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Successful job interviewing techniques

  1. 1. Successful Job Interviewing Techniques BEFORE THE INTERVIEW ▪ Research the organization -- history, products/services, reputation, location, organizational structure, prospects for growth, standing in the industry, business methods and key personnel. ▪ Gather key materials to take to the interview -- extra résumés, work samples, a list of your references, letters of recommendation, notepad, pen, copy of ad, company information, correspondence from interviewer, your list of questions and a briefcase. ▪ Do a drive-by – Drive from your home or where you will be before the interview to the interview location during the same time of day that your interview is scheduled. This is helpful in knowing how long it takes to get there and eliminates the issue of getting lost on the day of the interview. ▪ Dress for success -- neatly, conservatively, think about employer, dress for the position you want, not the one you have ▪ Be 10-15 minutes early -- Call if you will be unavoidably late. ▪ Prep for Behavioral Based Interviews (See additional handout, “Prep to be a Star”.) Adapted from: FOR THE COLLEGE GRADUATE by Maureen J. Chemsak from NACPED website  
  2. 2. DURING THE INTERVIEW ▪ Greet the interviewer by name, smile and give a firm handshake. ▪ Be aware of your body language, including eye contact, posture, facial expressions, nodding and crossed legs, for example. Make sure it contributes to a positive impression. ▪ Relax, be honest, show interest and enthusiasm. Take notes, listen carefully, stress your best. Be positive and tell them you are interested in the position. Do not exaggerate, cover up your past record, or complain about previous employers. ▪ EXPRESS YOURSELF CONFIDENTLY! Be yourself genuine, sincere and capable. Above all, be a good listener. Avoid personal issues. ▪ In the last 5-10 minutes: ASK questions about the job specifics (not salary or benefits during the first interview.) ASK when you can expect to hear from them. ASK for a business card. ASK if you can check back periodically. THANK the interviewer. SHAKE HANDS goodbye. AFTER THE INTERVIEW ▪ Do a mental self-assessment/critique of what went well or what you could improve in the next interview. ▪ Write a short, personal thank-you note stressing your outstanding points again. Restate your interest in the position, and mention those pertinent qualities you might have forgotten in the interview. ▪ Do your homework on your salary ranges in the library, Adapted from: FOR THE COLLEGE GRADUATE by Maureen J. Chemsak from NACPED website  
  3. 3. Career Services or "friends in the know". Learn and apply negotiating techniques. ▪ Keep looking for work! Check back with the employer periodically. If you do not get the job, review your job plan, and look for ways to improve during a future interview. Adapted from: FOR THE COLLEGE GRADUATE by Maureen J. Chemsak from NACPED website