Never Miss the Mark: How to Boost Your Interview Skills
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  • 1. NEVER MISS THE MARK: INTERVIEW SKILLS J O E Y P R I C E F O R B R I D G E W A Y C O M M U N I T Y C H U R C H J U M P S T AR T : H R , L L C
  • 2. POP QUIZ!• Find a partner to interview and find out the following things: • What they do/What they want to do. • Why they are passionate about it. • Why “you” should hire them.
  • 3. WHY WE ARE HERE:• The Situation:• The Job Market is Highly Competitive• “The number of unemployed persons, at 14.0 million, was essentially unchanged in August, and the unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent. The rate has shown little change since April.”• (US Department of Labor, September 21, 2011)”• Does not include the number of passive job seekers and under-employed.
  • 4. SHOULD YOU BE HERE TODAY?
  • 5. OBJECTIVE FOR TODAY:• If you remember just one thing as you leave here today, remember this…• It’s highly possible to establish competitive advantage in an interview.
  • 6. PURPOSE AND KEY POINTS• Interviews are a level playing field.• How to lower your positioning while in an interview.• How to boost your positioning while in an interview.
  • 7. THE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
  • 8. SO YOU GOT A CALL FOR AN INTERVIEW… WHAT DOES THAT REALLY MEAN?• They want YOU • [Their time is valuable (wouldn’t waste time on a candidate that isn’t a potential hire at that point).] • My article “What Does HR Do All Day?!” • [This is your opportunity to dive deeper into your capabilities and express how you are best suited for the position.]
  • 9. THE TWO TYPES OF INTERVIEWS
  • 10. PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAPS…• Share your best interview and your worst interview with a partner.• Later present with the rest of the large group.• Time 4 Minutes
  • 11. THE TWO TYPES OF INTERVIEWS• The Filter: • Screen • “Gatekeeper” • Cold and direct
  • 12. THE TWO TYPES OF INTERVIEWS• What can you do: • Rich in engagement and content • Behavioral and situational
  • 13. LITTLE KNOW FACT:• Most interviewers are terrible! Here’s why: • Unprepared • Calendar item with resume attached and sometimes the hiring manager doesn’t print that email. • Interviewer didn’t prioritize correctly/rush interview • Don’t interview on consistent basis • Have “other things to do” • Hiring Manager doesn’t view interviewing as important or “someone else’s job.” • See interviewing as an inconvenience • CEOs and Line Managers are notorious for bad interviewing skills
  • 14. HOW TO LOWER YOUR POSITION• There are things that you can do to lower your position while in an interview• Image • Dress Code for men and women • Smells • Smile • Demeanor• Bad mouthing former employers• Body Language• Not preparing/stuck on questions
  • 15. GAME: “HR TABOO”• Game: Can I say that? • Salary • Family situation • Legal situation • Take a couple questions or share a couple of questions that are asked in an interview and see whether or not they are taboo (use taboo buzzer).
  • 16. HOW TO BOOST YOUR POSITION• Research the company• Research the culture as much as you can• Critically engage the job description• Take notes!• Mirror your interviewer • Emotional intelligence • Body language cues
  • 17. TRICKY AREAS• How to save yourself from “like and uh huh”: • Silence technique. Pause before delivery.• How to save yourself from a question you are able to answer. • DON’T Bluff it! • Pause and say “hmm.. Let me think about that.”• Thank you note? YES • Include things you found out in the interview.
  • 18. IN SUMMARY• When you interview for a position, it is fairly safe to say that there is a level playing field between you and the other candidates. The interview portion of your recruitment process is what helps you gain or lose position and favor with the future employer.
  • 19. ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER• Founder, Jumpstart:HR, LLC• Professional in Human Resources (PHR)• Featured Expertise in: BlackEnterprise.com, CNN.com, CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com, TheLadders.com and more.• Speaker, Author, Trainer• Author of “Never Miss The Mark: Career search strategies provided by HR Pros.” (Available on iTunes, Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader)• http://www.jumpstart-hr.com/resumes• http://www.twitter.com/JVPsaid
  • 20. Q&ACommon Interview Questions:• Salary• Benefits• The difference between Salary and Total Compensation and why it matters.• Follow Up/Thank You Notes• What to say, what not to say