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How to doing interviews

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This is part of a series of presentations given by BouncBack St Louis workshop in September 2010.

This is part of a series of presentations given by BouncBack St Louis workshop in September 2010.

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  • 1. Preparing For An Interview
    Build Confidence and WOW employers
    Property of Frank Danzo
  • 2. Agenda
    Why interviews fail?
    Interviewers goals?
    Getting Mentally Prepared
    Preparation Tools
    Interview Tools
    Follow Up
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  • 3. Why Interviews Fail?
    Poor personal appearance
    Poor grammar
    Poor eye-contact
    Arriving late
    No enthusiasm
    Derogatory remarks about past employers
    Not doing your homework
    Being too humble
    Talking too much or too little
    No follow up after the interview
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  • 4. What Interviewers are trying to conclude?
    Can you effectively perform the role
    Focus on achievements
    Highlight skills
    Share experiences
    Demonstrate ability to communicate
    Flexibility
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  • 5. Are you professionally and personally motivated to succeed?
    Past accomplishments
    Why do you want the job?
    Career ambitions
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    What Interviewers are trying to conclude?
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  • 6. Will you fit it in the organization?
    Likeability
    Teamwork
    Interpersonal
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    What Interviewers are trying to conclude?
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  • 7. Make Sure You Are
    Mentally Prepared
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  • 8. DO
    Did vs
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  • 9. Stop talking about what you “DID” for your last employer.
    Start talking about what you will “DO” for the employer you are interviewing.
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  • 10. Interview Preparation
    Prior to your interview
    Write answers to toughest interview questions
    Write answers to toughest behavioral questions
    Write out ACCOMPLISHMENT STORIES
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  • 11. When Answering Questions
    Name
    Number
    Title
    Give the conclusion you want
    Always Have A Happy Ending
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  • 12. Interview Preparation
    Exercise
    Write answers to toughest interview questions
    What is your biggest weakness?
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  • 13. Accomplishment Stories
    When you answer questions tell stories.
    Keeps the listeners attention
    Easier for others to remember
    Connects you closer to the question
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  • 14. Accomplishment Stories
    When you answer questions tell stories in the STAR format.
    ST – Situation – 2 – 3 sentences
    A – Action – 4 – 6 sentences
    R – Results – 1 – 2 sentences
    Let’s review an example
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  • 15. Accomplishment Stories
    St – Situation:
    Maritz had not evolved their Performance Improvement Awards and Fulfillment division services to keep up with the changing times. The company had labor intense processes in place that had brought historical success. Costs to process client business transactions increased over time. A group of key employees were selected to study the processes of the division and make recommendations.
     
    A – Action:
    I was assigned to lead a higher-level group of Executives through a re-engineering effort. There was meshing of teeth during the first meeting that resulted in a number of shouting matches and at times for the potential of fights. To break down the barriers, a number of nerf balls were placed in the center of the conference table during all subsequent meetings. A rule was introduced that team members could not get at each other’s throat and nerf balls could be thrown to release frustration between team members. This was the icebreaker that allowed the team to move forward by realizing the need to cooperate with each other and the need for each department to be a joint effort in identifying feasible solutions.
     
    R – Results:
    The remaining ten weeks of the project resulted in candid discussions and development of 8 creative solutions. Solution recommendations were presented by the team Director to Senior Management of the Awards and Fulfillment division. 7 of the 8 solution recommendations were approved saving $240,000.
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  • 16. Interview Preparation
    When you get asked to interview
    Pre-interview worksheet and plan
    REQUIREMENTS vs QUALIFICATIONS
    CHEAT SHEET
    Interview recap
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  • 17. 17
    Pre-interview Worksheet
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  • 18. 18
    Pre-interview Worksheet
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  • 19. 19
    Pre-interview Worksheet
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  • 20. Interview Preparation
    REQUIREMENTS vs QUALIFICATIONS
    Let’s review an example
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  • 21. 21
    Requirements vs Qualifications
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    Requirements vs Qualifications
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  • 23. Interview Preparation
    CHEAT SHEET
    Let’s review an example
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  • 24. 24
    Cheat Sheet
  • 25. 25
    Cheat Sheet
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  • 26. Interview Preparation
    Interview recap form
    Let’s review the form.
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  • 27. 27
    Interview Recap
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    Interview Recap
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    Follow up
    Send hand written thank you notes to everyone you interview with or assists with the process
    Email a summary of why you are the best candidate before the decision date reminding them of your key selling points and your interest in the position
    Follow any other agreed upon follow up from the interview
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  • 30. Interview Preparation
    Job offers are not always given to the best candidate but the best….
    Prepared
    Performance
    Follow through
    Let this be you!!!!
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