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    • Interview: Power Selling Yourself Harsha Sinvhal Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee [email_address]
    • Prepare Well for the Interview
    • Profile the Company
      • Research the company thoroughly
      • Where do you fit in?
      • Tailor your skills to company’s needs
      • Information you uncover reflects your interest and enthusiasm in position
      • Establishes a common base of knowledge for questions
    • Research the Company
      • Know the job duties
      • Know the company
      • Ask questions of a similar company
    • What Do You Need To Know?
      • Age of company
      • Services or products
      • Competitors within the industry
      • Growth pattern
      • Reputation
      • Divisions and subsidiaries
      • Locations/length of time there
      • Size
      • Number of employees
      • Sales/assets/earnings
      • New products or projects
      • Culture and values
    • Where Do I Find The Information About Companies?
      • Internet
      • Alumni in the companies
      • Annual Reports
      • Press Reports
      • Business Magazines
    • Develop Career Goals
      • Have a focus--at least act like it, even if you don’t have a clue
      • Identify challenges you are looking for
      • Know what you want to accomplish
      • Have a plan or agenda
    • Write Down Answers/Scenarios
      • Draft written answers to potential interview questions
    • Write Down Your Strengths
      • Relate them to the job
      • Give examples of where you have demonstrated these
      • How were they developed
      • Identify your mentors and/or role models
    • Write Down Your Areas for Improvement
      • Relate these to your work
      • Show the positive side of these
      • Identify the steps you have taken for improvement
      • Detail the results and/or time frames expected
      • Identify criticism you have received and its effects
    • Write Out Questions for the Interviewer
      • Consider multiple areas
        • Corporate values
        • Anticipated responsibilities
        • Employment trends
        • Measures of work performance
        • Work environment
        • Quality of work
        • Personality factors
      • Demonstrate your knowledge of the industry and company
    • The Day of the Interview
    • Acknowledge Your Nervousness
      • Train your butterflies to fly in formation
      • Advance preparation reduces nervousness
      • Practice answering the worst possible question they could ask
              • Relax--take a few deep breaths
    • Appearance Matters. . .A Lot!
      • If you don’t dress seriously, they can’t take you seriously!!
      • Make a good first impression
      • Pride in yourself implies pride in your work
      • Show your creativity in your work, not your appearance
      • Dress conservatively
      • Be well groomed and clean
    • Don’t Forget the Details
      • Nicely styled hair
      • Natural, clean looking face/makeup
      • Clean your fingernails
      • Skip the clunky jewelry
      • Press your clothes
      • Avoid strong perfumes or colognes
      • Avoid cigarettes
    • Professional Image for Women
      • Best choices
        • Navy or black suit, solid blouse
        • Suit in solid colors, printed blouse
        • Straight dress with jacket, solid colors
      • Wear polished, low heeled shoes
      • Minimal accessories
      • Hosiery - appropriate color, no holes, no darker than your hem
      • Don’t wear anything too tight or revealing
    • Professional Image for Men
      • Best choices
        • Business suit, dark colors (blues, grays, browns), white shirt
        • Suit with solid shirt
        • 2-piece suit, lighter colors, striped shirt
      • Button your jacket when you stand
      • Shine your shoes
      • Socks-appropriate color, no holes, long length
    • Attitude
      • It separates winners from losers
      • Be enthusiastic and eager
      • Practice good eye contact
      • Smile
      • Walk with confidence
      • Sit up straight (listen to your mother!)
