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  • 1. The Job Interview The most Terrifying Thought http://amerenglish.tripod.com
  • 2. Kinds of Interviews
    • Telephone
    • In person
  • 3. PHONE INTERVIEWS
    • Phone interviews seem to be growing more common as search committees try to make the difficult decision of who to invite for a campus interview. When you pass this level you will pass to the interview, and to campus for in-person interviews, and ultimately offered the position! If you are not interviewed by phone, these same questions are likely to be asked on site.
  • 4. Some helpful hints: 1
    • Introduce yourself clearly and directly. Engage in some “ small talk ” at the start of the interview, just as you would a face-to-face interview.
  • 5.
    • Speak clearly into the receiver and modulate your voice. Your voice is the only way you have of showing eagerness, enthusiasm and zest for the job. Your voice reveals both your personality and your attitude toward the caller. Don ’ t forget to smile! It makes a big difference in a conversation, even on the telephone.
    Some helpful hints: 2
  • 6.
    • Have your resume and the job advertisement with you for reference, and a pencil and some paper to make notes.
    Some helpful hints: 3
  • 7.
    • Some students find that it helps to dress for a telephone interview as you would for a face-to-face interview – it often helps to psychologically prepare you for this form of business “ meeting ” .
    Some helpful hints: 4
  • 8.
    • No matter how or where your interview is conducted, you should still have the same goal: to communicate to the interviewer that you are the best candidate for the position for which you are being interviewed. If the interview has been scheduled in advance, you should prepare as carefully as you would for a formal “ sit down ” in someone ’ s office.
    Some helpful hints: 5
  • 9.
    • Eliminate any distractions from your immediate environment (desk toys, newspaper clippings, your shopping list). Dress professionally and maintain good posture. The one bonus to a telephone interview is that you can prearrange notes to prompt you and to keep you on track, but only if you can refer to them unobtrusively. You do not want the person on the other end of the line to hear you shuffling papers in the background!
    Some helpful hints: 6
  • 10. On Site Interview
    • This is probably then most scary part of getting the job.
    • Follow these tips that you will read and it will be fine.
  • 11. Before the Interview
    • Tips To Remember
    • Always smile – you are Thai.
  • 12. Tip 1
    • Practice
      • Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy.
  • 13. Tip 2
    • Prepare
      • Prepare a response so you are ready for the question "What do you know about our company.
      • Know the interviewer's name and use it during the job interview. If you're not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.
  • 14. Tip 3
    • Get Ready
      • Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.
  • 15. How to Dress for an Interview
    • The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why it's always important to dress professionally for a job interview, even if the work environment is casual.
    • You'll want that first impression to be not just a good one, but, a great one. The candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt.
  • 16. Men's Interview Attire
    • Suit (solid color - navy or dark grey)
    • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
    • Belt
    • Tie
    • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
    • Little or no jewelry
    • Neat, professional hairstyle
    • Limit the aftershave
    • Neatly trimmed nails
    • Portfolio or briefcase
  • 17. Women's Interview Attire
    • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
    • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
    • Coordinated blouse
    • Conservative shoes
    • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
    • Professional hairstyle
    • Neutral pantyhose
    • Light make-up and perfume
    • Neatly manicured clean nails
    • Portfolio or briefcase
  • 18. What Not to Bring to the Interview
    • Gum
    • Cell phone
    • Ipod
    • Coffee or soda
    • If you have lots of piercings, leave some of your rings at home (earrings only, is a good rule)
    • Cover tattoos
  • 19. Interview Attire Tips
    • Before you even think about going on an interview, make sure you have appropriate interview attire and everything fits correctly.
    • Get your clothes ready the night before, so you don't have to spend time getting them ready on the day of the interview.
    • If your clothes are dry clean only, take them to the cleaners after an interview, so they are ready for next time.
    • Polish your shoes.
    • Bring a breath mint and use it before you enter the building.
  • 20. Tip 4
    • Be On time
      • Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.
  • 21. Tip 5
    • Stay Calm
      • During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!
  • 22. Tip 6
    • Show What Your Know
      • Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.  When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for.
  • 23. Tip 7
    • Follow Up
      • Always follow-up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you interview with multiple people send each one a thank you note.
  • 24. Tip 8 ( Others)
    • 1. When you meet the interviewer, look him in the eye and shake his hand and smile. Wait for him to tell you to sit down. Do not wait for the interviewer to say ‘’Good morning / Good afternoon’’, you say it first along with any appropriate comment, such as;
      • ‘’ It’s nice to meet you.’’
      • ‘’ It’s a pleasure to meet you.’’
      • ‘’ I’m pleased to meet you.’’
  • 25.
