Interviewing Boot Camp “Interviewing to Win: Best Practices Job Searching” Nancy Stubblefield, Career Coordinator Bragg Ma...
Interviewing – Before You Go <ul><li>Research the employer – Join Linked In </li></ul><ul><li>Discretely find out about th...
Portfolio Tips <ul><li>Quality not Quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of different work </li></ul><ul><li>Pages should be ...
Dress for Success <ul><li>WOMEN </li></ul><ul><li>Professional blouse </li></ul><ul><li>Business suit </li></ul><ul><li>Dr...
Dress for Success <ul><li>MEN </li></ul><ul><li>Professional business suit </li></ul><ul><li>White button down dress shirt...
Basic Training <ul><li>Traditional Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to test knowledge, skills, accomplishments </li></...
How Should I Respond? Interview Answer Structuring Employers are looking for these skills in your answers S ituation T ask...
Q&A (10 min.) <ul><li>Pick a partner to ask you 5 tough interview questions </li></ul><ul><li>Switch and ask your partner ...
Answering Illegal Questions Three Options <ul><li>Answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>Answer it legally  </li></ul><ul><...
Recognizing Illegal Questions <ul><li>What is legal and illegal? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How old are you?  </li></ul></ul><u...
Illegal Questions (5 min.) <ul><li>Ask your partner an illegal question and see how they respond </li></ul>
Know your market <ul><li>Don’t give out an exact number on the application </li></ul><ul><li>Speak in terms of salary rang...
Negotiating Job Offers <ul><li>Salary Scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>When I completed my application, I noticed there was a b...
Closing the Interview <ul><li>You are selling yourself and with any sales call, you  must  close. </li></ul><ul><li>Let th...
Perfect Interview <ul><li>Practice a mock interview in Perfect Interview program </li></ul><ul><li>Send to your partner/ca...
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Interviewing Boot Camp

  1. 1. Interviewing Boot Camp “Interviewing to Win: Best Practices Job Searching” Nancy Stubblefield, Career Coordinator Bragg Mass Comm. Bldg., Room 130 www.mtsu.edu/~career
  2. 2. Interviewing – Before You Go <ul><li>Research the employer – Join Linked In </li></ul><ul><li>Discretely find out about the job if you have an inside track </li></ul><ul><li>Find out who the key players in the company are and what they do </li></ul><ul><li>Finalize items to bring in portfolio </li></ul>
  3. 3. Portfolio Tips <ul><li>Quality not Quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of different work </li></ul><ul><li>Pages should be neat and in order </li></ul><ul><li>Show creativity (especially graphic design) </li></ul><ul><li>Create a web site if you have electronic items to profile </li></ul>
  4. 4. Dress for Success <ul><li>WOMEN </li></ul><ul><li>Professional blouse </li></ul><ul><li>Business suit </li></ul><ul><li>Dress slacks </li></ul><ul><li>Skirt, approx. knee length, with hose </li></ul><ul><li>Dress, approx. knee length, with hose </li></ul><ul><li>Close-toed dress shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative jewelry </li></ul><ul><li>Subtle perfume or none at all </li></ul><ul><li>No body piercings (except ear lobes) and no tattoos in open view </li></ul><ul><li>Trimmed, tidy fingernails </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative hairstyle </li></ul>
  5. 5. Dress for Success <ul><li>MEN </li></ul><ul><li>Professional business suit </li></ul><ul><li>White button down dress shirt (or other muted colors) </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative tie </li></ul><ul><li>Dark slacks </li></ul><ul><li>Black dress shoes/dark shoes </li></ul><ul><li>No facial/ear piercings </li></ul><ul><li>No tattoos in open view </li></ul><ul><li>Trimmed, tidy fingernails </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative hairstyle </li></ul>
  6. 6. Basic Training <ul><li>Traditional Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to test knowledge, skills, accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Situational Questions </li></ul><ul><li>You are given a hypothetical situation and asked how you would respond </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on actual instances from your past experiences </li></ul>
  7. 7. How Should I Respond? Interview Answer Structuring Employers are looking for these skills in your answers S ituation T ask A ction R esult M aturity M ental Ability M otivation
  8. 8. Q&A (10 min.) <ul><li>Pick a partner to ask you 5 tough interview questions </li></ul><ul><li>Switch and ask your partner 5 tough questions </li></ul>
  9. 9. Answering Illegal Questions Three Options <ul><li>Answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>Answer it legally </li></ul><ul><li>Refuse to answer </li></ul>
  10. 10. Recognizing Illegal Questions <ul><li>What is legal and illegal? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How old are you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you over the age of 18? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you ever been convicted of a crime? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you ever been arrested? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you willing to travel occasionally or relocate if necessary? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you plan to have a family? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How much do you weigh? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you able to lift 50 lbs. and carry 100 yards? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List any professional organizations or trade groups which you consider relevant in your ability to perform this job. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What clubs/social organizations do you belong to? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Illegal Questions (5 min.) <ul><li>Ask your partner an illegal question and see how they respond </li></ul>
  12. 12. Know your market <ul><li>Don’t give out an exact number on the application </li></ul><ul><li>Speak in terms of salary ranges </li></ul><ul><li>Know the process. What is your value? </li></ul><ul><li>Research data before the interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our site – TCIDS (Tennessee based) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NACE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chamber of Commerce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet (Google, Ask Jeeves) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Negotiating Job Offers <ul><li>Salary Scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>When I completed my application, I noticed there was a blank for previous salary information. I completed with my last three jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>In my interview I was asked if I was willing to relocate? I said no. </li></ul><ul><li>The first question I was asked during my interview was what my salary requirements were. I responded at least $10/hr. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Closing the Interview <ul><li>You are selling yourself and with any sales call, you must close. </li></ul><ul><li>Let the employer know that you are the perfect candidate for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Tell them that you hope you conveyed to them that you are the person for the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember names or ask for business cards for thank you letters later </li></ul>
  15. 15. Perfect Interview <ul><li>Practice a mock interview in Perfect Interview program </li></ul><ul><li>Send to your partner/career advisor for review </li></ul>

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