Job Interview Techniques


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This was used during a pre-employment seminar for graduating students. It has all the essentials to ace a job interview.

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Job Interview Techniques

  1. 1. MNB 11 Mar 2013
  2. 2. •To tailor your resume for a specific job •To be prepared before a scheduled interview •To present yourself effectively at interviews •To close an interview and follow up after an interview •GETTING THE JOB YOU WANT
  3. 3. •Job Interview •Writing an Effective Resume •Types of Interview •Preparation Techniques •Introduction Techniques •Interview Techniques •Interviewing Mistakes •After Interview
  4. 4. A structured meeting between you and a prospective employer. If asked to be interviewed, it means that your resume has been met with a degree of approval.
  5. 5. THE CONTENT OF YOUR RESUME: Name Address, telephone number, e-mail address Objective Education Experience Achievements and awards Skills Character References
  6. 6. REMEMBER: •Resume should have a clean, professional format with a little style. •Font size should not be too large/too small. •Don’t choose non-standard fonts like Comic Sans or Lucida Handwriting. •Use more lists than sentences. •Avoid going more than 1 or 2 pages.
  7. 7. • Employers are attempting to determine if you are an appropriate fit for the job. • You decide if the environment is right for you.
  8. 8. • Phone • One-on-one • Panel or group • Meal • On-site interview
  9. 9. Create a professional portfolio which will include: A few extra copies of your resume Certificates, special certifications Samples of relevant papers/projects, and letter of recommendation
  10. 10. Decide what to wear days before the interview. Being well-groomed and having a good appearance is very essential.
  11. 11. • Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern • Dark shoes • Dark socks • Get a haircut, short hair always fares best in interviews • No beards • No rings other than wedding rings/college rings • No earrings
  12. 12. • Always wear a suit with blazer • Shoes with conservative heels • Neutral bags • If you should wear nail polish, use clear/ conservative color • Minimal use of make up • No more than one ring on each hand • One set of earrings only
  13. 13. • Well-groomed hairstyle • Clean, trimmed finger nails • Minimal cologne or perfume • Empty pockets- no bulges or tinkling coins • No gums, candy, or cigarettes • Light briefcase or portfolio case • No visible body piercing
  14. 14. BE ON TIME. • Make sure where the interview will be held. • Always leave enough time for the journey. • Do plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Late arrival for the job interview is never excusable.
  15. 15. BE YOUR BEST SELF. • Review your background/accomplishments that may fit the needs of the company. • Don’t rely on your application/resume doing the selling for you. No matter how qualified you are for the position, you will need to sell yourself to the interviewer.
  16. 16. BE PROACTIVE. Do research on the company by reviewing its corporate profile and by reading some relevant information through websites/ print materials. Find out the specifics of the job you are applying for.
  17. 17. • You only have once chance to make a good impression. • Smile! • Do greet the interviewer by title and last name if you are sure of the pronunciation. • Do wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. • Maintain eye contact. • Firm handshake.
  18. 18. POSITIVE SIGNALS Leaning forward – interest Smiling – friendly Nodding – attentive and alert Eye contact – curious and focused NEGATIVE SIGNALS Crossed arms – defensive Tapping feet – nervous/bored Lack of eye contact – untrustworthy Leaning back - discomfort
  19. 19. STANDARD/TRADITIONAL QUESTIONS -Targeting your education, work experience, and career goals BEHAVIORAL QUESTIONS -These focus on you actions and behaviors in a previous setting
  20. 20. • Turn off your cell phone before the start! • Relax and be yourself • Remember: FIRM handshake, eye contact, good posture and a confident introduction of self • If there are 2 or more interviewers, be sure to address all the interviewers in the room when answering the questions • Smile when appropriate • Be honest
  21. 21. • Use concrete experiences to illustrate important information about yourself • Give complete answers and if you do not understand the question, ask for clarification • Avoid slang words during to impress the interviewer • Strike a good balance between speaking and listening • Show understanding with facial expressions
  22. 22. • When asked about your weaknesses or failures, mention how you were able to handle the difficult situation, share the lessons learned, and the improvement you would take. • Don’t ask about the salary or benefits. Let the employer begin the salary negotiation • Don’t act desperate by telling the interviewer that you are willing to accept any job offered • Before leaving an interview, ask what the next steps would be.
  23. 23. • Tell me about yourself. • Why are you interested in working for this company? • What are your short and long range career goals? • What are your strengths and weaknesses? • Why should we hire you?
  24. 24. • Thinking like a job hunter – Don’t try to control the entire interview – Do not behave in a desperate manner – Do not act self-centered: I want..I need.. I’m looking for.. – Do not sound like a job description • Don’t go on it alone – Tap networks/ask friends for some tips – Mock interviews
  25. 25. • Be prepared to talk about yourself and your experiences • Master the art of storytelling • Avoid filler words: um, uh, yeah, yup, y’know, like, okay • Avoid indecisive phrases: I think, I guess, probably, pretty good • Avoid long verbose answers • Jingle pocket change, tap feet or finger, play with hair, fold arms, use limp handshake, mumble , interrupt, speak too fast or too slow
  26. 26. • People decide about you in the first 10 seconds • You have to make a good first impression • Always ask insightful questions • They’ll probably ask questions designed to trip you up • Try to focus on the message you are conveying – not how well you are doing
  27. 27. • Thank the interviewer for the time spent with you • Make some notes regarding some things you’ve learned from the company • Do try and get business cards from the person you interviewed with • Make a follow up call to know your status • Take some time to reflect: – How well did I do? – What went well? – What steps can I take next time to improve?
  28. 28. Whether you think you can or think you can't -you are right. ~Henry Ford