Helpful tips to help prepare for the interview, from
apparel to responding to difficult questions…
careerservices@simpsonu...
▸ Dealing With Interview Anxiety
▸ Purpose Of The Job Interview
▸ Several Types Of Interviews
▸ How To Prepare
▸ Questions...
Interviewing for
a job is often
filled with
anxiety and
fear but it
doesn’t have to
be that way.
There are
things we can
d...
▸ Your opportunity to shine
▸ Your
abilities, talents, interests, personal
ity, work
experience, education, and
motivation...
Someone brought in their high school
yearbook to show the employer that they
were voted “Most Popular”
by the senior class...
▸ The Directed Interview
▸ Impersonal, seeks to reveal facts
▸ Interviewer takes notes using an
outline and checklist
▸ Co...
▸ The Behavioral Interview
▸ Interested in past behaviors, “Describe a time
that required problem-solving skills, adaptabi...
This applicant asked the employer to please
excuse some of her answers because she was
still a little hung over from the w...
▸ The Group Interview
▸ Several applicants at one time
▸ Provides a sense of your
leadership potential and style
▸ How do ...
▸ The Tag-Team Interview
▸ Companies that rely heavily
on team cooperation
▸ Series of one-to-one interviews
or panel styl...
This applicant showed up to the interview sick.
She shook hands before the employer knew it
and indicated that she would p...
▸ The Second/Follow-Up Interview
▸ Serious candidates; confirmation
▸ Difficulty deciding on a candidate
▸ Other decision ...
▸ Gather work samples, copies of
resume, references and place in a
nice case or folder
▸ Remember to bring a pen
▸ Rehears...
When this applicant
came into the room, he
started bouncing up and
down on the carpet and
told me I must be highly
thought...
Ask Some Questions
How many people will be interviewing me?
Will I be the only one interviewed during this time?
What kind...
Do not chew gum or smoke
Do not distract the interviewer
Do not bring family or friends
to the interview
Do not use slang
...
An applicant was asked, “If you were an
animal, what kind of animal would you be?” She
said that she would be a cat becaus...
▸ Firmly shake hands
with those you meet
▸ Greet all involved in the
interview process and try
to remember names
▸ Be frie...
▸ Sit on the front third of the seat
▸ Men: legs uncrossed, but closed
▸ Women: legs or feet crossed if wearing
a skirt, m...
This applicant stretched out on the floor to
complete his application paperwork!
Applicant Blooper #6
▸ Nervousness is normal
▸ Take a deep breath and try
to R E L A X
▸ Don’t let nervousness
interfere with your answers
or c...
▸ Be on time
▸ Be friendly
▸ Show your
enthusiasm
▸ Be positive and
honest
▸ Maintain eye
contact
▸ Express yourself
▸ Don...
A balding applicant abruptly excused himself
and returned to the office a few minutes later
wearing a hairpiece!
Applicant...
▸ What are your career goals,
both short-term and long-term?
▸ Why do you want this job?
▸ What are you doing to achieve
y...
▸ The Equal Employment Opportunity
Act outlaws questions about
age, national origin, marital
status, sexuality, and religi...
These applicants interrupted the interview to
call mom for advice on how to answer a
difficult question!
Applicant Blooper...
▸ Test your ability to operate under pressure
▸ Demonstrate your problem-solving skills
▸ Opportunity for you to think qui...
▸ What would my responsibilities
and duties be?
▸ How would my performance be
evaluated?
▸ How would I be supervised?
▸ Wh...
An applicant said, “I’ve already accepted
another position but I thought I would
show up for this interview just in case t...
▸ Research the average salary
▸ Know what you want
▸ Be Realistic
▸ Don’t undersell yourself
▸ Raise the subject of pay & ...
ASK when
you can
expect a
decision
and if you
should call
Express
thanks for
their time
FOLLOW UP the
interview with a
tha...
During this applicant’s interview, an alarm
went off in his briefcase. He took it
out, shut it off, apologized and said he...
▸ Take into account the weather
▸ Think conservative, traditional,
neat, modest, clean
▸ Do not go for “shock value”
▸ Dre...
Clothes with
printed logos
Formal wear
T-shirts, tank tops,
sweats, shorts
Flip-flops
Hats indoors
Clothes that are sexual...
This guy flipped open his cell phone and took a
picture of me. He said that he takes pictures of
everyone who interviews h...
