To determine if This position & Your skills are a GOOD MATCH
Types of Interviews
Technical (math, computer)
Stress (dead space)
Presentation to audience
Committee or group
Why Should I Hire You? Quality of Resume Quality of Cover Letter Interview Performance Professionalism References Years of Relevant Work Experience Fit with Company Culture Relevant Skills Internal Candidate Candidate’s Familiarity with the Organization
Before the Interview
P repare 3-5 questions for the interviewer
R eview 3-6 key skills about yourself that fit the position
E stablish 10 examples to showcase yourself
P ractice, Practice, Practice !!!
Be very familiar with your resume
Be able to articulate your goals and strengths
Have your presentation ready to go. Include:
Your current position
Your fit for this position
Include recent and relevant accomplishments
Why you have applied for the position
Know the company and specific position description:
Work on possible questions your new employer may ask, and develop clear and concise answers.
Below are Questions you May be asked in the Interview
Tell me about yourself?( Try and hold response to two minutes)
What do you know about our company?
Why should I hire you?
What can you do for us that someone else can’t?
What do you look for in a job?
What skills and qualifications are essential for success in the position of ?
If you took the job what would you accomplish in the first year?
Can you work well under deadlines or Pressure?
How Does this assignment fit into your overall career plan?
How long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution?
Describe your management style?
What do you believe is the most difficult part of being a supervisor of people?
What are you looking for in a new career?
How would your colleagues describe you?
How would your boss describe you?
How would you describe yourself?
What do you think of your present or past boss?
What were the five most significant accomplishments in your last assignments?
What were the five most significant accomplishments in your career so far?
How much do you expect if we offer you this position?
Why do you want to work for us?
What other positions are you considering?
Have you kept up in your field with additional training?
What are your career goals?
What are your strong points?
What are your weak points?
How did you do in school?
What position do you expect to have in 2 to 5 years?
What was wrong with your current or last position?
What kind of hours are you used to working or would you like to work?
Do you have your reference list with you? (Remember don’t give it out unless it is asked for).
Can you explain your salary history?
What questions didn’t I ask that you expected?
Do you have any questions for me? (See Questions for the interviewer on the following slides).
Questions You may want to ask the Interviewer
Why is this position open?
How often has it been filled in the past five years? What were the main reasons?
What would you like done differently by the next person who fills this position?
What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
What is most pressing? What would you like to have done in the next 3 months?
What are some of the more difficult problems one would have to face in this position?
How do you think these could best be handled?
What type of support does this position receive in terms of people, finances etc…?
Questions you May Want to ask Continued …
What freedom would I have in determining my own work objectives, deadlines, and methods of measurement?
What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is successful in this position, and within what time frame?
In what ways has this organization been most successful in terms of products and services over the years?
What significant changes do you foresee in the near future?
How is one evaluated in this position?
What accounts for success within the company?
These Questions are presented only as interviewing guidelines. They are meant to help you prepare for the interview. Some questions may or may not be appropriate for your interviewing situation.
By practicing your responses to some of these questions, hopefully you will not be taken off guard if asked one of them. Most importantly, relax, go with the flow, and before you know it, you’ll be in your next opportunity!
The Phone Interview
Telephone Interview Preparation
Place a “Do not Disturb” note on your door
Turn off your stereo, TV, and any other potential Distraction
Warm up your voice while waiting for the call
Have a glass of water handy, since you will not have a chance to take a break during the call
Speaking of breaks, if your phone interview is at a set time, make sure you answer “nature’s call” first
Turn off call waiting on the phone
The Open and Available Technique
A major advantage one has during the phone interview is not being seen. We must use this to our advantage.
Have all materials on ourselves and employers in front of us on the desk while speaking on the phone
Not just our resume, but a “cheat sheet” about compelling stories, accomplishments, and topics one would like to bring up.
Also a “Cheat sheet” on the employer that includes specifics and critical points described by the employer and their products
This portrays a well-informed, well-prepared interviewee. Keep in mind that this preparation is not “cheating” at all. It is preparation, pure and simple.
So have Materials open and available when preparing for a phone interview. They are there to support and enhance your value to the employer who will greatly respect your ability to answer questions with focus and meaningful content
The Stand and Deliver Technique
A simple technique to increase the enthusiasm and positive image that you project over the telephone is to simply stand up
Whenever you are talking with a potential employer on the phone stand up, it gets the blood flowing, improves posture, and improves your response time
An interesting note that many telemarketing companies realized that standing up actually improves sales. So often these companies provide there employees with hands-free headsets that allow them to stand and pace back and forth. It gives an action perspective to an otherwise passive activity
The Vanity Technique
In preparing for a telephone interview, make sure that there is a mirror within view. Why? Because looking in the mirror consistently throughout the conversation will improve your telephone presence 110%. Just smiling will make one come off much friendlier, more interested, and more alert.
The mirror gives us instant feedback necessary to make instant modification toward a more positive presence.
Remember we’re standing, so a wall mirror usually works best!
Preparing for the Face to Face Interview
What to Wear: Men
Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern
Dark Shoes ( Black lace-ups are best)
Get haircut; Short hair always fares best in interviews
If facial hair, make sure it is proper and well groomed
No rings other then wedding or college
What to Wear: Women
Always wear a suit with a jacket; no dresses
Shoes with conservative heels
Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)
No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase instead
If you wear nail polish (not required), use clear or a conservative color
Minimal use of makeup
No more than one ring one each hand
One set of earrings only
Opening the Interview
Last Minute Details
Know where to go and where to park
Have gas in your car
Take a pen, notepad, and several resume copies
Be 10 minutes early
Look yourself over once before entering the office
Positive Body Language
Direct Eye Contact
Leaning Slightly Forward
Use of Hand Movement
Feet Flat on Floor
Negative Body Language
Lack of Enthusiasm or Curiosity
Lack of Eye Contact
Looking at Watch
In Any Interview
Be ready for: “Tell me about yourself”
Be honest, show your personality
Help the interviewer to know:
You are dependable!
You are a good worker!
You will you fit in here!
Take support documents or portfolio if appropriate
Give reasons to hire you over the 100 other applicants
Be prepared to be offered drink or food
Be prepared to meet others in the office
Be prepared for a tour of the building
Be prepared to meet other interviewees
Take a notebook to write notes or questions
It’s OK to pause before answering a question
Remember: This is about the position fitting with you, too
Listen and adapt
Be sensitive to the style of the interviewer
Pay attention to those details of dress, office furniture, and general décor which will afford helpful clues to assist you in tailoring your presentation
Relate and Encourage
Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and his or her company. Focus on achievements relevant to the position.
Encourage the interviewer to share information about his or her company.. Demonstrate your interest!
Closing the Interview
Closing the Interview
Summarize key strengths and match for the position