The Job Search
Study the duties and the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for each
Review the value of what you have to offer to each position and the
How does your experience apply to what is required for the job?
How do you interact with others?
Become familiar with the organization so you can demonstrate how and
why you will be an effective employee.
Know your credentials and limitations. Wanting a job does not
necessarily mean you’ re qualified for it.
for the Interview Communication Tools
Completing the Application
complete the state application without
being too wordy.
Application form is available on the Intranet in the HR
Make sure all information is accurate and captures what
you have done in each job.
Document your qualifications.
The application deadline date is exactly that.
for the industry.
grooming and cleanliness should be perfect.
the exact time and location of your interview. Arrive 10
other people you encounter with politeness and respect..
a firm handshake, make eye contact with interviewer.
Listen to be sure you understand your
interviewer’ s name and the
Maintain good eye contact
during the interview.
still in your seat.
Respond to questions and back
up your statements about
yourself with specific examples whenever possible.
for clarification if you don’ t understand a question;
Use good quality
grammar and good pronunciation.
speak “ yes” , not “ yeah.” Don’ t fill pauses with “ um,” uh” or
“ ah” .
the interview sincerely and show interest in the
Watch the manner
of your voice.
the question and use professional experiences
how you would react or respond to a given situation.
Make sure answers have a definite way.
Evaluate the interviewer
and the organization.
is a two-way process.
Softly Toot Your Own Horn!
your knowledge, skills and abilities.
globally! Relate “outside” experiences to
demonstrate your experience.
for your decisions and your actions.
make negative comments about previous
employers or supervisors
treat the interview casually,.
give the impression you are only interested in
act as though you would take any job
What about Answering Questions?
points must be understandable, appropriate
To enable the interviewer
are trying to say.
To determine your
to understand what you
strengths for that particular job;
and to have sufficient information to make a good
Be Prepared for Behavior-based Questions!
Describe a time when you were faced with
problems or stresses at work that tested your coping
Give an example of
a time when you had to be
relatively quick in coming to a judgment.
Give me an example of
an important goal you had
to set and tell me about your progress in reaching
Give me an example of
a problem you faced on the
job, and tell me how you solved it.
YOUR KEYS TO RESPONDING
specific, not general or vague!
describe how you would behave. Describe
how you did behave. If you later decided you
should have behaved differently, explain this.
interviewer will see that you learned
something from experience.
After the interview….
thank the interviewer(s) for the
opportunity to interview with the agency.
a handshake and show interest
about the career opportunity.
following up with a thank you
note or e-mail of appreciation to the
interviewer(s) to further show your