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Becoming an Effective
Interviewer
Valparaiso University Career Center
Kristen Anthony
Career Development Advisor
&
Jen Sommers
Graduate Assistant
Contact Us At:
www.valpo.edu/career
career.center@valpo.edu
219-464-5005
Presentation Objectives
 Identify the different types of interviews
 Summarize and discuss strategies for different stages of
interviewing
 Discuss strategies for self-exploration
 Identify different types of interview questions and
practice personal answers
 Recognize the STAR model for answering questions
 Identify ways to evaluate interviews
 Identify appropriate dress for interviews
Types of Interviews
 Phone interview
 Skype/video interview
 Committee interview
 Lunch/Dinner interview
 Group interview
 One-to-one interview
 Site visit
Phase of Interviewing
 Conducting
the Interview
 STAR Model
Situation
Task
Action
Result &
Relevance
 Questions
 Evaluation
 Follow-up
 Job-Fit
 Changes for
next interview
 Preparing for the
Interview
 Know yourself
 Know the
employer &
industry
 Know the
position
Interview Preparation
Know yourself, know the employer & industry, & know the position.
Know Yourself  Identify skills, interests, & work
values
 Reflect upon strengths &
weaknesses
 Note key accomplishments
 Identify short & long term goals
 Prepare examples
 Be able to articulate why you
want that position
 Create a portfolio (if applicable)
Knowing yourself better will help
you to better articulate your
answers to employers’ question.

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Becoming an Effective Interviewer Presentation

  • 1. Becoming an Effective Interviewer Valparaiso University Career Center Kristen Anthony Career Development Advisor & Jen Sommers Graduate Assistant Contact Us At: www.valpo.edu/career career.center@valpo.edu 219-464-5005
  • 2. Presentation Objectives  Identify the different types of interviews  Summarize and discuss strategies for different stages of interviewing  Discuss strategies for self-exploration  Identify different types of interview questions and practice personal answers  Recognize the STAR model for answering questions  Identify ways to evaluate interviews  Identify appropriate dress for interviews
  • 3. Types of Interviews  Phone interview  Skype/video interview  Committee interview  Lunch/Dinner interview  Group interview  One-to-one interview  Site visit
  • 4. Phase of Interviewing  Conducting the Interview  STAR Model Situation Task Action Result & Relevance  Questions  Evaluation  Follow-up  Job-Fit  Changes for next interview  Preparing for the Interview  Know yourself  Know the employer & industry  Know the position
  • 5. Interview Preparation Know yourself, know the employer & industry, & know the position.
  • 6. Know Yourself  Identify skills, interests, & work values  Reflect upon strengths & weaknesses  Note key accomplishments  Identify short & long term goals  Prepare examples  Be able to articulate why you want that position  Create a portfolio (if applicable) Knowing yourself better will help you to better articulate your answers to employers’ question.
  • 7. Know the Employer & Industry Knowing the company and industry that you are applying for shows the employer that you are truly passionate about the position and that you understand the company & what you are applying to become a part of.  Review mission & vision statement  Review annual reports  Know the competitors & clients  Understand the company’s management structure  Conduct informational interviews  Know what is currently happening with the company  Know names & titles of interviewers  Prepare targeted questions
  • 8. Know the Position  Understand the position  Know your skills  Be able to articulate your skills withKnowing and understanding the position will help you to tailor your answers to employers’ questions specifically to the position you are interviewing for.
  • 9. Figure out where your skills overlap with the needs of the position. The Highlighter Activity
  • 10. Conducting the Interview Types of interview questions, the STAR Model, questions to expect, how to answer those questions, questions to ask, & other interviewing tips.
  • 11. Types of Interview Questions  Credential Questions  Experience Questions  Opinion Questions  Dumb Questions  Behavioral Questions  Case Studies
  • 13. Questions to Expect - The BIG3 Tell me about yourself.  Create an outline  Educational/ field/industry background  2-3 examples of skills or experiences  Interest in the position What are your strengths & weaknesses?  Difference between strengths & weaknesses  Have 2-3 examples  Weaknesses  Do not cover up with something that is a strength  Do not say something required by the job  Weakness management Why should we (the company) hire you?  Create an outline  Skills & experiences related to position  Passion/interest in company/field  Personal traits & characteristics
  • 14. Questions to Ask the Employer  Follow-up questions based on interview questions:  When you asked about this… how do you see that playing into the day-to-day role of this position?  Other possible questions to ask:  What are some of the challenges faced in this position?  What professional development opportunities are available in this position?  What are the company’s goals for the next 5 years?  What is a typically day in the office consist of?  What is your favorite thing about working for this company?  What are the next steps in your hiring process?
  • 15. Other Interviewing Tips  Be early  Greet all employees  Positive attitude  Use clear speech  Make direct eye contact  Use a firm handshake  Think before you speak  Emphasize strengths  Incorporate research  Keep questions focused  Be prepared  Bring a padfolio
  • 16. How to Dress for the Interview Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
  • 18. A Virtual Fashion Show Different ways to dress like a professional.
  • 19. Example Interview Pay attention to the way these different questions are answered.
  • 20. Time to Practice “Practice makes the master.” –Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 1. Tell me about a time where you had to work on a team to accomplish a goal. 2. What are your top strengths? What is one weakness that you have? 3. Give us an example of a time where you went above and beyond what was expected of you.
  • 21. Interview Evaluation Follow-up, job-fit, & what to change next time.
  • 22. Follow-Up  Write thank-you letter/email  Send to each person involved in the interview process  Send within 24-hours of the interview  Format Thank them for the interview Reiterate your interest Highlight your strongest qualification Closing  Check-in with the company periodically
  • 23. Job-Fit  Reflect upon the interview & other experiences  Ask yourself the following questions:  Is the job a good fit for your professional goals?  What was your impression of the work environment?  What was your impression of your potential co-workers?  What is the potential for growth & advancement?  Can I see myself working here for more than a year?
  • 24. Making Changes for Your Next Interview  Reflect upon your answers to interview questions  Are there changes that you would make to your answers?  Practice answering interview questions based on any feedback you may receive
  • 25. Career Center Services  Assessments  Career and job search counseling  Professional development events  Mock interviews  Online resources  Handshake  Interview stream  Glassdoor Contact Us At: www.valpo.edu/career career.center@valpo.edu Twitter: @valpocareers 219-464-5005
  • 27. Please complete the presentation assessment. Thank you!