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Networking For Interview Success Tips, Techniques And Take Aways 6.6.2011

  1. 1. Networking for Interview Success Tips, Techniques and Take-Aways Written by: Heather Coleman-Voss, Training Facilitator Edited by: Ron Marshall, Assistant Training Facilitator Ferndale Career Center 713 East Nine Mile Road Ferndale, MI 48220 248.545.0222 LinkedIn Group: Ferndale Career Center
  2. 2. Hope and Ideas for Metro Detroit Job Seekers - Terry Bean, Motor City Connect #MIsuccess
  3. 3. <ul><li>Your interview can begin before the employer ever calls you: </li></ul><ul><li>In-Person Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media for Career Success </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Branding </li></ul>Strategic Interviewing in the Year 2010
  4. 4. Networking Happens Everywhere <ul><li>The Wedding </li></ul><ul><li>The Grocery Store </li></ul><ul><li>Networking Events </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>The Bus Stop </li></ul><ul><li>BBQ </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Quora </li></ul><ul><li>| Blog Posts | Websites </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sample Business Card Also try Personal Branding Statement: (Previously called a ‘motto’ or ‘tagline’) Choose a title that best describes you professionally Use strong, descriptive Bullet points to describe who you are professionally. No address is necessary on your business card. Where can your new contact find you? Phone number, professional email address, professional online profiles (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blog) – consider a two-sided card. Place your name where the font size Is largest.
  6. 6. The Professional “Tool Kit” : More Than Meets the Eye Does your portfolio contain the following?: Notepad, two black pens, 10 copies of each version of your resume and a pocket for your business cards. Use the notepad to occasionally take notes during the interview. This gives you points to refer to as you ask questions. Writing down what an interviewer says also gives him/her a ‘positive psychological stroke.’ If you find yourself needing an ‘eye-contact break’, jot down a note and exhale. This will help you to calm down and refocus. Occasionally, you may find yourself interviewing in a room with no table, or in front of the interviewer’s desk. In these cases, the portfolio can be used as a prop or a makeshift ‘table’ – this reduces the stress of feeling too exposed.
  7. 7. <ul><li>Job Interview Tips by @ MaggieMistal </li></ul>
  8. 8. Integrating Your Research Ask questions specific to the organization during the interview based on your research. This shows your interest in the company and fosters conversation between you and the interviewers, which is your goal. <ul><li>Sample Questions to Ask </li></ul><ul><li>What is your philosophy of customer service? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the organizational vision for the next five years? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you describe the company culture? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your expectations for this position? </li></ul><ul><li>You have been here for X amount of years – what is it about this organization that keeps you here? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there opportunities for internal promotion? </li></ul><ul><li>What projects are you working on currently? </li></ul><ul><li>Is your organization involved with community-based projects? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you describe the management style? </li></ul><ul><li>What types of new products or services do you see yourself offering in the future? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Think of it as a Meeting <ul><li>Is this an interview…or is it a meeting ? </li></ul><ul><li>By thinking of the interview as a meeting you are placing less importance on the interviewer’s “power.” </li></ul><ul><li>You are a professional and have much to offer - enter the interview with this mindset and reduce your stress level significantly. </li></ul>Definition of a Meeting: To meet with: a. to come across; encounter: to meet b. to experience; undergo; receive: The visitors met with courtesy during their stay. c. to join, as for conference or instruction: I met with her an hour a day until we solved the problem.
  10. 10. Sooo…What the Heck Is Going On Here? <ul><li>The Job Interview </li></ul>
  11. 11. Importance of Body Language <ul><li>Body Language, Eye Contact and Mirroring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you interpret the body language of others? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What message are you receiving? What message is </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> the interviewer giving? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you mirroring the interviewer? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you using hand gestures? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the eye contact natural and sincere? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facial Expressions Test </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Active Listening <ul><li>Listen to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to understand </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to succeed </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to build relationships </li></ul><ul><li>The person that can master the art of proactive listening will master the art of rapport and success. </li></ul><ul><li>©2011 Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consulting, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>*Listening is not just waiting to talk. It is actually hearing what the other person is saying. Mark Bowden - Body Language
  13. 13. Behavioral Interviewing What is the real purpose of these questions? Employers want to find out: <ul><li>Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>What happened? </li></ul><ul><li>Action: </li></ul><ul><li>How did you handle it? </li></ul><ul><li>Result: </li></ul><ul><li>What was the positive outcome? </li></ul>P.A.R. – PROBLEM. ACTION. RESULT.
  14. 14. “ Keeper Stories” <ul><li>Study behavioral interview questions (see list in supplemental packet). </li></ul><ul><li>Come up with a true work story that fits at least three questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Type up 10 – 15 of these ‘keeper stories’. </li></ul><ul><li>Read them until you are sick to death of them! </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Once you are sick of them…guess what? </li></ul><ul><li>You’ve memorized them and no longer have to be stressed about answering interview questions! </li></ul>
  15. 15. What’s Your Story? Jot down four “Keeper Story” ideas for the practice interview! <ul><li>1. </li></ul><ul><li>2. </li></ul><ul><li>3. </li></ul><ul><li>4. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Group Break-Out <ul><li>By rotating through the group, each person will have the opportunity to be interviewed, and serve as part of the “panel.” </li></ul><ul><li>The first person will be interviewed by the rest of the group (use questions provided on the next slide as a guide). </li></ul><ul><li>After completing the five minute interview, the group will give feedback to the “interviewee.” </li></ul><ul><li>The “interviewee” will record the feedback on the scoring sheet provided and return to the panel. </li></ul><ul><li>The next person takes a turn as the “interviewee.” </li></ul><ul><li>Continue until each person has been interviewed. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Behavioral Interview Questions for the Interviewer <ul><li>What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personality liked you? </li></ul><ul><li>Give me an example of a time when something you tried to accomplish failed. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about a time when you delegated a project effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventive measures. </li></ul><ul><li>How would you describe yourself in terms of your ability to work as a member of a team? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor? How did you resolve the conflict? </li></ul><ul><li>What personal weakness has caused you the greatest difficulty on the job? </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds of things have you done on the job that were beyond expectations? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills. </li></ul><ul><li>How do you adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments? Give examples. </li></ul><ul><li>How do you handle high-pressure situations? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Moving Forward – Your Action Plan <ul><li>Figure out what you want to do! </li></ul><ul><li>Start networking! </li></ul><ul><li>Establish your personal brand </li></ul><ul><li>Open your professional social media profiles: LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Order your business cards </li></ul><ul><li>Write down your “Keeper Stories” </li></ul><ul><li>Practice interviewing with other FCC job seekers off-site </li></ul>
  19. 19. Get connected to us today: <ul><li>Heather Coleman-Voss </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Ron Marshall </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Ferndale Career Center </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Group: Career Savvy – A Career, Business and Networking Group </li></ul>