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  • How to Ace the Interview and Land the Job Presented by LaSalle Network
  • Introduction
    • About LaSalle Network
    • What have you been finding in your job search? How is the market?
    • Challenges?
    • Parents, siblings, friends getting laid off?
    • 30 second “elevator pitch”
    Presented by LaSalle Network
  • Content
    • Before the Interview
      • Research
        • Company/Position
        • Yourself
      • What to Bring/Wear
      • Travel
    • During the Interview
      • Answering Interview Questions
      • Asking Interview Questions
      • Closing the Interview
    • After the Interview
      • Follow-up
    Presented by LaSalle Network
  • Before the Interview Presented by LaSalle Network
  • Research
    • The Company and Position
    • Yourself
    • Note: Your References
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  • The Company
    • Size
    • Mission/Values/Goals
    • Product
    • History
    • Number of Employees
    • Impressive accomplishments
    • News stories
    • Prepare questions
    • Show you have done your homework!
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  • The Position
    • Job duties and requirements
      • Match with your accomplishments
    • Career progression (Hard to do, but if possible)
    • Intangibles (Ex. What personality type do they generally look for? Company culture?)
    • By knowing the position, you can better sell yourself to them!
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  • Yourself
    • Skills, abilities, interests
    • What are your goals?
    • Review work experience
      • Make a list
    • Strengths? Weaknesses? Expectations?
    • Highlight impactful educational experiences
    • THREE specific examples to illustrate past successes
      • Relate to potential employer’s needs
      • STARR Approach
    • One-minute overview of who you are and why you are the best fit for each specific position
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  • Activity
    • 5 minutes
    • List of skills gained through your educational and job experiences (“hard” and “soft skills”: degrees, specialized training, computer skills, languages, communication skills, problem-solving skills, customer service, organizational skills, teamwork skills, etc.)
    • Lastly, objectively list your personality strengths and dislikes
    • Draw parallels between your strengths and the position requirements
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  • Match Your Profile
    • I took software classes in college, and have continued using Microsoft Word and Excel on a regular basis since that time. I used these programs for papers, projects and presentations throughout college, as well as during my times as a research assistant in the Psychology Department. By using these programs, I created surveys and charts for tracking research subjects, as well as a variety of other projects.
    • Strong Microsoft Word and Excel abilities
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  • Match Your Profile
    • While at school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, coordinator of the biggest organization on campus: The UIC Fashion Show. Member of the American Marketing Association. Extracurricular activities, in addition to my studies, required me to juggle. Able to handle these tasks successfully while maintaining a 3.5 GPA within my major.
    • Strong organizational abilities
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  • Match Your Profile
    • During my time in the Department of Psychology, I was responsible for communicating the results of our research through frequent presentations. I also was tasked with communicating with the department’s different professors regarding the progress of various studies.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
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  • What to Bring
    • At least two clean, hard copies of your resume
    • Two to three professional references (Phone numbers and email)
    • Pen and pad of paper
    • Anything else the company requested you bring (Ex. Writing samples, prior projects, cover letter, etc.)
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  • What to Wear
    • Crisp, clean, wrinkle-free suit
    • Shine your shoes
    • Nice folder or briefcase
    • Conservative and polished (black, gray, or navy blue)
    • Dress above what the job requires
    • Women: minimal make-up, minimal jewelry and no perfume
    • Men: minimal jewelry, no cologne and be well-groomed
    • Get a good night’s sleep. Not only will you look better, but you will feel better, and perform better too!
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  • Travel
    • Plan your mode of transportation ahead of time. Map out your route and allow plenty of time for wrong turns, traffic, etc
    • Be early, but not too
    • Write down the interview time, location, phone number, interviewer’s name and title
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  • Your References
    • Contact your references prior to your interview
    • Provide employers with accurate contact information
      • Name
      • Company Name
      • Title
      • Phone
      • Email
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  • The Interview Presented by LaSalle Network
  • The Interview
    • Begins when you walk in the door
    • Professional and respectful, no matter who you’re interacting with (Receptionist to President)
    • Stand, smile, offer a firm handshake, and maintain eye contact
    • Body language: Stand and sit straight without slouching
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  • Answering Interview Questions
    • EXAMPLES, EXAMPLES, EXAMPLES
    • STARR Approach
      • Situation
      • Task
      • Action
      • Results
      • Relate
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  • Answering Interview Questions
    • Body language, eye contact, nonverbal communication
    • Pause before answers. Listen, think, reflect, speak
    • Use your research
    • The preparation should be the hard part!
    • Avoid vague answers. Incorporate specific examples
    • Answer negative questions positively. Always remain positive
    • Emphasize what you can do for the company
    • Ask permission to take notes, but remain engaged
    • Do not discuss salary or benefits
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  • Closing the Interview
    • Ask questions (See handout of potential questions)
    • Thank them
    • Express interest and excitement about the position (“Thank you again for meeting with me. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with your company!”)
    • Get business card
    • Set expectations
    • Firm handshake, eye contact, smile, exit
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  • After the Interview Presented by LaSalle Network
  • After the Interview
    • Send a handwritten thank you
    • Send a thank you email
    • Complete any requested steps in a timely manner (writing samples, paperwork, etc.)
    • Call to follow-up in one week
    • Keep searching for other opportunities
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  • Questions?
    • Anything you hoped to learn that we did not cover?
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  • Presented by LaSalle Network Thank you! Contact Info: Megan Gentille Marketing Communications LaSalle Network [email_address] 312.419.1700