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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
  • Interview skills 1

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