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Interview and job search

  1. 1. is like dating Job searching
  2. 2. PRO TIP! KNOW WHAT YOU WANT Job searching is like dating . . .
  3. 3. PRO TIP! KNOW WHAT MAKES YOU A CATCH Job searching is like dating . . .
  4. 4. Think of a skill that you’ve learned because of a work or volunteer experience
  5. 5. Employers’ TOP 5 SKILLS: 1. Communication 2. Teamwork 3. Problem-solving 4. Planning & prioritizing 5. Processing information
  6. 6. YOU’RE SINGLE. How do you find a boyfriend or girlfriend?
  7. 7. PRO TIP! PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE Job searching is like dating . . .
  8. 8. Who are the potential matchmakers in a job search?
  9. 9. ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORK. • Talk to everyone. • Ask for people’s stories • Create your own opportunities.
  10. 10. why not?
  11. 11. PRO TIP! FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER An interview is like a first date . . .
  12. 12. PRO TIP! GET IN HIS HEAD! An interview is like a first date . . .
  13. 13. UNDERSTAND WHAT MOTIVATES THE EMPLOYER.
  14. 14. things your date wants to know: Are you boy/girlfriend material? Do you like me? Do I like you? 3
  15. 15. things an employer wants to know in an interview: Can you do the job? Do you want the job? Do we want to work with you? 3
  16. 16. PRO TIP! BE INTERESTING. An interview is like a first date . . .
  17. 17. USE STORYTELLING TO BRING YOUR INTERVIEW ANSWERS TO LIFE.
  18. 18. Tell me about a time that you had to overcome a challenge in order to succeed.
  19. 19. Your stories of past experiences have to SOAR
  20. 20. S O A R •Situation •Obstacle •Action •Result
  21. 21. S O A R • Set the scene. Briefly describe the situation. • What got in the way? State the obstacle simply and clearly. • What specific action did you take to overcome it? • What was the result? When? What did you learn?
  22. 22. “Tell me about a time that you had to overcome a challenge in order to succeed.” I was invited to become a Supplemental Instruction leader for Organic Chemistry, a class I had done well in the previous semester. I would be paid to teach weekly study sessions to current students. The first week was awful. My planned lesson flopped. 25 students were staring at me, ready to learn, and I had nothing to say to them. I didn’t quit, even though I thought about it. Rather, I swallowed my pride and asked for help. I made an appointment with my supervisor, and I laid it all on the table. Although I felt embarrassed to do it, I asked him to observe my next lesson and deliver some tough love. It made such a big difference to have real-time feedback about what worked and what didn’t in my classroom. With my supervisor’s help I made a few small but critical changes to my teaching style. I also began putting a lot more time into planning – I’d been wrong to think that I could wing it. I ended up loving the job. At the end of the semester, we calculated that students who attended my sessions saw improvements of two full grade levels compared to their peers. S O A R
  23. 23. Practice to get the balance right. Too much S Too much O Too much A Too much R … boring, confusing … negative, overdone … selfish, not believable … self-congratulating, pointless
  24. 24. PRO TIP! BE TRUE TO YOURSELF. An interview is like a first date . . .
  25. 25. PREPARE YOUR MESSAGE IN ADVANCE.
  26. 26. You can’t control what you’ll be asked in an interview. You can control what you communicate in an interview. Prepare your best content before the interview by using pillars.
  27. 27. “Why should I hire you for this job?” 1 2 3 Your 3 pillars are your 3 best answers to that question.
  28. 28. “Why should I hire you for this sales job?” 1 2 3 I love talking to new people I am persistent and persuasive I have experience meeting sales goals
  29. 29. Whatever the question is, you can bring your answer back to one of your 3 pillars. • Allows you to think fast • Lets you “sidestep” a totally random question • prevents verbal vomit • Builds a consistent, cohesive message throughout the interview • Makes a memorable impression on the interviewer
  30. 30. Just remember: A structure made of pillars alone is incomplete.
  31. 31. Questions to practice: (try using pillars) • Tell me about yourself. • How do you prioritize • What is your biggest weakness? • What qualities and skills do you bring to this position? • What can you offer us that someone else cannot? • Why do you want this job?
  32. 32. Questions to practice: (try using SOAR) • Tell me about a time you made a mistake. • Tell me how you handled a difficult situation. • Tell me about a time that you had to manage multiple responsibilities with little supervision. • Tell me about a time that you had to work with people very different from yourself.
  33. 33. Questions to practice: (because they’re hard!) • What do you know about our company? • Where do you see yourself in five years? • How do you handle conflict with a coworker? • How do you handle conflict with a supervisor? • Do you have any questions for me?
  34. 34. practice, practice, practice • Memorize your pillars • Practice talking about your pillars in multiple ways, with multiple examples • Rehearse answers to common questions • Practice SOAR for a few solid stories • Get honest feedback about your body language and verbal tics • Practice handling silence gracefully • Practice your handshake • Do a dress rehearsal in your interview clothes
  35. 35. Know what you want. Know what makes you a catch. Put yourself out there. Make a good first impression. Get in his head. Be interesting. Be true to you. MAKE YOUR MOVE! JOB SEARCHING IS LIKE DATING.
  36. 36. Mary T. Calhoon 2014 www.unr.edu/career

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