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Interviewing Skills PowerPoint

  1. 1. Interviewing Skills
  2. 2. Top 10 Interviewing Blunders! <ul><ul><li>Don’t prepare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress inappropriately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor communication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell phone goes off </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk too much </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t talk enough </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fuzzy facts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give the wrong answer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Badmouthing past employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forget to follow up </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Prepare for the Interview <ul><li>Research the company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the website and ask around </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Update your paperwork </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most recent employment and education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring several copies to the interview </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anticipate and practice interview questions </li></ul>
  4. 4. Commonly Asked Job Interview Questions <ul><ul><li>Why do you want to work for our company? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your future career plans? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell me something about yourself. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why did you choose this particular field of work? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe a past work situation where you encountered a problem and describe how you solved it. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Successful Interviewing Strategies
  6. 6. Dress for Interview Success <ul><ul><li>Attire is determined for the job for which you’re applying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Dress Guidelines: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clean and well-pressed clothes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clean-shaven or neatly trimmed hair </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conceal piercings and tattoos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subtle fragrances only </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clean nails </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t smoke prior or chew gum during </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Turn off your cell phone </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Participate in Your Interview <ul><ul><li>Be honest and give complete answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be positive about yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and past experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid one or two word responses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give concrete examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paraphrase the question to avoid misunderstanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit responses to 30 seconds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasize what you have to offer the company </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Participate in Your Interview <ul><ul><li>Respond positively to questions about weaknesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use positive nonverbal communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sit up and lean forward </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make eye contact and smile </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid crossed arms and legs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use head nods and attentive facial expressions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions and show interest in the company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid questions about salary, benefits, and vacation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Express thanks and find out when a decision will be made </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Follow-Up After Your Interview <ul><li>Fewer than 10% of applicants send a thank you letter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May be the most important letter you write </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides another contact with the employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sets you apart from those who didn’t send one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should take place within 24 hours after the interview </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follow-Up Letter Should: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State your appreciation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain what you liked about the position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sound enthusiastic about working for the company </li></ul></ul>

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