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Building relationships the key to successful interviewing presentation 05142010

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

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

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  • 1. Building Relationships: The Key to Successful Interviewing
    Career Lost and Found, All Rights Reserved
  • 2. 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?
  • 3.
  • 4. Planning
    Preparation
    Performance
    Building Relationships: The Key to Successful Interviewing
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. Planning: Building relationships - with whom?
    Friends
    Professional associates
    Recruiters
    Hiring managers/other interviewers
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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
  • 13. Preparation: Do Your research
    Research the company
    Website and news items
    Research the interviewers
    Background
    Associations
    Professional
    Civic
    Social
    Local
    online
    News items
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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!
  • 16. 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.
  • 17. 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
  • 18. 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
  • 19. Performance: Interviewing with other managers
    Group interview
    Panel
    Fishbowl
    “Gauntlet” interview
    Single location
    Interviewers’ offices
  • 20. 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
  • 21. 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
  • 22. 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
  • 23. Questions?
    Joanne Dustin, Career Coach
    Career Lost and Found
    www.careerlostandfound.com
    joannedustin@careerlostandfound.com
    Career Lost and Found, All Rights Reserved