Interview TechniquesInterviewing for a job is not as easy as you might think.It takes research, preparation, and,most of all, Dr. K’s sage advice to . . .
THREE PHASES OF AN INTERVIEW BEFORE DURING AFTER Phone Log When to arrive Freewriting Application How to sit Making Notes Research How to manage Thank You Note Questions How to answer Recon How to conclude Supplies & Copies
Don’t forget: Your application and resume are to EXCLUDE you from a job, NOT include you.Don’t put include anything that could keep you from the interview!!
Before the Interview Make a phone log! Phone Name Company Date/Time Resolution (404)555-5555 Ms. Jones XYZ Corp. 1:20 p.m. 4/14 Call Ms. Smith @ 3 p.m. Friday. Fill out Before Fill out Before Fill out Before you call. you call. you call. Set calendar to remind you! Research the Company THEM!! Fill out the application Print out the application (BEFORE you hit send!) Print out your resume
Before the InterviewInterview Appointment 10 a.m or 1 p.m. is best! Ask who will be interviewing and their titles! THEM!
Before the InterviewMake some questions! Have at least 5 questions ready! Use 3X5 or 5X7 Cards (looks more professional) Don’t ask about benefits! Try to ask questions like: “You asked me where I would be in five years, where do think this company will be in five years? – or- “I am a college student. Will there be opportunities for advancement when I get my degree?”
Before the InterviewReconnaissance: Check it out! Go to the interview location the day before. Introduce yourself. Ask if there are any forms you can fill out before the interview. Ask if there is any literature on the company you can study before your interview. Check out what they are wearing and wear something 1 step better (not too much!)
Before the Interview Shopping! Purchase 3x5/5x7 cards. Purchase simple pocket portfolio folder. Purchase Thank You Note and Stamp. Purchase or find 2 pieces blank paper and pen. Copies Make 5 copies of all application materials: Application, Resume, etc. PLACE ALL THESE THINGS IN FOLDER.
During the Interview Bring Social Sec. Card and ID. Arrive 15 minutes early. Bring only your folder and your keys (Leave you phone in your car!!) Introduce yourself to receptionist. Look around! The environment should help you decide which questions to ask!
During the Interview When you get into the room, ask where to sit. Introduce yourself while standing. After you sit, pull out paper and pen. Ask if anyone needs a copy of your materials. Ask for names and titles or business cards of those interviewing you. Write names or arrange business cards to show where they are sitting.
During the Interview Begin sitting in neutral position (back against chair, feet in front, hands on lap or folded on table). Wait 10 count before answering any question. When you are finished answering, DO NOT ADD MORE. Return to neutral position and wait politely. It will seem like forever. KEEP WAITING! Don’t take the “one more thing” bait.
During the Interview Don’t be afraid to move in your chair, but always return to neutral position. If they ask illegal question, say, “Why don’t we discuss that if I am hired?” or “Why do you want to know?” Keep your tone light. When they ask if you have any questions, pull out your cards and flip through until you find an appropriate question.
During the Interview When you are done, ask them when and how it would be convenient to contact them if you have any further questions. Ask how and when they will inform you of their decision. Thank them for their time.
After the Interview Sit somewhere quiet and write about the interview five minutes. What was good, what are you worried about. [You need this for later when you can’t remember what happened because you are so nervous!] Address, stamp, and write Thank You Note • Keep it simple: “Thank you for the time you took to interview me. Sincerely, . . . “