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Apr 12, 2019 23:48:59

Any suggestion to help friends for interviews

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Anybody experienced that some of your friends got laid off and you tried to help him or her? It would be great if you share your experience. Or it would be appreciated to share what was your feeling and what was truly helpful if you have an experience of being fired. Luckily so far I did not experience but I would like to consider his situation as much as possible. 

I am thinking of two things for them:

  • Listening to their self-intro (non-technical)
  • Conduct a mock interview (technical)

If I just google "what is the typical interview questions", I can find a collection of non-technical questions like in this website "How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions

For instance, some of the non-technical questions are as below:

  • 1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?
  • 5. Why should we hire you?
  • 6. What are your greatest professional strengths?
  • 7. What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
  • 8. What is your greatest professional achievement?

On the other hand, as for technical one, I plan to ask him to provide a list of expected question or website that I can refer to. I am not sure this is actually helpful for him or not. 

Any other material, any suggestion would be also appreciated.

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    @brandonwilson @craigpetterson
    I corrected "fired" to "laid off" to be more accurate. I thought it might make a slight difference.

    Hiro avatar Hiro | Apr 13, 2019 11:38:44
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    @hiro I would recommend taking action right away. It's easy to be shell-shocked after getting fired and let that drift into anger and inaction. Your friend needs to get right back into the game to avoid losing the mental edge. One tip I always give for interviews is be specific in your answers and once you answer the question, stop talking. Some people feel the need to go on and on, but it's not necessary and from the interviewer's point of view can be seen as a negative.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 13, 2019 06:56:01
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      @brandonwilson That is a legitimate point that I did not think of. Thank you for encouraging since I am sure if it is practically helpful or not and they might regard me as those who are not fired i.e., "them", which is different from "us". Maybe I am overthinking.

      Hiro avatar Hiro | Apr 13, 2019 11:32:59
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    @hiro this is cool.

    I think it's worth noting that an interview is as much for the candidate as it is for the company they apply for. With that in mind, it's always good to go loaded with your own set of questions to ask. Also, you should question yourself about whether or not this is a place you actually want to work.

    That sounds easier said than done though. If you've been fired, maybe you're concerned about your finances and you just want a job. They will just have to weigh up if this is a job to get some money in the bank (and keep looking elsewhere) or if they truly like a job and it's something they love or want to be doing.

    Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 13, 2019 08:35:01
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      @craigpetterson This is another great point. It seems those who are laid off are now emotional and try to digest what happens. There is a risk to rush into a company just for their peace of mind with a short-sighted view.

      Hiro avatar Hiro | Apr 13, 2019 11:37:30
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