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Interviewing spu 05 2013

  1. 1. Effective InterviewingCenter for Career and CallingSeattle Pacific UniversityMay 2013
  2. 2. Preparation is the Key to Success Know yourself Know the organization and the position Practice, practice, practice Know the time and place – pre-plan Dress appropriately What to bring
  3. 3. More Tips Remain calm Memorize your resume Body language is important Speak clearly and articulately Elaborate on your responses (when practical) Focus consistently on positive, strong points Be prepared with pertinent questions
  4. 4. Showtime! Eye contact/ firm handshake Listen actively Answer the questions Ask informed questions Gracefully close – ASK for the JOB!
  5. 5. After the Interview Evaluate Send a thank you note (within 24 hrs.) Inquire Second interview
  6. 6. What is the Interviewer Looking For? Ability to communicate/ intelligence Self-confidence Willingness to accept responsibility Initiative/ Leadership/Communications Skills Energy level Imagination Interpersonal skills Flexibility/ Ability to handle conflict Self-knowledge
  7. 7. STORY TELLING:The Key to Effective Interviewing! Situation Opportunity (Obstacle) ACTION (What did you do?) RESULTS (IMPACT!)
  8. 8. Tips for EffectiveBehavioral Interviewing Answer with a behavior-based answer. Think through and practice. One story can apply to more than onequestion. It’s OK to take some time to think of agood example. Have a “portfolio” of stories and examplesready.
  9. 9. Standard General Questions: Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to work here? What makes you special? What are your 2 greatest strengths and 2weaknesses? Why you (vs. other candidates)? What work experiences have you had?
  10. 10. Sample BehavioralInterview Questions Discuss a time when you were asked to break arule (your integrity was challenged). Include how you handled it. State the outcome. You can even say, ”Looking back, I would probablydo some things differently. i.e., …” Tell me about a group project that was difficult. Include what was difficult about it. Specifically state your individual contribution. Don’t forget to include the outcome.
  11. 11. More examples… Give me an example of a time when youchallenged a policy. Tell about a time when you had to meet atight deadline. Discuss a recent experience when youhad a conflict with a colleague. Describe a success you’ve had in the lastweek. Tell me about a situation where you “blewit.”

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