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  • 1. Ace the Interview Presented by: Brian Carhide Executive Director – 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 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
  • 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. You Are Invited! Speed Interviewing Tuesday February 25 12:00pm - 1:00pm(SC Suite 250) & 4:00pm - 6:00pm(Flight Deck) You must sign-up (available beginning Feb. 21st) through EagleHire and slots are limited.
  • 29. Any Questions? Thank you for your time and good luck! Remember that the Career Services Office is available to help! Careers@erau.edu