The Competitive Edge for Interviews


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  • The Competitive Edge for Interviews

    1. 1. A presentation from Lori Kraska and Brown College Strategies for procuring jobs – today and tomorrow The Competitive Edge Personal presentation skills for your jobs of today and your careers of tomorrow Byron Wolt
    2. 2. <ul><li>5 - 9 times in their lifetime </li></ul>The Situation: The average American will change careers
    3. 3. The Competitive Edge <ul><li>Finding the Door </li></ul><ul><li>Opening the Door </li></ul><ul><li>The Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Your Image </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce Brown College </li></ul>
    4. 4. Brown College 1440 Northland Drive Mendota Heights, MN 55120 651-905-3450, 800-627-6966 Le Cordon Bleu Minneapolis / St. Paul 800-528-4575
    5. 5. <ul><li>Career Specific </li></ul><ul><li>Start in Your Major </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-On Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible Schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Admission Requirements: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ACT/SAT not required </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Interview </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Degree Programs Bachelor Degree 36 months Associate Degree 18 months Diploma 9 months A Non-Traditional Education
    6. 6. School of Broadcasting <ul><li>Communication Studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Science Degree – 36 months </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Radio Broadcasting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Associate of Applied Science Degree – 18 months </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Television Production </li></ul><ul><li> Associate of Applied Science Degree – 18 months </li></ul>
    7. 7. School of Design <ul><li>Visual Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Graphic Design </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Science Degree – 36 months </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Associate of Applied Science Degree – 18 months </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interior Design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Science Degree – 36 months </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital Photography Bachelor of Science Degree – 36 months </li></ul>
    8. 8. School of Technology <ul><li>Information Technology </li></ul><ul><li> Bachelor of Science Degree – 36 months </li></ul><ul><li>Network Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Associate of Applied Science Degree – 18 months </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Software Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Associate of Applied Science Degree – 18 months </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Game Design and Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Science Degree – 36 months </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Other Programs <ul><li>Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science Degree – 36 months Associate of Applied Science Degree – 18 months </li></ul><ul><li>Business Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Science Degree – 36 months </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Massage Therapy Diploma – 9 months </li></ul>
    10. 10. Associate Degrees Offered Culinary Arts Program – 15 months Patisserie and Baking Program – 15 months
    11. 11. <ul><li>Financial Aid including Scholarships for those who qualify </li></ul><ul><li>Career Services — job placement & resume assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Internships – for real world career experience </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless campus – students receive laptops </li></ul><ul><li>Student Services — car pooling, housing, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Study Abroad Programs </li></ul>Brown College Services
    12. 12. Brown College 1440 Northland Drive Mendota Heights, MN 55120 651-905-3450, 800-627-6966 Le Cordon Bleu Minneapolis / St. Paul 800-528-4575
    13. 13. Finding the Door <ul><li>Newspaper Walk in and see </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Headhunter Job Service </li></ul><ul><li>School Placement Center </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join an organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep your eyes & ears open for a good opportunity </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Selling Yourself What employers want: Reliability, Honesty, Motivation, Ability, Efficiency, Helpfulness, Integrity What employers don’t want: Carelessness, Absence, Irresponsibility, Troublemakers, Lack of Ambition
    15. 15. Skills – Skills - Skills <ul><li>The average person has between 500 – 800 skills </li></ul><ul><li>Four out of five job seekers remain unemployed because they can’t talk about their skills </li></ul><ul><li>Skills are developed from EVERYDAY life work, school, hobbies and life </li></ul>
    16. 16. Cover Letter <ul><li>Dear_________: </li></ul><ul><li>Opening Paragraph </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why you are writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How you heard of the position </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Middle Paragraph </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain your interest in the position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant achievements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Closing Paragraph </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try for a quick and favorable response </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ASK FOR AN INTERVIEW! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sincerely, </li></ul>Direct and personalize your resume Short and to the Point
    17. 17. The Resume <ul><li>Your personal sales brochure </li></ul><ul><li>A primary tool for job procurement </li></ul><ul><li>A summary of RELEVANT data </li></ul><ul><li>Is the foundation for your interview </li></ul><ul><li>Either gets you in the door or ………. ? </li></ul>Rapidly conveys relevant information Gives reasons you deserve an interview
    18. 18. Elements of an effective resume Heading Objective Education Experience Clear Concise Skills Skills Skills Relevant
    19. 19. Resume Tips <ul><li>Use white or light colored paper </li></ul><ul><li>Use paper that is of high quality </li></ul><ul><li>Use white space </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid graphics and shading </li></ul><ul><li>Use a font size between 10 & 14 points </li></ul><ul><li>Reproduce on a laser printer or take it to a print shop </li></ul>
    20. 20. Interview Prep Practice, Practice, Practice Know the Company Make a folder with copies of your Letter of application, Resume, References, etc. Have Personal Data Sheet prepared
    21. 21. Phone Time <ul><li>Prepare before you call </li></ul><ul><li>Sound professional, enthusiastic & interested </li></ul><ul><li>Smile & stand up while on the phone </li></ul><ul><li>Keep motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Listen and take notes </li></ul>Answering in complete sentences is the best way to sound intelligent
    22. 22. Show Time <ul><li>How early should you show up for your interview? </li></ul><ul><li>A. 5 minutes B. 15 minutes C. 10 minutes D. 1 hour </li></ul>5 - 15 minutes is ok, 10 minutes is ideal
    23. 23. The Waiting Game <ul><li>To eat or not to eat </li></ul><ul><li>Sitting 101 </li></ul><ul><li>Hand jive: </li></ul><ul><li>Formal shaking </li></ul><ul><li>Nervous movements </li></ul><ul><li>You never know </li></ul>
    24. 24. <ul><li>Men </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal or no cologne </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal or moderate jewelry </li></ul><ul><li>Well groomed, conservative, clean & pressed </li></ul><ul><li>Empty Pockets </li></ul><ul><li>Shined shoes with matching socks </li></ul><ul><li>Women </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal make up or perfume </li></ul><ul><li>Attractive controlled hairstyle </li></ul><ul><li>Moderate jewelry </li></ul><ul><li>Well groomed </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative hosiery w/out runs </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate shoes </li></ul>Can you judge a book by it's cover?
