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How to prepare for interviews. Please visit www.interviewskills.webs.com for details.

How to prepare for interviews. Please visit www.interviewskills.webs.com for details.

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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 THE OFFER LETTER IMMEDIATELY
    • 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
    • IF NOT THIS TIME
  • 28.  
  • 29. Continuing Education…
    • Please Visit:
    • http://interviewskills.webs.com/
  • 30.