Where the hell do you work? I absolutely expect the opposite. The first day is cake. I want newbies to take it easy and learn as much as possible their first day. Not do stuff.
I've never been part of a company that puts new hires through the fire on the first day. Me or anyone else.
Don't make me spill all my secrets, but if it was me that has a new hire, the job would already been done (not going to make myself look bad :P ), but they just don't know it. I just want to see if you can do it. I also want to see if you can one up our process and do it better. Then we have cake :P
I am devious, I run experiments on my subjects, I mean minions, erh I mean workers
Thanks for this. I'm a junior in college and have my first interview ever in two weeks (for an internship position) If anyone has any other advice I would appreciate it:)
Make sure you get paid/college credit/stipend from your internship. Non-paid/no-credited internships are just companies trying to task shitty work to someone they don't have to pay. Granted there are exceptions, but if you have a paid internship before graduating, then your initial starting salary will reflect that. My brother was extremely smart in this aspect and even though my status is higher than his, he gets paid more than I do.
Also for you college people, run/apply for student body. Not only do you get stipends from your school, they may also help in housing costs. Plus the experience that you get from student body is second to none, sometimes even better than having job experience. Not to mention the other perks of meeting/dealing/.connecting with people everyday. Also you get your own/shared office (depending on your position). The last bit too, is that usually you are only going against one or two people for the position, those odds are in your favor.
Incidentally, this is not what recruiters have been telling me lately.
If you have the skills, show them off.
There are exceptions and that is industry to industry. A long time friend of mine is a photographer, he has to cite everything he has ever done, to show that he is consistent with work, despite work being two days on a weekend shoot most of the time. Then there is also the whole portfolio thing. There are exceptions, just be aware of that.
Careful with using recruiters, you are their commodity. They make a living selling you and others to their clients. Not saying don't have one, I am saying don't rely only on them for job opportunities.
Edited by j-cart, 16 March 2013 - 09:13 PM.