Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Confidence (I need some)

I've only gone and applied for a job! Now I'm scared. What if they want to interview me? That will involve having to string a sentence together and wear clothes that are not jeans and not covered in yoghurty handprints and mushed up banana. They might expect me to have an opinion on something. Now I'm really scared....

Its amazing how being at home with children can zap your confidence. I use to laugh at mums who were worried about going back to work but now I know how they feel. I haven't had a paid job for over 4 years and even though I had a proper job before I had children with lots of responsibility that I was actually very good at - I still doubt my ability to do anything other than perhaps stack shelves in Tescos. Anyway wish me luck. Its a lovely part time job (16 hours a week) co-ordinating volunteers for Homestart and right up my street. Would be great to get an interview at least although I have no idea how I would work it with childcare but I guess  other people do it so it can't be impossible. Anyway can't think that far ahead yet! Anyone got any tips for interviews??

16 comments:

  1. Wow good for you, go for it!
    Wishing you lots of luck.
    Emma x

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  2. Well done you. I'm at the still thinking about it stage.
    I'm terrible at interviews so sorry I cant help there. Just be yourself.
    Good luck,
    Rachael xx

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  3. You'll be fine, just be yourself. Good luck and let us know the outcome!

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  4. My best bit of advice would be to prepare as much as possible ... find out as much as you can about Homestart, and if you have a job description for the post try to have something sensible stored away in your mind about how your skills and experience fit each point incase they ask.

    I'm sure there's an awful lot of practical experience you have from the last 4 years of bringing up children which you can use - looking after kids takes a lot of co-ordinating! Plus anything relevant from your old working life.

    Having a couple of questions to ask them will also show that you have prepared a bit, and are genuinely interested in the job.

    This should give you a bit more confidence on the day. And remember that the people on the other side of the interview panel are probably just as nervous as you are!

    You'll be absolutely fine ... Best of luck!!

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  5. Just be yourself. When I had set up my website, I decided I would still need to work part time to keep some money coming in steadily. I had zero confidence after applying for 15 jobs and no positive response. When I went for this one I was honest and generally chatty about everything with them and it seemed to work (well, I'm still there nearly 2 years on!)

    Wishing you the best of luck - let us know how you get on!

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  6. absolutely just be yourself and if you want the job TELL THEM before you leave! say 'I really want this job' So many people leave an interview without staking a claim... blessings.

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  7. Ohooo well done and good luck, some brilliant advice you have had :0)

    Have to say I love interviews, I really do though am a little out of practice being a SAHM for gosh longer than I can remember ;0)

    Well done and knock their socks off

    X

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  8. Well done for applying - I was nervous coming back to work after having my LO but it's much easier than I thought it was going to be. You must have brilliant organising skills having been a SAHM, as well as good social skills from mingling with other mummies. Perfect for a job with homestart - bet you're just what they're looking for. Good luck - pull your shoulders down and lift your head up - smile!! x

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  9. I would say all the same things as the above comments. It is definitely hard going back to work. My daughter went in to a shop once and promoted me! I worked there for a month until my mom-in-law went on hospice, and then I left. It was only a part time job, but it was fun...doing what I love...flowers! I'm sure you will do fine, and as I told my daughter when she was looking if it's meant to be then it will happen.
    Ulrike

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  11. Be honest. If there's something you don't know, say that you don't know but are willing to learn. Don't think 'oh I can blag it' you will be found out!! That's how I got my job at the women's refuge here - they will be looking for good instincts and a sensible head rather than acres of qualifications! Good luck!!x

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  12. Wow, well done you. I know you know that Homestart is a wonderful organisation and most of that is down to the perfect matching by the people who do it. I am sure you will do well at the interview, you had a serious job before and if you can co-ordinate 2 children, sewing, being a mum, cooking, cleaning, feeding, bathing, reading, homework, fun and everything else life throws at you being a mum then no worries at all

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  13. Good luck, what an exciting prospect! It's pretty much standard practice to interview people on STAR compentencies (Situation, Task, Action, Result). Go through the job description and make some notes of examples you can use for each of the compentencies they've listed, listed in a STAR fashion. There are some good resources online to help prepare these with sample questions so you can be ready with your answers! And just be yourself, and try to relax :)

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  14. Good luck, hope you get an interview. And if you do, check for yoghurty handprints befor leaving the house!

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  15. Good luck. Lots of positive thinking...Imagine that the job is yours and be confident in your own abilities!

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  16. there must be something in the air!! my supply teaching work is picking up and just been into a nice secondary school to check it out in preparation for regular work. good luck with it all. surely a reason for a new pair of shoes (always smarten things up) or scarf or something! i have just bought a few maternity bits and it is nice to put aside some old faves which are faded black and lost a bit of shape.

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