Muhammad Abrar Tahir
January 24, 2014
SUCCESSFUL
INTERVIEW SKILLS
Learning Outcome

• To allow participants to understand the interview process
• To provide the skills and tools for an eff...
Outline
• What is an interview?
• Purpose of interviews
• Types of interviews
• Preparing for the interview
• The Intervie...
Dozens of people are
lining up for the same position
You need to stand out from the crowd
You have a choice…
This is a victim
mentality

This is a winner’s
outlook

½ empty

½ full
It starts with your
mental mindset
What is

?

• A job interview is a meeting aimed to assess a candidate for a
certain job position
• A job interview is a p...
 Employers
• Is the candidate qualified?
• Are they a good fit for the company?
• Determine if you be invited back for a ...
1.

One on One Interviews

2.

Telephone Interviews

3.

Group Interviews

4.

Panel Interviews

5.

The Auditions/Role Pl...
•Research the company

•Practice for the interview
•Prepare your interview questions
•Assemble relevant information before...
Research the company
before the interview
 Culture
 Strategic initiatives
 Press releases

 Competition
 Market share...
Occupational Knowledge

 What do I know about this type of work?

 What attracts me to this type of work?
 What relevan...
Ask Yourself!
 Why do I want the job?
 Why am I a suitable candidate and what evidence do I have of this?
 What have I ...
Interview Day
Interview Process –
Sample Structure

 Introductions – process explained by interviewer
 Warm up questions
 CV/applicat...
Interview Etiquettes
Do’s and Don’ts
Proper Handshake
•

Firm, but not bone-crushing

•

Lasts about 3 seconds

•

May be "pumped" once or twice
from the elbow...
Rule of Thumb – First Impressions last long
1.
2.
3.
4.

Brush your teeth and use a mouthwash.
Your hair should be clean a...
Whether you're going for a blue collar job or a white collar job, a
creative role or a business role, there is one general...
• Men can look their professional best wearing one of the many
men suits available to you today. Shirts should be clean an...
Tie Knots
Tie Length
Think Culturallycum-conservatively
• If you have your cell phone, turn it off. Do not put your cell phone
on vibrate.
• Bring extra copies of your resume alo...
• Sit up straight, and lean slightly forward in your chair.
• Show your enthusiasm by keeping an interested expression.

•...
• Make eye contact with the interviewer for a few seconds at a time
• Smile and nod (at appropriate times) when the interv...
• Keep your feet on the floor and your back against the lower back
of the chair
• Pay attention, be attentive and interest...
• Speak clearly. Don’t use slang language
• Avoid frequent use of verbal fillers such as “um”, “uh”, “you know”
etc.
• Res...
Common Interview

•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Tell me about yourself
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Why did y...
So, tell me about yourself….
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
A Heuristic for Answering Questions
• identify the skill sought by the question so that you can best focus
your answer
• g...
When the interview is
finished…
Ask for the
next steps
Ask for the
next steps

Get permission
to contact them
Send a handwritten card or note
Send a handwritten card or note

Avoid email!
Executives get too much already
• Keep in touch
• Send useful articles
• Use snail mail
Evaluate
the
interview
What did I do well?
What did I do well?

What did I miss or forget?
What did I do well?

What did I miss or forget?

What will I do differently
next time?
BUT
Most importantly…
Books and websites for further
reading

1. The Interview Rehearsal Book – Deb Gottesman and Buzz
Mauro; Berkley Pub. Group...
Thank you for being all
ears!
Successful interview skills seminar in NTU, FSD
Successful interview skills seminar in NTU, FSD
Successful interview skills seminar in NTU, FSD
Successful interview skills seminar in NTU, FSD
Successful interview skills seminar in NTU, FSD
Successful interview skills seminar in NTU, FSD
Successful interview skills seminar in NTU, FSD
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  • Courtesy Presentation Kelley Robertson ~ Fearless Selling atwww.Fearless-Selling.ca
  • Successful interview skills seminar in NTU, FSD

