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Nailing the Interview - GEAR UP Workshop

PowerPoint presentation used during the GEAR UP Summer Camp Experience 2011

Nailing the Interview - GEAR UP Workshop

  1. 2. <ul><li>What is an interview? </li></ul><ul><li>Interview Etiquette </li></ul><ul><li>Interview Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Mock Interview </li></ul>
  2. 3. What is an interview? <ul><li>A formal method of exchanging information between people. </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange of information must be relevant to the position in which the person is applying. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Social Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical Abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul>
  3. 4. CANDIDATE <ul><li>Clarify responsibilities of position </li></ul><ul><li>Determine if you can/will do the job </li></ul><ul><li>Determine “fit” </li></ul>INTERVIEWER <ul><li>Evaluate candidate based on qualifications and employer needs </li></ul><ul><li>Determine “fit” </li></ul>PURPOSE OF THE INTERVIEW
  4. 5. What Should You Anticipate Talking About? Leadership Roles Personal Growth Values Volunteer Opportunities Strengths Interests Achievements Work Experience Performance Weaknesses Hobbies Self-analysis Special Skills
  5. 6. Interview Etiquette FIRST IMPRESSIONS LAST A LIFE TIME
  6. 7. <ul><li>Well-tailored suit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Navy blue, charcoal grey, black </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Long-sleeve shirt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Button-down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solid color (White or light blue) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tie </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small print or solid color </li></ul></ul>Dress for Success: <ul><li>Socks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dark solid or small pattern </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shoes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wing tip or loafers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leather </li></ul></ul>Men
  7. 8. <ul><li>Well tailored suit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Navy blue, charcoal grey, black </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blouse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailored </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cotton, silk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Color to match suit, nothing too loud </li></ul></ul>Dress for Success: <ul><li>Shoes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flats or medium heel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No peep-toe </li></ul></ul>Women
  8. 9. <ul><li>Hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>Keep hair nice and neat </li></ul><ul><li>Nails should be cleaned and manicured </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid perfume or cologne </li></ul>Dress for Success: All <ul><li>Wear jewelry that flatters, not overpowers </li></ul><ul><li>Be cautious of tattoos and piercings </li></ul><ul><li>Professional looking briefcase or purse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NO backpacks! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>The Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>The Question & Answer Session </li></ul><ul><li>The Sell </li></ul><ul><li>The Close </li></ul>Whether a panel interview or one-to-one, interviews generally consist of four parts : STRUCTURE
  10. 11. <ul><li>Establish rapport </li></ul><ul><li>Begins as soon as you walk in to the building </li></ul><ul><li>First impressions are developed and initial judgments are created </li></ul><ul><li>Attention is going to be paid to your mannerisms </li></ul><ul><li>Pitch: who you are; what you can contribute; where you want to be; and how you plan to assist in company growth </li></ul>THE INTRODUCTION: GETTING TO KNOW YOU
  11. 12. <ul><li>Draw from your experiences: academic, professional, and volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Know what’s on your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of your ability to communicate and ability to relate </li></ul><ul><li>Measure of self-confidence, level of motivation, and goals </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for you to set the tone for the remainder of the interview </li></ul>QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: ARE YOU QUALIFIED?
  12. 13. <ul><li>Most critical part of interview </li></ul><ul><li>Tie past experiences to needs of company </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiate yourself by directing the employer to your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewer is going to assess whether your qualifications and skills match their needs </li></ul>THE SELL: ARE YOU WHO WE NEED?
  13. 14. <ul><li>Revisit your pitch to remind the interviewer(s) why you are the best person for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Final questions are asked by both the interviewer and the interviewee </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the interviewer(s) for the meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for follow-up instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Seal the interview with a firm handshake </li></ul>THE CLOSE: LEAVE A SOLID FINAL IMPRESSION
  14. 15. ^ Your Preparing for the Interview
  15. 16. INTERVIEW CHECKLIST: PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW <ul><li>Prepare copies of your resume and other materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proof of certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference letters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research, research, research, learn about the school /company </li></ul><ul><li>View commonly asked interview questions for position </li></ul><ul><li>Create a list of questions to ask the interviewer </li></ul><ul><li>Wear professional attire </li></ul><ul><li>Display confidence and a positive and professional attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive on time, preferably 10-15 minutes early </li></ul>
  16. 17. 10 Tips for Answering Questions <ul><li>Avoid one word answers </li></ul><ul><li>Use proper terminology </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t ramble </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the question being asked </li></ul><ul><li>Align your answers with the company’s mission </li></ul><ul><li>Tie in past experiences with future experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Substantiate your answers with examples of success </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t give the answer you think the interviewer wants to hear </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest </li></ul><ul><li>Breathe </li></ul>
  17. 18. INTERVIEW CHECKLIST: DURING THE INTERVIEW <ul><li>Be conscious of your mannerisms and disposition </li></ul><ul><li>Let your personality shine </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Sell yourself as a match by being prepared to speak </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership roles you may have held </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer experience </li></ul><ul><li>Inquire about next steps </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to follow up with a thank you note </li></ul>
  18. 19. http://www.career.unm.edu/forms/interview_dress.pdf http://my.fit.edu/ncsbiprojects/Interviewingskillsworkshop.pdf http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/imprintcenter-628647-interview-skills/ http://www.career.unm.edu/forms/interview_dress.pdf

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