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Presentation given to Miami Central High School May 17, 2011

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  1. 1. You and Your Interview Presenter: Keith Brooks CIO of Vanessa Brooks, Inc.
  2. 2. What is an Interview? <ul><li>About 30 seconds long </li></ul><ul><li>Always Informative to you and them </li></ul><ul><li>An audition...yours...and theirs </li></ul><ul><li>It is a CHANCE, not a guarantee, of ANYTHING </li></ul><ul><li>Your opportunity to see the world differently </li></ul><ul><li>No idea, but each one is different from the next </li></ul><ul><li>Your chance to ask for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Never a waste of time </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>DO NOT LIE...EVER...ABOUT...ANYTHING </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to say “I don't know, but” instead </li></ul><ul><li>Know yourself, your personality, your needs and desires and then look for them in prospects </li></ul><ul><li>Be yourself. Yes, it is a cliche, but it is true too </li></ul><ul><li>If you get a bad feeling from meeting someone, listen to your instinct and look elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Be decisive, open and upfront about your needs </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Do your Research </li></ul><ul><li>Call the company </li></ul><ul><li>Take your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Stay calm </li></ul><ul><li>If a phone interview, stand or walk around </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for the unexpected, like rain or traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive early (15 minutes or less) </li></ul><ul><li>Think positively and focus your thoughts </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Our time is important to us </li></ul><ul><li>Why do WE need YOU? </li></ul><ul><li>What do YOU want from US? And be specific! </li></ul><ul><li>Always be able to answer basic questions </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us about XYorZ related to our needs </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from each interview, take notes afterwards </li></ul><ul><li>Help each other, that is what friends and collaboration is about </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>That's it, 30 seconds to impress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think Twitter response types but be friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clothes make the man or woman </li></ul><ul><ul><li>So does hair, makeup, earrings, jewelry or tattoos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Confidence is good, but not arrogance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You have knowledge, you want to learn how to use it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You are “on” before you walk in the building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember to be nice to EVERYONE you see </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Learn about the company or person beforehand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linkedin, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Jigsaw </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stay focused on your interests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But be open to alternatives if offered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learn about body language...yours and theirs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many websites and books on this topic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask for help and guidance always in life </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>Use your words, not mine </li></ul><ul><li>Stay calm </li></ul><ul><li>Think happy thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Your instincts are correct </li></ul><ul><li>There are no tricks, they want you to succeed </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to the question topics unless asked </li></ul><ul><li>Never imply the interviewer is...anything! </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Be a Boy/Girl Scout and Be Prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Know why you want to work for them </li></ul><ul><li>Understand what you offer and explain it to them </li></ul><ul><li>Ask good GREAT questions! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why? Because their own staff doesn't! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It's your job until you lose it, don't lose it </li></ul><ul><li>Before you leave...ASK for the job! </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Learn how to seal the deal </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for the job! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask if anything will stop you from getting it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If they ask when can you start, smile, and ask if you got the job and what happens next </li></ul><ul><li>Thank them for their time </li></ul><ul><li>You are still “on” until you leave their premises </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Email as soon as possible a thank you note </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include details from the interview and your interest in the role </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Or hand write and mail one </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As long as your handwriting is legible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Never presume no, until you are told no </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not bother them every day either </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thank anyone that helped you get the interview </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Google these phrases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress for Success (also many books) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Body image books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search Amazon for Joe Navarro, ex-FBI </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sales or closing sales(find the dummy book shown) </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Read, Watch, Listen, Do, Be Proactive </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Keith Brooks </li></ul><ul><li>CIO, Vanessa Brooks, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter/FriendFeed/Skype: lotusevangelist </li></ul><ul><li>Link to me on Linkedin or friend me on Facebook if it will help you get an opportunity </li></ul>