▸ Suit, two-piece matching
of good quality
▸ Navy, dark grey, black,
conservative solids or pinstripe
▸ Wool or wool blend...
▸ Belt should match shoes!
▸ Facial hair well-groomed
▸ Conservative watch and
other jewelry
▸ Removing earrings is safest...
This applicant came to the interview on a
small motor bike and parked it in the
reception area. She said she didn’t want i...
▸ Two-piece matching skirt
or pant suit
▸ Long sleeved blouse in
cotton or silk
▸ If skirt, it should hit at the knee
or s...
▸ Avoid extreme or excessive
jewelry
▸ Keep makeup conservative
▸ Shoes should be leather or
fabric, closed-toe, and
comfo...
This applicant said he
didn’t really want a job
but he came to the
interview because the
unemployment office
wanted proof ...
▸ Hair should be neat and clean
▸ Shoes should be in good condition
▸ Clean fingernails
▸ Clothes should fit properly
▸ Us...
This applicant limped into the
interview wearing only one shoe.
She explained that a guy at the bus stop
snatched it from ...
Be Prepared!
ONE MORE BLOOPER …
The Key to a Successful
Job Interview?
Too much information…
Applicant Blooper #15
To schedule an appointment with the Career
Counselor, call, e-mail or stop by the
Wellness Center.
Owen Student Services B...
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    1. 1. Helpful tips to help prepare for the interview, from apparel to responding to difficult questions… careerservices@simpsonu.edu THE SUCCESSFUL JOB INTERVIEW
    2. 2. ▸ Dealing With Interview Anxiety ▸ Purpose Of The Job Interview ▸ Several Types Of Interviews ▸ How To Prepare ▸ Questions To Ask Before The Interview ▸ Interview Do’s & Don’ts ▸ Things To Remember During The Interview ▸ Possible Interview Questions ▸ Questions To Ask ▸ The Issue Of Salary ▸ What To Do After The Interview ▸ How To Dress For Success And Interview BLOOPERS For Fun 
    3. 3. Interviewing for a job is often filled with anxiety and fear but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things we can do to prepare ourselves and become more self-confident and relaxed. Being prepared is the best way to reduce anxiety and help ensure a successful job interview. Dealing with Interview Anxiety
    4. 4. ▸ Your opportunity to shine ▸ Your abilities, talents, interests, personal ity, work experience, education, and motivation ▸ Informs you about the employer ▸ Employer needs, history, work environment, business activities, and future plans NOT LUCK Purpose of the Interview
    5. 5. Someone brought in their high school yearbook to show the employer that they were voted “Most Popular” by the senior class. Applicant Blooper #1
    6. 6. ▸ The Directed Interview ▸ Impersonal, seeks to reveal facts ▸ Interviewer takes notes using an outline and checklist ▸ Compares you to others ▸ The Undirected / Meandering Interview ▸ Unstructured, an open discussion of your qualifications ▸ “Tell me about yourself…” ▸ The Stress Interview ▸ “Hazing” in a sense; creates discomfort ▸ How do you deal with stress? ▸ Remain calm and tactful Types of Interviews
    7. 7. ▸ The Behavioral Interview ▸ Interested in past behaviors, “Describe a time that required problem-solving skills, adaptability, leadership, conflict resolution,…” and “How did you deal with this?” ▸ Be prepared to have stories to demonstrate ▸ The Audition ▸ A simulation or brief exercise to evaluate your skills ▸ Inquire specifically about the instructions ▸ Take ownership of your work Types of Interviews – Continued
    8. 8. This applicant asked the employer to please excuse some of her answers because she was still a little hung over from the weekend. It was Wednesday! Applicant Blooper #2
    9. 9. ▸ The Group Interview ▸ Several applicants at one time ▸ Provides a sense of your leadership potential and style ▸ How do you interact with peers? ▸ Keep an eye on the interviewer ▸ The Panel/Board Interview ▸ Several interviewers are present ▸ Positions are usually with gov’t agencies or large organizations ▸ Maintain eye contact when answering questions: questioner, each group member, back to questioner Types of Interviews – Continued
    10. 10. ▸ The Tag-Team Interview ▸ Companies that rely heavily on team cooperation ▸ Series of one-to-one interviews or panel style ▸ The Mealtime Interview ▸ Jobs that require interpersonal acuity ▸ How you handle a fork, how you treat your host, other guests and the serving staff ▸ May be structured, informal, or socially situated; allow the interviewer to lead conversation ▸ Take cues from the interviewer ▸ Food: order quickly, non-messy foods
