Ace the Interview
Presented by:
Sandi Ohman
Sr. Program Manager
Career Services Office
Things to Consider
• Most interviewers have made a decision as
to whether or not to ask you back within
the first 15 minut...
What Employers Are Seeking
 Positive attitude
 Ability to communicate
 Maturity
 Right fit within the team
 Enthusias...
Preparation is Everything
• Understand the job, the company, and
where you fit in
 Identify your main strengths and exper...
Practice
• Be clear and concise
• Practice appropriate body language
• Don’t be afraid to use examples (tell your stories)...
Types of Interview Questions
• Leading
– To get a specific response, don’t get caught off guard
• Hypothetical
– Problem s...
Be Prepared for Anything
• General aptitude test
• Demonstration
• Presentation
• Flight simulator
• Computer programming
...
Basic Interview Questions
• Tell me about yourself.
• What is your greatest strength/weakness?
• What are your career goal...
Behavioral Interview Answers
• Situation + Behavior + Outcome (SBO)
– Introduce the scenario
– Provide example of your act...
Behavioral Interview Style
• Practice telling your story, with each section having enough
details so the interviewer can f...
Possible Topics Discussed
• Goal-Setting
• Initiative
• Conflict
• Diversity
• Communication
• Failure/Adversity
• Leaders...
The Day of the Interview
• Get plenty of rest and have breakfast
• Know the location and time – leave early to ensure
you ...
What to Bring: A Checklist
 Notebook and pen
 Resume – several copies
 Transcripts
 Copies of certifications, medical,...
Meeting Your Interviewer(s)
• Treat everyone you come into contact with
respectfully
• Don’t make assumptions
• Make good ...
During the Interview
• Listen to the questions completely before
forming your answer
• Never avoid answering a question
• ...
Tell Me About Yourself
• This statement perplexes some candidates,
however it offers a great opportunity to explain why yo...
Greatest Strength/Weakness
• Share a strength as it relates to the position
• Provide Examples
• For Weakness:
– Discuss o...
Why Should We Hire You?
• Many job seekers become tongue-tied and make a poor
impression when answering this question
• Th...
Questions to Ask
• Opportunities to grow
• Typical career paths
• Initial and future training programs
• Interviewer’s own...
Questions NOT to Ask
• How much can I expect to make?
• What are your benefits like?
• How did I do?
• Are we allowed to t...
Close the Sale
• Any good salesperson knows that you have to close
the deal
• You are selling yourself
• Always have a sum...
Phone Interviews
• Pre-screening process – usually come before the in-
person interview
• Be just as prepared and behave a...
During The Phone Interview
• Go to a room free of distractions or interruptions and has
good internet reception if using a...
At The End of The Phone Interview
• Ask questions
• Ask for contact information
• Close the sale
• Thank the interviewer
The Thank You Letter
• Write a thank-you letter to each person you met with
if possible
• Send it within 24 hours of inter...
Following Up
• This is VERY important!
• If you don’t hear from them within the timeframe
they indicated, contact them to ...
Patience is a Virtue
• It’s not unusual for interviewers to take weeks to
narrow down the competition.
• Don’t pester, if ...
The Job Offer
• Never accept an offer on the spot – take time
to consider it thoroughly no matter how desperate
you are or...
If You Accept
• Stop interviewing
• Send a letter to thank your hiring manager for the
job opportunity
• Start making arra...
If You Decline
• Maintain professionalism and common courtesy
• Let the employer know immediately – don’t string
them alon...
You Are Invited!
Speed Interviewing
Thursday, March 5
5:00pm - 7:00pm(Flight Deck, Student Center)
You must sign-up after ...
Any Questions?
Thank you for your time and good luck!
Remember that the Career Services Office
is available to help!
Caree...
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Ace the Interview

  1. 1. Ace the Interview Presented by: Sandi Ohman Sr. Program Manager Career Services Office
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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/Interview Stream)
  6. 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. 7. Be Prepared for Anything • General aptitude test • Demonstration • Presentation • Flight simulator • Computer programming • Solving problems NOTE: you can ask the recruiter ahead of time if there is anything you should know or prepare for the interview. When in doubt … ASK
  8. 8. Basic Interview Questions • Tell me about yourself. • What is your greatest strength/weakness? • What are your career goals? • Why did you choose ___ degree? What do you want to do with the degree? • Tell me about a time when …… • Tell me about a challenging situation/problem…. • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a supervisor/classmate/co-worker . • Why should we hire you?
  9. 9. Behavioral Interview Answers • Situation + Behavior + Outcome (SBO) – Introduce the scenario – Provide example of your action – Explain the outcome • Situation + Task + Action + Result (STAR)
  10. 10. Behavioral Interview Style • Practice telling your story, with each section having enough details so the interviewer can follow the story and clearly see behaviors demonstrated • Don’t be so detailed the interviewer cannot follow along …. this takes practice!
  11. 11. Possible Topics Discussed • Goal-Setting • Initiative • Conflict • Diversity • Communication • Failure/Adversity • Leadership • Time Management • Team Work • Long-term Career Plans
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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?
  20. 20. 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?
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. Phone Interviews • Pre-screening process – usually come before the in- person interview • Be just as prepared and behave as if it were an in- person 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
  23. 23. During The Phone Interview • Go to a room free of distractions or interruptions and has good internet reception if using a cell phone • Speak directly into the phone • No smoking, eating, or chewing gum • Take notes • Do not bring up salary or benefits
  24. 24. At The End of The Phone Interview • Ask questions • Ask for contact information • Close the sale • Thank the interviewer
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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.
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. You Are Invited! Speed Interviewing Thursday, March 5 5:00pm - 7:00pm(Flight Deck, Student Center) You must sign-up after the presentation tonight! • Dress professionally • Bring a copy of your resume
  32. 32. Any Questions? Thank you for your time and good luck! Remember that the Career Services Office is available to help! Careers@erau.edu

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