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  • 1. How to Have a Successful Behavioral Interview By Nikki Rennalls wece@ece.gatech.edu
  • 2. Today‟s AgendaIntroduction5 Quick Ways to Improve Your InterviewTraditional vs Behavioral InterviewsHow to Answer Behavior Based QuestionsRole PlayingDo‟s and Donts of InterviewsWECE Reminders
  • 3. IntroductionWhy host a behavioral interview workshop for the Women of ECE?• Because your first job IS important• Because of the economy• Because you deserve the job of your dreams• Because giving a good interview is easy with practice
  • 4. 5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Interview• Give a Good Handshake• Make Eye Contact• Sit up Straight• Speak up, speak clearly• Smile!
  • 5. Traditional Interviews• Hypothetical Situations• Interviewers may probe, they may not• Interviewees may generalize or provide theoretical answers• Straight questions with straight forward answers – Ex. “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
  • 6. Behavioral Interviews• Past Situations• Interviewers WILL probe• Interviewers will ask for details• Questions with story anwers – Ex. “Describe a time you had to work on a team?”
  • 7. How to Answer Behavior Based Questions Describe Explain Share theThink the Your Outcome Situation Actions
  • 8. Think• What experience is most relevant to the question?• Does this story show me in a good light?• Did my actions directly impact the result?• Is this story appropriate to share with an interviewer? – Does this hurt anyone else?
  • 9. Describe the Situation• Give a brief back story – Sometimes Unnecessary – “Do not begin with „When dinosaurs roamed the Earth‟” -Michael Laughter• The Problem/Challenge
  • 10. Explain Your Actions• Be clear about what YOU did• Be honest! – Go ahead, brag about yourself – Watch out for embellishments and untruths – Never lie in an interview
  • 11. Share the Outcome• Be Honest• Measurements of Success – Rankings, Money, Grades, Stats, etc.• What did you learn?• How would you do things differently?
  • 12. Role PlayingQuestion 1: Have you had to convince a team to work on a project they werent thrilled about? How did you do it?Question 2: Give me an example of when you took a risk to achieve a goal. What was the outcome?
  • 13. Interview Do‟s and Don‟tsDo talk about yourselfDo take advantages of silencesDo be honestDo express your interestDo write a thank-youDon‟t leave without asking questionsDon‟t be too casualDon‟t bad-mouth past bosses or colleaguesDon‟t bring anything but you‟re A game
  • 14. Any Questions? Thank You
  • 15. WECE Reminders• FIRST Robotics Competition• Career Fair next week• Harris Dinner Tuesday @ 6pm• Northrup-Grunman Lunch Thurs. @ 11• New Service Projects – Local Women‟s Shelter – Relay for Life• Free Donut Fridays

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