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Job-Applications.com Interviewing Lesson Plan

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The fourth Job-Applications.com school lesson plan presentation involves preparing for an interview. We explain how to get ready and practice for a job interview as well as what to do once you get there.

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Job-Applications.com Interviewing Lesson Plan

  1. 1. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/©Copyright Job-Applications.com Preparing For An Interview BY DOUG CRAWFORD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Job-Applications.com
  2. 2. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/©Copyright Job-Applications.com
  3. 3. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ Remember: It’s Just An Interview Relax, you aren’t the first person to ever be nervous before an interview.
  4. 4. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ ©Copyright Job-Applications.com It’s Not Just About Answering Questions…  It’s a conversation, not an interrogation.  The interview should be a back-and-forth discussion, with both sides asking questions of each other.  Hit the right talking points.  Focus on industry-related topics and conveying knowledge about the job at hand.  Don’t downplay your experience.  Stop picking apart what you’ve done. It should never be, “I was just a cashier.” All experience should come across as being proud of the work you accomplished.  Practice being confident.  Take the time to practice interviewing with someone to build confidence and avoid the “um’s” and “like’s.”  Anecdotal experiences do help.  Conveying what you’ve done well and how you achieved goals on the job may help show experience
  5. 5. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ ©Copyright Job-Applications.com General Tips and Knowledge  Dress appropriately  Come prepared  Be polite  Show up on time  Turn off your phone
  6. 6. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ Dress Appropriately  Always dress professionally  For a young man, a tucked-in polo and khakis or a dress shirt, slacks, and tie.  For a young woman, a polo and dress pants or a dress shirt and workplace- appropriate skirts.  You’re making an impression from the moment you walk in the door.
  7. 7. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ Come Prepared  Bring a copy of your resume and a list of references, just in case.  Research the company beforehand.  Prepare questions for the interviewer concerning job responsibilities, company culture, and the interviewer’s experiences in the company.  Salary questions should only be asked when initiated by the interviewer.
  8. 8. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ Use Common Sense  Do:  Show up early, not on time  Shake hands when greeting and leaving  Maintain eye contact  Thank the interviewer for their time  Don’t:  Chew gum  Bring your cell phone  Slouch or act distracted  Overshare
  9. 9. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ ©Copyright Job-Applications.com How To Answer Typical Interview Questions
  10. 10. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/©Copyright Job-Applications.com Tell me about yourself.
  11. 11. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ ©Copyright Job-Applications.com Tell Me About Yourself…  This question may trip up interviewees because the initial thought process goes to giving personal background information.  The interviewer is actually asking about your skills, training, and education background, all related to the job at hand.  Your answer should take no more than a minute or two to relay.  Use the “elevator pitch”  Summarize skills and achievements, with deliveries theoretically occurring in the same amount of time as a shared elevator ride.  Stories with concrete examples of skills or highlighting important accomplishments tend to win over employers in the end.
  12. 12. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/©Copyright Job-Applications.com What would you consider your strengths?
  13. 13. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ ©Copyright Job-Applications.com What Would You Consider Your Strengths?  Finding the “right” answer typically falls to preparation and building confidence in your delivery.  Assess what makes you unique, all while considering relevant experiences, special trainings, and skills you’ve acquired applicable to the job at hand.  The question really is open-ended:  Practicing answering beforehand by making lists to help focus on two or three especially strong qualities may prove beneficial  Thinking of relevant stories demonstrating job-related strengths may also help
  14. 14. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/©Copyright Job-Applications.com How about weaknesses?
  15. 15. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ ©Copyright Job-Applications.com What are your weaknesses?  You’re allowed to have weaknesses, you just have to show how you assess such shortcomings and be able to describe steps toward improvement.  Avoid portraying a weakness as a strength. The answer will sound contrived and false.  Interviewers typically do not hire candidates that can not admit to flaws.  Always frame answers in terms of how you are taking steps to improve in areas of weakness.  Keep answers honest, focused, and concise, all while choosing a weakness that is related to the job at hand.
  16. 16. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/©Copyright Job-Applications.com Why would you like to work here?
  17. 17. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ ©Copyright Job-Applications.com Why Would You Like To Work Here?  On the outside, you may just want a job for a paycheck. Employers may be hoping for a little bit more.  Employers are trying to gauge both personal and professional reasons candidates apply to that particular company  Research the potential employer and look into aspects of service, particular programs designed to retain employees, and the company business model.  Showing you know and understand these things stand out to an employer  Cite specifics about how you heard about the job or the company culture  What to avoid?  Talking about money as the reason you want to work there  Bad-mouthing former employers
  18. 18. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/©Copyright Job-Applications.com Why should we hire you?
  19. 19. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ ©Copyright Job-Applications.com Why Should We Hire You?  Avoid generic responses, such as “I’ll be a hard worker” or “I can do the job better than anyone else.”  Instead, prove it.  Base responses off personal work histories combined with positive personality traits.  Discuss spearheading possible problems the typical job may face and give specific examples of how you would try solving them.  Pull from experiences starting and finishing projects and how the desired effect was achieved.  Always have a back up answer ready  Practice responses to avoid getting tongue-tied or from appearing nervous.
  20. 20. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ ©Copyright Job-Applications.com So What Have We Learned?  Why is an interview more of a conversation than an interrogation?  What should you focus your conversation on?  When is the only time you should talk money?  What kind of questions should you prepare ahead of time for the interviewer?  How should you dress for the interview?  What are some examples of what you should do the day of the interview?  What are some examples of what you shouldn’t do?  Should you bring anything with you to the interview?  If so, what should you bring?
  21. 21. http://www.job-applications.com/resources/lesson-plans/ ©Copyright Job-Applications.com Additional Resources For more information about preparing for an interview, check out the following resources from Job-Applications.com: http://www.job-applications.com/ http://www.job-applications.com/blog/ https://www.youtube.com/user/MrJobApplications http://www.job-applications.com/video-library/ https://www.facebook.com/JobApplications

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