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  • Interview Power Selling Yourself

  • Prepare Well for the Interview

  • Late for interviewPoor appearance or demeanorIll-defined career directionInability to communicateInsufficient knowledge of companyLack of enthusiasmOver-qualifiedPoor environmental fitInterview Success Obstacles

  • Develop Career GoalsHave a focus--at least act like it, even if you dont have a clueIdentify challenges you are looking forKnow what you want to accomplishHave a plan or agenda

  • Write Down Your StrengthsRelate them to the jobGive examples of where you have demonstrated theseHow were they developedIdentify your mentors and/or role models

  • Use Proper LanguageSpeak clearly and distinctlyAvoid slang expressionsDont swearControl yourumsyou knowslikesthat kinda stuff

  • Be HONESTDO NOT lie on your resumeDO NOT lie in the interviewEither of these can get you eliminated from consideration or FIRED if discovered after hiring

  • Research the Company Know the language of the industry Know the job duties Know the company Ask questions of a similar company

  • Appearance Matters. . .A Lot!If you dont dress seriously, they cant take you seriously!!Make a good first impressionPride in yourself implies pride in your workShow your creativity in your work, not your appearanceDress conservativelyBe well groomed and clean

  • AttitudeIt separates winners from losersBe enthusiastic and eagerPractice good eye contactSmileWalk with confidenceSit up straight (listen to your mother!)Adapt to your surroundings

  • What to Bring to an InterviewSeveral copies of your resumeYour portfolio, if applicableNew notebook and a nice penBriefcase or leather folderNames, addresses, and phone numbers of references

  • Tell Me About Yourself Create a 30-second sound byteIncludeGeographic originsReason for choosing majorEducational background2 or 3 strengths related to positionSpecific expertise and accomplishmentsHow you can contribute to companyIdentify your career goalsSpeak clearly and honestly

  • Practice Your Soft SkillsGreet people with a firm handshakeStand up to meet peopleKeep your guard up during lunch or dinnerPractice your dining etiquetteRemember please and thank youBe good at chatting and small talk

  • Put Yourself inthe Interviewers ShoesThey have an agendaTo determine if you have the skillsIdentify your personal attributesAssess your motivation

  • Sample behavioral questionsDescribe the most pressured situation you have dealt with in the past six months and how you handled it.Describe a time when you included others in your decision making and how you incorporated their input.How have you used your knowledge of work with diverse people to solve problems?Tell me about a time when you were disappointed with the results of your efforts.

    Types of Interviews

  • Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  • The Day of the Interview

  • Acknowledge Your NervousnessTrain your butterflies to fly in formationAdvance preparation reduces nervousnessPractice answering the worst possible question they could askAsk permission to take notes or refer to questions if necessaryRelax--take a few deep breaths

  • Profile the CompanyResearch the company thoroughlyWhere do you fit in?Tailor your skills to companys needsInformation you uncover reflects your interest and enthusiasm in positionEstablishes a common base of knowledge for questions

  • What Do You Need To Know?Age of companyServices or productsCompetitors within the industryGrowth patternReputationDivisions and subsidiariesLocations/length of time thereSize Number of employeesSales/assets/earningsNew products or projectsCulture and values

  • Write Down Your Areas for ImprovementRelate these to your workShow the positive side of these Identify the steps you have taken for improvementDetail the results and/or time frames expectedIdentify criticism you have received and its effects

  • Dont Forget the DetailsNicely styled hairNatural, clean looking face/makeupClean your fingernailsSkip the clunky jewelryPress your clothesAvoid strong perfumes or colognesAvoid cigarettes

  • Write Down Answers/ScenariosDraft written answers to potential interview questionsDevelop job appropriate scenarios based on your researchA marketing plan for a new productA solution to one of their problems

  • Write Out Questions for the InterviewerConsider multiple areasCorporate valuesAnticipated responsibilitiesEmployment trendsMeasures of work performanceWork environmentQuality of workPersonality factorsDemonstrate your knowledge of the industry and company

