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Interviewing Techniques and Guidelines

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  • 1. Real World Interviews
  • 2. Before you go:
    • Research the company
      • Missions, values, news articles, etc.
    • Memorize a short commercial about yourself
      • Summarize professional & personal life
    • Practice answers to anticipated questions
  • 3. Bring Copies
    • Resume, cover letter, references
      • Typed on your personal letterhead
    • Anything job specific
    • Pen & notebook – some people prefer to take notes
  • 4. Appearances Count!!
    • Don’t be too trendy
    • Don’t be casual
    • Check your shoes
    • Be conservative
      • Hair, piercing, etc.
    • Grooming is must, makeup, nails, face, etc.
  • 5. Dressing for Success for mock interviews
    • Avoid blue denim at all costs
    • No sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts
    • Example of casual job interview:
      • Not appropriate for mock interviews
  • 6. Appearances Count!!
    • Look sharper than you usually do
    • Go blue, gray, black, white
    • Go early
    • Be kind, while waiting
  • 7. Formal Interview Attire Mock interview attire
  • 8.  
  • 9. Be Prepared
    • For odd/offbeat questions
    • For questions about job hopping
    • About if/why you were fired or let go
    • About gaps in employment
    • About school/work attendance
  • 10.  
  • 11. Entering the Interview
    • Smile
    • Shake hands
      • Firm, but not death grip
  • 12. Wait to Sit Down!!
    • Until the interviewer asks you to
    • If they don’t offer, sit at the same time they do
  • 13. Eye Contact
    • Look at the interviewer often
    • Looking around indicates nervousness or lying
  • 14. Interviewing Behaviors
    • Address the interviewer by formal name, such as:
    • Mr. Jones
    • Ms. Miller
    • Take time to think about your answers before speaking
      • AVOID “Ummm”,”Ahhh”, or “I don’t know” (and other filler words)
  • 15. Interviewing Behaviors
    • Speak clearly and use proper grammar
      • FISHIN or HUNTIN (uses the G)
      • AIN’T is NEVER appropriate
    • Ask for clarification or to rephrase if you don’t understand
    • Ask to repeat if you need stall time
  • 16. Interviewing Behaviors
    • Be Positive
      • Never criticize your former bosses, coworkers, teachers, or other authority figures in a personal manner
    • Stress your qualifications for the job
  • 17. Interviewing Behaviors
    • Express your readiness to undertake the job duties
    • Ask when a hiring decision will be made
    • Thank the interviewer for their time
  • 18.  
  • 19. What NOT to Do!!
    • Tap pens, fingers, or other items
    • Play with hair
    • Tap toes, knees, feet
    • Chew gum, fingers, pens
    • Speak incredibly fast, loud, or too quietly
    • Discuss personal problems
  • 20. How to Sit
    • No slouching
    • Don’t fold or cross arms
    • Don’t grip the armrests for dear life
    • Not to comfy but not on edge
  • 21. How to Sit During the Interview Don’t DO
  • 22. At the End
    • Be sure to ask relevant questions
    • Reaffirm interest in position
    • Don’t overstay your welcome
    • Ask for a business card for follow up
  • 23. Questions to ask them…
    • What would my key responsibilities be?
    • Can you describe a typical day?
    • Was the last person in this job promoted?
    • Where is the company headed?
  • 24. Questions to ask them…
    • What type of training would I receive?
    • What would my first project be?
    • Why is this job open?
  • 25. Thank-you Note
    • Always send a thank you note to follow up
    • Mail within 24 hours
    • Refer to some part of the interview
    • Highlight skills not discussed during interview
    • State availability for callback interviews