Ask the Recruiter!How to Prep for Job Interviews Silvia Rodriguez-Maldonado, Recruiter, Verizon Wireless, MWA Talent Acquisition http://www.linkedin.com/in/silviars/en
1. Do your Homework I got the call! Now what? Do your research!•Company and Industry•Job description, similar jobs•Interviewer•Read through all the information sent by the recruiter.•Make sure that you know driving directions and alternateroutes.•Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment.
1. Do your Homework Go above and beyond!•Quiz yourself on your company, industry andposition knowledge.•Mock Interviews; Ask a friend to interview youand give you feedback.•Rehearse!7.Create a list of possible questions8. Script answers9. Study your answers and read them out loud
2. Types of Interviews Behavioral InterviewType of interview where the interviewer is looking for specific examples of how you have handled work related situations in the past. How to identify a behavioral interview? Questions typically start with phrases like "tell me about a time when" or "give me an example of a situation/scenario where " .
Behavioral Interview Do Don’t• Use real-life examples (preferably recent) • Disclose unnecessary or• Be a S T A R! confidential information (Customer’s or coworker’s - Situation: Provide a specific example of a situation you were involved in that resulted in a positive names, companys policies etc). outcome. (What was the problem or situation)- Task: Describe the tasks involved in that situation- Action: Describe the actions involved in the situation’s • Say “ In a situation like that I task- Results: Describe the results that directly followed would…….” or “Usually what I do because of your actions. (What was the overall is….” outcome?)• Use personal pronouns “I”, “me” and “my” • Provide general examples• Make sure you fully understood the question, If you are in doubt, rephrase the question and ask for clarification.• Write your success “stories” in advance and study • Exaggerate or embellish your them before the interview story.
Phone Interview Do Don’t• Find a quiet room or place to take the • Take any calls 20 minutes call prior to the interview.• Have your resume and job description with you. • Take the call while driving.• Highlight your resume so you can easily select some of your greatest accomplishments and strengths. • Take the call in a• Prepare as if it where an in-person public/noisy place. interview.• If you’re returning a phone call from a • Try to multitask while on potential employer, be ready just in the call. case s/he wants to do phone interview right away.
Panel Interview Do Don’t • Make eye contact with all the • Make eye contact only with interviewers. the interviewer who is in• Have several copies of your resume. front of you or who is the main talker. • Introduce your self and shake everybody’s hands.
Sell yourself! •Do a Self-analysis: Identify yourskills, strengths, opportunities, plans and career goals.
Sell yourself! •Highlight your strengths•Turn negative into positive •Be consistent •Positive Attitude •Smile