Interview Workshop


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This workshop is the 4th in a 5-part Career Series. It is also presented to Human Communications, a class most students take during their freshman year.

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Interview Workshop

  1. 1. Tips On Interviewing
  2. 2. Behavior-Based InterviewQuestions1st Interview 2nd Interview What do you think a typical day (Do your research) would be like at ABC  Tell me something our Company? competitors are doing that How do you manage your time? we are not. (Time management)  How do you make important How do you handle “difficult decisions? customers”?  Can you sell me on our (Problem solving) current products? What strategies do you call on  What unique qualities do you to handle multiple deadlines? possess that make you different (Time management) from other candidates?  What skills are you working to What has been the most difficult situation you have had improve in the next year to handle in your job? professionally and personally? (Problem solving)  What type of salary are you looking for?
  3. 3. So What Are They Really Looking For? Tell me about yourself. Your answer to this statement sets the tone for the interview. State 1 or 2 strengths you have that are pertinent to this job. Share past experiences that have affected your decision to go into your chosen major. Mention strengths and abilities that are important in this career field. DO NOT share your family history or anything personal that does not relate to your job in this field.
  4. 4. Candidate Interview QuestionsHuman Resources: Peer Interview: Tell me about an employee in  Why did you decide to join this your organization who is company? considered to be an  How have your expectations outstanding employee. What changed over time? makes that person special?  What do you consider your companys strengths and What would you consider to weaknesses? be exceptional performance Hiring Manager Interview: from someone performing in this position in the first 90  What are the measurements days? for success within your organization?  What can I do to make you I feel my background and successful? experience are a good fit for this position and I am very  What will be the interested. What is the next measurements of my success in step? this position?
  5. 5. Closing The Interview Ask if there is anything else you can provide such as references. Ask about the next step in the process. It is appropriate to ask about an approximate decision date. According to NACE 2011 Recruiting Benchmark Survey, average amount of time from interview to offer is 22 days.
  6. 6. Send A Thank You NoteIn a Career Buildersurvey, 22% ofemployersreported they wouldnot hire someonewho didn’t send athank you note afterthe interview
  7. 7. How Did You Do On ThePretest? 20-19 = A Strong Interview Skills 17-18 = B Average Interview Skills 15-16 = C Weak Interview Skills 14-0 = D Listen Up & Take Notes
  8. 8. Online Profiles Matter 45% of companies always search 29% occasionally search 13% don’t search at all 13% review if candidate provides2011 Social Recruiting Survey Conducted byJobvite, July 2011.
  9. 9. So What Are They Really Looking For? Why should we hire you? Think of yourself as a product and develop a sales statement. Summarize your accomplishments and relate them to the job. Look at the job description and link 2 or 3 qualities you have to this position.
  10. 10. So What Are They Really Looking For? What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? When assessing your strengths, focus on knowledge- based skills, transferable skills and personal traits When assessing your weaknesses, select a professional trait that you would like to improve upon.
  11. 11. Illegal Interview Questions Be assertive if you areasked an illegal interview question.
  12. 12. Telephone Interview Preparation May be the first round of screening out candidates. Use a land line if possible. Tape your resume to a wall. Have a notepad handy to take notes. Place a "Do Not Disturb" note on your door. Turn off your stereo, TV, and any other potential distractions.
  13. 13. Skype/Webcam Interviews Set up your webcam so you are looking straight into the camera.  Set your laptop on top of a pile of books if you need to. Check your lighting and your background. Dress professionally. No low-cut shirts! Be aware of nervous habits (hair tossing, hands on the face) Have a Plan B in case you have technical difficulties. Skype with a family member or friend before your interview.
  14. 14. Group Interviews Teamwork is important Greet all interviewers individually When answering questions, be sure you are engaging the entire group
  15. 15. Should I Bring My Portfolio?A professional portfolio is recommended for marketing/advertising, graphic design, communication, education and visual arts. Optional for other industries.
  16. 16. If You Are Taken Out To Lunch Turn your cell phone off. Stay away from sensitive conversation subjects such as religion and politics. Safe conversation topics are family, travel or weather. Place your napkin in your lap once everyone is seated.
  17. 17. If You Are Taken Out To Lunch Don’t order messy food such as spaghetti, chicken, pizza, ribs or big sandwiches. Water, juice or ice tea are appropriate drink orders. Once silverware is used, it does not touch the table. Salt and pepper should be passed as a set.
  18. 18. If You Are Taken Out To Lunch Cut food into bite-size pieces so you may quickly chew and swallow your food before speaking. The main point is you are still being interviewed so eating is secondary. If you need to excuse yourself, place your napkin on your chair, not on the table.
  19. 19. If You Are Taken Out To Lunch Place your utensils on your plate in the ten and four o’clock position to indicate you are finished. Handles at four o’clock, tops at ten o’clock. Place your napkin to the left side of your plate, never on your plate. The host will pick up the tab. It is inappropriate to offer payment.
  20. 20. Do’s and Don’ts ForJob Fair SuccessDO have a list of those companies you must visit and the order you wish to meet with them. offer your resume, but be prepared to go to a company website to fill out an online application and upload your resume. be prepared to fill out an application. send a thank you note to the employers you met.
  21. 21. Do’s and Don’ts ForJob Fair SuccessDon’t ask the following questions:  Do you have any openings?  How much do you pay?  Do you want to see my portfolio? show up unprepared. stand in line at an employer’s booth for more than 10 minutes. be bashful. chew gum.
  22. 22. Life After College Workshop Monday, April 2312:00 in West Private Dining Room 4:00 in Hershey Hall, Room 201
  23. 23. Career Services Contact Information Heidi Seegers, Director Office InformationOffice Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5pm Or by appointment Hershey Hall, Room 231 319-385-6375 Online Networking