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Presentatation on Interviwing with Confidence for the Wilton Library and Wilton Chmaber of Commerce. Provides cuttting edge interviewing and career search in the economic downturn. Designed and elivered by Lynne, Davidson, Davidson Coaching and Consulting and NYU faculty.

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  1. 1. Interviewing with Confidence Wilton Library Jobs Series And the Wilton Chamber of Commerce Lynne Davidson, Ph.D.
  2. 2. <ul><li>Getting the interview is hard enough. Networking in person and online. Managing your online identity and branding. Technology is Wilton Library’s resource! </li></ul><ul><li>Now you tell me it’s a phone interview </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Play the pluses (note cards, scripts, and written materials, voice inflection) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Think “Screening In” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seeing is believing: offer your video </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Know the company and the job </li></ul><ul><li>Be Prepared: List the Q & As on 5x8 cards </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements and skills match </li></ul><ul><li>Rehearse and role play interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Know the Do’s and Don’ts </li></ul><ul><li>Know “You” Inc., Think of yourself as a special brand Think Success: If you visualize a positive outcome, you will position yourself for success </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let illegal curve balls shake your confidence </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Arrogance Confident, but Humble Humility </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relaxed, Real vs. Contrived </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comfortable in your own skin </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Being fully connected </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> In tune with the interviewer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Verbal: Voice pitch, effective use of pausing, modulation, the ugly umm’s and ah’s </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Non-Verbal: Posture, facial expressions, hand gestures animation, and eye contact ( MORE TO COME ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Introductions: Engage in impression management. Strong first impressions are at your fingertips and they count big time! </li></ul><ul><li>Body language starts at the first hello: greetings, handshake, eye contact, posture, voice, contact, and establishing a relationship! </li></ul><ul><li>What does the environment/office say? </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the money talk… </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The dreaded: “Tell Me About Yourself”! </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to who YOU are as a professional and state the kinds of results that make you valuable. Be concise. Remember they didn’t ask about your work history. </li></ul><ul><li>Decoded: What they are really asking: What makes you special? Why should I hire you? </li></ul><ul><li>TIP: Keep your response concise and end with “Would you like me to elaborate? Choose your tips wisely. Example! </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Strengths: Easy! Sell yourself! Convey your talents, assets, and abilities. Then site 3 concrete accomplishments (behaviors) even if they didn’t ask for them. Ground your strengths into real behavioral contributions . ( = Behavioral Interviewing, a way of predicting future success based on past behavior ) </li></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses: Not so easy! Present your weakness as a developmental need that would add value to the job. “I think taking some Spanish classes might really help me to excel in this position. I will plan to attend some Spanish classes at night. </li></ul><ul><li>If you do describe a weakness that showed in the past while doing a project, emphasize how much you learned from your mistake. </li></ul><ul><li>NEVER say I am a “perfectionist”. Practiced positives are transparent ! </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>The interviewer usually takes at least 2/3 control of the interview by asking numerous questions and then turns to the interviewee to ask: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Do you have any questions for me”… and you better have questions! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>H AND OUT PROVIDES AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED BY BOTH PARTIES. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interviewee: Take advantage of the “Question Opportunity” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>The interview ends with your expressing interest and getting closure </li></ul><ul><li>When do you anticipate making a decision? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the next step in the process? </li></ul><ul><li>When do you suggest I contact you? </li></ul><ul><li> And exude interest: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I want to reiterate my interest in this position. Speaking with you today has really piqued my enthusiasm! I am confident that this is a really strong match”. </li></ul><ul><li>And Finally the THANK YOU note! </li></ul>