Interview Skills

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Interview Skills

  1. 1. Interview skills http://a.pragprog.com/magazines/2009-07/images/iStock_000003707234Small__3ducyj__.jpg
  2. 2. Prepare for and succeed in an interview 2 http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/512/912/51291204_640.jpg
  3. 3. Communication is Inescapable: Even silence or absence is a message. 3 http://media-cache-ec0.pinterest.com/upload/71142869083803253_gBV2Zo9q.jpg
  4. 4. Communication is Irreversible: You can’t really take back something once it has been said. http://sakshivashist.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/take_it_back.jpg 4
  5. 5. Communication is Complicated: – communication does not happen in isolation. 5 http://partages.voila.net/photos/cerveaux.jpg
  6. 6. You got the call Now what? http://i.imgur.com/JIjSsmK.jpg
  7. 7. Accept the first date and time offered to you http://www.daviscos.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/interview-TIPS.jpg
  8. 8. Check your documents http://www.hr4free.com/sites/default/files//field/image/MP900409031_2.JPG
  9. 9. Prepare • research the company • prepare a few questions • rehearse replying to standard questions
  10. 10. Typical interview questions Tell me about yourself: • Highlight: – Skills – Experience – Abilities • Related to the position http://www.jumpintothe.net/images/contact.jpg
  11. 11. Typical interview questions Why do you want to work here? • Explain your interest and motivation for wanting to work with this employer http://www.jumpintothe.net/images/contact.jpg
  12. 12. Typical interview questions Where do you see yourself in 5 years? • Tests ambition • Align your goals to the position and the company http://www.jumpintothe.net/images/contact.jpg
  13. 13. Typical interview questions Why should we hire you? • Tie to key performance areas • Sell your talents • Meet the employer’s requirements http://www.jumpintothe.net/images/contact.jpg
  14. 14. Typical interview questions What are your strengths? • Communicate any special ‘abilities’ http://www.jumpintothe.net/images/contact.jpg
  15. 15. Typical interview questions What are your weaknesses? • Know your weakness • How to correct weakness • Turn your weakness into a strength http://www.jumpintothe.net/images/contact.jpg
  16. 16. http://www.eldia.com.do/image/article/110/460x390/0/60F769D9-F46A-4C01-95C5-E2DBA44A9A10.jpeg Helpful pointers • • • • • • • • • • • • Get to the right place at least 30 min early You are being watched Dress appropriately Switch your phone off No chewing gum or nail biting or knuckle cracking Greet people by name Shake hands Sit when asked to Accept water Manage your body and voice Smile Make appropriate eye contact
  17. 17. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5djcDiCnNNc/T_J3NrlaZzI/AAAAAAAABLM/IXVp8eb9ekY/s1600/interview_skills.png
  18. 18. http://www.adriansnood.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Firstimpressions.jpg
  19. 19. First impressions It takes 3 - 30 seconds http://timertopia.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/30-second-timer.gif
  20. 20. First impressions http://www.ccrt.ch/sites/default/files/cerveau.jpg At least half will not change
  21. 21. First impressions Only a third are may change their opinion after interacting with you http://thriveteam.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/1in3-logo-300x30011.png
  22. 22. First impressions Less than 30% of the first impression is to do with WHAT you say http://www.dsaspeakyourpeace.org/downloads/how_you_say_it.jpg
  23. 23. Managing your first impression http://www.siliconbeachtraining.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/first-impressions.jpg
  24. 24. Handshake http://www.riseandgrind.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/business-handshake-close-up.jpg
  25. 25. Unconventional Hair http://hybridtechcar.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/hair_tattoos_34.jpg
  26. 26. http://cdn.vocalpoint.com/UGCContent/cms/2/500003708.jpg
  27. 27. Piercings http://img.ehowcdn.com/article-new-thumbnail/ehow/images/a03/7g/2r/care-nose-piercing-
  28. 28. Male Earrings http://cf.ltkcdn.net/jewelry/images/std/43429-425x281-Hoopearring.jpg
  29. 29. Tattoos
  30. 30. Non traditional clothes Medium influence
  31. 31. Beard/Mustache http://www.esquire.com/cm/esquire/images/ig/mustache-beard-styles.jpg
  32. 32. http://blog.onesuite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/bad_hair_day.jpg . Grooming
  33. 33. Body odour
  34. 34. First impressions & body language How you handle your body marks you as confident, shy or arrogant http://laserowcoach.se/wp-content/uploads/body56.jpg
  35. 35. http://bass-schuler.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Student-Body-Language-Poster2.jpg
  36. 36. Body language during the interview... • Give the appearance of energy as you walk • Smile • Shake hands firmly • Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting • Sit upright and look alert and interested • Look the interviewer in the eye • Be careful for folding hands and arms and crossing your legs • Do not fiddle! http://media.tumblr.com/68ca9c62c15082c68af20499101df2b4/tumblr_inline_mhpf47Zpg21qz4rgp.jpg
  37. 37. First impressions & dressing the part Dress to match the context: this will determine how much you are perceived to “fit” http://www.pamelamarkey.com/wp-content/uploads/1362273652479-Picture6.png
  38. 38. http://wellnessrounds.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/dressing-for-interview-copy.jpg
  39. 39. Correct length http://www.kaboodle.com/hi/img/c/0/0/1bb/5/AAAADABrDaIAAAAAAbteug.jpg?v=1326074755000 http://www.jobbrander.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/short-skirt-job-interview.jpg
  40. 40. Avoid inappropriate logos, slogans and pictures. http://spnx.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pSPNX17158086enh-z8.jpg https://www.mrwholesale.net/image/cache/data/crewneck/women-crewneck-black-round-t-shirt-845x1000.jpg
