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Interviewing Skills



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  • Express self clearly – fail to articulate their skills or relate to job Bad impression – conceited, arrogant, or only interested in money/benefits
  • Skills – communication, integrity, strong work ethic Knowledge – appropriate degree for job Experience – done an internship? Characteristics – ?
  • People who work in your field of interest are the best source of information!
  • Who they are and what they do – major products/services What’s the industry like – employer rank, target market, current issues Culture – would you fit-in?
  • ProQuest “preparing for the job/internship search on our website
  • Behavioral interviewing – questions are asked based on past behavior “ Past behavior is the best predictor of future performance.” Virtually all companies conduct behavioral interviews Describe a situation in which you were able to influence others? Tell me about a time when you were unable to resolve a conflict?
  • Specific examples – like behavioral interviewing, don’t be vague, they want the details Answer their question – you may ramble, don’t be afraid to check-in that the question was answered
  • Prepare questions based on research or interview - shows further interest in position/company Dress – for almost all interviews means a business suit and dress shoes Thank you – hand written or email by the next day

Interviewing Skills Interviewing Skills Presentation Transcript

  • Interviewing Skills
    • Presented by
    • Ben Hansen
    • St. Cloud State University
  • Objectives
    • Why people don’t get offers
    • How to prepare
    • Common questions
    • Sample videos
    • Practice
    • Q&A
  • Why people don’t get offers
    • Inability to express self clearly
    • Failure to research organization
    • Lack of goals or focus
    • Unwillingness to relocate
    • Poor impression
    • Failure to follow-up after the interview
  • How to Prepare
    • Know the position
    • Know the organization
    • Know yourself
  • Know the Position
    • What are the qualifications?
      • Skills
      • Knowledge
      • Experience
      • Characteristics
  • How to Identify Them
    • Job listings (okay)
    • Job descriptions (better)
    • Informational interviews (best)
  • Know the Organization
    • Who they are and what they do?
    • What is their mission or values?
    • What is the industry like? Current trends?
    • Culture?
  • Finding Information
    • Use the Internet
      • Company websites
      • ProQuest Newspapers
      • WetFeet
      • Google it
    • Journals, publications & associations
    • Talk to people familiar with the organization
    • Informational Interviews
  • Know Yourself
    • How do your skills, interests, goals, values and experiences RELATE to the position and organization?
    • Use this Knowledge to Answer:
      • Why are you interested in this position?
      • Why are you interested in this organization?
      • How are you the best fit for them?
  • Putting it Together
    • Prepare for behavioral interviewing
    • Develop 5-8 short stories (examples) for key job specific skills
    • Have a variety of stories to tell:
      • Leadership - Conflict resolution
      • Communication - Teamwork
    • Provide: Situation, Action and Outcome
  • Proving It - SAO
    • Provide specific examples
    • Talk about what YOU did
    • Describe outcomes
    • Make sure you answered the question
  • Common Questions
    • How would you answer these?
    • Tell me about yourself.
    • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
    • Why interested in position? Organization?
    • Tell me about a time when…
    • Practice your answers
  • Sample Videos
    • Tell Me About Yourself.
    • What is Your Greatest Weakness?
  • Let’s Practice
    • Get into groups of 2-3
    • Practice answering these questions:
      • Tell me about yourself.
      • What is your greatest strength?
      • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What Else?
    • Prepare questions for them
    • Dress appropriately
    • Arrive 10-15 minutes early
    • Be polite to everyone
    • Follow-up
    • Remember, you’re always being evaluated
  • Summary
    • Why people don’t get offers
    • How to prepare
      • Research position & company
      • Dress appropriately
      • Provide specific answers and questions
      • Practice
    • Common questions
    • Follow-up
  • Questions??? Your Employment Connection