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Interview Tips by Ashley Cisneros

Simple Interview Tips by Ashley Cisneros

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Interview Tips by Ashley Cisneros

  1. 1. Must-Know Interview Techniques to Land a Job Ashley Cisneros Freelance Writer, Editor & Speaker
  2. 2. Job Market Realities <ul><li>Less than 5% of candidates reap a job from job boards. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 15% of jobs are advertised. </li></ul><ul><li>About 90% of managers hire through their own connections. </li></ul><ul><li>About 60-85% of employment opportunities occur through connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Kathleen Conners, </li></ul>
  3. 3. Passive vs. Action Methods <ul><li>Passive: Relying only on job search boards. </li></ul><ul><li>Active: Doing purposeful networking and calling companies to tap into the hidden job market. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cover Letter Hints <ul><li>Customize for each employer. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t repeat what’s in your resume; enhance it. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about their needs, not yours. </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easy for them. </li></ul><ul><li>Show, don’t tell. </li></ul><ul><li>Show what you know … about the company. </li></ul><ul><li>Include an intent to act (i.e. follow-up call.) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Resume Hints <ul><li>Replace the objective with a career profile or summary of qualifications. </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate accomplishments, not just duties. </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor each resume for the respective employer; only include pertinent experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread, proofread, proofread! </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation matters! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Interview Preparation <ul><li>Do your homework. </li></ul><ul><li>Study the company website. Review press releases, the company’s annual report, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Research news mentions using GoogleNews, local newspaper archives, magazines, blogs, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Study bios of leadership. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Interview Preparation <ul><li>Research the company’s culture, trends, accomplishments, challenges, competitors, mission statement and values. </li></ul><ul><li>Google the people that you’re interviewing with. </li></ul><ul><li>Check for profiles to gain insight. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Attire <ul><li>Dress a step up from the attire that’s acceptable for the company’s employees. </li></ul><ul><li>Men should wear ties and shined shoes. </li></ul><ul><li>Women should dress conservatively with minimal cosmetics and simple jewelry. Avoid perfume. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Elevator Pitch <ul><li>Practice a one-minute elevator pitch that sells yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>(i.e.) My name is ____. I have ____ years of experience as a _______. Recently I worked for _______ where I (quantified accomplishment here). My strengths are ______________ and___________. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What to Bring <ul><li>Extra copies of your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Pen </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio (if applicable) </li></ul><ul><li>List of questions to ask </li></ul><ul><li>List of references </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas on how you can help the company </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Work history (for filling out applications) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Pre-Interview <ul><li>If possible, drive to the location before the interview so that you don’t get lost the day of. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave early enough to account for traffic, accidents, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Visualize success </li></ul><ul><li>Do positive self-talk to calm jitters. </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive to the location early, but don’t walk in earlier than 5-10 minutes before scheduled interview time. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Etiquette <ul><li>Thank everyone you meet. </li></ul><ul><li>Smile. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer a firm handshake and look the interviewer in the eye. </li></ul><ul><li>Use courtesy titles like Mr. and Ms. </li></ul><ul><li>Wait to be asked to have a seat. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask permission to take notes. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for business cards from all interviewers. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t interrupt; you should only be talking 40% of the time. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain good posture. </li></ul>
  13. 13. During the Interview <ul><li>Pay attention. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions to uncover needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Sell yourself by telling success stories using SOAR method. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Closing the Interview <ul><li>Ask for the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask about the next steps in the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Shake the interviewer’s hand, and thank him or her for the opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>Always send a thank-you note via email AND a handwritten note within 24 hours. Incorporate discussion points from the interview and reiterate your qualifications and desire to work for the company. </li></ul>