Introduce yourself to your partner and share your ‘dream job’
A portfolio is a collection of work that serves as evidence of your CVIt can be impressive to back your CV with the evidence in a portfolioDepending on your profession you might choose either a printed portfolio or an electronic portfolio….or both.
5 minutes to complete their own SWOT Analysis
Do the STAR Technique worksheet
Mock Interview Practice in pairs
In pairs write 8 possible questions for the end of an interview
Ask your Questions - Make sure you have asked all your prepared questions about the job, company and management. This is the last opportunity to get your answers, so ask "Can I ask you a couple more questions before we close the interview?" Reinforce the Positive - This is the time to make a positive closing statement by highlighting why you are the best job candidate. Refer to your strengths and how they make you a good fit for the position. Make Sure you have Addressed the Interviewers Concerns - You want to be sure that all the issues have been dealt with. Try an approach such as,"Are there any issues or concerns that I need to address?" This allows the interviewer to honestly express any objections and gives you the opportunity to overcome them. Express your Enthusiasm for the Position - End your job interview on an enthusiastic by highlighting your interest in the position and company. Find Out the Next Step - you need to know exactly what happens next in the interview process - a second interview, assessments, a medical etc. Establish the timeframe for a hiring decision to be made and who you should get in touch with to follow up the status of your application. Thank the Interviewer - Thank the interviewer sincerely for the time spent with you. Give a firm handshake and make confident eye contact when doing this. Ask for a business card from the interviewer to follow up and write a thank you note.
1. Make sure your clothes are neatly ironed.
2. Make sure your clothing fits properly.
3. Don’t wear flashy jewellery.
4. Dress according to the season.
5. Don’t wear perfume or aftershave.
6. Make sure you have a nice, clean haircut that makes you look well groomed.
7. For men, make sure you shave and keep facial hair to a minimum.
8. For women, don’t wear anything that is too revealing.
9. Avoid articles of clothing with loud, busy prints. Solid colours are best.
10. For women, wear appropriate lingerie and/or pantyhose underneath your clothing.
11. For women, don’t overdo your makeup.
12. Make sure that your clothing match in colour and style
Company Research Checklist
• How does the company make money?
• What is the company’s scope?
• How does the department you’re
interviewing for impact the business?
• Is there recent press on the company?
• What is the company’s culture?
What to Bring to the Interview
Copies of CV for everyone
A notepad (it is courteous to ask permission to take notes)
Directions and Contact Information
Folder / Briefcase / Portfolio
What to Say During an Interview
I am familiar with your company
I am flexible
I am energetic and have a positive attitude
I have the skills you are looking for
I am a team player
I am seeking to be an expert in my field
I am highly motivated
What NOT to Say During Interview
How much does this job pay?
My last boss was _______ (insert negative comment)!
I’ll have your job in five years!
I hate my job!
I don’t have any weaknesses.
Why isn’t your business doing very well?
How much holiday time will I get?
You’ll regret it if you don’t hire me.
I don’t have any questions.
What is Your Greatest Weakness?
Do not avoid answering the question
Avoid using scripted or cliché weaknesses
Answer honestly and to the point
Explain the steps you have taken to solve
Do not blame anyone
What are Your Greatest Strengths?
• Relate strengths to job requirements
• The best way to respond is to describe the
skills and experience that directly correlate
with the job you are applying for
Close the Interview
• Ask your Questions - Make sure you have asked all your prepared
questions about the job, company and management.
• Reinforce the Positive - This is the time to make a positive closing
statement by highlighting why you are the best job candidate.
• Make Sure you have Addressed the Interviewers Concerns - You
want to be sure that all the issues have been dealt with.
• Express your Enthusiasm for the Position - End your job
interview on an enthusiastic by highlighting your interest in the
position and company.
• Find Out the Next Step - you need to know exactly what happens
next in the interview process - a second interview, assessments, a
• Thank the Interviewer - Thank the interviewer sincerely for the
time spent with you.
Signs the Interview Went Well
The interviewer acts interested
The interview lasts longer than expected
You are introduced to other team members
The interviewer asks about availability
They say they are going to call you soon
The interviewer schedules a second interview
The interviewers body language and
expressions show interest
Signs the Interview Went Badly
The interview is shorted than expected
The interviewer looks bored, disinterested
The interviewer does has no eye contact with you
The interviewer gives you many reasons why you
don’t fit the position
• The interviewer mentions they already have many
• The interviewer uses negative listening
Continue job search
Thank you email
Follow up phone call – only if mentioned in the interview
Thank You Email
Interview Skills Task
• You will be sent an email asking you a
question you might be asked in an interview
• Using the STAR technique you are to answer
• Karen will evaluate your answer and reply
• OPTIONAL ~ you may also request a mock