  • Professional Image for WomenBest choicesNavy or black suit, solid blouseSuit in solid colors, printed blouseStraight dress with jacket, solid colorsWear polished, low heeled shoesMinimal accessoriesHosiery - appropriate color, no holes, no darker than your hemDont wear anything too tight or revealing

  • Professional Image for MenBest choicesBusiness suit, dark colors (blues, grays, browns), white shirtSuit with solid shirt2-piece suit, lighter colors, striped shirtButton your jacket when you standShine your shoesSocks-appropriate color, no holes, long length

  • Employers Notice Good MannersBe on time for the interviewTreat the receptionist with respectUse Mr. or Ms. unless they ask you to use first namesDont sit until youre invited to

  • Interviewing Techniques

  • Interviewers AreLooking to Hire YouHelp them byShowing how you fit their companyExhibit your personalityShare your career goals

  • What Do Winners ShowThey are capable of doing the job or learning it quicklyThey are willing and eager to do the jobThey need little motivation or supervisionThey are friendly and would work well with other employees

  • Behavior Based InterviewingPrevious behavior predicts future behaviorExamples show the meaning you have made of education and experienceProvides insight on how the candidates mind works

  • Answer Questions with aSTAR Approach S ituation T ask A ction R esultsSTAR provides an outline for answers

  • SituationGive the situation for your answerChoose a professional example from your job experience, course work, volunteer work, or student activitiesSet the stage so the interviewer can relate to your answer

  • TaskTell what the task was at handDwell on the positive, dont blame or point fingers elsewhere

  • ActionDescribe the action you took to resolve the problem or bring about the successExplain your role in the actionIdentify specific skills you used

  • ResultsExplain the resultsProvide details, dollar amounts, successApply these results to the position for which youre applying

  • STAR Provides an OutlineHelps you answer completely so you give enough informationLets you know when to stop so you dont rambleAllows the interviewer to see you as a problem solver and decision maker

  • Dos and Donts

  • DosResearch the companyPrepare for tough questionsGreet interviewer enthusiasticallyFocus on what you have to offer, not what you wantKnow your rights as an intervieweeHave a good attitude, be positiveShow confidenceBe professionalFollow up with a note or phone call

  • DontsDont discuss salary, benefits, or vacations until an offer is madeDont display personal habits, i.e. smoking, chewing gum, tapping a pencil, stretching, jiggling a footDont lieDont get too chatty about non-job topicsDont blame others or disparage employers

  • Difficult Situations

  • Listen CarefullyIts important to understand the questions correctlyAsk for clarificationDont be afraid to ask if you can take a few seconds to think about your answer

  • Illegal QuestionsBe familiar with the legal issuesAddress the underlying concern of the illegal question, if possibleRemain professional and in control

  • Illegal TopicsTopics to avoid includeNationality/raceMarital statusReligionAffiliationsDisability or medical historyPregnancy, birth control, child careAge

  • How to Handle Illegal QuestionsAnswer the questionRefuse to answer the questionExamine the intent behind the questionAsk the relationship to the positionWalk out

  • Telephone InterviewsDress up and use a professional environment to maintain your professionalismHave your notes organized, highlighted, and within easy accessWithout non-verbal communication, be aware that it is difficult to read the interviewerMake sure your voice conveys enthusiasmIf more than one person on the other end, have them identify themselves when asking their questions

  • Panel InterviewsGet names and positions for all participants in advance if possibleAddress all with good eye contactRelate your answers to others that were similar from other participantsShows your ability to relate to diverse groups

  • Day Long InterviewsKeep your energy upContinue to give complete answers to all questions even though youve been asked multiple times that dayListen for consistencies and discrepancies to assess company culture

  • After the Interview

  • Details Needed for Follow-upWrite down the interviewers name, department, address, and phone in the notebookAsk for their business cardUse interviewers name

  • Follow-up the InterviewSend a short thank you note within 24 hoursRemind them of key points from the interviewEmphasize your interestState when you expect the next contact to be

  • Evaluate/RetrainHow did you do overall?What were your strengths?What needs improvement?Develop a follow-up chart for tracking


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