      • Adapt to your surroundings
    • Employers Notice Good Manners
      • Be on time for the interview
      • Treat the receptionist with respect
      • Use Mr. or Ms. unless they ask you to use first names
      • Don’t sit until you’re invited to
    • Practice Your “Soft Skills”
      • Greet people with a firm handshake
      • Stand up to meet people
      • Practice your dining etiquette
      • Remember “please” and “thank you”
      • Be good at chatting and small talk
    • What to Bring to an Interview
      • Several copies of your resume
      • Your portfolio, if applicable
      • New notebook and a nice pen
      • Briefcase or leather folder
      • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of references
    • Interviewing Techniques
    • Put Yourself in the Interviewer’s Shoes
      • They have an agenda
        • To determine if you have the skills
        • Identify your personal attributes
        • Assess your motivation
    • Interviewers Are Looking to Hire You
      • Help them by
        • Showing how you fit their company
        • Exhibit your personality
        • Share your career goals
    • Be HONEST
      • DO NOT lie on your resume
      • DO NOT lie in the interview
      • Either of these can get you eliminated from consideration or FIRED if discovered after hiring
    • What Do Winners Show
      • They are capable of doing the job or learning it quickly
      • They are willing and eager to do the job
      • They need little motivation or supervision
      • They are friendly and would work well with other employees
    • Use Proper Language
      • Speak clearly and distinctly
      • Avoid slang expressions
      • Don’t swear
      • Control your
        • “ ums”
        • “ you knows”
        • “ likes”
    • Tell Me About Yourself
      • Create a 60-second sound byte
      • Include
      • Geographic origins
      • Reason for choosing major
      • Educational background
      • 2 or 3 strengths related to position
      • Specific expertise and accomplishments
      • How you can contribute to company
      • Identify your career goals
      • Speak clearly and honestly
    • Do’s and Dont’s
    • Do’s
      • Research the company
      • Prepare for tough questions
      • Greet interviewer enthusiastically
      • Focus on what you have to offer, not what you want
      • Know your rights as an interviewee
      • Have a good attitude, be positive
      • Show confidence
      • Be professional
    • Dont’s
      • Don’t discuss salary, benefits, or vacations until an offer is made
      • Don’t display personal habits, i.e. smoking, chewing gum, tapping a pencil, stretching, jiggling a foot
      • Don’t lie
      • Don’t get too chatty about non-job topics
      • Don’t blame others or disparage employers
    • Difficult Situations
    • Listen Carefully
      • It’s important to understand the questions correctly
      • Ask for clarification
      • Don’t be afraid to ask if you can take a few seconds to think about your answer
    • Telephone Interviews
      • Dress up and use a professional environment to maintain your professionalism
      • Have your notes organized, highlighted, and within easy access
      • Without non-verbal communication, be aware that it is difficult to “read” the interviewer
      • Make sure your voice conveys enthusiasm
    • Panel Interviews
      • Get names and positions for all participants in advance if possible
      • Address all with good eye contact
      • Relate your answers to others that were similar from other participants
      • Shows your ability to relate to diverse groups
    • Day Long Interviews
      • Keep your energy up
      • Continue to give complete answers to all questions even though you’ve been asked multiple times that day
      • Listen for consistencies and discrepancies to assess company culture
    • After the Interview
    • Details Needed for Follow-up
      • Write down the interviewer’s name, department, address, and phone in the notebook
      • Ask for their business card
      • Use interviewer’s name
    • Evaluate/Retrain
      • How did you do overall?
      • What were your strengths?
      • What needs improvement?
      • Develop a follow-up chart for tracking
      • Tell me about yourself.
      • Who or what has had the greatest influence on the development of your career interests?
      • How have your educational and work experiences prepared you for this position?
      • What factors did you consider in choosing your course?
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      • Why are you interested in our organization?
      • What is your GPA? Does your GPA reflect your ability?
      • What goals have you set for yourself? How do you plan to achieve your goals?
      • Tell me how you perceive your strengths? Weaknesses?
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      • How do you evaluate yourself?
      • What work experience has been the most valuable to you and why?
      • What has been your greatest challenge?
      • What were the biggest problems you encountered in college? How have you handled them? What did you learn from them?
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      • How do you think you have changed personally since you started college?
      • Why did you choose the extracurricular activities that you did? What did you gain? What did you contribute?
      • What was the most useful criticism you received and who was it from?
      • Tell me about a project you initiated.
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      • How do you solve conflicts?
      • Give me an example of a problem you solved and the process you used.
      • Describe the project or situation that best demonstrates your analytical skills.
      • What one academic course did you have that had the greatest impact on you and why?
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      • Give examples of your “team player” qualities.
      • Take me through a project where you demonstrated planning skills.
      • How do you motivate people?
      • What types of situations put you under pressure and how do you deal with the pressure?
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      • Tell me about a difficult decision you have made.
      • Give an example of a situation in which you failed and how you handled it.
      • Tell me about a situation when you had to persuade another person to see your point of view.
      • What frustrates you the most?
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      • What interests or concerns you about the position or company?
      • Give me a specific example of your work or learning in a multicultural setting and what impact did the experience have on you?
      • What to or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
      • Describe a situation where you had a conflict with another individual, and how you dealt with it.
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      • Describe your leadership style.
      • In a particular leadership role, what was the greatest challenge?
      • What characteristics do you think are important for this position?
      • What can you contribute to our organization?
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      • What challenges are you looking for in a position?
      • How are you conducting your job search and how will you make your decision?
      • What are your expectations of your future employer?
      • What two or three things are most important to you in a position?
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      • What do we need to know about you that has not been covered?
      • Why should we hire you?
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
    • THANK YOU Harsha Sinvhal Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
    • Any Questions ?
    • Frequently Asked Interview Questions
    • Thank You Harsha Sinvhal