    • 2. May be you don’t understand a question, say
    • ‘’ I’m sorry. Could you repeat that please?’’
    • 3. May be you do understand the question,
    • but you don’t know how to answer it. To give
    • yourself a little more time, ask a question back,
    • ’’ I’m sorry. What do you mean by that?’’ or ‘’I’m
    • sorry. I don’t quit understand what you are
    • asking.’’
    Continued
  • 26.
    • Always thank the interviewer at the end of the interview.
    • Examples:
    • ‘’ Thank you for your time. It’s been a pleasure to meet you’’
    • ‘’ Thank you. I’ve enjoyed meeting you.’’
    • ‘’ Thank you very much. It’s been nice meeting with you.’’
    • ‘’ Thank you so much for your time. ‘’
    • ‘’ I’ve enjoyed meeting with you. Thank you for your time.’’
    • ‘’ It’s been a pleasure meeting with you. Thank you so much.’’
    Continued
  • 27. Job interviews Questions & Answers
    • Know what to expect
    • Know what to say
    • A good technique is to write out your answers to the questions you anticipate, then edit them to make them more concise. Then practice your polished answers out loud, over and over. If you can have someone help you do a "mock interview," that would be the best way to do this.
  • 28.
    • For each of the following questions you will see the question, tips on how to answer and a possible answer.
    • But remember all answers may vary - meaning your answer might not be the same as someone else.
    • All your answers should be as if they were NOT rehearsed.
  • 29. Question 1
    • 1. Would you like to introduce yourself?
    • Introduce yourself.
    • Tell me a little about yourself.
    • Tell me something about yourself.
    • Tell me about yourself.
    • 2. Translation ; แนะนำคัวเองด้วย ช่วยแนะนำตัวเองด้าย ช่วยเล่าเกี่ยวกับตัวคุณ ให้พังหน่อยไค้ไหม
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • Start with a brief background, include your education, hometown, present job, job title, years with the company, your responsibilities, accomplishments and strengths, career goals .
  • 30.
    • 4. Example ;
    • ‘ ’ I come from ……………………………. I graduated from …………………………….with a ……………in…………….. . Last summer I worked for …………………………………………… , where I worked directly under the manager.’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • Don’t waist time telling the interviewer your date of birth, weight, height, family history, or even your name. He already has that from your resume and application letter. This is usually the first question, so smile and try to look relaxed. Don’t speak quickly and to long. Keep your answers short and to the point.
    Question 1 (Continued)
  • 31. Question 2
    • 1. Why should we hire you?
    • How will the company benefit by hiring you?
    • How will you contribute to our company?
    • 2. Translation ; ทำไมคุณถึงคิดว่าเราควรจะจ้างคุณ หากบริษัทจ้างคุณแล้ว เราจะได้รับประโยชน์อะไรจากคุณ บ้างหากทางบริษัทจ้างคุณแล้ว คุณจะทำประโยชน์อะไรให้กับเราได้บ้าง
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • These questions are asking about your abilities and how they will be useful to the company. Mention your strengths and achievements and give an example. Examples are always good in interviews. Convince the interviewer that you have the skills for the job.
  • 32. Question 2 (Continued)
    • 4. Example ;
    • ‘’ I’m a hard worker who gets along with other people.’’
    • ‘’ I’m a hard worker who enjoys challenges.
    • 5. Tips ;
    • The worst way to answer this is to say ‘’I want to make lots of money.’’ Or ‘’Because I need a job.’’ ‘’ Because I need to have a secure job.’’
  • 33. Question 3
    • 1. Why do you want to work in our company?
    • What interests you the most about this job?
    • 2. Translation : ทำไมคุณถึงต้องการทำงานในบริษัทของเรา
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • Tell him that you like the company’s creative business and marketing strategies and policies. Mention the work environment, location, size, and anything else that interests you.
  • 34. Question 3 (Continued)
    • 4. Example ;
    • ‘’ You are a progressive company. Your company has a good reputation. I like the direction of your company. I think my skills will add to your company’s success.’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • Remember, to do some research about the company first. They like to know what you know about their company and if your interests match their needs.
  • 35. Question 4
    • 1 . What are your future plans?
    • Where do you see yourself in five years?
    • 2. Translation ; คุณตั้งเป้าหมายของตัวเองในอีกห้าปีข้างหน้าไว้อย่างไรแผนการในอนาคตของคุณเป็นอย่างไร
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • Answer in ways that give the interviewer the impression that you’re ambitious. Say you would like to see yourself grow in the job you are being offered. They would also like to know how long you plan to stay with them.
  • 36. Question 4 ( Continued)
    • 4. Example ;
    • ‘’ I see myself in a position of responsibility in your company.’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • Don’t mention plans for future travel or education just yet, you might not get the job.
