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

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

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