Successful Interviewing Bergen FENG  March 17, 2010
Let’s Get Started <ul><li>How do we get interviews? </li></ul><ul><li>Making a Positive impression </li></ul><ul><li>The P...
How do we Get the Interview? <ul><li>Interviewer already knows you  </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewer has been told about you ...
Making a Positive Impression <ul><li>Ask who you will be meeting with </li></ul><ul><li>Ask their positions </li></ul><ul>...
Things to do before interview <ul><li>Research the Company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mag...
Company Research <ul><li>Mission Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Growth of company </li></ul><ul><li>...
Your Interview Preparation <ul><li>Interview is a conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare questions you want to get answers...
Day of Interview - Dress <ul><li>Dress for success </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservat...
Day of Interview - Tools <ul><li>Bring copies of resumes you previously sent </li></ul><ul><li>Pen </li></ul><ul><li>Paper...
Interview Arrival <ul><li>You are on stage in the parking lot </li></ul><ul><li>Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Be early – avoid t...
Showtime <ul><li>Maintain eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Sit up straight and lean into the conversation </li></ul><ul><li>B...
Questions You Want Answered <ul><li>What are the job responsibilities? </li></ul><ul><li>How much authority will I have? <...
Common Questions Asked You <ul><li>Tell me about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you want this job? </li></ul><ul><li>Wh...
Closing <ul><li>Thank the person for the time to meet with you </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the interviewer that you are interes...
Post Closing <ul><li>Write down things you are unclear about </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on your performance </li></ul><ul><...
Conclusion <ul><li>Time is needed to research and prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Dress for Success </li></ul><ul><li>Relax and ...
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  1. 1. Successful Interviewing Bergen FENG March 17, 2010
  2. 2. Let’s Get Started <ul><li>How do we get interviews? </li></ul><ul><li>Making a Positive impression </li></ul><ul><li>The Planning Process </li></ul><ul><li>Interview Day </li></ul><ul><li>Showtime </li></ul><ul><li>Common Questions Asked </li></ul><ul><li>Closing </li></ul><ul><li>Post Closing </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do we Get the Interview? <ul><li>Interviewer already knows you </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewer has been told about you </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewer found you – LinkedIn - internet </li></ul><ul><li>You sent in your resume </li></ul><ul><li>You sent in a direct mail letter </li></ul>
  4. 4. Making a Positive Impression <ul><li>Ask who you will be meeting with </li></ul><ul><li>Ask their positions </li></ul><ul><li>Ask about dress code </li></ul><ul><li>Ask how long the interview will be </li></ul><ul><li>Get directions to location </li></ul><ul><li>Postpone interview until you do research </li></ul>
  5. 5. Things to do before interview <ul><li>Research the Company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Magazines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Records – 10K, 10Q </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current or former employees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Industry experts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Networking group members </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trade associations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People in competitive companies </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Company Research <ul><li>Mission Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Growth of company </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Articles of competitors </li></ul>
  7. 7. Your Interview Preparation <ul><li>Interview is a conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare questions you want to get answers </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare answers for questions you will be asked </li></ul><ul><li>Have your PARS (Problem, Action, Results Stories) available </li></ul><ul><li>Review prior interview tapes </li></ul>
  8. 8. Day of Interview - Dress <ul><li>Dress for success </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfortable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well groomed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid excess jewelry, make-up, perfume </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Day of Interview - Tools <ul><li>Bring copies of resumes you previously sent </li></ul><ul><li>Pen </li></ul><ul><li>Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Business cards </li></ul><ul><li>Briefcase / portfolio – No backpack </li></ul>
  10. 10. Interview Arrival <ul><li>You are on stage in the parking lot </li></ul><ul><li>Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Be early – avoid the stress </li></ul><ul><li>Bring something to read – look busy while waiting </li></ul><ul><li>Chat with receptionist </li></ul><ul><li>Remember – people are watching you </li></ul><ul><li>Firm handshake </li></ul>
  11. 11. Showtime <ul><li>Maintain eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Sit up straight and lean into the conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of body language </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of things in the room </li></ul><ul><li>Smile and be friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Be a good listener </li></ul><ul><li>Be positive </li></ul><ul><li>Be confident </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off electronic devices – cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Do not discuss compensation </li></ul>
  12. 12. Questions You Want Answered <ul><li>What are the job responsibilities? </li></ul><ul><li>How much authority will I have? </li></ul><ul><li>What is my staff size? </li></ul><ul><li>How much is my budget? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a newly created position? </li></ul><ul><li>What happened to the prior person in this position? </li></ul><ul><li>How will my success be measured? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the most important thing to be accomplished in the 1 st 90 days? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Common Questions Asked You <ul><li>Tell me about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you want this job? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>How would others describe you? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you leaving your current position? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you still in transition? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Closing <ul><li>Thank the person for the time to meet with you </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the interviewer that you are interested in the position </li></ul><ul><li>What is the next step? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the time frame? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there anything that would prevent you from going to the next interview step? </li></ul><ul><li>How does the interviewer like to communicate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email or hard copy </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Post Closing <ul><li>Write down things you are unclear about </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on your performance </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you notes – Within 2 days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-emphasize why you are the person for the job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer any of their concerns head-on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them you want the position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You will follow-up in ______ (time period) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Conclusion <ul><li>Time is needed to research and prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Dress for Success </li></ul><ul><li>Relax and avoid the stress – arrive early </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews are conversations – not interrogations </li></ul><ul><li>Both parties ask and answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for the opportunity and your time </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Be positive – smile and be friendly </li></ul>

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