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  • 1. Bringing Life to Your Interview: Developing a Great Interview Style Presentation by: Addye Buckley-Burnell
  • 2. Preparation Identify : – Who will be conducting the interview? • Job tiles and how many people – What type of interview? – When will the interview occur? • Exact time • How long it will run • Do you need to complete an application on site? – Where will the interview be taking place? • Exact location- address, building, & room number • Where you should park • Always arrive 10-15 minutes before scheduled time
  • 3. Research • The Company – The more you know the better you look • The Position – Responsibilities – Salary ranges ( & – Advancement potential Boeing – Identify the skills needed ( • Yourself – Compile a list of your skills – List your accomplishments – Know your résumé
  • 4. Most Common Interviews • Telephone Interviews • Long-Distance Interviews • Group/Panel Interviews • Interviews Over Food
  • 5. Telephone Interviews • Room with no distractions • Use landline phone if possible • Dress-up • Prepare • Cheat sheets • Listen!!! • Ask about next step
  • 6. Long-Distance Interviews • No distractions or background noises • Cheat sheets off camera • Practice to ensure equipment works properly
  • 7. In-Person Interviews • What to bring – Enough copies of your résumé, printed on résumé paper, for each person conducting the interview – A list of references printed on résumé paper – A nice padfolio or folder • What to leave at home – Your portfolio (if needed) – Cell phone – A nice pen (at least set to silent) – Your planner/calendar – Your family and friends – Your problems
  • 8. Group/Panel Interviews • Find way to connect with each interviewer • Maintain eye contact with each person • Shake hands and collect all business cards
  • 9. Interviews Over Food • Avoid hard-to-eat or messy items • No alcohol • Keep conversation professional • Refresh eating etiquette
  • 10. What to Wear: Women Tattoos/body piercings: Conceal tattoos & Clothing: remove piercings Conservative suit, knee length skirt, or dress pants, with Jewelry: pressed dress shirt Simple, avoid dangles 1-2 rings Shoes: One necklace <2 inch heal, polished, closed toe, One watch/bracelet & comfortable Make-up/nails: Hair: Neutral shades & Traditional styles & subtle colors Avoid perfume Pull away from the face
  • 11. What to wear: Tattoos/body piercings: Conceal tattoos & Men remove visible piercings Clothing: Well fitted, conservative Jewelry: suit with pressed shirt & Watch & one ring appropriate tie acceptable Shoes: Hands: Polished dress shoes Clean & trimmed fingernails Hair: Well groomed & Cologne: preferably shorter styles Avoid cologne or strong Clean shaven/tidy facial aftershave hair
  • 12. The Handshake
  • 13. Body Language • Good Posture • Eye Contact • Hand Gestures • Nod While Listening • Smile • Don’t Fidget!
  • 14. Decrease Anxiety • PRACTICE!!!! – Practice interview with the Career Center • The more prepared you are, the more relaxed you will be and the better you will look • Know your worth • Get plenty of sleep, eat prior to the interview, and avoid too much caffeine • Allow plenty of time for travel • Practice relaxation techniques • Everyone gets nervous!
  • 15. 30 Second Commercial
  • 16. Common Interview Questions • Based around basic points: – How do you differ from other candidates? – What can you do for us? – Why are you here? – Can they afford you? • Think about the intent of the question and highlight relevant skills • Behavioral interview questions
  • 17. Tell a Story Think of a few situations that STAR: exemplify a •Situation variety of skills •Task •Action •Result
  • 18. Illegal Questions • Nationality/ancestry • Age Options on How to Handle Them: • Marital/Family status • Answer at your own risk • Religion • Ask the relevance • Health/genealogy • Refuse- risk looking • Height/weight confrontational • Disabilities • Examine intent and respond • Military experience appropriately
  • 19. Prepare to Ask Questions • Daily Tasks and Responsibilities • Short and Long-term Goals • Organizational Structure • Performance Evaluations • Company Culture • Effects of Current Issue (layoffs, merger, etc..) • Promotion Potential
  • 20. Key Points • NEVER speak badly about a former employer/job • Focus on the positive of every experience • Use each question to highlight your skills and capabilities • Avoid “ums” and nervous laughter • Stay professional- no profanity! • Tell stories • Do not initiate discussion about salary or benefits
  • 21. End of Interview • Thank them for their time • Shake hands • Collect business cards • Establish next step • Send thank-you letters to each interviewer • Follow-up to determine if a decision has been made
  • 22. Job Offer • Never accept right away!! • Discuss salary only after offer has been made – See Career Center staff for help with negotiations • Get the offer in writing detailing all benefits • Be sure before accepting – NEVER back out of a job after accepting the position!!!
  • 23. Questions???