Recognition of interview cycles
What I want
you to walk
Recognition of appropriate questions
How to shine during a behavioral
What to bring to the interview
What to do after the interview
Look like you
Samples of work if appropriate
Resume (2 copies)
And, sometimes most Important
Your knowledge of the company
Other job postings that they have – not
just the job you’re interviewing for
Ask questions of the recruiter
Why is this position open
How many people have you looked at
What’s the turnover rate
To Wear or Not to Wear…
What to Wear None of these
Appropriate business Clangy, noisy jewelry
Men –jackets and tie Heavy scents
Women - hose
Most organizations place candidates
The one time
through 3 cycles of interviews
is a thing of
the past and
Recruiter - Pre-screen
Face to Face with Hiring Manager
2nd Face to Face with Hiring Manager
and next level up or down
Types of Interviews
Behavioral can be stressful
Conversational is more natural
Can be tricky if you’re not prepared
insight to how
Practice before you go so that you
Give me a specific example of a Give me an example of a time when
time when you had to conform to a you had to make a split second
policy with which you did not agree. decision.
Please discuss an important written What is your typical way of dealing
document you were required to with conflict? Give me an example.
complete. Tell me about a time you were able
Tell me about a time when you had to successfully deal with another
to go above and beyond the call of person even when that individual
duty in order to get a job done. may not have personally liked you
(or vice versa).
Tell me about a time when you had
too many things to do and you were
required to prioritize your tasks.
Give me an example of when you Tell me about a time when you
showed initiative and took the lead. missed an obvious solution to a
Tell me about a recent situation in
which you had to deal with a very Describe a time when you
upset customer or co-worker. anticipated potential problems and
developed preventive measures.
Give me an example of a time when
you motivated others. Tell me about a time when you were
forced to make an unpopular
Please tell me about a time you had
to fire a friend.
Make it Easy for Them and for You
Briefly describe the situation, what specific action you took
to have an effect on the situation, and the positive result
STAR at your
interview. Frame it in a three-step process, usually called a S-A-R, P-
A-R, or S-T-A-R statement:
1. situation (or task, problem),
We had a brand new product and we had to learn a
new system quickly and be able to respond to
shows up in
and posture. Action
I suggested that we have a “dummy session” before
the product rolled out and that we make “crib”
sheets to hang by our computers – and laminate
them so that we could always see them. We also
gave the “crib” sheets to the installers and sales
people so that they could sound knowledgable.
When the go-live day came, all of us were prepared
and the customer surveys came back very high.
Be ready for “tell me about yourself”
They want to
Keep it work related
Why you’re looking
It’s OK to express some disappointment
about job loss – but make sure they know
you’re eager to move on
They Can not Ask
questions are Child care
How many sick days you took
What Should You Ask and Not…
Ask This Not This
Is this an incumbent position? What was the percentage of the
Why is this position open?
How many hours do you have to
What would be your priority for this
What is the holiday schedule?
How is success measured for this
Know who they should call and how.
If you had a “bad” experience, make it
Bring a list
harder to contact that company, and
make it easy for others.
Use Linkedin recommendations. Copy,
paste and print onto a paper.
After the Interview
Get contact information such as email.
Thank you and
Send a brief thank you to each person.
Reiterate your interest.
How Soon Can You Follow-up
Wait about 10 days, then place a call
or email, asking status.
Do one more follow-up; about 5 days
Prepare yourself before and after
Try to get feedback from the
So , you didn’t
Assess your own performance, honestly.