoughts Fail!!! I blame my A.D.H.D for that even though its not a good excuse. I will defiantly put that in the back of my mind Many Thanks!!!
post #6 of 11
Don't try to come off as you know everything. You'll end up being the office prick. We have a few of those. Just be willing to learn. Admit that if you don't know something you're will to find it on your own, on your own time.
    
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post #7 of 11
Pretend you're not anti-social. Wear clean clothes and deodorant. Can't tell you how many interviews I've seen cut short for such simple reasons.
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Remember that an interview is about selling yourself. Make sure your appearance is top notch and think about some typical interview questions. They will want to know your strengths and weaknesses and what type of experience you've had in the past.

As stated before think of some questions to ask them. Show you're interested in the company. Maybe ask the interviewer how they got started at the company. Or come up with a question that promotes you even more. You could ask them if there are opportunities for community outreach, how quickly you'll be given higher levels of responbility. If you'll have a chance to lead a team or help others.

Not only do you have to sell your qualifications but also your personality. No one is going to hire someone they can't stand.
post #9 of 11
Echoing what the others have said above, Try to be confident, but not come off as an ass.

Depending on the style of interview / work enviroment, dress style will play a factor in the interview. Don't show up in a suit and tie if most of the employees are dressed business casual (Polo Shirt, Slacks, etc). Do your research on the company find out somethings to show some genuine interest in what they do.

All things aside technical abilities can be learned / trained assuming they didn't list crap tons of experience and certs on the job listing. Most employers are looking for someone dependable, competent, and trustworthy.
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read up on your acronyms, I know people who were tested on them
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