  41. 41. Wear Opaque clothing http://www.modaplus.com.py/image/data/bl/BL00120.jpg http://i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/933477595/Chiffon-shirt-slim-male-lace-shirtmen-s-clothing-short-sleeve-shirt-summer-E303.jpg
  42. 42. Midriff and back covered http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01756/Nicole-Scherzinger_1756969a.jpg http://www.boutique1.com/media/catalog/product/l/n/lna_238999_black_b.jpg
  43. 43. All undergarments should be hidden http://1.bp.blogspot.com/NFi0_tSCpGk/T4b2qp_2HlI/AAAAAAAALLI/Ov1IvKvNMs8/s320/Saggin g+pants+judge+jail.jpg http://temp_thoughts_resize.s3.amazonaws.com/69/9a84499d6dcb6 844eea78b1036bb42/garterbelt.jpg
  44. 44. Conceal all cleavage http://www.kleinepsteinparker.com/blog/wpcontent/uploads/2012/06/Tom-Ford-White-Suit.jpg http://film-book.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/juliannemoore-smiling-black-suit-cleavage-01-1024x768.jpg
  45. 45. When an interview goes bad! What goes wrong? http://blogmedia.jobiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/coveringFaceSmall.jpg
  46. 46. What is PERCEPTION? What influences perception? http://mindbodymedicine.hk/attachments/Image/15%3D20old%3D20young%3D20woman_1.jpg?template=generic
  47. 47. http://www.kforceblog.com/uploads/images/photo_what_not_to_wear_on_job_interview_male_2.jpg Your impressions?
  48. 48. Your impressions? http://www.kforceblog.com/uploads/images/photo_what_not_to_wear_on_job_interview_female_2.jpg
  49. 49. What goes wrong? Sending mixed messages http://resume555.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Interview-Nerves.jpg We know that we are capable to do the job.
  50. 50. What goes wrong? Not enough attention to what the person you are communicating with wants or expects http://www.schoolhours.com.au/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Get-Your-Body-Language-In-Shape.jpg
  51. 51. What goes wrong? Prejudice and stereotype (accent, gender, etc.) http://g.gazetaprawna.pl/p/_wspolne/pliki/331000/331465.jpg
  52. 52. What goes wrong? Power relationships Who has the power? http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KoqJ6RZEN4k/TfobWnMq6qI/AAAAAAAAACM/ha7kbTjPBFw/s1600/289_WorkplaceBullies.jpg
  53. 53. What goes wrong? Different CULTURAL ways of doing things: • Greeting peers or older people? – First names – Titles – Generic name like “aunty”?) • • • • • Who greets first? Do you sit down? Do you knock? When do you enter? Saying thank you? http://oneworldpeacemakerfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/culture-flags.jpg
  54. 54. What goes wrong? Preconceived assumptions http://www.lanewaves.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/assumenothing.jpg
  55. 55. How to fix it http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZDCacEZdMHY/T_b6-VzgBNI/AAAAAAAAA9c/oUUSrGW8cMQ/s200/button-fix-it.jpg
  56. 56. Fixing it Make a “play” for the job– dress to it, use appropriate language, manage your body
  57. 57. Fixing it Carefully monitor reactions and adapt to these http://kundalinidotorg.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/tumblr_m5rtltehls1rtg1mfo1_400.gif
  58. 58. Fixing it Ask questions to clarify your understanding and theirs
  59. 59. Fixing it Listen
  60. 60. During the interview Some guidelines http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  61. 61. During the interview Don’t lie, your answers should be truthful, sincere to the point http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  62. 62. During the interview Don’t answer with a simple “yes” or “no” Explain using examples http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  63. 63. During the interview Don’t lose your temper, control your emotions http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  64. 64. During the interview Speak as clearly as possible http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  65. 65. During the interview Never bad mouth or complain about a previous employer http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  66. 66. During the interview Do not assume that the interviewers read your CV in detail, tell them about yourself http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  67. 67. During the interview Avoid sensitive issues such as topics related to politics and religion unless directly linked to the job http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  68. 68. During the interview Sound enthusiastic about the position and the company http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  69. 69. During the interview Have a few questions about the job or company ready http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  70. 70. During the interview Let the interviewer raise the issue of salary and benefits http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  71. 71. During the interview Thank the interviewer/s for the opportunity and ask when you can expect to hear from them http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/interviews2.jpg
  72. 72. If you get the job... http://www.lifedynamix.com/articles/files/iStockAchievementB_1.jpg
  73. 73. If you get the job... • Reply in writing whether or not you accept • Be polite if you turn it down • Possibly Negotiate salary http://www.lifedynamix.com/articles/files/iStockAchievementB_1.jpg
  74. 74. If you don’t get the job... http://mymarketability.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/4cs.jpg
  75. 75. If you don’t get the job... • Be polite and gracious • Learn what you can from the experience • Try to find out (or work out) why you did not succeed and then do something to address the issues • Ask the company! http://mymarketability.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/4cs.jpg
  76. 76. http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Failure-is-not-falling-down-but-refusing-to-get-up.jpg

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