How to doing interviews


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How to doing interviews

  1. 1. Preparing For An Interview<br />Build Confidence and WOW employers<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Why interviews fail?<br />Interviewers goals?<br />Getting Mentally Prepared<br />Preparation Tools<br />Interview Tools<br />Follow Up<br />2<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  3. 3. Why Interviews Fail?<br />Poor personal appearance<br />Poor grammar<br />Poor eye-contact<br />Arriving late<br />No enthusiasm<br />Derogatory remarks about past employers<br />Not doing your homework<br />Being too humble<br />Talking too much or too little<br />No follow up after the interview<br />3<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  4. 4. What Interviewers are trying to conclude?<br />Can you effectively perform the role<br />Focus on achievements<br />Highlight skills<br />Share experiences<br />Demonstrate ability to communicate<br />Flexibility<br />4<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  5. 5. Are you professionally and personally motivated to succeed?<br />Past accomplishments<br />Why do you want the job?<br />Career ambitions<br />5<br />What Interviewers are trying to conclude?<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  6. 6. Will you fit it in the organization?<br />Likeability<br />Teamwork<br />Interpersonal<br />6<br />What Interviewers are trying to conclude?<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  7. 7. Make Sure You Are<br />Mentally Prepared<br />7<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  8. 8. DO<br />Did vs<br />8<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  9. 9. Stop talking about what you “DID” for your last employer.<br />Start talking about what you will “DO” for the employer you are interviewing.<br />9<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  10. 10. Interview Preparation<br />Prior to your interview<br />Write answers to toughest interview questions<br />Write answers to toughest behavioral questions<br />Write out ACCOMPLISHMENT STORIES<br />10<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  11. 11. When Answering Questions<br />Name<br />Number<br />Title<br />Give the conclusion you want<br />Always Have A Happy Ending<br />11<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  12. 12. Interview Preparation<br />Exercise<br />Write answers to toughest interview questions<br />What is your biggest weakness?<br />12<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  13. 13. Accomplishment Stories<br />When you answer questions tell stories.<br />Keeps the listeners attention<br />Easier for others to remember<br />Connects you closer to the question<br />13<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  14. 14. Accomplishment Stories<br />When you answer questions tell stories in the STAR format.<br />ST – Situation – 2 – 3 sentences<br />A – Action – 4 – 6 sentences<br />R – Results – 1 – 2 sentences<br />Let’s review an example<br />14<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  15. 15. Accomplishment Stories<br />St – Situation:<br />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.<br /> <br />A – Action:<br />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. <br /> <br />R – Results:<br />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.<br />15<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  16. 16. Interview Preparation<br />When you get asked to interview<br />Pre-interview worksheet and plan<br />REQUIREMENTS vs QUALIFICATIONS<br />CHEAT SHEET<br />Interview recap<br />16<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  17. 17. 17<br />Pre-interview Worksheet<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  18. 18. 18<br />Pre-interview Worksheet<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  19. 19. 19<br />Pre-interview Worksheet<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  20. 20. Interview Preparation<br />REQUIREMENTS vs QUALIFICATIONS<br />Let’s review an example<br />20<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  21. 21. 21<br />Requirements vs Qualifications<br />
  22. 22. 22<br />Requirements vs Qualifications<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  23. 23. Interview Preparation<br />CHEAT SHEET<br />Let’s review an example<br />23<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  24. 24. 24<br />Cheat Sheet<br />
  25. 25. 25<br />Cheat Sheet<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  26. 26. Interview Preparation<br />Interview recap form<br />Let’s review the form.<br />26<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  27. 27. 27<br />Interview Recap<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  28. 28. 28<br />Interview Recap<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  29. 29. 29<br />Follow up<br />Send hand written thank you notes to everyone you interview with or assists with the process<br />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<br />Follow any other agreed upon follow up from the interview<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />
  30. 30. Interview Preparation<br />Job offers are not always given to the best candidate but the best….<br />Prepared<br />Performance<br />Follow through<br />Let this be you!!!!<br />30<br />Property of Frank Danzo<br />