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  1. 1. Interview Success Effective Interview Techniques
  2. 2. Program Overview <ul><li>What Recruiters Look For </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for the Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Modes of Interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Types of Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Interview Process Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Typical Interview Format </li></ul><ul><li>Sample Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Second Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Making the Right Decision </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Recruiters Look For <ul><li>Recruiters are looking for demonstrated examples of Critical Behaviors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analytical Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem Solving Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passion/Interest in Industry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You can draw from RPI, professional, undergraduate & extracurricular activities to showcase your abilities </li></ul><ul><li>You need to show how your past successes & experiences will allow you to be successful at their organization </li></ul>
  4. 4. Preparing for the Interview <ul><li>Step 1: The Self-Interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your strengths & weaknesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine your employment interests; what do you want to do and why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect on your values; what’s most important to you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared to cite several examples of experiences, accomplishments, successes </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Preparing for the Interview <ul><li>Step 2: Research </li></ul><ul><li>Review employer website/literature </li></ul><ul><li>Develop targeted questions concerning employer and job </li></ul><ul><li>Attend Informational Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure you know what the company stands for, its culture, and why you want to work for them! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Preparing for the Interview <ul><li>Step 3: Practice!! </li></ul><ul><li>Review common questions </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule mock interview </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare list of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Be alert to body language & eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>SMILE </li></ul><ul><li>Speak clearly; listen carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Match your skills/experiences with jobs </li></ul>
  7. 7. Modes of Interviewing <ul><li>On-campus Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone Screening </li></ul><ul><li>Video Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews Over a Meal </li></ul><ul><li>The Site Visit/Second Interview </li></ul>
  8. 8. Types of Interviews <ul><li>Self-Analytic Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Fact Finding Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>“ What If” Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving/Case Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Behavior Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Role Playing Interviews </li></ul>
  9. 9. Interview Process Overview <ul><li>Typically consists of 2 – 3 rounds of interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews last between 30 – 45 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Mix of general, behavioral, situation/case questions </li></ul>
  10. 10. Typical Interview Format <ul><li>Introductions/Ice Breakers </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion of Positions/Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Candidate Assessment (Sell Yourself!) </li></ul><ul><li>Pose Questions – Make Them Good! </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion/Find Out Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Assess Your Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Send Thank-You Note </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up! </li></ul>
  11. 11. General Interview Tips <ul><li>Arrive 10 minutes early </li></ul><ul><li>Dress professionally – wear a business suit </li></ul><ul><li>Focus & relax – Be Yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a firm handshake </li></ul><ul><li>Be confident, enthusiastic, truthful </li></ul><ul><li>Allow interviewer to lead </li></ul><ul><li>Expect the unexpected! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Post Interview Assessment <ul><li>Was it evident that you have a clear understanding of your self? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you prove that you researched the company and the job? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you show the match between the job, your technical skills and experience? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do to improve for the next interview? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Post Interview Assessment <ul><li>Did you successfully discuss your education and extracurricular activities? </li></ul><ul><li>Were you composed, honest, confident? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you look and act professional? </li></ul><ul><li>Were you energetic, enthusiastic and positive? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sample Questions <ul><li>Tell me about yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Walk me through your resume. </li></ul><ul><li>What are your strengths/weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>Give me an example of a situation that tested your leadership ability. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about a time that you had to do something you didn’t enjoy. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe your greatest accomplishment. </li></ul><ul><li>How would you define success? </li></ul>
  15. 15. When the Offers Come In <ul><li>Choosing the Right Job </li></ul><ul><li>The Art of Salary Negotiation </li></ul><ul><li>What About Fringe Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Your Word is Your Honor </li></ul><ul><li>Notify Employers/CDC of Your Decision </li></ul>
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