    25. 25. Picture Perfect <ul><li>What percentage of the hiring decision is based on appearance? </li></ul><ul><li>A. 45% </li></ul><ul><li>B. 25% </li></ul><ul><li>C. 10% </li></ul><ul><li>D. 65% </li></ul>
    26. 26. Picture Perfect <ul><li>What percentage of the hiring decision is based on appearance? </li></ul><ul><li>A. 45% </li></ul>
    27. 27. Telling Your Story <ul><li>Great stories make you stand out from the crowd </li></ul><ul><li>Have 2 - 4 stories to tell about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrate specific skills, experience, and education the employer is seeking </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>Why should I hire you? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your skills and work ethic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What can you do for this company? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are your strengths & weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why are you valuable? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tell me about yourself? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant details only please </li></ul></ul>Questions and their true meaning
    29. 29. Reasons For Leaving <ul><li>Question: Why did you leave your last job? </li></ul><ul><li>“ I preferred a better work environment” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I desired a more challenging position” </li></ul><ul><li>“ There was a general layoff” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The work was seasonal” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I wanted a job requiring my best skills” </li></ul>
    30. 30. Questions you should ask <ul><li>Why is this position open? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the turnover rate? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the opportunities for advancement? </li></ul><ul><li>How am I evaluated? </li></ul><ul><li>Where will the company be in 5 years? </li></ul><ul><li>How will I fit into the company’s plans? </li></ul>
    31. 31. Interview Tips <ul><li>Never put anything on the employer’s desk. Never bring anything unnecessary into the office. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use the employer’s first name unless he/she invites you to do so. Make sure you have the correct pronunciation. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not smoke, chew gum, or use profanity during the interview, even if the employer does. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen attentively, to be sure you understand the questions. Your answers should be brief, truthful, and spoken with enthusiasm and confidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask job related questions. Do not ask about salary or benefits in an initial interview. </li></ul>
    32. 32. Don’t Lack energy Emphasize money (unless in sales!!!) Criticize anyone Make excuses Talk too much Forget to follow up Neglect appearance Dress casually Give limp handshakes Be indecisive Be rude Be too familiar Be unprepared Be too aggressive
    33. 33. Do Research the company Prepare questions to ask Practice your answers Bring paper and pen Bring list of references Bring an extra resume Shake hands Send a follow-up letter Ask about the next step Be on time Be positive Be honest Dress appropriately Maintain eye contact Wait to be seated
    34. 34. How the employer decides <ul><li>45% of the hiring decision is based on appearance </li></ul><ul><li>35% of the hiring decision is based on your responses to the interview questions </li></ul><ul><li>10% is based on job skills </li></ul><ul><li>10% is based on factors beyond your control </li></ul>
    35. 35. 10 Tips for Interviewing <ul><li>Research the job company and industry </li></ul><ul><li>Know what you want </li></ul><ul><li>Make a list of questions to ask </li></ul><ul><li>Make a list of your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare answers that connect to your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Address your weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare & Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Be Professional </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for the Job </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Up! </li></ul>
    36. 36. Good Luck Relax, Be Confident and Get Your Job!
    37. 37. <ul><li>Bachelor of Science Degree </li></ul><ul><li>36 months </li></ul><ul><li>Game Design & Development </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Business Management </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Interior Design </li></ul>Associate Degree 18 months Radio Broadcasting Television Production Visual Communications Network Development Software Development Criminal Justice B>UR 800-930-1628, Diploma 9 months Massage Therapy
    38. 38. Brown College Communication Information Technology Criminal Justice Business Management Interior Design Digital Photography Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts <ul><li>Radio Broadcasting </li></ul><ul><li>TV Production </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Network Development </li></ul><ul><li>Software Development </li></ul><ul><li>Massage Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>- Diploma Program </li></ul>Associate Degree 18 months Bachelor of Science 36 months