    1. 1. Muhammad Abrar Tahir January 24, 2014
    2. 2. SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW SKILLS
    3. 3. Learning Outcome • To allow participants to understand the interview process • To provide the skills and tools for an effective interview • To increase participants’ awareness of the interview etiquettes
    4. 4. Outline • What is an interview? • Purpose of interviews • Types of interviews • Preparing for the interview • The Interview Day • Interview Etiquettes • Common Interview Questions • Follow up • Useful Resources
    5. 5. Dozens of people are lining up for the same position
    6. 6. You need to stand out from the crowd
    7. 7. You have a choice… This is a victim mentality This is a winner’s outlook ½ empty ½ full
    8. 8. It starts with your mental mindset
    9. 9. What is ? • A job interview is a meeting aimed to assess a candidate for a certain job position • A job interview is a process in which a potential employee is evaluated by an employer for prospective employment in their company, organization, or firm.
    10. 10.  Employers • Is the candidate qualified? • Are they a good fit for the company? • Determine if you be invited back for a second interview and ultimately whether you are offered a job.  Job Seekers • Opportunity to meet and connect with the prospective employer. • Sell your skills and abilities. • Help you determine if you are a good fit for the company.
    11. 11. 1. One on One Interviews 2. Telephone Interviews 3. Group Interviews 4. Panel Interviews 5. The Auditions/Role Plays
    12. 12. •Research the company •Practice for the interview •Prepare your interview questions •Assemble relevant information beforehand •Re-read your resume and the job ad as a refresher •Check yourself in a full-length mirror before the interview
    13. 13. Research the company before the interview  Culture  Strategic initiatives  Press releases  Competition  Market share  New products
    14. 14. Occupational Knowledge  What do I know about this type of work?  What attracts me to this type of work?  What relevant work experience have I done?  What kind of training/additional skills am I hoping to gain?  What have I done to find out more about this kind of work?
    15. 15. Ask Yourself!  Why do I want the job?  Why am I a suitable candidate and what evidence do I have of this?  What have I gained from my academic/employment/extra-curricular activities?  What are my career ambitions/what do I want to be doing in 5 years?  What was my best/worst decision, my greatest achievement?  When did I work in a team/solve a problem/use my initiative?  What are my main strengths and weaknesses?
    16. 16. Interview Day
    17. 17. Interview Process – Sample Structure  Introductions – process explained by interviewer  Warm up questions  CV/application form questions  Questions based on selection criteria – “probing”  Questions from candidate  Summing up – next steps
    18. 18. Interview Etiquettes Do’s and Don’ts
    19. 19. Proper Handshake • Firm, but not bone-crushing • Lasts about 3 seconds • May be "pumped" once or twice from the elbow • Is released after the shake, even if the introduction continues • Includes good eye contact with the other person
    20. 20. Rule of Thumb – First Impressions last long 1. 2. 3. 4. Brush your teeth and use a mouthwash. Your hair should be clean and combed. Nails should be clean and trimmed. Be conservative and err on the side of caution. If the company does not have a dress code, remember that it’s better to over dress than under dress.
    21. 21. Whether you're going for a blue collar job or a white collar job, a creative role or a business role, there is one general rule when it comes to what to wear: dress up.
    22. 22. • Men can look their professional best wearing one of the many men suits available to you today. Shirts should be clean and ironed. If in doubt, wear a classic, conservative tie. • Women can look their professional best with business attire.
    23. 23. Tie Knots
    24. 24. Tie Length
    25. 25. Think Culturallycum-conservatively
    26. 26. • If you have your cell phone, turn it off. Do not put your cell phone on vibrate. • Bring extra copies of your resume along with a list of references to offer the interviewer. • Treat other people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during hiring decisions. • Enter the interviewer’s cabin with confidence.
    27. 27. • Sit up straight, and lean slightly forward in your chair. • Show your enthusiasm by keeping an interested expression. • Establish a comfortable amount of personal space between you and the interviewer. • Limit your application of colognes and perfumes.
    28. 28. • Make eye contact with the interviewer for a few seconds at a time • Smile and nod (at appropriate times) when the interviewer is talking, but, don't overdo it. Don't laugh unless the interviewer does first • Be polite and keep an even tone to your speech. Don't be too loud or too quiet • Do relax and lean forward a little towards the interviewer so you appear interested and engaged
    29. 29. • Keep your feet on the floor and your back against the lower back of the chair • Pay attention, be attentive and interested • Don't interrupt; Listen • Stay calm. Keep your emotions to yourself and do not show anger or frown • Don’t put anything on your lap • Don't slouch
    30. 30. • Speak clearly. Don’t use slang language • Avoid frequent use of verbal fillers such as “um”, “uh”, “you know” etc. • Respond to questions specifically and concisely but give sufficient details • Use courtesy markers like “thank you”, “I am honoured”, “it’s my pleasure” etc. at appropriate times • Don’t leave the room without saying “thank you”
    31. 31. Common Interview • • • • • • • • • • Tell me about yourself What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Why did you leave your last job? Why should we hire you? Do you consider yourself successful? What do you know about this organization? Are you applying for other jobs? Why do you want to work for this organization? What are your salary expectations?
    32. 32. So, tell me about yourself….
    33. 33. What are your strengths?
    34. 34. What are your weaknesses?
    35. 35. A Heuristic for Answering Questions • identify the skill sought by the question so that you can best focus your answer • give a STAR answer: Situation—what was the context? Task—what was the specific problem or need? Action—what did you do? (produce, write, create, etc.) Results/resolution—what did you learn? what skills did you develop?
    36. 36. When the interview is finished…
    37. 37. Ask for the next steps
    38. 38. Ask for the next steps Get permission to contact them
    39. 39. Send a handwritten card or note
    40. 40. Send a handwritten card or note Avoid email! Executives get too much already
    41. 41. • Keep in touch • Send useful articles • Use snail mail
    42. 42. Evaluate the interview
    43. 43. What did I do well?
    44. 44. What did I do well? What did I miss or forget?
    45. 45. What did I do well? What did I miss or forget? What will I do differently next time?
    46. 46. BUT Most importantly…
    47. 47. Books and websites for further reading 1. The Interview Rehearsal Book – Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro; Berkley Pub. Group 2. Power Interviews – Neil M. Yeager and Lee Hough 3. Basic Business Communication Skills – Lesikar R.V. and Flatley M.E.; Tata McGraw Hill Pub. Company Ltd. 4. Effective Communication – Adair J.; Pan Macmillan
    48. 48. Thank you for being all ears!
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