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    Job search Job search Presentation Transcript

    • Professional Development Job Search Interviewing
    • Objectives
      • State the key steps in conducting a job search
      • Identify interview process activities: pre-interview, during the interview, post-interview
      • Demonstrate the proper way to respond in an interview situation
      • “ Winning is accomplished in the preparation phase, not the execution phase.”
      • Anonymous
    • Job Leads
      • Job leads can be found by any of several means:
        • Directly from target company
        • Internet search
        • Message boards and job-search sites
        • Newspaper advertisements
        • Industry journals
        • Industry associations
        • Current employees of target industry/company
        • Posted job positions
        • Your professional network
        • Sending an unsolicited cover letter and resume
    • Targeting a Desired Position
      • Carefully review job announcement
      • If possible, secure a copy of the job description
      • Identify key job skills, and highlight company needs
      • Include your key qualifications for the position in both your cover letter and your resume
      • Your cover letter and resume must include a daytime telephone number
      • Ensure that your telephone voice mail and/or message machine is professional
    • Preparing for the Interview
      • Company Research
        • Find out with whom you will be interviewing
        • Find out how much time is allotted
        • Research the company via company-produced brochures/literature, industry journals or the internet
        • Interviews with current employees and leaders
        • Practice selling your skills
        • Be sure to adapt your speech to relate your skills to each company's specific needs
    • Preparing for the Interview
      • Practice day
        • Drive to the interview location
        • Park car, walk to interview location
        • Do not go into the specific office
        • Note nearest public restroom
      • Other Considerations
        • Ensure your interview attire is clean and professional
        • Purchase thank-you notes
    • Preparing for the Interview
      • Your interview portfolio should contain:
        • Resume
        • Notepad and pen
        • Reference list
        • Copies of pertinent documents
    • Day of the Interview
      • Look in the mirror
      • Ensure professional appearance
      • Practice handshake and introduction
      • Arrive no later than15 minutes early
      • Go to the restroom and freshen up
      • Enter meeting location no later than 5 minutes early
    • During the Interview
      • Practice good verbal communication
        • Speak clearly, slowly and with confidence
        • Listen carefully to the interviewer’s name
        • Listen carefully and ensure that you fully comprehend the question before you formulate an answer
        • Your answers should relate back to the job qualifications and/or job duties
        • The goal is to convey to interviewer how your knowledge, skills, and abilities will assist the company
        • Keep your answers brief, but complete
    • During the Interview
      • Practice good non-verbal communication
        • Stand, smile and extend your hand for a firm handshake
        • Be aware of your own body language, as well as the interviewer’s
        • Sit up straight, sit back in chair, and relax
        • Make eye contact, but don’t stare down the interviewer
    • Topics to Avoid
      • Avoid making comments referring to
        • Marital status
        • Children
        • Religion
        • Age
        • Other area of protected rights
      • If asked illegal or discriminatory questions, do not directly answer the question
      • Instead, redirect the conversation to the job and how your skills pertain
    • Answering Difficult Questions
      • Questions about negative, work-related experiences can be potentially devastating if not handled properly
      • Don't disclose negative experiences unless you are asked, unless your current/former boss has potential to provide a negative reference
      • Be honest and factual
      • If applicable, tell the interviewer that you have matured and realized that you did not handle the situation appropriately
      • Do not speak poorly of current/previous employer
      • Do not place blame on who was right or wrong
      • Remember that every experience is a learning experience
    • Closing the Interview
      • At close of interview, you may be asked if you have any questions
      • Have a few questions prepared, but avoid looking as if you did not research the company
        • Ask about current events
        • Ask about the interview process and when to expect the next step
      • Do not ask selfish questions regarding salary, benefits, vacations
      • Ask for the job by restating your skills and why you feel you are qualified