    11. 11. This applicant showed up to the interview sick. She shook hands before the employer knew it and indicated that she would probably catch the flu within a week! Applicant Blooper #3
    12. 12. ▸ The Second/Follow-Up Interview ▸ Serious candidates; confirmation ▸ Difficulty deciding on a candidate ▸ Other decision makers want to gain a sense of you ▸ Be prepared to negotiate compensation ▸ More in-depth questions ▸ The Telephone Interview ▸ Have copy of resume nearby ▸ Speak a bit slower than usual and don’t worry about pauses ▸ Make sure roommates or family are quiet  Types of Interviews – Continued
    13. 13. ▸ Gather work samples, copies of resume, references and place in a nice case or folder ▸ Remember to bring a pen ▸ Rehearse your answers ▸ Write down your questions about the job or organization ▸ Review your work history ▸ Practice your answers to common interview questions ▸ Be prepared for surprises  Preparing for the Interview
    14. 14. When this applicant came into the room, he started bouncing up and down on the carpet and told me I must be highly thought of by the company because I was given such a thick carpet! Applicant Blooper #4
    15. 15. Ask Some Questions How many people will be interviewing me? Will I be the only one interviewed during this time? What kind of questions will be asked? How can I best prepare for the interview? What are the names of my interviewers? Research The Company Before the Interview
    16. 16. Do not chew gum or smoke Do not distract the interviewer Do not bring family or friends to the interview Do not use slang Do not ramble Do formulate your answers before beginning to speak; avoid “um…well…” Interview Do’s and Don’ts
    17. 17. An applicant was asked, “If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?” She said that she would be a cat because they are lazy and lie around all day! Applicant Blooper #5
    18. 18. ▸ Firmly shake hands with those you meet ▸ Greet all involved in the interview process and try to remember names ▸ Be friendly to everyone (secretaries, other employees, etc.) ▸ Follow the interviewer’s lead (direction, selecting a seat, drink, etc.) Beginning the Interview
    19. 19. ▸ Sit on the front third of the seat ▸ Men: legs uncrossed, but closed ▸ Women: legs or feet crossed if wearing a skirt, may be uncrossed, but closed ▸ Hands folded in front ▸ Sit up straight with head, neck, and chest aligned with hips ▸ Be careful of bad habits ▸ Tapping your fingers ▸ Biting your nails ▸ Playing with your hair ▸ Clicking your pen, etc. Posture During the Interview
    20. 20. This applicant stretched out on the floor to complete his application paperwork! Applicant Blooper #6
    21. 21. ▸ Nervousness is normal ▸ Take a deep breath and try to R E L A X ▸ Don’t let nervousness interfere with your answers or conversation Remind yourself that this is just part of the process to see if you are a good fit for the position Remember… ▸
    22. 22. ▸ Be on time ▸ Be friendly ▸ Show your enthusiasm ▸ Be positive and honest ▸ Maintain eye contact ▸ Express yourself ▸ Don’t criticize previous employers ▸ Be aware of body language ▸ Be a good listener ▸ Emphasize your strengths ▸ Be yourself ▸ Avoid personal issues ▸ Be confident ▸ Discuss ways you can contribute During the Interview
    23. 23. A balding applicant abruptly excused himself and returned to the office a few minutes later wearing a hairpiece! Applicant Blooper #7
    24. 24. ▸ What are your career goals, both short-term and long-term? ▸ Why do you want this job? ▸ What are you doing to achieve your goals? ▸ How would you describe yourself? ▸ Why did you choose this career? ▸ Why should I hire you? ▸ What are your strengths and weaknesses? Possible Interview Questions
    25. 25. ▸ The Equal Employment Opportunity Act outlaws questions about age, national origin, marital status, sexuality, and religion ▸ Be prepared for the possibility ▸ If it happens, … don’t over react. ▸ If you are uncomfortable, kindly respond that you would rather not answer the question Possible Interview Questions
    26. 26. These applicants interrupted the interview to call mom for advice on how to answer a difficult question! Applicant Blooper #8
    27. 27. ▸ Test your ability to operate under pressure ▸ Demonstrate your problem-solving skills ▸ Opportunity for you to think quickly, question and communicate ▸ Usually no right or wrong answers The Purpose of Off-the-Wall Questions
