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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”