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Presentation on Interviews

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Presentation on Interviews

  1. 1. The Interview Strategies and techniques to presenting yourself well in an interview
  2. 2. Key focuses of the interview <ul><li>Technical competence </li></ul><ul><li>Job motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Fit in with work environment </li></ul><ul><li>Fit with boss </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Past failures </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The golden rule for interviews is &quot;Be Yourself.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Approach with confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Take your time </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Be on time </li></ul><ul><li>Dress for success (Traditional, conservative, professional) </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct yourself professionally </li></ul>The Very Basics
  4. 4. Strategies <ul><li>Be enthusiastic. By being upbeat and having a positive attitude, you'll show the interviewer within the first few seconds that you are a &quot;can-do&quot; person who will be an asset to their organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Be likeable. It sounds simplistic, but it's a fact that is often overlooked... people want to work with (and hire) people they like. </li></ul><ul><li>Be determined. You have to make it clear that you want this job more than anything else. </li></ul><ul><li>Be informed. You need to know about the company and what they'll expect you to do for them. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Five winning interview strategies <ul><li>The ‘Perfect Candidate’ strategy: Ask the interviewer what qualities they think would be most important for success in the job. Then try to fit your answers within the profile they describe without deliberate lying. </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘Performance Improvement’ strategy: Ask the interview how they feel past job performances could be improved upon. Then talk about how you can bring these qualities. </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘Strategic Objectives’ technique: Convince the interviewer that not only are you qualified for the job, but also that you are interested in the goals of the company and want it to help it benefit in the long run. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The ‘Key Problems’ strategy: Make sure that the interviewer knows about your ability to solve the key problems that the company faces. Understand the needs of the company and discuss your problem solving skills in this area. </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘Key Challenges’ strategy: This is the same concept as the key problems strategy, but focuses on your ability to overcome the most common challenges people face on the job. It will help you to better understand the job requirements and show your interviewer that you are concerned about performing well and overcoming these challenges. </li></ul>
  7. 9. Behavioral Interviewing <ul><li>Behavioral interviewing is asking questions about past behaviors to predict future behaviors. </li></ul><ul><li>These questions are designed to assess three different types of skills: Content: What are your specific knowledge and skills? Functional or Transferable: What personal skills do you have that will translate well to the work force? Adaptive or Self Management: What type of character are you and will this benefit our company? </li></ul>
  8. 10. Damage Control <ul><li>Understand that everyone has weaknesses and that no one is perfect. Normally, a certain part of the interview is designed to make you talk about your faults and other characteristics you would rather not mention. </li></ul><ul><li>The best plan of action is to be evasive in how you approach answering uncomfortable questions. Plan out your responses to difficult questions and be prepared to answer them. </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>When selecting your responses, be sure to pick one that is the least damaging, and areas in which you have already shown improvement. </li></ul><ul><li>Pick characteristics that have positive aspects, and always put a positive spin on anything negative. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t dwell on, or apologize for your shortcomings. </li></ul><ul><li>Put flaws in a context where they can be seen as minor issues, not deal breakers. Site references of previous employers who would vouch that the flaw is nothing serious. </li></ul>
  10. 12. KeyWords <ul><li>KeyWord: The ‘hot’ words associated with a specific industry, profession, or job function. When used effectively, a KeyWord can communicate an entire idea with just a simple word or two. </li></ul><ul><li>General Professional KeyWords: Select from this list basic skills that match your experience and look good to an interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Another wording technique is to use action verbs. Something like, ‘Planned, staffed, and managed’ sounds a lot better than ‘Worked for’. </li></ul>
  11. 13. Professional KeyWords <ul><li>Business Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Customer Service </li></ul><ul><li>Performance and Productivity Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Business Process Design and Optimization </li></ul><ul><li>P&L Management </li></ul><ul><li>Project Management </li></ul><ul><li>Career Management </li></ul><ul><li>PC Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Consensus Building </li></ul><ul><li>International Business </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom-Line Profit Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Revenue Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Team Building and Team Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Oral and Written Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving and Decision Making </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations and Negotiations </li></ul><ul><li>Organization and Administration </li></ul><ul><li>PC and Internet Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Cost Reduction and Avoidance </li></ul>
  12. 14. Competency in the selection, administration, and management of employee benefit programs Benefits Administration Human Resources Competency in capturing cost savings by realigning and better utilizing staff resources Labor Cost Controls Hospitality Competency in preparing patients for discharge, education patients and caregivers, and coordinating resources between various health care practitioners Discharge Planning Health Care Competency in the design, development, engineering, and prototyping of new products and new technologies New Product Design Engineering Competency in identifying learner needs and creating educational programs and instructional materials to meet these needs Curriculum Development Education Competency in developing, managing, and retaining customer accounts and customer relationships Customer Loyalty Customer Service Competency in customer relationship management, banking products and services, sales, and financial advisory services Private Banking Banking and Investment Competency in financial data collection, analysis, reportings, and recommendations Financial Analysis Accounting and Finance
  13. 15. Competency in the design, administration, and management of database technologies Database Administration Technology Competency in financial management to ensure company profitability Profit/ Loss Management Senior and Executive Management Competency in the management of products, personnel, services, and/or customer relationships within a defined region Territory Management Sales and Marketing Competency in product selection, display, and promotion Merchandising Retail Competency in identifying quality deficiencies and implementing systems, processes, and technologies to enhance the quality of operations, documents, and products Quality Assurance Manufacturing Competency in legal research, data, and document collection, and legal analysis Discovery Legal Competency in identifying opportunities and then structuring and negotiating joint venture transactions Joint Venture International Business Competency in effectively responding to crisis situations and deploying the appropriate personnel and resources Crisis Intervention Human Services
  14. 16. Closing the Interview <ul><li>Expression of interest: make sure they know you are interested in the job. </li></ul><ul><li>The value statement: add a statement of one or two ways that the company will benefit from you being their employee (a great place to use KeyWords.) </li></ul><ul><li>Requesting feedback: ask for general feedback as to how they think the interview went </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing the path forward: ask when you can expect to hear from them </li></ul><ul><li>The thank you: be courteous! </li></ul><ul><li>The parting impression: smile, shake the interviewer’s hand, make sure to be friendly and cordial </li></ul>
  15. 18. THE END!!!

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