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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.

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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  • MNB 11 Mar 2013
  • •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
  • •Job Interview •Writing an Effective Resume •Types of Interview •Preparation Techniques •Introduction Techniques •Interview Techniques •Interviewing Mistakes •After Interview
  • 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.
  • THE CONTENT OF YOUR RESUME: Name Address, telephone number, e-mail address Objective Education Experience Achievements and awards Skills Character References
  • 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.
  • • Employers are attempting to determine if you are an appropriate fit for the job. • You decide if the environment is right for you.
  • • Phone • One-on-one • Panel or group • Meal • On-site interview
  • 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
  • Decide what to wear days before the interview. Being well-groomed and having a good appearance is very essential.
  • • 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
  • • 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
  • • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • • 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.
  • 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
  • STANDARD/TRADITIONAL QUESTIONS -Targeting your education, work experience, and career goals BEHAVIORAL QUESTIONS -These focus on you actions and behaviors in a previous setting
  • • 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
  • • 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
  • • 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.
  • • 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?
  • • 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
  • • 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
  • • 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
  • • 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?
  • Whether you think you can or think you can't -you are right. ~Henry Ford