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  • 1. Interview Success
    Society of African and American Men
  • 2. Julie Way
    Career Advisor
    MTU Career Services
    jaway@mtu.edu
  • 3. Career Services Staff
    Jim Turnquist, Director
    Jeff Kangas, Assistant Director
    Tina Giachino, Manager of Job Development
    Julie Way, Career Advisor
    Gina Goudge, Coordinator of Career Services Programs
    Matt McCormick, Analyst/Programmer
    Rita Smith, Staff Assistant
    Adam Griffis, Office Assistant
    Laura Givens, Office Assistant
  • 4. Interview 3 part harmony
    Before…preparation
    During…performance
    After…follow-up
  • 5. Before Your interview
    Prepare:
    To make a great first impression
    To develop your confidence
    Meet or exceed your interviewees expectations
    Practice, practice, practice
  • 6. First Impression – How you look
    Right or Wrong. Your first impression is always based on your appearance:
    • Experts say that interviewees should expect every nuance of their appearance to be noted and interpreted at a job interview.
    • 7. Conservative is your best bet…for now
  • Dress for Success
    Dressing Tips For Men
    Suit: Dark blue, brown, or gray
    Shirt: White, light blue
    Tie: Contrasting (with some red)
    Shoes: Black or Brown
    Belt: Matches shoes and socks
    match slacks
  • 8. Dress for Success
    Dressing Tips For Women
    Skirt/Slacks: Dark blue, brown, gray
    Blouse: Light colored, not floral
    Shoes: Conservative
    Avoid:
    Tight or revealing clothing
    Shoes with straps, high heels, light colored
    Large or too much jewelry
    Ruffles, scarves, distracting prints
  • 9. More “Nuances”
    Impeccable Grooming is a must!
    Again, conservative is your best bet:
    A purposeful hair style for men and women
    Less is more with make-up
    Well-groomed facial hair – if at all
    Tattoos and piercings – hmmm
    Easy on the cologne
  • 10. First Impression – what you say and how you say it…
    Experts say memorize – literally memorize – a 60 second personal “INFOMERCIAL” about yourself
    Your infomercial can include:
    Your hometown
    Your degree and focus, minor, concentration
    Your specific professional interests
    Your specific personal interests/activities, especially if they highlight leadership, discipline, dedication, sacrifice, a high level of skill, competitive spirit
    Specific skills, expertise, special training, certificates
    Future goals and aspirations
    Why you want to work for the interviewer’s company
  • 11. Preparation: Know what to expect
    The Behavioral Interview
    • Past Behavior = Future Behavior
    • 12. The interview relies on story telling
    • 13. Interviewers will ask you how you’ve handled specific situations to find out what behaviors, skills, and decisions you used to solve problems.
    • 14. Tell your story in 2 minutes or less using the STAR method
  • Star effective story telling = effective interviewing
    S – Situation: tell the WWWWH
    T – Task: tell the problem, challenge, goal
    A – Action (this is the most important part):
    Give 3 examples of actions you took to solve the problem, overcome the challenge, attain the goal
    R – Results: Good or Bad
  • 15. Some sample questions
    • What are your 3 greatest strengths/weaknesses?
    • 16. Give me an example of a time you took initiative, where you went above and beyond what was expected of you.
    • 17. Tell me about a timed when you had to manage several tasks at the same time that will convince me that you are capable of multitasking.
    • 18. Describe a situation where you’ve had a conflict with another individual, and how you dealt with it. What was the outcome?
    • 19. What’s the biggest mistake you ever made and how did you try to fix it?
    • 20. Do you like working in groups or alone? Tell Why?
    • 21. What 3 words best describe you?
  • Practice, practice, practice
    Write your answers and stories
    Write them again
    Now speak them to yourself
    Practice speaking them to someone else
  • Research your company
    • Why?
    • 24. To find out whether or not it’s a place you want to work.
    • 25. To discover what skills the job or company most values so you can align your strengths, skills, and abilities to those needs and desires.
    • 26. To impress the interviewee by having a direct answer to: “What do you know about our company, and why do you want to work here.”
    • 27. To be able to make informed, intelligent queries when the interviewer asks if you have any questions.
  • performance
    Interview Etiquette
    • Be prompt – 10 minutes early.
    • 28. Be friendly and respectful to anyone you encounter before your interview.
    • 29. Bring a portfolio with numerous copies of your resume, paper, pen, notes.
    • 30. Give a firm handshake, friendly greeting, and repeat your name.
    • 31. Wait to be invited to sit.
    • 32. Hands held loosely in your lap or holding your open portfolio.
    • 33. Watch for signs that the interviewer wants to wrap up the interview .
  • “So…tell me about yourself”Is the first question an interviewer asks in the vast majority of times…
    This is where you set the tone for the interview.
    Confidently deliver your memorized 60 second “infomercial.”
    A smile conveys confidence, high self-esteem, competence, warmth, and enthusiasm.
    Tell something unique to remember you by.
    Be funny if you can.
  • 34. End of the interview etiquette…
    Give another enthusiastic handshake with a smile
    Thank your interviewer for his or her time
    Thank and bid Good-bye to anyone who greeted you
  • 35. After – follow up
    Sit down at the nearest desk and write notes about what you talked about
    Write a thank you letter within 24 hours
    Type or write your letter
    Hand sign your letter
    Hand address your letter
    Mail your letter
    This is appreciated and expected
  • 36. Harmony: The Key to Fearless Interviewing
    • Is to Practice, practice, practice
    • 37. This is your opportunity to tell an employer about your skills, abilities, and strengths, how you used them to accomplish your goals in the past, and how you’ll use them to help your future employer meet theirs.
    • 38. You’ll be glad you did when you walk away from an interview knowing you nailed it!