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