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Interview Tips

  1. 1. Résumés Do’s and Don’ts How to Impress With A Resume that Will Get You The Job
  2. 2. Résumé Don’ts <ul><li>DO NOT </li></ul><ul><li>Use incorrect grammar (i.e., you do something “well” not “good”. Good is how you feel) </li></ul><ul><li>Leave the Education Section blank (dates should be written out) </li></ul><ul><li>Leave Personal & Professional section blank (list your interests, hobbies, clubs, sports), this tells your potential employers you have no life beyond school & other jobs = UNMOTIVATED! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Résumé Don’ts <ul><li>Leave Work History blank (TA position, use volunteer work, use under-the-table work, use family biz. if necessary). </li></ul><ul><li>Use ambiguous, touchy-feely words (see “Car Wrecks”) </li></ul><ul><li>List Military History section…most of you do not have any (despite your vast experience playing “Halo”, your over-developed thumbs and small muscle-twitch capabilities don’t count) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Résumé Do’s <ul><li>Spell check and grammar check…there is no excuse for misspellings and poor grammar. </li></ul><ul><li>Use tangible, measurable phrases and language (show accomplishments & work well done) </li></ul><ul><li>Use education experience appropriate to job/work </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific w/ Career Objective (to the job for which you are applying) </li></ul><ul><li>List current (or last) job 1st in Work History & then previous job(s) in reverse chronological order. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Résumé “Car Wrecks” Never Use The Following (EVER!) . On your Résumé you never include: <ul><li>“ I listen well” </li></ul><ul><li>“ hospitality skills” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Interact well w/ others” </li></ul><ul><li>“ people person” </li></ul><ul><li>“ understanding” </li></ul><ul><li>“ a problem solver” </li></ul><ul><li>“ work well w/ others” </li></ul><ul><li>“ friendly to all” </li></ul><ul><li>“ a hard worker” </li></ul><ul><li>“ outgoing” </li></ul><ul><li>“ move fast” </li></ul><ul><li>“ take initiative” </li></ul><ul><li>“ have a strong body” </li></ul><ul><li>“ have metal strength” </li></ul><ul><li>“ friendly” </li></ul><ul><li>“ patience” </li></ul><ul><li>“ flexible to work hours” </li></ul><ul><li>“ fast paced worker” </li></ul><ul><li>“ good listener when told to do something” </li></ul><ul><li>“ well built” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I can help” </li></ul><ul><li>“ funny” </li></ul><ul><li>“ run good” </li></ul><ul><li>“ proper heating of food” </li></ul><ul><li>“ know when food is done cooking” </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Art of The Interview Some Do’s and Don’ts For the Big Day
  7. 7. Men <ul><li>The following fashion tips should be considered as you dress for an interview: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear dark, solid colored dress pants or “Khakis” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear a solid colored button-up shirt (any patterns should be very subtle) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear a tie w/ a subtle pattern (flashy patterns and colors can be distracting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear dress socks--should be dark or match tie, shirt or pants (NO WHITE SOCKS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear a belt--black or brown to match shoes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear dress shoes--black or brown depending on what you wear for pants, belt, tie, etc. (NO SNEAKERS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cover tattoos and and remove excessive piercings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In other words, dress like ME! </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Women <ul><li>The following fashion tips should be considered as you dress for an interview: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You do not need to wear a skirt (this is not the 1950s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear dark pants or skirt (knee length) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear professional blouse that is not too low cut that has sleeves (no mid-drift, full-arm, bra, etc. exposure) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t wear bright flashy colors that distract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid showy jewelry, like too many rings, too many earrings, remove excessive piercings and cover tattoos (simple necklace or scarf and watch is o.k.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid bracelets that jingle and make noise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear appropriate shoes--heals not absolutely necessary, but preferred (NO OPEN-TOED or OPEN-HEELED) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Interview Tips <ul><li>The Goal of the Interviewer (what they’re looking for): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance Skills - work habits personal characteristics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Skills - learned tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your Goals: what do you want to achieve </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Interview: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do your homework on position & company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare to portray qualifications and skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress appropriately </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The interview: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shake hands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain Eye contact (DON’T STARE!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project a good attitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer directly and honestly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make it apply to question </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate your strengths </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thank them and shake hands </li></ul></ul></ul>

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