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Interview Skills

  1. 1. Interview Skills <ul><li>An interactive workshop to develop and brush up on those crucial interview skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Tony R. Smith, M.Ed. </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential Education Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>UNC Career Services </li></ul>
  2. 2. Preparation <ul><li>Researching the company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do you look? (Glassdoor.com, the companies site, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What info is important? (Company mission, vision, size, press releases) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions for the Employer/Interviewer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How many questions should you have prepared? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What should you ask? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What should you avoid? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tailoring the Job Portfolio </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Phone Interview <ul><li>What is the purpose of the phone interview? </li></ul><ul><li>Tips: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do your research as you would if you were going to be on site. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be comfortable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure to use a dependable phone line/service. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed or interrupted. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Science Behind the Interview Question
  5. 5. Question Types and Purposes
  6. 6. What to Expect <ul><li>Employers who respect you and obviously feel you are qualified enough to want to know more. </li></ul><ul><li>A professional environment that is looking to see if you are a good fit. Is it a good fit for you? </li></ul><ul><li>You will have some nervousness - Keep it in check, but know that some nerves are healthy and keep you on your toes. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tips for Success <ul><li>Practice, practice, practice... </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive at least 15 minutes early. </li></ul><ul><li>Dress professionally <Handout> </li></ul><ul><li>Make eye contact. </li></ul><ul><li>Review your notes and materials while you wait. </li></ul><ul><li>Before you leave - ask for all the interviewers business cards or contact info. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Role Playing Activity <ul><li>Now its your turn: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice your handshake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make eye contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 minute sessions: One person is the interviewer and the other is the interviewee. Then, we’ll switch.. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What to Avoid <ul><li>The first interview is not a time to inquire about: Salary or Benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let your professional face down... </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t wear perfume or cologne. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t wear noisy jewelry, remove piercings (Clear studs work well) and cover exposed tattoos. </li></ul><ul><li>Men - Don’t wear white socks with a dark suit. </li></ul><ul><li>Smokers - Don’t smoke right before your interview. Smoke stays on your clothes and can create an offensive environment for an interview. </li></ul>
  10. 10. After the Interview <ul><li>Send a personalized thank you note to all the interviewers you met with... </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up on the status of the search. Be assertive not aggressive. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Q & A <ul><li>Ask those questions that have been burning, but you were too afraid to ask... </li></ul>
  12. 12. Resources <ul><li>Interview Guide <Handout> </li></ul><ul><li>Career Services Website: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.unco.edu/careers </li></ul></ul>

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