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