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Tips for Successful Job Interviews - Lunch and Learn 2014

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Learn how to best prepare for a successful job interview. This great presentation by Andrea Barton will take you through details steps, tips, and tricks to become the successful candidates.

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Tips for Successful Job Interviews - Lunch and Learn 2014

  1. 1. Human Resources April 30 and May 1, 2014 INTERVIEWING @ AC 1
  2. 2. Andrea Barton •Post Diploma Certificate, Human Resources Management and Services •Bachelor's degree, History – University of Toronto •Over 10 years of experience in Human Resources, with last 6 in Higher Education 2 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn April 30 and May 1
  3. 3. Outcomes • To learn how to best prepare for a successful job interview. 3April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  4. 4. Agenda Session 1 •Where are the postings? •Interview Tips • A Hiring Manager’s Perspective • Strategies for Interview Success • Interview Questions • Homework Assignment 4April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  5. 5. Agenda Session 2 •Interviewing Practice •Additional Interview Tips •Questions and sharing of best practices 5April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  6. 6. Current Opportunities 6April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  7. 7. Understanding The Job Posting 7 Minimum requirements for the interview Core skills / competencies identified in the interview April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  8. 8. Hiring Manager Insights 8 • What makes for a successful job interview? Christopher Hahn - Academic Chair, Construction Trades and Building Systems - Bachelor of Business Administration, Wilfrid Laurier University - Over 23 years in a range of employment sectors April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  9. 9. 9 Purpose of the Interview The Candidate’s role is to evaluate the position for fit with their personality and career goals. The Selection Committee’s role is to evaluate the candidate’s fit for the position. • April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  10. 10. Rehears e Rehears e ReviewReview Strategies for Interview Success 10 ResearchResearch April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  11. 11. 11 Focusing Your Interviewing Energy • The best way to reduce the interview stress is to be prepared. April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  12. 12. Research • Research the job… • review the College website • examine the specific department’s profile • browse the Strategic Plan • study the position description or job fact sheet • read the job posting • Professor of the 21st Century • You will want to be able to answer the following: • how did you prepare for today’s interview • how does the department fit into the plan • how does the position help the department reach plan goals 12April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  13. 13. • Review the job description and job posting, write down the skills, education, competencies and experience that are required for the job. • Review your education, skills, experience and accomplishments that are applicable to the job you are applying for. • Create a T graph and on one side list the jobs requirements and on the other map your skills, experience and accomplishments to them. 13 Review What is required? What do I have? April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  14. 14. 14 Rehearse • Rehearse your answers for the difficult types of questions until you have them down pat. • Rehearse your accomplishments until you know them inside out and backwards. • Visualize yourself in the actual Selection Committee setting. • Conduct a mock interview, or record your answers and listen to them. April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  15. 15. 15 Type of Interview Questions • There are a variety of types of interview questions that you can expect. • April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  16. 16. • Direct questions are types of questions that determine the focus of your answer (e.g. "What skills do you have that relate to this position?"). • The information you provide should be clear and specific. These types of questions, whether they relate to technical or soft skills, should be easy to answer if you have performed a self- assessment. 16 1. Direct Questions April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  17. 17. 17 2. Non-Direct Questions • Non-direct questions are general in nature (e.g. “Can you tell us a bit about yourself?“). • In response to this particular question, you should briefly summarize approximately four areas: education, experience, skills, and personal attributes. • Always make your response relevant to the job you are seeking. April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  18. 18. • Scenario questions use a problem solving approach to determine your analytical skills and critical thinking abilities. • These are "What if" type questions and are presented in the form of case examples or problem situations. • You will be asked to imagine yourself experiencing a situation and will then be evaluated on how you would handle that situation. 18 3. Situational (or Scenario) Questions April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  19. 19. • Behavioral interviewing is based on the premise that the best way to predict future behavior is to determine past behavior. • This technique is designed to minimize personal impressions that can effect the hiring decision, by focusing on actions and behaviors, rather than subjective impressions. • Instead of asking how you would behave in a particular situation, you will be asked to give an example of how you did behave in the past to the same kind of situation. • You will be asked to provide details. 19 4. Behavioural Questions April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  20. 20. 20 STAR Interview Responses Situation: The interviewer wants you to present a recent challenge or situation in which you found yourself. Task: The interviewer will be looking to see what you were trying to achieve from the situation. Action: What did you do? Results: What was the outcome of your actions? April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  21. 21. Homework • Pick and print one position currently available AC’s Career Opportunities website: • Write down 1 question that you would expect to be asked about in an interview • Prepare your answer to this question 21April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  22. 22. Human Resources April 30 and May 1, 2014 INTERVIEWING @ AC 22
  23. 23. Nigel Parker •Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics – Carleton University •Certified Human Resources Professional •Over 20 years in the Human Resources Field 23 Welcome. April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  24. 24. Welcome Back! • In Your Groups • Person with the closest birthday goes first to day will sit in the “hot seat”; • Hand your posting and question to the person to the left; • Person to the left will ask question and you will answer; • Rest of group observe answer, and provide feedback. 24April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  25. 25. 25April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn Interview Advice • Be specific in your answer (try using “I” instead of “we”). • Take time before you respond to the question to think through your answer. Silence is ok. • It’s ok to go back to a question, however make sure you do go back – you might lose out on valuable points. • Ask for clarification or for the question to be repeated, if you need to.
  26. 26. • Be aware of your own body language. • The interview starts from the minute you arrive at the office and ends when you leave the premises - be polite to everyone! • Be friendly to everyone, but not their friend – stay professional. • Pay attention to visual cues… if the committee has put down their pens or are glancing at each other, it’s time to move on. 26April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn Interview Tips
  27. 27. • Selection Committees are used at Algonquin College. Be prepared to be interviewed by 3 or more committee members. 27 Interview Tips April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn • When interviewing with people you know, assume they know nothing about you. • Eye contact, shake hands with committee members, stay positive and smile.
  28. 28. 28 Your Turn To Ask the Committee • “Do you have any questions for the hiring committee?” • When you ask thoughtful questions, you show the selection committee that you: • care enough to do your research; • are very interested in the position; • are confident and able to assert yourself appropriately. April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  29. 29. 29 After the Interview • Write down some notes on the questions asked and where you thought you did well or poorly. • Send a “thank you” e-mail to the interviewer(s). • If you don't get the job, consider calling the hiring manager for some feedback about the interview. • Don't get discouraged! Interviews are about both parties finding the right fit for the job. Doing better interviews is something that can be developed through preparation and practice. April 30 and May 1 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn
  30. 30. Survey Please 30 Interview Skills – Lunch and Learn http://algonquincollege.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/human- resources-recruitment/interview-skills-lunch-and-learn/
  31. 31. QUESTIONS 31

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