Interview Tips


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A presentation I developed at Lake Washington Technical College on Interview Tips for the job-seeking college student.

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Interview Tips

  1. 1. Interview Tips Aimee Elber Employment Resource Center, W205 Lake Washington Technical College [email_address]
  2. 2. What is the purpose of the interview? <ul><li>To meet 1:1 with an employer. </li></ul><ul><li>To learn more about the position. </li></ul><ul><li>To see if your skills and experience match what the employer is looking for. </li></ul><ul><li>To get the job! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Before the interview <ul><li>Research the position and agency. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrates you are sincerely interested in the position. </li></ul><ul><li>Many questions will relate to the job and that particular office. </li></ul><ul><li>An employer wants someone who is knowledgeable about the position and office. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Before the interview <ul><li>Figure out parking. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the room number/building. </li></ul><ul><li>Time your commute and allow extra time. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the location of the interview. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Before the interview <ul><li>ID/work authorization. </li></ul><ul><li>Pen and paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Folder or portfolio to keep everything together. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring everything you might need. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Before the interview <ul><li>Prepare a portfolio. </li></ul><ul><li>Resume, at least 2-3 copies (know your resume well!) </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Master Application </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments </li></ul>
  7. 7. Before the interview <ul><li>Prepare a list of 4-5 questions to ask the interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Your research of the company may help you develop questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not ask questions about wages, benefits, or vacation. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Before the interview <ul><li>Dress appropriately. </li></ul><ul><li>45% of the success of an interview depends on dress and appearance. </li></ul><ul><li>35% on facial responses. 10% on experience. 10% on miscellaneous. </li></ul><ul><li>The right outfit can seal the deal! </li></ul><ul><li>Be neat and clean from top to bottom. </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no perfume. </li></ul><ul><li>Be conservative with jewelry. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to color and style. Blues, grays, blacks, and neutrals are best. </li></ul>
  9. 9. During the interview <ul><li>First Impressions. </li></ul><ul><li>First impressions count! </li></ul><ul><li>Be prompt. Arrive 15 minutes early. </li></ul><ul><li>Shake hands (before and after the interview). </li></ul><ul><li>Remain standing until you are asked to sit. </li></ul>
  10. 10. During the interview <ul><li>Non-verbal cues. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain your poise and posture. Don’t slouch, yawn, or display signs of nervousness. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not cross your arms. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain eye contact. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t smell of smoke or chew gum. </li></ul>
  11. 11. During the interview <ul><li>Answering questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be on the defensive. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t state any no’s or negatives. If you don’t know something, admit to it, but turn it into a positive by saying you are easily trained. </li></ul><ul><li>LISTEN. Don’t jump into the answer, listen to the question. Think about your answer, but avoid lengthy pauses. </li></ul><ul><li>Be truthful in describing your skills. </li></ul>
  12. 12. During the interview <ul><li>Speak with a feeling of confidence and enthusiasm. Speak distinctly. Don’t ramble. </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to give a continuous record of all your jobs, dates of employment, wages, the exact nature of your work and reasons you left. </li></ul><ul><li>React to the interviewer. Smile. Give your opinion or comment. Do not be a blank slate. </li></ul><ul><li>Express willingness and a desire to work hard and show that you get along with people. </li></ul><ul><li>Answering questions. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Types of interviews <ul><li>Panel Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>1:1 Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>“ Virtual” Interviews </li></ul>
  14. 14. After the interview <ul><li>Send a thank you letter. </li></ul><ul><li>Makes a positive impression on the employer. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank them for their assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>Send it as soon as possible after the interview. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Thank You <ul><li>Please visit the Employment Resource </li></ul><ul><li>Center in W205 for more information or to </li></ul><ul><li>schedule a mock interview. </li></ul>