Interviewing: Would you hire you?
What are some of the goals of a job
interview?
 to get a job offer
 to figure out if a position is right for you
 to pr...
First Impressions:
 Socioeconomic status
 Education
 Desirability
Male Interview Attire
Female Interview Attire
How can you best prepare for a job
interview?
 Dress appropriately - depends upon business;
“dress for the job you want”
...
Understanding What to Expect
 Conversational (Traditional)

 Phone interview

 Behavioral
Types of Interviews: Conversational (Traditional)
 typically a question-and-answer discussion
 usually a relatively shor...
Types of Interviews: Phone Interviews
 Brief interview to see if you can present your qualification verbally
with minimal...
Types of Interviews: Behavioral

 interviewer’s main goals are to:
 assess candidate’s behaviors and approaches by explo...
Answering Situational Questions
 identify the skill or type of situation sought so that you can best focus
your answer
 ...
STAR Example
Can you tell me about a time from your work experience when
your manager or supervisor was unavailable and a ...
Before the Interview
 sleep
 eat
 choose your clothes the night before
 prepare the materials you want to bring with y...
End of Interview
 Thank all interviewers for their time (Thank you
card)
 Make sure they know you want the position
 As...
Common Questions:


“Tell me about yourself.”
Hint: They’re not asking for your life story. Give a brief statement of you...
30-second commercial
 My name is Tom Smith and I will be receiving my Bachelor of Science
degree in Mechanical Engineerin...
Top Interview Bloopers
1. Poor handshake and poor eye contact
2. Talking too much (talking too long/not answering direct
q...
6. Asking about benefits, vacation time, or salary in an initial
interview
7. Not preparing for the interview
8. Verbal ti...
Thank you!
Cynthia E. Olmedo
University of Houston
College of Technology
ceolmedo@uh.edu
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  • Interviewing workshop 2013

    1. 1. Interviewing: Would you hire you?
    2. 2. What are some of the goals of a job interview?  to get a job offer  to figure out if a position is right for you  to provide potential employers with a stronger sense of why they should hire you, your skills, how you stand out  to figure out if you “fit” into the culture of their organization
    3. 3. First Impressions:  Socioeconomic status  Education  Desirability
    4. 4. Male Interview Attire
    5. 5. Female Interview Attire
    6. 6. How can you best prepare for a job interview?  Dress appropriately - depends upon business; “dress for the job you want”  Back up documents - e.g., writing samples, copy of resume, transcripts, references; letters of recommendation (portfolio)  Research the company - Google the company, talk to people about what they know, BBB, Chamber of Commerce  Directions- make sure you know how to get there
    7. 7. Understanding What to Expect  Conversational (Traditional)  Phone interview  Behavioral
    8. 8. Types of Interviews: Conversational (Traditional)  typically a question-and-answer discussion  usually a relatively short interview (e.g., 1 hour)  interviewer’s main goals are to:  assess whether or not the job-seeker has the skills and abilities to perform the job  evaluate whether or not the job-seeker possesses the enthusiasm and work ethic that the employer expects  analyze whether or not the job-seeker is a team player and will fit into the organization
    9. 9. Types of Interviews: Phone Interviews  Brief interview to see if you can present your qualification verbally with minimal time and effort.  Interviewer’s goals are to:  Determine if interviewee is worthy of an in person interview.  Investigate whether you communicate information that would weed you out of the applicant pool. (e.g. Unrealistic salary requirements, personal preferences).
    10. 10. Types of Interviews: Behavioral  interviewer’s main goals are to:  assess candidate’s behaviors and approaches by exploring specific situations  analyze past behavior to try to predict future performance  interviewers will expect to hear about specific situations and/or scenarios Ex: “Tell me about a work situation in which their was a conflict that you had to resolve and how you resolved it.”
    11. 11. Answering Situational Questions  identify the skill or type of situation sought so that you can best focus your answer  give a STAR answer:  Situation—what was the circumstance?  Task—what was the specific problem or need?  Action—what did you do? (produce, write, create, etc.)  Results/resolution—what did you learn? what skills did you develop?
    12. 12. STAR Example Can you tell me about a time from your work experience when your manager or supervisor was unavailable and a problem arose?  Situation quickly explain the situation—what happened? who was involved (e.g., clients, coworkers, customers)?  Task what was the particular problem that needed to be resolved?  Action what specific action did you take to resolve the problem? what did you do or produce?  Results/resolution what were the results of your action? what did you take from this experience?
    13. 13. Before the Interview  sleep  eat  choose your clothes the night before  prepare the materials you want to bring with you— ideally, this is done long before the interview
    14. 14. End of Interview  Thank all interviewers for their time (Thank you card)  Make sure they know you want the position  Ask about the next step in the hiring process  What is the time frame in which you can expect a response?
    15. 15. Common Questions:  “Tell me about yourself.” Hint: They’re not asking for your life story. Give a brief statement of your professional status and career objective  Why do you want to work here? Hint: Provide information about the company gathered from research and let them know you fit into the culture of their organization  What are your strengths and weaknesses? Hint: Choose and strength and weakness before the interview. The weakness may be a characteristic or skills you’re lacking; always indicate how you are improving the weakness.  Why should we hire you? Hint: This is the time for your 30 second commercial. Reiterate your strengths and qualifications.
    16. 16. 30-second commercial  My name is Tom Smith and I will be receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, with a minor in Drafting from the University of Houston, in May of 2013. During this past summer, I held an internship with FormTex where I designed and developed innovative packaging for food, medical, and utility products.  I am a team-player and a leader holding officer positions in several honor societies and professional associations. As I look toward graduation, I am very interested in utilizing my education and drafting skills within the engineering industry. I researched your organization and believe that my strengths will fit well within your Manufacturing division. I am open and interested in any suggestions that you believe will benefit me and my future career.
    17. 17. Top Interview Bloopers 1. Poor handshake and poor eye contact 2. Talking too much (talking too long/not answering direct questions) 3. Talking negatively about current or past teams, coworkers, employers/managers 4. Showing up late or way too early 5. Treating the receptionist rudely
    18. 18. 6. Asking about benefits, vacation time, or salary in an initial interview 7. Not preparing for the interview 8. Verbal ticks (“uhmm”, “like”, “you know”)
    19. 19. Thank you! Cynthia E. Olmedo University of Houston College of Technology ceolmedo@uh.edu

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