    28. 28. ▸ What would my responsibilities and duties be? ▸ How would my performance be evaluated? ▸ How would I be supervised? ▸ What opportunities for advancement exist? ▸ Is there a training program? ▸ How much travel is required? ▸ Who would I be working with? ▸ Where will I be working?  Questions You May Want to Ask
    29. 29. An applicant said, “I’ve already accepted another position but I thought I would show up for this interview just in case the pay was better!” Applicant Blooper #9
    30. 30. ▸ Research the average salary ▸ Know what you want ▸ Be Realistic ▸ Don’t undersell yourself ▸ Raise the subject of pay & benefits when the topic is addressed in a second interview or after the job is offered KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING ! Concerning Salary
    31. 31. ASK when you can expect a decision and if you should call Express thanks for their time FOLLOW UP the interview with a thank-you note or letter ANALYZE your performance in the interview (for later interviews) DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED! Learn from the process and be patient When the Interview is Finished
    32. 32. During this applicant’s interview, an alarm went off in his briefcase. He took it out, shut it off, apologized and said he had to leave for another interview! Applicant Blooper #10
    33. 33. ▸ Take into account the weather ▸ Think conservative, traditional, neat, modest, clean ▸ Do not go for “shock value” ▸ Dress to fit in ▸ One level above the work environment ▸ Dark or neutral colors ▸ Natural fabrics ▸ Little or no scents (cologne, perfume, etc.) Dressing for Success
    34. 34. Clothes with printed logos Formal wear T-shirts, tank tops, sweats, shorts Flip-flops Hats indoors Clothes that are sexually revealing Worn-out or torn garments Strong scents or excessive jewelry Do NOT Wear
    35. 35. This guy flipped open his cell phone and took a picture of me. He said that he takes pictures of everyone who interviews him! Applicant Blooper #11
    36. 36. ▸ Suit, two-piece matching of good quality ▸ Navy, dark grey, black, conservative solids or pinstripe ▸ Wool or wool blends ▸ Silk tie, no extremes ▸ Long sleeved shirts in white or light blue; solid or conservative stripes ▸ Leather, lace-up or slip-on business shoes in black, brown, cordovan-polished! For Men
    37. 37. ▸ Belt should match shoes! ▸ Facial hair well-groomed ▸ Conservative watch and other jewelry ▸ Removing earrings is safest ▸ Do not leave the tags on outside of apparel ▸ Long socks to match color of suit – no white tube socks! For Men
    38. 38. This applicant came to the interview on a small motor bike and parked it in the reception area. She said she didn’t want it to get stolen and she would require indoor parking if she got the job! Applicant Blooper #12
    39. 39. ▸ Two-piece matching skirt or pant suit ▸ Long sleeved blouse in cotton or silk ▸ If skirt, it should hit at the knee or slightly above – no mini’s! ▸ Navy, grey, brown, black, solid or conservative pattern – no florals! ▸ Wool, wool blends, microfibers ▸ Conservative watch For Women
    40. 40. ▸ Avoid extreme or excessive jewelry ▸ Keep makeup conservative ▸ Shoes should be leather or fabric, closed-toe, and comfortable; belt to match ▸ Stockings: sheer, neutral color complementing suit ▸ Purse/bag should be small, simple, coordinate w/shoes, leather is best For Women
    41. 41. This applicant said he didn’t really want a job but he came to the interview because the unemployment office wanted proof that he was looking for one! Applicant Blooper #13
    42. 42. ▸ Hair should be neat and clean ▸ Shoes should be in good condition ▸ Clean fingernails ▸ Clothes should fit properly ▸ Use appropriate deodorant ▸ Details ▸ Everything clean and well-pressed ▸ Slim leather briefcase if needed For Everyone
    43. 43. This applicant limped into the interview wearing only one shoe. She explained that a guy at the bus stop snatched it from her foot and ran away! Applicant Blooper #14
    44. 44. Be Prepared! ONE MORE BLOOPER … The Key to a Successful Job Interview?
    45. 45. Too much information… Applicant Blooper #15
    46. 46. To schedule an appointment with the Career Counselor, call, e-mail or stop by the Wellness Center. Owen Student Services Building Rm 208 (530) 226-4702 or (530) 226-4106 careerservices@simpsonu.edu
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