mika
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Job Interview Related Question

Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:35 pm

Earlier this week i got the opportunity to have two phone interviews with two different people at a company in Belgium, and after that i was told that they would like to see me in person and that if i would want it i am welcome for a personal interview in Belgium.

Now, the highest ranking guy (of these two i talked to) told me that he will give me a date for the Belgium interview via email since at this point he was unsure of his schedule. This was on monday and as this week is coming to a close without me getting any time for appointment yet i am thinking whether i should call and require it myself or just contuine waiting.

The reason i am unsure is that what the guy in charge would make of it, i feel like what i do in situations like these would in their eyes reflect how i would act in a future job that they are about to give me. I have no trouble waiting for the appointment and if i call and ask about it now i feel like i'm making the employer unescessary hassle (that would reflect poorly on me) because at any rate he still wouldnt give me an appointment any faster.

At the same time i feel like calling and inquering about it so that i'd seem very interested and keen about the job.

Any input appricated about this, it's not the end of the world but i'm just split in two about what to do.
 
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:41 pm

Drop him (them) a note thanking them for the previous interview and express how you are looking forward to meeting them in the follow-up interview.
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mika
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:53 pm

The problem is that i dont have this guys email adress, i just have the email adress to the woman at the recruting firm (i am in regular contact with her) which i will be hired by if i get the job. The decision is in the hands of the guy at the company that hired the recruiting firm though and he's the one giving me the appointment. If i had his email adress i'd send him a note.
 
Airboeing
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:58 pm

If you can contact this man directly (by phone or whatever), don't feel shy to do it : it won't be considered badly at all, it'll shows two things :
- that you are interested
- that you are determined

and those two things are seen as qualities in the employer's point of view... And you have nothing to lose by contacting them.

[Edited 2005-10-28 15:23:26]

[Edited 2005-10-28 15:24:36]
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:17 pm

Contact the guy and tell him that you have your own schedule to plan and your need his answer to do it.
He should understant it
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mika
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:22 pm

I just tried to call him but he seems to have left the office for the day (past 15:00 on a friday, i should have known). I'll call him up again on monday afternoon if i dont hear from him about the interview during the day.

Thanks for the input guys, i do realize that there is no harm in disturbing him.
 
HAJFlyer
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:26 pm

Call them !

I experienced a similar situation earlier this week after my employment contract had not arrived last week as promised. The HR department was very friendly and explained the reasons for the delay to me and told when to expect the contract. They did not react negatively in any way to my enquiry.
 
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:58 pm

Call!

Every job I've landed, I've called the employer after the interview to ask whether they're interested. They gave me the position right on the phone. Sometimes the employer expects you to show the initiative.
 
mika
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:57 pm

I just want to update this thread and throw out another question for you guys out there that might care about this.

I called the supervisor this Monday and he was kind of surprised that i did, in a positive way. He just didn't get time to schedule my interview at first but when i called we agreed to a date, 14/11 to be precise. So next Sunday i will depart for Belgium to have this interview and spend a few days in Brussels and Ghent to get a picture of the place, but now i am faced with another question, namely that of what i should wear.

The thing is that if i get this job i will have to put my every last penny (and even more, i'll have to loan from my parents) to be able to move to Belgium and get things started there..obviously this is what i want but nevertheless it poses som problems for me.

I would like to get a new fresh suite to wear on this interview but as i am low on the finances and will be even lower if i get the job i really shouldn't spend my money on that....but then again, of course i want to make e good impression. I do have other nice clothes, ties and different jackets (the ones you wear as a suite if you couple them with proper pants, do you call that a jacket?) and jeans but i do not have a good complete suite. I know that i wont make a downright bad impression with those clothes but i do think i would make an even better one with a full suite.

What should i do? How important is it to be 100% formally dressed on an interview on this level? I should say that the job itself contains no visual contact with customers, the job is to primarily sit at a computer and phone and coordinate help to truckdrivers around europe that have gotten their equipment broken down. Volvo Action Service it's called.

As always i am thankful for any advice regarding this.

[Edited 2005-11-04 12:58:22]
 
767Lover
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Fri Nov 04, 2005 9:17 pm

Quoting Mika (Reply 8):
How important is it to be 100% formally dressed on an interview on this level?

It's important to dress as nicely as possible. You may not have to dress up in the job itself, but dressing up for the interview shows that you place a great deal of importance on this interview and that it deserves your very best appearance. It's kind of a "respect" thing.
 
mika
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:21 pm

Quoting 767Lover (Reply 9):
It's important to dress as nicely as possible. You may not have to dress up in the job itself, but dressing up for the interview shows that you place a great deal of importance on this interview and that it deserves your very best appearance. It's kind of a "respect" thing.

I understand this perfectly, i guess i'm just looking for an excuse not to spend all those money on a suite right now..ah crap. We'll see what i end up doing.
 
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RE: Job Interview Related Question

Sat Nov 05, 2005 12:20 am

Like the expression goes, "you only get one chance to make a first impression!" If you can not afford right now a new suit, do you have a friend or relative you could borrow one from? What about a resale shop, I have found some great buys there and people never know that is where what I am wearing came from someone else's closet?
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