How To Ace Your Interview


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How To Ace Your Interview

  2. 2. TechUSA: Scientific Solutions <ul><li>Christopher Frew </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific Recruiting Manager </li></ul><ul><li>3.5 Year in Scientific Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>>200 scientific placements </li></ul><ul><li>15 active client partners with relationships over 2 years </li></ul>
  3. 3. About TechUSA: Scientific Solutions <ul><li>Scientific Recruiting and Staffing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biodefense & clinical research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct hire recruiting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contract & Temporary Staffing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can we help? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Agents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Help me, Help you!” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry information resource </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview/resume coaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salary negotiation </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Today’s Topics <ul><li>Your Resume </li></ul><ul><li>The Phone Screen & Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Selling Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Working with a Recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search techniques </li></ul>
  5. 5. Resume Tips Resume vs. CV? Your CV is a comprehensive list of ALL of your professional experience, education, publications and other accomplishments from college onward. Your Resume is a focused marketing tool that summarizes & PROMOTES your experience and qualifications for the specific job/career you are applying for.
  6. 6. Resume Tips <ul><li>Develop a specific Objective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Match it to the job that you’re applying for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Positive & Dynamic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To obtain a job as a Project Manager in the medical device industry” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To further my career in a project management role that will allow me to utilize my knowledge and medical device experience in an organization where I can continue to develop and help achieve both the company’s and my team’s goals. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Bulleted sentences that outline; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific job duties and work functions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects or Assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical skills used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Match the job – utilize key words that were in the job description </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Resume Tips <ul><li>Use Action and Power words </li></ul><ul><li>“ Oversaw undergraduate researchers and lab technicians for a protein characterization study.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Managed, mentored and directed four associates while successfully meeting critical research milestones for protein characterization study.” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Use quantifying facts and figures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasize your work in terms of your results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paints the picture of what you accomplished </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Increased yield by 25%” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Completed project 2 weeks ahead of schedule” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Resume Tips <ul><li>Want a Career Change? </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight your strengths and aspirations that relate to that specific career </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on transferable skills that are related to your career objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Outline the steps you’ve taken to move your career in that direction </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize past work experience, academic endeavors, volunteer activities, or even hobbies, clubs, community organizations & associations. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendation letters and references </li></ul>
  9. 9. Before an Interview <ul><li>Do your homework!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Know the company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Website, press releases, company financials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact the company for more info and job description </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who are their Competitors? …Alliances? …Clients? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are others saying? …industry blogs & news feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Know the position </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Request a job description </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask around & get input from friends and colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Know your interviewer? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Request an interview schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google & Linked-In </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Phone Interview <ul><li>Preparation & Planning! </li></ul><ul><li>If the time is inconvenient ask to reschedule when possible </li></ul><ul><li>Find a quiet & comfortable area. No kids, pets or TV </li></ul><ul><li>Use a landline whenever possible </li></ul><ul><li>Keep notes and Resume at hand </li></ul><ul><li>List your strengths and weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Examples that you want to touch on from your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Write out any initial, relevant questions you have </li></ul><ul><li>Practice interviewing (Family, Friends, Recruiter, Recorder) </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule a prep & debriefing call with your recruiter </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Phone Interview <ul><li>How to ace the call </li></ul><ul><li>Smile and be happy </li></ul><ul><li>Be yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Be respectful and use the person’s title, unless they ask you to use their first name </li></ul><ul><li>Speak slowly and clearly </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t interrupt! </li></ul><ul><li>Take your time to collect your thoughts, if needed </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the question that is asked, with short answers </li></ul><ul><li>Ask follow up questions and show your interest </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Phone Interview <ul><li>What’s your goal? </li></ul><ul><li>… to get the next interview! </li></ul><ul><li>You be the closer! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask if it is possible to meet in person </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Establish their timeline for the next step </li></ul><ul><li>Thank them for their time and consideration </li></ul>
  13. 13. Interview Time! <ul><li>10 General Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Dress professionally & go light on the cologne </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive 15 min early </li></ul><ul><li>Smile and be friendly to EVERYONE you meet </li></ul><ul><li>Use professional eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Listen & don’t interrupt </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t slander </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the question that was asked </li></ul><ul><li>Be truthful and straightforward with your answers </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know your interviewer and be personable </li></ul><ul><li>Stay (or at least appear) calm & comfortable </li></ul>
  14. 14. Interview Time! <ul><li>Selling skills; what to think about before you answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>Put yourself in their shoes… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What kind of person do they want in a new hire? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are their needs that this position will fill? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What kind of person will fit with their group? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask questions???? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are their expectations? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer, then ask… you’re not on the witness stand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember, your are interviewing them as well </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can you present yourself to meet those needs? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Interview Time! <ul><li>What are they looking for? </li></ul><ul><li>5 Traits That Hiring Managers Look For </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability & Suitability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Willingness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manageability & Teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you a problem solver? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sell yourself to the job that you are interviewing for! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Interview Time! <ul><li>What about the money? </li></ul><ul><li>Know what the position pays ahead of time </li></ul><ul><ul><li> or </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be flexible & negotiable </li></ul><ul><li>“ That which is equivalent to my career level” </li></ul><ul><li>My recruiter will be handling those details with HR </li></ul><ul><li>Is it all about the money? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What new skills will you be learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bonus and benefits? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is this a lateral or vertical move? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it a new field? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Interview Time! <ul><li>Final notes: </li></ul><ul><li>The best interviews are like conversations! </li></ul><ul><li>Be Confident, not Arrogant </li></ul><ul><li>Smile and try to make a friend </li></ul><ul><li>Show that you are interested </li></ul><ul><li>Be the closer! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Interview Time! <ul><li>Be the Closer! </li></ul><ul><li>“ Ms. Manager, I’ve enjoyed our past hour together and I think that this is a job that I would enjoy and perform exceptionally well at. Based off of our interview is there any reason that you feel that I would not be a good fit for this position and if so, what questions can I help clarify?” </li></ul>
  19. 19. How To Ace The Interview! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  20. 20. How To Ace The Interview! <ul><li>Thank you!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Frew </li></ul><ul><li>410-584-9003 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>