Effective InterviewingCenter for Career and CallingSeattle Pacific UniversityMay 2013
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
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
Showtime! Eye contact/ firm handshake Listen actively Answer the questions Ask informed questions Gracefully close – ASK for the JOB!
After the Interview Evaluate Send a thank you note (within 24 hrs.) Inquire Second interview
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
STORY TELLING:The Key to Effective Interviewing! Situation Opportunity (Obstacle) ACTION (What did you do?) RESULTS (IMPACT!)
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.
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?
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.
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.”