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The Art of Interviewing
NO!
The Interview
• What is it?
– A conversation between the candidate and
the employer to see if there is a “fit.”
– A time f...
Things To Consider
• You should prepare for each interview
individually - for a specific position with a
specific organiza...
Common Types of Interviews
• Initial Screening
– Might seem less formal.
– No more than an hour.
– Could be over the phone...
Preparation
• Who ultimately “Gets the job/internship?”
– Usually it is the person who interviews the
best!
• Conduct an i...
Prepare for Behavioral Interviewing
• Be a good storyteller.
• Past behavior predicts future performance.
• Identify your ...
NO!
NO!
Preparation Continued
• Don't emphasize weaknesses.
• Discuss how (specifically) you are working to
overcome the weakness ...
Preparation Continued
• Do not overuse clichés - e.g. “I am a
workaholic.” or “I don’t take ‘no’ for
an answer!”
• It is b...
Preparation Continued
• Make sure you prepare for some basic
interview questions such as:
– Tell me about yourself
– Why s...
Research
• Would you hire someone who knew nothing
about your business? NO!
• Demonstrate that you have done your research...
Research Continued
• Read everything you can about the
organization.
• Visit the organization’s website.
• Utilize Interne...
Your Appearance
• Dress conservatively – remember first impressions count!
• Wear a well-fitting interview suit, preferabl...
The Actual Interview
• Be in your “interview mode” as soon as
you arrive. Be nice to everyone.
• Be on time (or early) but...
The Actual Interview Continued
• Next will usually be their questions, e.g.
– Tell me about yourself.
– Why did you choose...
The Actual Interview Continued
• Be sure to look at more sample questions found at: www.ub-
careers.buffalo.edu/intv.shtml...
The Day Of The Interview
What You Should Bring:
• A briefcase or other professional carrying piece.
• Extra copies of your...
Interview Reminders
• Be prepared!
• Show how you can meet the needs of the organization -
not what they can do for you.
•...
Good Luck!
Don’t forget to smile!
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  1. 1. The Art of Interviewing NO!
  2. 2. The Interview • What is it? – A conversation between the candidate and the employer to see if there is a “fit.” – A time for candidates and organizations to learn about each other.
  3. 3. Things To Consider • You should prepare for each interview individually - for a specific position with a specific organization. • You need to demonstrate your knowledge of and interest in that particular organization. • It is a two-way conversation. • Don’t sell yourself short!
  4. 4. Common Types of Interviews • Initial Screening – Might seem less formal. – No more than an hour. – Could be over the phone or at a job fair. • In Depth/Formal Interview/On-site/Second Interview – Longer, perhaps a half day. – Could be a series of shorter interviews with multiple people. • Group Interview – With multiple interviewers. – Perhaps with multiple candidates. • Informational Interview – Used for networking purposes or to gain specific career information.
  5. 5. Preparation • Who ultimately “Gets the job/internship?” – Usually it is the person who interviews the best! • Conduct an inventory of yourself! – What are your accomplishments, skills, experiences, degrees, courses taken, etc. – Which items most closely match that organization’s needs or would fit the job/internship description? – Strengths!------Prove it!
  6. 6. Prepare for Behavioral Interviewing • Be a good storyteller. • Past behavior predicts future performance. • Identify your 10 best stories. • Understand what skills are required for the job and find examples to show you have them. • Structure your answers effectively! • SITUATION, ACTION, RESULT
  7. 7. NO!
  8. 8. NO!
  9. 9. Preparation Continued • Don't emphasize weaknesses. • Discuss how (specifically) you are working to overcome the weakness (e.g. “Although I have limited experience in Microsoft Access, I am currently taking a course in that area.”). NO!
  10. 10. Preparation Continued • Do not overuse clichés - e.g. “I am a workaholic.” or “I don’t take ‘no’ for an answer!” • It is better to give specific examples of how hard you work. – e.g. “I have a 3.6 GPA while working part time and being the president of my student club.”
  11. 11. Preparation Continued • Make sure you prepare for some basic interview questions such as: – Tell me about yourself – Why should I hire you? – What do you know about our organization?
  12. 12. Research • Would you hire someone who knew nothing about your business? NO! • Demonstrate that you have done your research on the organization! • Find out the following: – What are their products, clients, specialties, etc.? – What skills & qualities are organizations seeking in that field? – Learn and incorporate the “buzz” words for your profession in your responses.
  13. 13. Research Continued • Read everything you can about the organization. • Visit the organization’s website. • Utilize Internet search engines. • Utilize the research section of the Career Services website: www.ub-careers.buffalo.edu/research.shtml. • Use electronic databases. • Try to find something about their organization that they didn’t think you would know.
  14. 14. Your Appearance • Dress conservatively – remember first impressions count! • Wear a well-fitting interview suit, preferably navy blue or dark grey – avoid bright colors. • Be sure your shoes are polished and appropriate. • No white socks! • Wear very little makeup, jewelry, perfume, cologne etc. • No visible body piercings except earrings. • Cover any tattoos. • Practice: – Firm handshake – Straight but relaxed/natural posture – Eye contact
  15. 15. The Actual Interview • Be in your “interview mode” as soon as you arrive. Be nice to everyone. • Be on time (or early) but don’t get mad if they’re not! • It’s okay to be nervous. • Most interviews start with some casual “small talk” – e.g. the weather, parking etc. • They will usually begin by discussing the opportunity or the organization.
  16. 16. The Actual Interview Continued • Next will usually be their questions, e.g. – Tell me about yourself. – Why did you choose to interview with our organization? – What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? – Can you name some weaknesses? – Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them? – Of which three accomplishments are you most proud? – Who are your role models? Why? – How does your college or work experience relate to this job? – What do you know about our organization? – Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years? – Why should we hire you rather than another candidate?
  17. 17. The Actual Interview Continued • Be sure to look at more sample questions found at: www.ub- careers.buffalo.edu/intv.shtml. • Have questions ready to ask them e.g.: – What qualities are you looking for? – What do you see as the biggest problem you will be facing in the next six months? – Is there a formal mentoring program? • Avoid bringing up salary issues in the first interview. • Ask when you can expect to hear from them or what is the next step in the application process.
  18. 18. The Day Of The Interview What You Should Bring: • A briefcase or other professional carrying piece. • Extra copies of your resume. • Contact information for your references or reference letters. • Pen and pad holder. • Copies of transcripts (new professionals only). • Completed application (if needed). • Writing samples/portfolio (if needed). • Anything else that was asked for as part of the application process. • Directions to the interview site. • CONFIDENCE!
  19. 19. Interview Reminders • Be prepared! • Show how you can meet the needs of the organization - not what they can do for you. • Make the interviewer want to hire you. • They can’t read your mind – you need to: – Demonstrate your communication skills. – Explain your abilities. – Show enthusiasm! Tell them you want the job/internship! • Thank them for the interview and send a formal thank you note within 24 hours – email is acceptable
  20. 20. Good Luck! Don’t forget to smile!
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