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    ACE THE INTERVIEW: TELL YOUR STORY EFFECTIVELY ACE THE INTERVIEW: TELL YOUR STORY EFFECTIVELY Presentation Transcript

    • ACE THE INTERVIEW: TELL YOUR STORY EFFECTIVELY Presented by Sara West 22 September 2008 Sponsored by the Business Communication Center
    • Agenda
      • How to prepare for the interview
      • What to expect during the interview
      • How to follow up after the interview
    • What not to do…
    • Agenda
      • How to prepare for the interview
      • What to expect during the interview
      • How to follow up after the interview
    • Preparing for the interview
      • Complete a self-assessment
      • Research the company
      • Conduct a mock interview at the Business Communication Center
    • What employers want you to have:
      • Communication skills
      • Honesty and integrity
      • Interpersonal skills
      • Motivation and initiative
      • Strong work ethic
      • Teamwork and leadership skills
      • Analytical skills
      • Self-confidence
    • Assess your…
      • Academic background and performance
      • Work and volunteer experience
      • Special skills
      • Activities
      • Personal attributes
      • Career goals
    • Matching up your skills What you want to demonstrate Where you might find a good example Communication Class presentation Honesty and integrity Personal relationship Interpersonal skills Volunteer work Teamwork skills Study group Leadership Student-run organization Analytical skills Statistics class
    • Company research
      • Why should you bother?
    • Company research
      • Why should you bother?
      • Demonstrate interest and knowledge
      • Gives you something to ask the interviewer
      • Find out if you’re a good fit for the company
    • What should you research?
      • Recent current events affecting the firm
      • Products and services
      • Size of firm and industry
      • Organizational structure
      • Geographic locations
      • Stock price
      • Sales revenue
    • Where can you find this info?
      • Company website
      • Annual reports
        • Letter to shareholders
        • SWOT section (strengths, opportunities, threats, weaknesses)
      • Vault and WetFeet Guides (on UCS website)
      • Google news search
      • Spend 2 – 3 hours researching your top company.
    • Dealing with anxiety
      • Take a break from interview prep
      • Walk up and down a flight of stairs
      • Take deep breaths
    • Agenda
      • How to prepare for the interview
      • What to expect during the interview
      • How to follow up after the interview
    • During the interview
      • Do:
        • Arrive early
        • Use a firm handshake
        • Smile!
        • Make direct eye contact
        • Sit up straight
        • Use the interviewer’s name when introduced
    • During the interview
      • Don’t:
        • Say negative things about your former employers, professors, or classmates
          • Tell me about the worst boss you’ve ever had.
          • Tell about a time you were frustrated by a classmate.
        • Interrupt
        • Let your cell phone ring. (Turn it off!)
    • Typical interview structure
      • Greeting
      • Small talk
      • Opening questions
      • More specific questions
      • Your questions
      • Close
    • Types of interview questions
      • Education oriented
        • Why did you choose Carolina? The BSBA program?
      • Goal-related
        • Where do you see yourself in five years?
      • Results-oriented
        • What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?
      • Behavioral
        • Tell me about a time you received criticism.
      • Character-related
        • Describe your role within a group.
    • Resume walk
      • Also known as “Tell me about yourself.”
      • Less than 2 minutes
      • Results-oriented overview of experience
      • Reverse chronological story leading up to present
      • Upshot: why are you interested in this industry? What experiences have you led to this point?
    • Other opening questions
      • Why did you apply for this job?
        • Give an answer that is specific to the company
          • Challenging projects
          • Opportunities for mentorship
      • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
      • What are your strengths?
        • Also known as: What would you bring to this organization?
      • What are your weaknesses?
        • Should not be relevant to the job
    • Behavioral questions
      • Tell me about a time when you demonstrated leadership skills.
      • Describe a time when you faced a moral dilemma. What was your decision-making process?
      • Tell me about a time when you learned something from someone else’s mistake.
      • Describe a time when you came up with a new idea and implemented it.
    • STAR method
      • Situation: Background or problem
      • Task: Your role, what you were charged with doing
      • Action: What you did to solve the problem
      • Result: Outcome
      • Pull experiences from all aspects of your life!
    • Your questions
      • Questions based on research, industry trends, annual report – goals, opportunities, etc
      • How would you describe the career paths available to someone in this position?
      • What are the next steps in the interview process?
        • NOT: When will I hear back from you?
        • Should be your last question, if you want to ask it
    • Don’t ask about these. Please.
      • Salary
      • Benefits
      • Sick leave and vacation time
      • Other perks
      • None are appropriate
      • topics of discussion in
      • an initial interview.
    • Agenda
      • How to prepare for the interview
      • What to expect during the interview
      • How to follow up after the interview
    • After the interview…
      • Send a thank-you note to the interviewer(s) by end of next business day.
        • Email preferred for on-campus interviews
        • Personal letter (via U.S. mail) may be sent to follow up
      • Consider your performance:
        • What did you do well?
        • What might you do differently the next time?
    • Questions?
      • Feel free to contact me, or make an appointment to meet with a consultant in the Business Communication Center.
      • [email_address]
      • http://public.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/bizcommcenter/
      • This presentation will be posted on the BCC website under “Workshop Schedule”