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Old July 21st, 2006, 06:02 AM
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Hey people,
I live in Belgrade, Serbia and yesterday I had an interview (over the phone) from Harding and brothers co from Southampton, England.
Everything went smoothly, I spoke to 2 girls and they were very satisfied with my fluent English and my previous experience (as a masseur), so on and so forth…
So after 15 min of talking they told me that they’ll let me know of a result in 5-7 days.
In 10 min I got an email saying that ‘my interview was unsuccessful…much luck in the future…blah,blah,blah’
You have any ideas why it happened? (they don’t wanna comment)
In my opinion I was ideal for a job (I’m 31, 2 years experience in massage, experienced in selling products and public speaking…(they need this), handsome, and everything…)
Any ideas why!?!?!
(maybe I was a bit too easy with the girls, like complementing then and stuff, but that’s how I am…)

Thanks for any insights,
Mihailo.
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Old July 21st, 2006, 08:39 AM
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I've done my fair share of interviewing.

Since I didn't hear the conversation, I'll tell you what I'm thinking from reading your post.

They aren't girls. They were perspective employers. You would talk to them exactly as if you were talking to a man. The moment you complimented them, you turned it from an interview to being hit on. If they are trying to hire you, they want to know that you would be professional with the client at all times. Personable is a plus but you took one step beyond that.

Next time you interview. Stay focused on the job requirements. Tell them exactly why you feel you would fit into their business. List your qualifications.. and I'm not talking about how fine you think you are. I'm talking about how many years of experience you have and they types of reviews you've recieved from previous employers.

Hope this helps. Good luck on your job hunt.
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I would agree with Dina. When doing an interview, either in person or by phone, keep it professional and speak to the interviewer basically the same if it's a man or a woman.

Do not become too familiar with the person but do allow your personality to come through. There is no need to compliment the interviewer. They know they have your future in their hands.

Never treat a woman as a "girl". That is a job killer. You are interviewing for a job not a date.

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Thanks guys,
I thought I might have been too relaxed,
because I knew I was exactly what they needed.

Proved over self confident, again

Next time, Ill try to be more professional

Thanks again,
Mihailo...
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Self confidence is good. You know your profession and it should come through during the interview. Learning how to go into an interview takes many tries. You'll get there.
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