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Michelle waters gcc 2019

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Presentation at the Massachusetts Green Careers Conference on September 20, 2019

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Michelle waters gcc 2019

  1. 1. NAVIGATING THE HIRING PROCESS: 
 INTERVIEWING FOR SUCCESS Michelle Waters-Ekanem - Director of Diversity & Civil Rights Glynis Bugg – Diversity & Civil Rights Coordinator
  2. 2. MassDEP Mission statement The Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. MassDEP is one of the agencies under the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Its role under Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution is to act as the guarantor of the people's right to "clean air and water," as well as "the natural scenic, historic and aesthetic qualities of the environment."
  3. 3. Agenda What is a job interview? Types of interviews Typical interview questions What to expect – preparing for the interview, during the interview and after the interview Learn how to develop your Story Types of interviews/questions
  4. 4. What is a job interview? Purpose of a job interview is twofold: It offers the employer valuable insight into your personality and abilities, and it allows you the chance to discern whether your credentials and career goals match up with what the company seeks. Sell yourself and what you have to offer. Interviewers want to know why hiring you will benefit their company. Figure out the company culture. Demonstrate your communication skills. The job interview is the perfect place to show your ability to clearly articulate thoughts and ideas.
  5. 5. What you need to know What you want The interviewer’s perception of your personality and skill set is critical Confident/assertive behavior is valued
  6. 6. Developing your story STAR Situation: Detail the background. Provide context about your experience. Task: Describe the challenge and expectations. What needed to be done? Why? Action: Elaborate your specific action. What did you do? How? What tools did you use? Result: Explain the results: accomplishments, recognition, savings, etc. Quantify.
  7. 7. Typical Interview Questions Competency - Competency is set of skills and knowledge required to perform a particular job function successfully. Strength based - Employers use this approach to elicit your motivation and values, because the focus is more on what you like doing. Hypothetical - Although you won't know for certain what hypothetical situation they'll ask you about, it will be always about resolving a work related problem. Technical - To evaluate your level of knowledge or skill in the topic areas relevant to the position for which you're being considered. Workplace Diversity – Employers utilize these types of questions to understand what diversity means to you as it relates to other people.
  8. 8. Types of Interviews Individual interviews Group/Panel interviews Phone interviews Videoconference Interviews Second/on-site interviews
  9. 9. Preparing for the Interview Research the company – review the website Determine location of interview - or prepare for a phone interview Prepare your attire - Professional vs. business-casual (know the organization culture) Make sure your resume is ready for further inspection Develop a response that show evidence of your most marketable and relevant skills/competencies Know your product (a.k.a YOU) Review/dissect the job description – know how your qualifications can benefit the employer & match them to the job description Prepare questions to ask the interviewer Find out the names and job titles of interviewers (google them or check out LinkedIn profiles)
  10. 10. During the interview Be alert, friendly, and courteous You must immediately convey confidence (attire, handshake, eye contact, body language) Act natural and be yourself Be honest Use specific examples or stories to illustrate your skills
  11. 11. After the interview Relax, but learn from the experience-reflect on your performance and learn from mistakes to apply to next interview experience Send a Thank You note - E-mail is acceptable - Written note stands out Stay in pursuit – follow up
  12. 12. • Utilize your education as experience • Identify your internship experience (i.e. GIS Internship) • You don’t have to include the year of graduation • Do not identify your immigration status • Make sure you identify your technical and computer skills What else should or should not be included? Resume Review Tips
  13. 13. Michelle’s Quote “You have to do more than offer a seat at the table. Making sure that everyone is included at the table is the true art of cultural dinning.” In her diversity work she commonly says:
  14. 14. Questions?
  15. 15. Salary Negotiation!15
  16. 16. EXERCISE 1. Decide which one of you will be the employer 2. You have just been offered employment as an Environmental Analyst, Level II position 3. The position requires an advanced degree in the environmental field with at least 1 year of related experience. 4. You have a BA and a Masters degree with 3 years of related experience. 5. The salary range is between $52,922.74 - $73,245.64 6. Began Negotiating! 7. Good luck!
  17. 17. STATISTICAL DATA Source: Leanin.org
  18. 18. RACE
  19. 19. GENDER
  20. 20. AGE
  21. 21. Salary Negotiation • Women earn less than their male counterparts • People of color, particularly women, earn less than their White male and female counterparts. • Why are women and people of color less likely to negotiate their salary? • Why are people less likely too ask for a raise? • Does salary negotiation feel too personal or uncomfortable? • I encourage everyone, particularly young people to negotiate their salary
  22. 22. Salary Negotiation America Association of University of Women www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth- about-the-gender-pay-gap/ Negotiating your salary shows your employer that you are capable, confident and comfortable with what you have to offer.
  23. 23. Risks Of Negotiating • WILL THE AGENCY WITHDRAW THE JOB OFFER IF YOU NEGOTIATE? • CAN YOU RECOUP THE FINANCIAL BENEFIT OF NOT NEGOTIATING YOUR SALARY? • OTHER REASONS?
  24. 24. Salary Negotiation • DO YOUR HOMEWORK BY FINDING THE AVERAGE SALARY IN YOUR FIELD BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE!! • Websites can be an amazing resource • FRAME THE QUESTION…WOULD YOU CONSIDER _____???? • WAIT FOR THE ANSWER!!!!!
  25. 25. How Did You Do? How did it feel to negotiate? What was your comfort level? Are you satisfied with your salary What would you do over

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