Interviews: Not As Scary as You Think


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  • - The learning objectives for my presentation today are the following. Describe the recruiting process: The interview is a part of the recruiting process. I will give you an overview of what to expect. Apply techniques to conduct successful interviews from before, during, and after the interview. Understand how to handle different types of questions. Commit to at least one action step to get better in your interview skills. I will provide tips for you to practice your skills and we will provide an overview of Perfect Interview at the end of the presentation. I would ask that you jot down any questions and wait until the end of the presentation to ask questions. I will also have an exercise. In that way, I can make sure to get through the entire content.
  • Application: Depending on the size of the organization, that would determine how you would apply for an opportunity within that organization. At a career fair, you may be asked to apply in either one of these three ways. Interview: Companies usually start with a phone interview but they may also start with an in-person interview. Either a Recruiter or a Hiring Manager would speak with you. You can meet with a number of people at the same time or one person at a time through a chain of interviews.
  • Research the company: corporate profile (i.e. when founded, founded, private v. public, number of employees, locations), products and services, what is important to you (i.e. community relation efforts) Research the position: Responsibilities (tie in with your previous experience or how it is related to your career goals/path), Qualifications and how you qualify
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  • Interviews: Not As Scary as You Think

    1. 1. Interviews: Not as Scary as You Think Angelique Torres Employer Outreach Specialist February 7, 2012 Senior Transition Class
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Funny Job Interview Video Comedy: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    3. 3. Learning Objectives <ul><li>Describe the recruiting process </li></ul><ul><li>Apply techniques to conduct successful interviews from before through after the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how to handle different types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Commit to at least one action step to get better in your interview skills </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Recruiting Process Application Interview Selection <ul><li>Online applicant </li></ul><ul><li>tracking system </li></ul><ul><li>Email your resume </li></ul><ul><li>In-person to fill </li></ul><ul><li>out an application </li></ul><ul><li>Phone interview </li></ul><ul><li>In-Person interview </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch interview </li></ul><ul><li>Panel interview </li></ul><ul><li>Second round interviews </li></ul><ul><li>may be required </li></ul><ul><li>Rejections are done via </li></ul><ul><li>phone or email </li></ul><ul><li>Offers are extended via </li></ul><ul><li>phone followed by a letter </li></ul>
    5. 5. Before the Interview <ul><li>Research the company and industry trends </li></ul><ul><li>Research the position </li></ul><ul><li>Practice answers to sample questions </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare appropriate attire and grooming </li></ul>
    6. 6. During the Interview <ul><li>Firm handshake and eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate active listening </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions concisely and make sure answers are related to the job </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a positive attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions: You are interviewing the company as much as it is interviewing you! </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure to ask about next steps </li></ul>
    7. 7. How to Handles Different Types of Questions <ul><li>Behavioral </li></ul><ul><li>Give detailed and focused descriptions of actual circumstances that demonstrate your decision-making and impact </li></ul><ul><li>(B) Business Need (A) Action (R) Result </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Take your time in coming up with a response </li></ul><ul><li>Unethical </li></ul><ul><li>Kindly respond by letting the interviewer know that you would rather focus on the job </li></ul>
    8. 8. After the Interview <ul><li>Write a thank you note no later than two days after the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on your interview </li></ul><ul><li>What did you do well? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you improve upon? </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct periodic follow-up </li></ul>
    9. 9. Exercise: Sample Interviews <ul><li>Job Interview Success: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    10. 10. How Can You Get Better <ul><li>Practice, Practice, Practice! </li></ul><ul><li>Mock interviews through your Career Center </li></ul><ul><li>Informational interviews with professionals in your network </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect Interview: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>