Have students close their eyes for this part. Imagine that you just found your DREAM JOB and you know that you are perfect!You send in your cover letter and resume and the company wants to interview you! You feel: EXCITEMENT, you do your HAPPY DANCE, you call your best friend,THEN, YOU GET SUPER NERVOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!They want you to interview in 2 weeks.2 Weeks? That’s forever, but not enough time, but forever, but , oh man what am I going to do?I have got to start getting ready right now and tonight, no Big Bang Theory or Grey’s Anatomy, strictly getting ready for my interview!!!How am I going to get ready? What am I going to wear? Who can help me get ready?
Eyes still closed.After your initial shock, YOU remember that you can go see your career coach for help in the Center for Career Coaching and Professional Development today.They can help you prepare for your job interview, in fact they are having a workshop about do’s and don’ts of interviewing.You decide to show up and get some much needed advice knowing that if you need more help, you can set up an appointment with your career coach.So you begin to breathe again and head to the C3PD
Open your eyesHere we are, ready to get advice on job interviewsWhat to WearWhat to Do and What NOT to do at an interviewHow to answer common questionsBody Language TipsRole Play Interviews to get us readyQ&A/Discussion Wrap Up
Dress in neutral tones like white, gray, navy, and black
Don’t wear too much bling. You are going to an interview not da club with your bff’sWear 3 pieces of jewelry, necklace, watch and ring.No dangling earrings
Make sure that your skirt is not too short and that your shirt would not cause a wardrobe malfunction.Mistake No.1 from Millenial Mistakes
Don’t wear too much makeup or perfume
Have a simple hairstyle, nothing too crazy.Don’t have your hair in your face
Have a manicure and light color polishNothing too distracting so no nail art or neon colors or eyes!
Be confident!!!! These are just 3 of the women that exude confidence in themselves which is what you need in your interview!!!
Don’t’sFidget in your seat
Talk to much or rambleUse Charlie Brown Power Point
Play with your cell phone before the interview
Don’t be late!!!
Don’t Chew Gum
Appear bored or disinterested
Forget to say Thank You after the interview and ask for a business card
Use slang terms, it’s not professional
Have questionable social mediaMistake No.2- Milllennial Article
Bring someone with you to the interview
Set up a mock interview with your career coach and keep practicing!!!Your homework about the company-Mistake No.3- Millennial ArticleSmileHave a good handshakeTURN OFF YOUR CELLPHONE!!!Keep calmSpeak Clearly and SlowlyHave your resume handyTake your time answering questionsHave questions to ask the interviewer but not about money or vacation days etc.- Mistake No. 4 Millennial ArticleUse your soft skills
Are you being perceived as friendly and open? Are you being seen as nervous and anxious?Are you being seen as being closed off or bored?Don’t answer a question with your eyes towards the ceiling, the answers aren’t there.Don’t cross your arms or legs, that makes you appear closed off.Have good posture, sit up straight.Lean forward, it shows you are interested and listening.Don’t fidget with your hair, face, or jewelry, it makes you look nervousSmile and nod your head when you agree with something.It is okay to use your hands when talking, it shows confidence in what you are saying
Tell us about yourselfWhat are your greatest strengths? Tell us about a weakness you haveAre you a team player?Why do you want this job?What would your current coworker s say about you?Tell us about a time that you had to work under pressure.What do you know about our company?Do you have any questions for us?
Wrap Up and discuss any remaining questions and concernsYou’ve completed this workshop, you are one step closer to being ready for a job interview.Remember, be confident, knowledgeable, and courteousBe on time- preferably 10-15 min earlyTurn OFF your cell phoneMake eye contact and sit up straightSmile!Dress PROFESSIONALLYBe CONFIDENT IN YOUR AWESOME SELF!!!- Mistake No.5
WHAT ARE YOU NOT SAYING?
Body language is important!
YOUR CHEAT SHEET
Here are some of the most common interview questions:
1) Tell us about yourself
2) What are your greatest strengths?
Tell us about a weakness you have
4) Are you a team player?
5) Why do you want this job?
ASSISTANCE NEEDED ON AISLE 5
How to Shine in an Interview –LeniGirly
Body Language that Gets The Job-Forbes
Two Sample Interviews- jem786
How to Ace an Interview-Bnet Video
5 Frequently Asked Questions-Jobs4GradsNow