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?
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.
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?
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.
Send A Thank You NoteIn a Career Buildersurvey, 22% ofemployersreported they wouldnot hire someonewho didn’t send athank you note afterthe interview
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
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.
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.
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.
Illegal Interview Questions Be assertive if you areasked an illegal interview question.
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.
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.
Group Interviews Teamwork is important Greet all interviewers individually When answering questions, be sure you are engaging the entire group
Should I Bring My Portfolio?A professional portfolio is recommended for marketing/advertising, graphic design, communication, education and visual arts. Optional for other industries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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