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Interviewing Presentation - UB Career Services

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    Interviewing Presentation - UB Career Services Interviewing Presentation - UB Career Services Presentation Transcript

    • 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 for candidates and organizations to learn about each other.
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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
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    • 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!
    • 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.”
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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
    • Good Luck! Don’t forget to smile!