  • 37. Question 5
    • 1 . What are some of the problems you have faced and how did you handle them?
    • How have you tackled problems at work?
    • How will you handle any problems you have at work?
    • 2. Translation ; คุณเคยเผชิญปัญหาอะไรบ้าง และคุณแก้ปัญหานั้นๆ อย่างไรคุณแก้ปัญหาในที่ทำงานอย่างไรถ้ามี ปัญหาในที่ทำงาน คุณจะรับมือกับมันอย่างไร
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • Present a problem that you faced and explain the steps you took to correct and solve the problem. Give the result of your actions.
  • 38. Question 5 (Continued)
    • 4. Example ;
    • ‘’ Last month we had a problem with distribution. Our upcountry agents weren’t following our guidelines. So I arranged a seminar for them. Since then we have solved the problem.’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • You should prepare yourself for this question, because the interviewer is testing your skills and assessing your ability to deal with tough situations. Don’t criticize other people and not more than one or two examples.
  • 39. Question 6
    • 1. What are your strengths?
    • What are your strong points?
    • 2. Translation ; จุดแข็งของคุณอยู่ที่ใหน
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • Now is the time to highlight your strong points. Convince the interviewer that you have the strengths needed for the job.
  • 40. Question 6 (Continued)
    • 4. Example ;
    • ‘’ I’m a hard worker. I’m not afraid of a challenge. I enjoy working with other people. I’m not afraid to face a problem. I like to work the problem through until it is solved. I am diligent. I am trustworthy.’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • Don’t brag. Be realistic and behave modestly when talking about your positive points. Don’t be to overconfident.
  • 41. Question 7
    • 1. What are your weaknesses?
    • Tell me your weak points.
    • 2. Translation ; จุดอ่อนของคุณอยู่ที่ไหน
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • You may say a weakness that is not related to the position you are applying for. Mention a skill that you can easily learn later on.
  • 42. Question 7 (Continued)
    • 4. Examples ;
    • ‘’ I’m still not fluent in English, but I am getting better every day.’’
    • ‘’ I cannot leave a job until it’s finished.’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • Do not mention any weak points you have that are required for the job. you can avoid answering this question by saying ‘’my weaknesses are insignificant to the success of the job.’’ or ‘’I’m improving my weak spots.’’
  • 43. Question 8
    • 1. Do you have any work experience?
    • What kind of working experience do you have?
    • 2. Translation ; คุณเคยมีประสบการณ์การทำงานมาก่อนไหม
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • Mention the experiences you have had, especially those relevant to the position you are seeking. They want to know how much background knowledge you have about the work environment. Maybe you have had little or no experience, that’s ok.
  • 44. Question 8 (Continued)
    • 4. Examples ;
    • ‘’ I don’t have a lot of experience, but I’m a fast learner.’’
    • ‘’ Someone’s got to give me a chance. Wouldn’t you like to do the honors?’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • This is a good opportunity to show off your skills and experience, but remember not to brag.
  • 45. Question 9
    • 1. Have you ever been fired?
    • Have you ever been involved in any trouble at work?
    • 2. Translation ; คุณเคยถูกไล่ออกไหม คุณเคยเข้าไปมีส่วนพัวพั กับปัญหาต่างๆ ในที่ทำงานหรือเปล่า
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • Be honest if you have been fired and give a brief explanation. Don’t blame others.
  • 46. Question 9 (Continued)
    • 4. Example ;
    • ‘’ I have learned a lesson from that experience.’’
    • ‘’ No Never’’.
    • ‘’ I fond a job after that, and I have had good success.’’
    • ‘’ I was laid off owing to the economic crisis.’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • Do not confuse ‘’fired’’ with resignation or with being laid off. You may have lost your job but you were not fired.
  • 47. Question 10
    • 1. Tell me about your previous job.
    • Why do you want to leave your present job?
    • 2. Translation ; ช่วยเล่าให้ฟังถึงงานเก่าของคุณด้วยทำไมถึงต้องการออกจากงานที่ทำอยู่ในปัจจุบัน
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • Be tactful. Talk about positive aspects of your previous workplace.
  • 48. Question 10 (Continued)
    • 4. Examples ;
    • ‘’ Now, I’m looking for an opportunity to further expand my skills.’’
    • ‘’ I’m looking for more growth and challenges.’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • Do not give any negative comments or criticism. He may be testing whether you had any clashes with your former colleagues or boss. And if you say bad things he might think you will say that about him.
  • 49. Question 11
    • 1. How would you rate yourself on a scale of one two ten?
