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What not to do    What to doAnd how to do it
Tools you will needfor this workshop:                              Pen or Pencil                              A pad of p...
Congratulations!  You’ve got an   interview!
The Dawn of the Interview               (Armstrong and Miller, 2009)  Click here to view on the web
Company & Position Research Research the Company    Internet presence    Company philosophy    Target market    Detai...
Interview Preparation Review typical interview questions    What do you know about our company?    What motivates you t...
ReflectionTake a few moments and write down threequestions that might be the hardest for youto answer in your Job Search J...
It’s Interview Day!Do                              Don’t Dress Appropriately            Arrive late Know where you’re g...
(Carpenter, n.d.)   (Huhman, 2011)
(Howcast.com, 2008)Click here to view on the web
What to do in an interview Give the information asked       Know what the company    for – no more, no less            d...
Journal Time!Prepare your Elevator speech. Pick out three of your most importantattributes and highlight them in a 60 seco...
It’s your turn now…When the interviewer is done asking his questions, you will be  given an opportunity to ask your own. U...
Follow Up• When you get home, write a hand-written thank you note to theinterviewer• Sum up the highlights from the interv...
Use your Journal to:• Answer three tough interview questions that you may be asked• List your major accomplishments• Devel...
ReferencesArmstrong, A., & Miller, B. (Creators). BBC (Poster) (2009, November 16). The  origins of  job interviews. [Vide...
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The Interview and You

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The Interview and You

  1. 1. What not to do What to doAnd how to do it
  2. 2. Tools you will needfor this workshop:  Pen or Pencil  A pad of paper, spiral notebook, 3 ring binder or journal of some sort – your Job Search JournalThe purpose of the Job Search Journal is to have one placewhere all your job search tools are located. This will makeit easier for you to develop your résumé, prepare forinterviews and keep track of your job searching efforts.
  3. 3. Congratulations! You’ve got an interview!
  4. 4. The Dawn of the Interview (Armstrong and Miller, 2009) Click here to view on the web
  5. 5. Company & Position Research Research the Company  Internet presence  Company philosophy  Target market  Details about the company you’re applying to  Local, Corporate, Franchise Know the job you’re applying for  Job title  Where does it fit  How do you fit within the company  Know your strengths & weaknesses in relation to the position
  6. 6. Interview Preparation Review typical interview questions  What do you know about our company?  What motivates you to do a good job?  Tell me about a problem and how you solved it.  What is your biggest weakness/strength?  What was your greatest accomplishment/failure and what did you learn from it?  You have one minute to convince me you’re the best candidate – begin. Prepare your “elevator speech” – the 30-90 second response to “Tell me about yourself”.  The elevator speech is a succinct way to impart your most desirable skills  Don’t go into your life history, instead focus on the unique skills you have that will benefit the company
  7. 7. ReflectionTake a few moments and write down threequestions that might be the hardest for youto answer in your Job Search Journal.Highlight or put stars by them. These willbe the first questions you work on for your interview.These questions may be from the list on the previousslide or from your own research.
  8. 8. It’s Interview Day!Do Don’t Dress Appropriately  Arrive late Know where you’re going  Forget to bring extra copies of Arrive no more than 15 your résumé minutes early  Forget to turn off your cell Maintain a friendly rapport phone with front office staff  Ignore front office staff or Review your notes while others waiting  Fidget Make eye contact and smile
  9. 9. (Carpenter, n.d.) (Huhman, 2011)
  10. 10. (Howcast.com, 2008)Click here to view on the web
  11. 11. What to do in an interview Give the information asked  Know what the company for – no more, no less does Maintain eye contact  Do not introduce potential Don’t fidget “red flags” at the beginning Talk briefly about what you or end of your interview have learned from your  Do not bad mouth a mistakes if asked – former employer or acknowledge and take company responsibility  Turn negatives into Know what position you’re positives applying for  Be brief and positive Ask for clarification when  Do ask questions needed  Do not lie
  12. 12. Journal Time!Prepare your Elevator speech. Pick out three of your most importantattributes and highlight them in a 60 second response to “Tell meabout yourself”.Remember, this is not set in stone – merely a stepping off point to getyou thinking.
  13. 13. It’s your turn now…When the interviewer is done asking his questions, you will be given an opportunity to ask your own. Use this opportunity to get some answers of your own. An interview is a 2-way street in which both parties are determining their “fit”. Do not walk out of there without asking at least two thoughtful questions such as: What is a typical work week like? What is the chain of command? Can you give me an example of a typical project? How quickly are you hoping to fill the position? When can I expect to hear back? Do NOT ask about salary or benefits – this is not the time
  14. 14. Follow Up• When you get home, write a hand-written thank you note to theinterviewer• Sum up the highlights from the interview• Reaffirm your interest in the position and the unique skills youwill bring to the company• Thank the interviewer for their time• Let them know that you are looking forward to the next step inthe process• Mail your thank you letter via the Postal Service - thispersonalization will put you ahead of those who may email or notsend a letter at all
  15. 15. Use your Journal to:• Answer three tough interview questions that you may be asked• List your major accomplishments• Develop your Elevator Speech• Write down interview dates, who you spoke with, how you felt during and after• Keep all pertinent information together, in one place• Anything that will help you prepare for your job search
  16. 16. ReferencesArmstrong, A., & Miller, B. (Creators). BBC (Poster) (2009, November 16). The origins of job interviews. [Video].Carpenter, D. (n.d.). Dressing for the interview. [Cartoon]. Retrieved from www.cartoonstock.com. Search id: dcr0197.Huhman, H. (2011, January 7). Picking clothes for an interview. Come Recommended. [Web Blog Post]. Retrieved from http://comerecommended.com.Khall. (Poster). Howcast.com. (Editor).(2008, February 28). How to ace a job interview. [Video]. Retrieved from http://howcast.com/videos/2055-How-To- Ace-a-Job-Interview.King, C. (n.d.). How to craft an effective elevator speech. Powerful Presentations. Retrieved from http://www/creativekeys.net.

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