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By mykykiai ·
Since September 2000, I have attended a total of twenty two interviews. I only got two offers including my current job as a training consultant. However, all the good openings slipped away. The fact that I have gotten invited to all these interviews indicates to me that my resume may not be the problem. What should I do to ensure that these great chances do not slip away in future and that I may get some more interviews? I am in Kenya and the market here is not good at the moment and competition is stiff. Further, I have little experience applying all my skills though I am MCSE NT 4 and 2000 and have been training these products for a while now.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to How do I procure another ...

Good question!

In part, you may have provided the answer: your resume looks good but the competition is stiff. The fact that you are still getting interviews is a real positive.

You have to ask yourself a few tough questions:
-- What parts of the interview did you perform really really well?
-- What parts of the interview did you do acceptably?
-- What parts of the interview did you do poorly?

You need to be brutally honest with yourself as you ask those questions, because they be the key to what you may need to work on.

The next think you need to ask yourself (in the same context) is how do you think you came across to the interviewer? Again, honesty is the key. Ask yourself that if you could "redo" the interview, what would you have done differently?

You might want to set up a mock job interview with a professional colleague (give them samples of the kinds of questions you have been asked) and have them give you an honest critique of how well your performed. Approach this mock interview with absolute seriousness -- even to the point of dressing for the interview and going through the formal introduction process. Do not "break out" of the interview for any reason.

Meanwhile, look for ways to apply your skills. Volunteerism is excellet. Find an NGO that needs help and do the best possible job. If you excel, you have a great reference in addition to the experience.

Good luck,

humbly submitted,
diabetic

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by PENGUINSRULE In reply to How do I procure another ...

Really concentrate on listening, and on taking an interest in them - really think of thinks to interview them about - about things that you want them to tell you about themselves. There's where you can get an edge.

Do everything you can to increase your skills and volunteer to increase experience during your time of not working.

Keep in mind that this is all temporary, however long it is, and that this will pass.

Keep trying - sometimes it takes a while to get your big break. Your persistance will pay off over time.

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by mykykiai In reply to How do I procure another ...

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by y2ktoou In reply to How do I procure another ...

It's a shame you're over in Kenya as the US Federal Govt is looking for people left & right. Alot of current employee's are going to be retiring in the next few years and that's only going to increase the demand that's already in place. However, it helps if you're a US citizen, which for you however, you're not, yet.

Hang in there.

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by mykykiai In reply to How do I procure another ...

I have Interview no. 25 coming up next week and would appreciate some help on some of the following questions which I think have been my undoing:

-What did you learn from your experience at..?
-How come you keep jumping from one job to the other? Isn't it a dangerous precedent?
-given a project how would u manage it?
-describe a situation when you used a lot of your initiative to solve a problem
-how much do you expect to earn?

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by diabetic In reply to How do I procure another ...

Here is a continuation of my earlier answer:

You wanted some thoughts on:

What did you learn from your experience at..?

This is where you can showcase some of your experience. Tell them about some good projects you worked on and what you learned in the process. you might say you worked on a certain project and learned how to write really tight code in C++, or you worked on another project and gained firsthand experience with setting up routers and switches. Identify two or three projects and be able to discuss what you learned from each. This is a good place in an interview to show enthusiasm for learning and knowledge.


-How come you keep jumping from one job to the other? Isn't it a dangerous precedent?

Acknowledgethat you, it is a bad practice and that you are ready to settle into a long term employment. Be prepared to discuss one or two earlier jobs where the decision to leave was brought on by circumstances such as layoffs, staff reductions, lost projects,etc. Those things are understandable and will help mitigate some job movement.

-given a project how would u manage it?

There are entire books written on this subject! In short, gather data, identify resources, assemble a team, put together a communciations plan, identify who are the approvers, put together a schedule, get it blessed, get to work.

-describe a situation when you used a lot of your initiative to solve a problem

Think about a problem you served that was not mainstream to what you do every day. Discuss the problem, how it was outside of your normal area, and how you personally contributed to the solution. You don't have to claim to be the one who fixed something, just show that you are able to contribute to a group solution.

-how much do you expect to earn?

A competitive wage. Know what the job should pay and quote something that is in that range.

humbly submitted,
diabetic

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by mykykiai In reply to How do I procure another ...

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by dkd In reply to How do I procure another ...

The most valuable resource I have found in your situation is the interviewer at the companies that reject you.

Make sure to:
1) Get their contact information after the interview
2) Send a followup thank you note
3) Send an inquiry directly to them or the hiring manager to ask for feedback on your interview

Most companies are willing to provide it because it feeds their God/Superiority complexes.

Use the feedback to create and practice interview responses. Mock interviews are always good, but you need to select someone who will be critical and give you good feedback. That may mean you need to find a stranger.

I often find that I am my best critic - I interview myself in the mirror before I head out to the job interview EVERYTIME! That doesn't say much for my sanity, but it works.

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