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Joanne Dustin used this presentation for her successful "Job Search Jam Session" on May 14th in Hopkinton, MA

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    Building relationships the key to successful interviewing presentation 05142010 Building relationships the key to successful interviewing presentation 05142010 Presentation Transcript

    • Building Relationships: The Key to Successful Interviewing
      Career Lost and Found, All Rights Reserved
    • What is a successful job interview?
      The customary definition of a successful job interview is one from which you receive a job offer.
      How can you assure that your next interview will be successful?
    • Planning
      Preparation
      Performance
      Building Relationships: The Key to Successful Interviewing
    • Planning: The groundwork
      Building relationships begins even before your first conversation by establishing a common interest with your interviewers through your resume and cover letter.
      Identify the right job opportunities for you
      Customize your resume to the specific opportunity
      Write a cover letter that will capture the reviewer’s interest
    • Planning: Identify the right jobs for you
      The right opportunities for you are those that are a good fit.
      Your skills, knowledge and experience match the job requirements.
      The company culture aligns with your values.
    • Planning: Your cover letter should …
      Explain why you are contacting the recipient
      Include -
      a short background
      career highlights
      A summary of how your experience meets the job requirements.
      Prompt the reviewer to read your resume.
    • Planning: Customize your resume
      A great resume is:
      Simple
      Straightforward
      Easy-to-read
      Interesting
      Matches the job requirements
      A great resume prompts the reviewer to contact you to schedule an interview.
    • Planning: Building relationships - with whom?
      Friends
      Professional associates
      Recruiters
      Hiring managers/other interviewers
    • Planning: Ask for help from your friends
      Friends are connections to potential jobs
      They are your support group
      They may play the roles of interviewers in your practice interview sessions
    • Planning: Leverage your professional relationships
      Professional relationships are sources of job opportunities
      Your associates may act as references for you
      They may also play the role of interviewers in your practice interview sessions
    • Planning: Connect with Recruiters
      Recruiters are direct sources of job opportunities
      They may call you about a specific job, but they may also have other opportunities for which you are a good fit
      Treat recruiters with the same respect you would give a hiring manager
    • Preparation: Do Your research
      Research the company
      Website and news items
      Research the interviewers
      Background
      Associations
      Professional
      Civic
      Social
      Local
      online
      News items
    • Preparation: Practice, practice, practice
      Prepare for behavioral interviews
      Interviewers want to know what you have done that contributed toward your former organizations’ successes
      Write responses to typical behavioral interview questions:
      “Tell me about a time when you handled a difficult situation.”
      “Give me an example of a time when you used good judgment in solving a problem.”
      “Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and achieved it.”
      Develop your stories using the STAR format – situation, task, action, result
      Record your practice sessions, if possible
      See yourself as others see you
    • Preparation: Dealing with interview anxiety
      Manage physical symptoms
      Do breathing exercises
      Have a snack before the interview
      Overcome negative thinking
      Avoid the Ladder of Inference
      Forget that it is an interview – be yourself!
    • Performance: The telephone interview
      The first interview is for screening and is often conducted by a recruiter.
      Be prepared to talk about your experience and why you are the right person for this job.
      Although the call may be casual, keep in mind that the recruiter’s notes may be passed along to the hiring manager.
      The second interview may be a call with the hiring manager.
    • Performance: Connect with the hiring manager during the interview
      The hiring manager is seeking the best fit for the job
      The individual who meets or exceeds the job requirements and can work effectively as part of the manager’s team
      You are seeking the best job for you
      Know your job satisfiers/dissatisfiers
      Build a connection with the hiring manager during the interview that will satisfy both your needs
      Ask questions about his/her experience with the company
      Ask what it will take for you to be successful
      Note any external connections you may have
    • Performance: Connect with other interviewers
      Other managers
      They may strongly influence the hiring decision
      Prospective peers
      The hiring manager is seeking assurance that you will fit in with his/her team
      The CEO
    • Performance: Interviewing with other managers
      Group interview
      Panel
      Fishbowl
      “Gauntlet” interview
      Single location
      Interviewers’ offices
    • Performance: Interviewing with prospective peers
      Answer their questions
      Notice how they relate to you
      Ask questions about how they work together
      Notice how they relate to each other
    • The CEO
      The interview with the CEO is usually the last
      Its customary purpose is to bless a hiring decision that has already been made
    • After the interview: what’s next?
      If you win the job
      Celebrate!
      If you don’t win the job …
      Conduct a review to understand what happened
      Stay in touch with the recruiter and the hiring manager
      They may be a source of other opportunities in the future
    • Questions?
      Joanne Dustin, Career Coach
      Career Lost and Found
      www.careerlostandfound.com
      joannedustin@careerlostandfound.com
      Career Lost and Found, All Rights Reserved