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  • Job sites are plentiful!Local job boardsListservsLiteratureWeb siteBe realisticTry to make your education, qualifications, and experience in regard to hard skillTry to make your values and personality
  • It is okay to write down the questions they ask you!If you get befuddled or lost just ask them to repeat the questionListen the question carefully, fully process it before you open your mouth
  • Perfecting your interview dance steps

    1. 1. Perfecting Your Interview Dance Steps<br />Theresa Liedtka<br />Virginia Cairns<br />UT-Chattanooga<br />1<br />
    2. 2. Visit our Wiki<br />Everything we’ll cover today is available on our wiki<br />http://wiki.lib.utc.edu/index.php/Interview_Dance_Steps<br />2<br />
    3. 3. Dance Steps<br />Finding jobs<br />Preparing your application<br />Resume, CV<br />Cover letter <br />Preparing for the interview<br />Background Research<br />Questions they will ask<br />Questions you should ask<br />Presentations and Writing Samples<br />The Interview <br />Landing the job<br />Closing the sale<br />Negotiating your salary<br />6/26/2011<br />3<br />
    4. 4. Finding Jobs<br />4<br />
    5. 5. Your Resume / CV<br />Clean, neat, nicely formatted<br />Use tables in Word for proper alignment<br />Google examples to get wording, content and formatting ideas <br />PDF is the most commonly accepted format<br />Can be more than one page<br />Descriptive, detailed, action words<br />Include relevant awards, honors, projects, committees.<br />Have others proofread and critique it!<br />Sample CVs are on the wiki <br />5<br />
    6. 6. The Cover Letter<br />6<br />Each application calls for a custom cover letter.<br />It can exceed one page. <br />It must match your skills and experience to the individual qualifications listed.<br />You should address everything the job ad asks for.<br />Make a strong case. You are the ONLY logical choice for this position.<br />It should reflect your unique personality and passion. It should tell the story of who you are.<br />We should wantto interview you in person based on this letter.<br />Have several people read and edit it. <br />
    7. 7. Activity<br />Choose a job ad.<br />Identify the skills and experiences listed.<br />Pick one skill or qualification and develop a few sentences addressing how your individual experience has prepared you to handle it. <br />Be concrete: illustrate with a specific example, a project, a situation.<br />7<br />
    8. 8. Background Research<br />Do your homework and gather as much information as your can about a potential employer. <br />Get to know yourself inside and out.<br />Create a binder for each interview<br />8<br />
    9. 9. Question Preparation<br />Job Specific<br />General Questions<br />Hypothetical Questions<br />Behavioral Questions<br />Use the STAR Approach<br />Describe the Situation<br />What was the Task (or problem) you faced<br />What Action did you take<br />What were your Results<br />Illegal and Stress Questions<br />Sample Questions on the Wiki<br />9<br />
    10. 10. Questions to ask them<br />Particular challenges?<br />Short term goals?<br />Long term goals?<br />Organizational culture<br />Management style and structure<br />Teams, Groups<br />Funding, budget, financial outlook<br />Support, professional development<br />What are they looking for in this position?<br />10<br />
    11. 11. Activity<br />Pair up<br />11<br />
    12. 12. Other Interview Events<br />Phone Interviews<br />Start to put your research and preparation to work<br />Writing Samples<br />Address the topic<br />Have friends read it and reread<br />Presentations<br />Address the topic<br />Include an activity, engage with your audience<br />Nail the time<br />Use humor, try and demonstrate creativity, uniqueness<br />Practice, practice, practice<br />References<br />12<br />
    13. 13. The Interview<br />Dress for Success!<br />Put on your suit of armor<br />This feels like an endurance event<br />Listen carefully, take your time<br />Study the itinerary and who will be doing what<br />Structured portions<br />Department meetings<br />All Faculty meetings<br />The Presentation<br />Unstructured portions<br />Meals<br />Transportation time<br />One-on-One<br />Building or campus tour<br />Meetings with individual dept head or dean<br />13<br />
    14. 14. Evaluating the Offer<br />Job Content and Responsibilities <br />Salary and Benefits<br />The Boss<br />The Co-Workers<br />Typical Work Week<br />Geographic Location<br />Organizational Culture<br />14<br />
    15. 15. Components to Consider<br />The Job<br />Compensation<br />Retirement<br />Benefits<br />Paid Leave<br />Others<br />15<br />
    16. 16. Steps in a Negotiation<br />Receive the offer and ask for it in writing<br />Evaluate what you want<br />Do more / Review your research<br />Determine way to present your counter offer<br />Consider the other point of view<br />Practice<br />Make your counter offer<br />Negotiate<br />Close the deal<br />16<br />
    17. 17. Activity<br />Pair up<br />Take a minute to review your confidential data sheet and collect your thoughts<br />Assume the role of department head or candidate<br />Begin negotiate<br />You have 10 minutes <br />Write down the results of you negotiation<br />17<br />
    18. 18. Closing Thoughts<br />Be yourself and be self aware<br />Interviewing is a two-way street<br />You are interviewing them as much as they you<br />Choose a job and culture in which you can thrive<br />If you don’t get the job, ask for feedback<br />18<br />
    19. 19. Questions?<br />All presentation materials can be found here:<br />http://wiki.lib.utc.edu/index.php/Interview_Dance_Steps<br />19<br />

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