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  • 1. Ace the Interview Presented by: Brian Carhide Program Manager – Career Services
  • 2. Things to Consider • Most interviewers have made a decision as to whether or not to ask you back within the first 15 minutes • The interviewer’s perception of your personality is critical • Confidence and your ability to communicate are valued
  • 3. What Employers Are Seeking       Positive attitude Ability to communicate Maturity Right fit within the team Enthusiasm Someone who sets goals and follows through  Self-discipline       Personable, outgoing, and confident Competent Creative and Innovative Effective, persuasive communication skills Team-player Strong work ethic
  • 4. Preparation is Everything • Understand the job, the company, and where you fit in  Identify your main strengths and experience as they relate to the position  Provide supportive evidence (give examples) when answering questions • Research and set your salary range • Try on your suit • Know where you are interviewing
  • 5. Practice • • • • • Be clear and concise Practice appropriate body language Don’t be afraid to use examples (tell your stories) in your answers Practice in front of a mirror Mock interviewing increases confidence during the actual event (Speed interviewing/Perfect Interview)
  • 6. Types of Interview Questions • Leading • To get a specific response, don’t get caught off guard • Hypothetical • Problem solving, evaluation of experience • Open-Ended • Expecting more than a yes or no • Close-ended • Requires a brief and solid answer • Behavioral • Uses examples of past behavior to predict the future • Technical • Asks specific questions within your field
  • 7. Be Prepared for Anything • • • • • • General aptitude test Demonstration Presentation Flight simulator Computer programming Solving problems
  • 8. Possible Topics Discussed • • • • • • • • • • Goal-Setting Initiative Conflict Diversity Communication Failure/Adversity Leadership Time Management Team Work Long-term Career Plans
  • 9. The Day of the Interview • Get plenty of rest and have breakfast • Know the location and time – leave early to ensure you get there on time, however don’t enter the building earlier than 15 minutes prior to the interview • No gum, no smoking, heavy fragrance • Turn off all electronics • Dress professionally
  • 10. What to Bring: A Checklist     Notebook and pen Resume – several copies Transcripts Copies of certifications, medical, driving record, driver’s license, etc. (if necessary)  Letters of recommendation and/or professional references  Bragging rights
  • 11. Meeting Your Interviewer(s) • • • • • • • • • Treat everyone you come into contact with respectfully Don’t make assumptions Make good eye contact Give a firm handshake Remain standing until asked to sit Sit comfortably, yet professionally Be aware of and control nervous habits Use proper grammar Be enthusiastic and positive
  • 12. During the Interview • Listen to the questions completely before forming your answer • Never avoid answering a question • Use your own experiences and stories • Ask for clarification if you don’t understand • Share your attention • Know when to stop talking
  • 13. Tell Me About Yourself • This statement perplexes some candidates, however it offers a great opportunity to explain why you are the best fit for the job • Focus your response on how you can benefit the company • Sharing personal information is a personal preference but keep it brief • Summarize your background, then conclude with a strong statement outlining your strengths and accomplishments
  • 14. Greatest Strength/Weakness • Share a strength as it relates to the position • Provide Examples • For Weakness: • Discuss one that is being improved on or one that is recognized and managed • Avoid deal breakers
  • 15. Why Should We Hire You? • Many job seekers become tongue-tied and make a poor impression when answering this question • There is no better opportunity to establish your qualifications • This question underlies all questions an interviewer asks you
  • 16. Questions to Ask • • • • • • • Opportunities to grow Typical career paths Initial and future training programs Interviewer’s own experience with company Departmental structure Future company growth plans Industry trends and their potential effect on the company • What is the next step?
  • 17. Questions NOT to Ask • • • • • • How much can I expect to make? What are your benefits like? How did I do? Are we allowed to take breaks on the job? How many sick days do I get? If I am hired, when can I begin applying for other roles within the company? • Do you do background checks?
  • 18. Close the Sale • Any good salesperson knows that you have to close the deal • You are selling yourself • Always have a summary statement ready that emphasizes why you are the best candidate for the position • Should be personal and specific – match yourself with the company • Be enthusiastic and upbeat • This would also be an opportunity to leave any letters of recommendation
  • 19. Phone Interviews • Pre-screening process – usually come before the inperson interview • Be just as prepared and behave as if it were an inperson interview • Pro: You can use a cheat sheet • Con: You cannot read the interviewer’s non-verbal cues and will receive little feedback on how you performed. If you feel they didn’t understand or get what you were sharing don’t hesitate to ask
  • 20. During The Phone Interview • • • • • Go to a room free of distractions or interruptions Speak directly into the phone No smoking, eating, or chewing gum Take notes Do not bring up salary or benefits
  • 21. At The End of The Phone Interview • • • • Ask questions Ask for contact information Close the sale Thank the interviewer
  • 22. The Thank You Letter • Write a thank-you letter to each person you met with if possible • Send it within 24 hours of interviewing • Focus on how much you enjoyed the time spent with the recruiter learning more about the company and the position • Summarize the conversation and re-emphasize the skills you would bring to the position
  • 23. Following Up • This is VERY important! • If you don’t hear from them within the timeframe they indicated, contact them to touch base • It doesn’t hurt to make sure your candidacy didn’t fall through the cracks. It shows you really want the job and are eager to start.
  • 24. Patience is a Virtue • It’s not unusual for interviewers to take weeks to narrow down the competition. • Don’t pester, if they’re interested, they’ll contact you • If you don’t get the position, ask them to keep you in mind for other opportunities – stay in touch
  • 25. The Job Offer • Never accept an offer on the spot – take time to consider it thoroughly no matter how desperate you are or how badly you think you want the job • Most employers will give anywhere from 24 hours to 10 business days (some even more) to give your response • Be enthusiastic when accepting – they can always rescind the offer if they feel you don’t really want it • Get everything in writing
  • 26. If You Accept • Stop interviewing • Send a letter to thank your hiring manager for the job opportunity • Start making arrangements, if necessary • Relocation • Living arrangements • Putting in resignation with current company
  • 27. If You Decline • Maintain professionalism and common courtesy • Let the employer know immediately – don’t string them along • Do this by phone, not e-mail or a letter • Be honest and candid, yet tactful • Thank them for investing time and effort in your candidacy • Never burn bridges
  • 28. Any Questions? Thank you for your time and good luck! Remember that the Career Services Office is available to help! Careers@erau.edu