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Interviewing Preparation “ Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”  Alexander Graham Bell
What is the purpose of an interview? <ul><li>To find out fit </li></ul><ul><li>To market yourself </li></ul><ul><li>To exp...
Make a Great First Impression <ul><li>The handshake </li></ul><ul><li>Eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Be polite and courteou...
What to Wear <ul><li>Watch Business  </li></ul><ul><li>Attire Video </li></ul><ul><li>Women: </li></ul><ul><li>Conservativ...
Body Language <ul><li>Exude Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Be energetic and enthusiastic </li></ul><...
Questions: General <ul><li>Tell me about yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>What are your strengths/weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li...
Basic Tips for Answering Questions <ul><li>Be honest </li></ul><ul><li>Be DETAILED & SPECIFIC </li></ul><ul><li>Give speci...
Time to Practice! <ul><li>Tell me about yourself. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>college background and involvement, relevant work ...
The Behavioral Interview <ul><li>Theory: Past experiences predict future performance </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about a tim...
Ask Questions Tip: know the job description <ul><li>How would you describe the work environment? </li></ul><ul><li>What do...
PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE! <ul><li>Research the company </li></ul><ul><li>Know yourself and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>...
What to take with you <ul><li>Copies of resume in a portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Copies of your reference page </li></ul><u...
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  1. 1. Interviewing Preparation “ Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Alexander Graham Bell
  2. 2. What is the purpose of an interview? <ul><li>To find out fit </li></ul><ul><li>To market yourself </li></ul><ul><li>To express to the employer how you can benefit his/her company </li></ul><ul><li>To make a lasting, positive impression </li></ul><ul><li>To receive a job offer </li></ul>
  3. 3. Make a Great First Impression <ul><li>The handshake </li></ul><ul><li>Eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Be polite and courteous </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive early </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t sit down until the interviewer offers you a seat </li></ul><ul><li>Your attire </li></ul>
  4. 4. What to Wear <ul><li>Watch Business </li></ul><ul><li>Attire Video </li></ul><ul><li>Women: </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative suit (dark colored) </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative blouse </li></ul><ul><li>Skirt (at least knee length) or pants </li></ul><ul><li>Hosiery </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative matching shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative minimal jewelry </li></ul>Men: Conservative Suit (dark colored) Matching Conservative collared shirt Matching Tie Dark Shoes Socks that match your suit Jewelry: watch only Clean cut
  5. 5. Body Language <ul><li>Exude Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Be energetic and enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>Sit comfortably </li></ul><ul><li>Stand tall </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fidget </li></ul><ul><li>Make eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Use hand gestures naturally </li></ul><ul><li>Try to relax a little </li></ul>
  6. 6. Questions: General <ul><li>Tell me about yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>What are your strengths/weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you interested in this position? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you fit the qualifications of this position? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your short term and long term goals? </li></ul><ul><li>Why should we hire you? </li></ul><ul><li>What questions do you have for us? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Basic Tips for Answering Questions <ul><li>Be honest </li></ul><ul><li>Be DETAILED & SPECIFIC </li></ul><ul><li>Give specific examples whenever possible </li></ul><ul><li>Be concise </li></ul><ul><li>Give 30 seconds-2 minutes per answer (approx.) </li></ul><ul><li>Show your enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight your strengths/minimize weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Show your personality </li></ul><ul><li>Stay positive </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about skills, strengths, experiences that are related to the job description </li></ul><ul><li>Prove you are the best candidate for the position </li></ul><ul><li>Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) (Listen to audio clip) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Time to Practice! <ul><li>Tell me about yourself. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>college background and involvement, relevant work history/experience, interest in the position, relevant skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is your greatest strength? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>state your strength and prove it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is your biggest weakness? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nothing too awful, tell a story, what you learned/what you are doing to work on it </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Behavioral Interview <ul><li>Theory: Past experiences predict future performance </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about a time when things were not going as planned; how did you handle it; what did you learn? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about a time when you encountered an ethical dilemma. How did you handle this situation? </li></ul><ul><li>Give me an example of a time when you had to persuade an individual or group to use your idea </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a supervisor or co-worker </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ask Questions Tip: know the job description <ul><li>How would you describe the work environment? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you enjoy most about working for this company? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you see as the biggest challenge in this position? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe a typical day on the job. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the training procedure? </li></ul><ul><li>What qualities are you looking for in the person who fills this position? </li></ul><ul><li>What stuck out to you on my resume and cover letter that lead to you offering me an interview? </li></ul>
  11. 11. PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE! <ul><li>Research the company </li></ul><ul><li>Know yourself and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Practice interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Write down stories </li></ul><ul><li>Write down your questions you want to ask </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your outfit is ready (shoes are wearable) </li></ul><ul><li>What to take with you… </li></ul>
  12. 12. What to take with you <ul><li>Copies of resume in a portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Copies of your reference page </li></ul><ul><li>Tissue in your pocket </li></ul><ul><li>Pen and notepad </li></ul><ul><li>List of questions you want to ask </li></ul><ul><li>Directions </li></ul><ul><li>Phone number of company </li></ul><ul><li>Small purse or briefcase (?) </li></ul>
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