This post is a continuation of Getting Hired.
Read Interview #1.
Before I enrolled in my postgraduate course I was looking for a temporary job to gain some experience. I submitted my resume to an international leading cosmetics company through a job site, applied for an internship position and got a call. I was excited - it's a company I can relate to as a consumer!
The interview was a bit more laidback than the previous. It started with a self-introduction. The interviewer (a Monash graduate with an impressive resume, now based in Paris) asked me several behavioral questions and wanted to be sure that I was into the industry. They give interns real jobs - "No such thing as making coffee or photocopying - you'll be treated as part of our workforce, so you need to be mobile and able to go back late to complete a project" and that they require one ASAP because of a big upcoming project.
One thing though. Before we ended the session, she asked whether I had any queries:
"Are you sure?"
Thinking it would show that I was self-assured, I avoided from asking questions. This, I later learned, is not good. At the end of the session it is always good to ask questions, because not doing so shows that you lack real interest in the job.
And another thing, I was wearing a three-piece. She, on the other hand, was wearing something a bit less uptight - a colorful top, long feather necklace and slacks. This serves as a reminder - what you should wear depends on where you're headed. Although it's always better to be overdressed than otherwise.
What happened later? They called weeks after and asked if I was able to start the next week, but I was already tied to a part-time job. If I had known better, I would have just said yes.