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Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Ste Fishkin, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Ste Fishkin

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    I love what I do but a chance to become the head web marketing executive for one of the UK's biggest holiday businesses came up and I applied.

    Kind of a dream role for me, their website gets 20,000 visitors a day and I would be in charge of it :cool::cool::cool:

    However, I have always worked for myself.

    I have never done a job interview. I have references for days from clients I have worked with as a freelancer (I'm a web designer) but the interview bit itself I have never done and I'm 22. Kind of weird but I always wanted to work for myself but now I want the challenge of something this big.

    What tips have you got for me?

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  2. SmartMan

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    I don't have any tips for you but since it's a dream role for you, I wish you the best of luck.

    You gonna be managing a site that gets Half a million Visitors per month. All the best! All the best! :)
     
  3. TheRealRazzy

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    Walk in and say "B*tch, if you don't hire me then I will work for your competitor and steal all your traffic!!!! ;)"


    Well.... I've worked for myself for a while now so I don't know what's really good to say in an interview.

    But I would "LOL" if someone said something like that to me :D
     
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    This cracked me up XD

    Edit: Oh, forgot to add.. Good luck OP :D
     
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    Be sure to wink at them after you say it!!!! lol
     
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    Be motivated.
    Show them; you like their biz.

    Talk about the traffic, and about conversions.
    Say, you will emerge the conv ratio.
    Some words about getclicky and other analytics solution.
    The traffic price is about Ł10K/day (just tipped) and you will grow the biz volumen.
     
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    I picture the scene where he would walk in, slamming the door open on the interviewers and saying that phrase with a troll face. That would be an epic moment :D
     
  8. Ste Fishkin

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    I've been reading up on them all morning :) 5 locations, 50+ million turn over

    Terrible reputational management, many horror stories, even a story of a death on the park, another of the brand cancelling a £30 package to replace it with a £550 one.

    The website doesn't load unless you add the www. - fucked up 301 by the looks of it.

    Virtually no social presence (1500 twitter, 3900 facebook). I have more twitter followers on my personal account, very nearly double!

    Found many areas where they are just doing poorly! The website itself is quite alright though!
     
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    And when he was done he should do this....

    [​IMG]
     
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    You can use the info you just posted in your interview :)
     
  11. james406

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    I see an interview like this as having two purposes:

    - you have the necessary skills/experience
    - you know business is about profits and nothing else (whether they result from good customer service, in the long run, or building up decent rankings, a community via twitter, google+ etc)

    I know you must love SEO to be hanging around here in your spare time - I'd guess that you'll easily come across as the new whizz kid, but make sure you give them the impression that it is ultimately about how much money you can earn them.

    You're already doing a brilliant job on the research. Find their good keywords and keywords they should rank for, then project how much money they could make from these, and give them a realistic timeframe - don't promise the world, be honest and upfront.
     
  12. pooinmyloo

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    Then there's your main opening. Don't go there all cocky, ranting about how bad things are with their current site, as you'd probably just come across as a bit of a twat; instead, explain that you've done some research, looked into how YOU could improve their site, which in turn would improve their custom, and lay down a well laid out plan. It's shows you're pro active, it'll show that you've done your research, and will also show that you understand what's needing to be done.

    Put yourself in their shoes, try to think about what questions you'd ask a possible new employee if you were behind that desk and prepare yourself with answers, either by writing them into your presentation or just having an answer prepared. I once interviewed a guy that, due to him doing some solid research before coming for the interview, had almost all questions that I had prepared answered already. He presented most answers with: "Well I thought you may ask me that, so what I've done is........". Blew my mind.
     
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    Be sure to have questions for them after the interview. Most of the time an employer will ask "Do you have any questions for me?" They actually like people asking questions. Put yourself in their shoes, what would offend them and what would they want to hear.

    Bad: "Well do you know that your twitter following is horrible?"

    Good: "How long has this company been trying to work with twitter and gain followers?

    I checked out your twitter page and I'm sure I can get the company more followers by (insert method here)."



    When you're asking questions make sure they fully understand that you are the shit, without acting cocky. Be modest and get the job lol :D
     
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    I have been on both sides of aninterview .I wish I was as good at internet marketing and makingmoney online as I am at interviews but I guess everyone is gifted insomething. OK , an interview is just to feel you out and find outbasically three things about you. 1. are you qualified for theposition ?2. Are you going to be someone they will enjoy workingwith? 3. Are you reliable and not a crazy person. The first one isthe easiest you just let them know what you have done that qualifiesyou for this position. Here is the tricky part don't talk to muchabout your ideas and things you would like to do unless they ask. Thereason I say this is is can conflict with the direction the employerhas in mind for you. Your in the interview so they want you there.You will have plenty of time to wow them later with your ideas. Thenext two are a little trickier. Step 2 You need to kinda feel thisperson out who is doing the interview and will require some acting.Don't be over chatty like you want to party with them but find commonground and build a micro relationship. If he has something on hisdesk like a sports emblem mention that and chat it up a bit but keepin professional. If they like you your half way there . Third Youneed to seem like the most dependable person ever . When and if theyask about your hobbies make it seem like work is your hobbies. Uppermanagement love workaholics because that's what they are . Unlessyou have done your recon of your surroundings like the sports thingon the desk or something that you two have in common then yes youlike them things to cough cough hint hint. Be exited and full ofsmiles . Most employers just want to see enthusiastic and optimisticpeople. Oh here is a biggy at your age employers are automatic goingto think you might be a partyier or unreliable. This is why I can'tstress enuf .When it comes to your personal life make it seem likeyou don't have one just work. If I were you I would say I wasmarried or engaged shows stability . Lets them know your ready forthe quit life and wont have drama going on in your personal life.Good luck hope you get it!!
     
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    Seems like they have a lot of problems, if they present you a opportunity, treat them as a client and sell them. Tell them what they are losing if they don't hire you, if you point out all of these problems and give them a broad solution for each of the problems they will be in love with you.
     
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    There's some nice tips you got there. If they're amazed at your level of knowledge and ever ask "How do you all these stuffs?" Say "That's just one side of me" like Susan Boyle.

     
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    Hey Dude

    The last job I went for I turned up like Johnny Depp and that was like 20 years ago... I got the job but turned it down because I have to work for myself...

    But I imagine in this f**ked up world we live in today with all the PC garbage et al...

    I guess you will need to turn up smart and clean cut for starters

    What follows who knows ... but you will need to try to lock onto the same wave length as the interviewer to have any chance of getting the position...

    Hey by the way - Good Luck :cool:
     
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    Also show that enthusiast about the job, and always think about the company like you're own. Maintain a eye contact, trick is to look at the middle of their eyebrow if can't look at their eyes.
    Be careful when choosing your words, as other employee will see think of different about you. Be confident, not cocky.

    Good luck bro!
     
  19. Ste Fishkin

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    Thanks for the tips guys.

    Interview is next week, not sure when exactly. They are going to let me know.

    Looking forward to it. Even if I fail its a nice learning experience.
     
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    best advice on interviewing is the STAR technique The STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result)
    For Example
    Situation......... Client wants to launch a new product
    Task ..........Launch Niche website
    Action..........Web 2.0 Blogs, Social Media Presence, You Tube Channel, blog comments, yahoo answers, hit all of the forums talking about the product
    Result........10k first month 25k 4 month


    Rehearse 5 stories like these before the interview they will be eating out your hand.