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Interview skills 1


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  • Always ask what the venue will be for your interview
  • Always ask what the venue will be for your interview
  • SOAR- (Situation, Obstacle, Action, & Result) STAR- (Situation, Task, Action, & Result)
  • SOAR- (Situation, Obstacle, Action, & Result) STAR- (Situation, Task, Action, & Result)
  • Less than 10% of job seekers carry this out Send to all who interviewed you
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    • 1. Facing Interviews Babu Appat
    • 2. Interview-What is it?
      • Before explaining What is Interviewing
      • Let me start the session with a story?
      • Joby B Pharm 68%
      • John B Pharm 86%
    • 3. Interview -What is it?
      • - A pre-planned structured meeting between prospective employee and an employer
      • Interviewing is a skill- like riding your bike
      • PRACTICE makes you PERFECT
    • 4. Interviewing is a two-way street
      • Interviewer explore and find out whether you are fit for the job and their culture
      • Interviewee ascertain the employer, the job, compensation offered and prospects for career growth
    • 5. Types of Interviews 1
      • Telephonic: Occasionally used as initial information seeking or screening tool
      • Teita-Teita: most common interview style where you meet and talk with the potential employer, face to face
      • Panel or Group: allows many individuals to interview you at once, a filtering technique when there are more number of applicants.
    • 6. Types of Interviews 2
      • Over a Cup o’ Coffee: used to see how you interact or function in a social setting
      • Spot Interaction: this allows one to get a tour of the facility, meet the staff, and additional questioning from different employees and/or administration
    • 7. The Preparation involves: 1
      • Explore and learn - position, company, and the industry
      • Examine your potentials, Analyse your strengths and weaknesses
      • Prepare everything and keep everything ready
    • 8. The Preparation involves: 2
      • Material Preparation: Arrange the required materials (Copies of resume, references, portfolio/pen, HHD or personal organizer, breath mints)
      • Internet based storage of required data
    • 9. At the Spot
      • Arrive at the destination in time (Never let your throat go dry for the want of dry run)
      • Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early at the site to allow you to park and settle.
      • Ask for directions and where to park
      • Walk to the interview, use the restroom, or just gather yourself
    • 10. Greet Warmly, Introduce boldly
      • Open perfectly, make a good impression in the beginning itself…...
      • Dress appropriately
      • Smile Pleasingly
      • Maintain proper eye contact
      • Firm handshake
      • Remain poised and confident
    • 11. Body Language: The signals you SEND
      • Positive Signals
      • Leaning forward = interest
      • Smiling = friendly
      • Nodding = attentive and alert
      • Eye contact = curious and focused
      • Negative Signals
      • Crossed arms = defensive
      • Fidgeting hands or tapping feet = nervous or bored
      • Lack of eye contact = untrustworthy
      • Leaning back= discomfort
    • 12. Types of Interview Questions
      • Standard or traditional -
      • Targeting your education, work experiences, and career goals
      • Sample Questions
      • Tell me about yourself?
      • What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
      • Why did you choose to interview with us?
      • What did you like most about your last job? Least?
      • What are your short and long term career goals?
    • 13. Types of Interview Questions
      • Behavioral Questions
      • These focus on your actions and/or behaviors in a previous setting.
      • Past behavior provides clues to future behavior
      • Sample Questions
      • Describe a time you had to make a difficult decision?
      • Tell me about a time you worked under a deadline?
      • What do you do when a team member is not pulling his/her weight?
      • Think about a time you made a mistake. What did you learn from it?
    • 14. Types of Interview Questions
      • Inappropriate or unethical questions
      • -
      • Questions which probe into your private life or personal background
      • -
      • Questions about your ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, marital status
      • Sample Questions
      • How old are you?
      • Do you have children?
      • Do you have a disability?
      • What religion do you practice?
    • 15. I’ll Give you 3 Minutes
      • You can ask me 3 Questions
      • What will you ask?
      • 1?
      • 2?
      • 3?
    • 16. Types of Interview Questions
      • Questions asked by the interviewee
      • To enable the employer determine, you are an appropriate fit for the company and position, prepare a list of questions for the interviewer
      • Sample Questions
      • What type of assignments can I expect within the first year?
      • What do you like most about this company?
      • What is the biggest challenge facing this department right now?
      • What skills are you looking for in this position?
      • What is the next course of action?
    • 17. General Interview Strategies
      • -Be prepared to talk about yourself and your experiences
      • -Master the art of storytelling
      • -Provide specific and concrete examples of your results/accomplishments
      • -Remain positive, enthusiastic, poised, and confident throughout the interview process
    • 18. A Story on Positive Thinking
      • The Story of the Old Women with
      • 3 hairs on her head
    • 19. General Interview Strategies
      • Remember an interview is a formal conversation--avoid filler words like “Um”, “Ah”, “You know” etc.
      • Avoid indecisive phrases like: “I think,” “I guess,” “probably,” or “pretty good”
      • Think before speaking, deliver in its proper speed
      • Avoid long verbose answers--limit your response to 1-2 minutes
      • If you do not hear or understand a question, ask them to repeat or clarify it for you
    • 20. General Interview Strategies
      • Remain calm, relaxed, and be yourself
      • Try to focus on the message you are trying to convey--NOT how well you are doing!
    • 21. Dressing for Success-Men
      • Suit-Single or double breasted
      • Polished shoes
      • Solid white shirt
      • Conservative tie
      • Neatly groomed hair, beard, and mustache
      • Avoid strong colognes, earrings, and body piercing
    • 22. Dressing for Success-Women
      • Sari or Salwar Kamiz
      • Pant or skirt suit
      • Pumps with small to medium heels
      • Light makeup, perfume, and jewelry
      • Wear neutral color hosiery
    • 23. FOLLOW-UP
      • Ask questions which invite a positive response
      • Request a business card contact details
      • Inquire about next steps in the process
      • Thank the interviewer
      • Never slam the door while coming out.
    • 24. FOLLOW-UP CONT
      • Send a thank you note within 24 hours
      • Letter may be handwritten or typed; e-mail is also acceptable
      • Tailor each one to the individual.
    • 25. Final Thoughts
      • Remember that only 15% of the success of an interview is out of your control
      • Take some time to reflect
      • Overall, how well did I do?
      • What went well?
      • What steps can I take next time to improve?
    • 26. Suggestions
      • Conduct a test run the day before the interview
      • Practice! Practice! Practice!
      • • Obtain a list of practice interview questions and jot down short answers
      • • Stand in front of a mirror and rehearse your answers
      • • Schedule an appointment for a mock interview with Career Services
      • Get a good night’s sleep-Take rest and be alert for the interview
      • Be relaxed and be yourself!
    • 27. After the Interview
      • You will get it if you ought to
      • You may not if you ought not
      • One thing is sure
      • You’ll get THE most suitable one always
    • 28.  
    • 29. Continuing Education…
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