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  1. 1. TheThe Job InterviewJob Interview
  2. 2. ObjectivesObjectives Understand the concept & purpose of the interview Learn how to prepare for your interview Develop strategies and techniques for a good interview
  3. 3. The three most important things you should do before your interview: 1. PREPARE!1. PREPARE! 2. PREPARE!2. PREPARE! 3. PREPARE!3. PREPARE!
  4. 4. DEFINITION OF INTERVIEWDEFINITION OF INTERVIEW Any face-to-face contact with anyone who has the authority to hire or supervise a person with your skills. They may or may not have a job opening at the time you interview with them.
  5. 5. Before the InterviewBefore the Interview  Research the employer  Find out what the job responsibilities are  Find out and record where, when, and with whom you will interview with  Prepare a resume
  6. 6. Why spend time finding out about the employer/job?  Your goal is to show the employer why you are the best person for the job  Relate your strengths and experience to the job
  7. 7. First ImpressionsFirst Impressions Your Resume Your Application Your Clothes & Appearance Your Body Language
  8. 8. Face to FaceFace to Face  The Dirty Dozen - Interview Questions  You say you can do the job - Prove It!!
  9. 9. Be Prepared for Behavior-based Questions!  Describe a time when you were faced with problems or stresses at work that tested your coping skills. What did you do?  Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.  Give me an example of an important goal you had to set and tell me about your progress in reaching that goal.  Give me an example of a problem you faced on the job, and tell me how you solved it.  Tell me about a situation in the past year in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker.
  10. 10. Interview DO’s Dress appropriately for the industry. When in doubt, go conservative. Personal grooming and cleanliness should be impeccable. Keep cologne or perfume to a minimum. Pay particular attention to hands and fingernails.  Arrive 10 minutes early. Know the exact time and location of your interview; know how long it takes to get there, park, and find a restroom to freshen up.  Treat other people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during the hiring process.  Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by the interviewer.  Listen to be sure you understand your interviewer’s name and the correct pronunciation.
  11. 11.  Even when your interviewer gives you a first and last name, address your interviewer by Mr. Or Ms. And the last name, until invited to do otherwise.  Maintain good eye contact during the interview.  Sit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching.  Respond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible.  Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question; and be thorough in your responses while being concise in your wording.  Use good grammar and good diction. Say “yes”, not “yeah.” Don’t fill pauses with “um,” uh” or “ah”. Don’t punctuate sentences with “you know”, “like”, “see” or “okay”.
  12. 12.  Treat the interview seriously and show interest in the employer and the opportunity presented and respond to questions in a positive manner.  Watch the tone of your voice. While it might be trendy among your friends to “up speak” (end sentence with a higher tone of voice so that sentences sound like questions), this habit will kill your credibility during the interview.  Answer the question and use professional experiences or descriptive information to demonstrate how you would react or respond to a situation.  Make sure answers have a definite flow. In the beginning state major points you want to make; in the middle expand upon those points or ideas, and in the end reinforce your key points and end on a positive note.  Evaluate the interviewer and the organization. An interview is a two-way street.  Make sure you understand the employer’s next step in the hiring process; know when and from whom you should expect to hear next.
  13. 13. Prove You Can Do The Job  Employers want concrete examples  Identify your skills: adaptive, transferable, and job- related  Present a good “story”  Use data - numbers, volume, %, etc.  Emphasize results: what happened as a result of your skills/efforts?  Link up what you’re good at to how you can help the employer out in this job
  14. 14. What is the employerWhat is the employer looking for?looking for?  Job skills and transferable/adaptable skills  Flexibility  Dependability  Teamwork  Productivity  Creative Thinking and Problem Solving  Organizational Skills & Leadership Skills  Communication/Customer Service  Ability to continuously learn
  15. 15. Closing the InterviewClosing the Interview  Review your strengths  Ask questions  The Call-Back
  16. 16. Follow-upFollow-up Send a Thank You Call back in a few weeks Get a second interview
  17. 17. Don’t Give UpDon’t Give Up It takes time and persistence to reach your goal Consider every interview a learning experience
  18. 18. What to do after the interview?  Courteously thank the interviewer(s) for the opportunity to interview with the agency.  Extend a handshake and exhibit enthusiasm about the career opportunity.  Consider following up with a thank you note or e-mail of appreciation to the interviewer(s) to further show your interest.