    • 2. Translation ; คุณให้คะแนนตัวเองเท่าไร ถ้าวัดจาก 1 ถึง 10
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • To be on the safe side, never say you are a ten.
    • 4. Example ;
    • ‘’ I always strive for a ten in both my professional and personal life.’’
    • ‘’ I would like to the best in all things that I do.’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • Don’t give any specific number. Try to sound as confident as you can.
  • 50. Question 12
    • 1. What is your salary expectation?
    • How much salary do you expect?
    • 2. Translation ; คุณคาดว่าคุณควรได้รับเงินเดือนเท่าไร
    • 3. How to answer ;
    • Avoid giving a direct figure. It is better to let them give you a figure, because your figure might be too low, or their figure might be too low for you.
  • 51. Question 12 (Continued)
    • 4. Example ;
    • ‘’ The salary is negotiable and I’m quit flexible.’’
    • ‘’ I’m looking for a salary that matches my skills and experience.’’
    • ‘’ What salary do you have in mind?’’
    • 5. Tips ;
    • Let the interviewer bring the subject up first. Let him give you a figure. Don’t be pushy.
  • 52. INTERVIEW THE INTERVIEWER
    • “ Now, Do You Have Any Questions?”
    • There are great questions and dumb questions and, worst of all, no questions at all.
    • The interviewer’s last question is frequently the most important one. That’s when the interviewer smiles and says: “Now, do you have questions for us?” Your response at this point often determines if you continue as a job seeker or transform into a job getter .
  • 53. But first a quiz.
    • Of the following five behaviors candidates exhibit in job interviews, what behavior do you think recruiters find most unforgivable?
    • Poor personal appearance
    • Overemphasis on money 
    • Failure to look at interviewer while interviewing 
    • Doesn’t ask questions 
    • Late to interview 
  • 54.
    • Of course, even great questions will not get you a job offer if you come in with other problems. Here, in order, are the ten attitude strikeouts that most often condemn job candidates.
    • Doesn’t ask questions 
    • Condemnation of past employer 
    • Inability to take criticism 
    • Poor personal appearance
    • Indecisive, cynical, lazy
    • Overbearing, over aggressive, “know it all” 
    • Late to interview 
    • Failure to look at interviewer while interviewing
    • Unable to express self clearly
    • Overemphasis on money
  • 55. Fifteen Rules for Framing Better Questions
    • Ask open-ended questions.
    • Keep it short.
    • Don’t Interrupt
    • Getting to Yes
    • Use Inclusive Language
    • Ask Questions the Interviewer Can Answer
    • Avoid Questions that are Obvious or Easy to Determine
    • Avoid “Why” Questions
  • 56.
    • Avoid Asking Questions that Call for a Superlative
    • Avoid Leading or Loaded Questions
    • Avoid Veiled Threats
    • Avoid Questions that Hint of Desperation
    • Asking Questions that Focus on What the Company Can Do for You
    • Don't Ask Questions that are irrelevant to the job or organization.
    • Relax and smile.
    Fifteen Rules for Framing Better Questions (Continued)
  • 57. Ten Great Questions To Ask
    • What’s the makeup of the team as far as experience? Am I going to be a mentor or will I be mentored?
    • What does this company value the most and how do you think my work for you will further these values?
    • What kinds of processes are in place to help me work collaboratively?
    • What can I bring Company XYZ to round out the team?
    • Do team members typically eat lunch together or do they typically eat at their desk?
  • 58.
    • What’s the most important thing I can do to help within the first 90 days of my employment?
    • Do you have any questions or concerns about my ability to perform this job? 
    • When top performers leave the company why do they leave and where do they usually go?
    • What do you see in me? What are my strongest assets and possible weaknesses? Do you have any concerns that I need to clear up in order to be the top candidate?
    • Who are the “coolest” people on my team? What makes him or her “cool? Can I meet them?
    Ten Great Questions To Ask (Continued)
  • 59. The Dumb Dozen
    • 12 Dumb Questions Candidates Actually Asked
  • 60. The Dumb Dozen (Continued)
    • Is it possible for me to get a small loan?
    • What is it that your company does? 
    • Can I see the break room? 
    • What are your psychiatric benefits?
  • 61.
    • How many warnings do you get before you are fired? 
    • Can you guarantee me that I will still have a job here a year from now? 
    • Would anyone notice if I came in late and left early? 
    • What does this company consider a good absenteeism record? 
    The Dumb Dozen (Continued)
  • 62.
    • The job description mentions weekend work. Are you serious? 
    • What is the zodiac sign of the company president?
    • How do you define sexual harassment?
    • Will my office be near an ice machine?
    The Dumb Dozen (Continued)
  • 63. Good Luck To You All!! http://amerenglish.tripod.com