DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR THE SESSION!
1. All participants learn an organized approach to interview preparation.
2. Everyone becomes more confident about their ability to SELL themselves in an interview.
3. Participants obtain more follow up interviews.
IS THERE A NEED FOR PREPARATION?
1. Experience says YES . . . YES . . . YES !!!
2. If you don’t sell yourself in the interview session, will anyone else?
3. The resume can help, but the “on your feet” presentation of your credentials counts significantly.
4. We’re not very comfortable about using the pronoun “I”.
WHAT QUESTIONS/AREAS SHOULD YOU BE PREPARED TO TALK ABOUT?
1. Accomplishments/goal setting or what you’re most proud of.
2. Problem solving/priority setting or dealing with multiple priorities at once.
3. Working well with others in a collaborative/group environment or project.
CATALOG YOUR LIFE’S EXPERIENCES TO ANSWER THESE THREE QUESTIONS . . . EVEN IF
THE INTERVIEWER DOESN’T ASK THEM
THE C.A.R. CONCEPT . . .
C is for CONTEXT . . . What role did you play? Leader/Member/Worker/Founder/Owner etc.
Context helps keep the interviewer “engaged”.
Also helps generate follow-up questions from interviewer in an area YOU want.
A is for ACTIONS . . . Who did what, when, where etc. Emphasis should be on the pronoun “I”.
Actions give you opportunity to take credit.
Can be helpful in getting the interviewer even more deeply engaged.
R is for RESULTS . . . Where you “CLOSE” the deal by showing the “payoff” of your efforts.
The best results are MEASURABLE to give relativity to your experiences.
Results also can invite follow up questions from interviewer.
1. Start with your most significant experiences first.
2. Come up with multiple experiences in each area.
3. Start with the present but earlier experiences may be significant.
4. Consider: Volunteer, Work, Classroom, Organizational, Leadership experiences.