Interviewing and Networking

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Interviewing and Networking

  1. 1. Interviewing and Networking Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  2. 2. Agenda• Interviewing – Preparation and General Overview – Tips and suggestions – Different Kinds of Interviews• Networking – What it is and how it works – Alumni and Mentoring Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  3. 3. Interviewing Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  4. 4. Interviewing Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  5. 5. In hopes that you don’t answer questions like this… Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  6. 6. Interviewing• An interview… – Offers you and the employer the opportunity to learn whether or not there is a fit between you and the organization – Is a two way street – Indicates general qualifications as demonstrated on your resume – Takes time and preparation Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  7. 7. Interviewing• Regardless of Industry, employers are interested in… – Communication Skills – Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills – Leadership Qualities/Potential – Business Acumen – Organizational Skills – Analytical and Problem-Solving Ability – Maturity – Pose – Other competencies as necessary Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  8. 8. Interviewing• Preparation for the Interview – Careful Systematic Preparation • Calmer, more organized and articulate – Four Critical Areas of Preparation 1. Know Yourself and Your Career Objectives 2. Gather information about the organization and position you seek 3. Anticipating probable questions and formulated responses to those questions 4. Come to the interview ready to ask informed questionsProcess of Effective Interviewing Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  9. 9. Interviewing – Areas of Preparation• Know Yourself – Results of Self-Assessment – Goal Setting – Exercises from orientation/summer (translating outcomes into action) Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  10. 10. Interviewing – Areas of Preparation• Knowing the Company – Handout from orientation – Web tools – Talk to people! – What should you know? Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  11. 11. Interviewing – Areas of Preparation• Process of Effective Interviewing – Reading the Interviewer exercise (page 9) Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  12. 12. Interviewing – Preparation Points to Consider• Practice makes perfect! – Recording yourself answering questions, etc. – Watch for filler words and habits• Interview Attire• Non-Verbal Body Language• First two steps review from Self-Assessment – Knowing your goals and what makes you, you• Prepare PSR’s, questions and answers Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  13. 13. Interviewing• Day of the Interview – Environmental and Logistical Factors – Personal Preparation – Upon arrival and before you meet your interviewer • Receptionist • Waiting Room Behavior Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  14. 14. Interviewing• Stages of an interview – Getting started – The Body of the Interview • Down to Business – Can you do the job? Will you fit in here? • Answering Interview Questions – Closing the Interview – After the Interview Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  15. 15. Interviewing• Getting Started – The importance of “informal openings” – Remember to smile! Be confident! – Pace yourself and listen. Take time to respond – Focus on establishing a relaxed, social atmosphere – Remain professional at all times Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  16. 16. Interviewing• Down To Business – The interviewer describes the position and organization – Interviewer’s questions address concerns in several critical areas: • Can you do the job? • Will you “fit” in here? • Are you willing to take the extra step? • What is it like to supervise you? • How do you deal with conflict? • Etc… – Recognize the “real” question behind the many questions that are asked Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  17. 17. Interviewing• Answering Interview Questions – Listen Carefully to the questions being asked! – Focus on what is really being asked – Answer questions briefly and always as an advantage/credit to yourself – Answer the real question by presenting your related skills and track record – Practice answering sample interviewing questions Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  18. 18. Interviewing Tell me about yourself (Bad)| What are your weaknesses (Bad)Tell me about yourself (Good)| What are your weaknesses (Good) Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  19. 19. Interviewing• Closing the Interview – Ask any appropriate job-related questions – Summarize the key points of the interview – If a problem came up, address it again – Thank the interviewer by name – Express interest – Ask about next steps – Say “thank you” and “goodbye” Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  20. 20. Interviewing• Closing the Interview continued… – Do • Leave the interviewer with a positive image of you being confident, enthusiastic and courteous • Ask the recruiter when you can expect to be contacted • Re-emphasize your interest in the position • Ask for a business card • Shake the recruiter’s hand, and thank him/her for considering you • Send a thank you letter within 24 hours Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  21. 21. Interviewing• Closing the Interview continued… – Don’t • Apologize if you think you may have interviewed badly • Ask for feedback on your interviewing style Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  22. 22. Interviewing• After the Interview – Immediately following the interview, make notes: • Whom did you meet? Include names and titles • What does the job involve? • What went well? Why? • What went poorly? Why? • What are the next steps? For the interviewer? For you? • Etc.. Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  23. 23. Interviewing• After the interview continued… – Schedule follow up times on your calendar – Follow up notes, letters are critical • Common courtesy • Make a favorable impression • Reiterate certain points that came up in the interview Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  24. 24. Interviewing• The Different Kinds and Types of Interviews – Screening Interviews – Selection (or one-on-one) Interviews – Group Interviews – Lunch Interviews – Committee Interviews – Stress Interviews – Telephone Interviews – Career Fairs Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  25. 25. Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  26. 26. Interviewing• Types of Interview Questions – Traditional Interview Questions – Behavioral Interview Questions – Case Interview Questions Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  27. 27. Interviewing• Traditional Interview Questions – Insight into who you are – Your experience (educational, work and leadership) – How you fit in the job and the organization Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  28. 28. Interviewing• Behavioral Interview Questions – Based on the theory that your past behavior is a key indicator of future performance – Review your background! Look for examples of: • Class projects • Work experience • Leadership activities and community service – Key is to identify your talents, problem solving abilities, communication and leadership skills and professional demeanor. Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  29. 29. Interviewing• Case Interview Questions – Given a complex question and asked to find a solution – Expected to think aloud guiding the recruiter through your thought process • Example: How many gas stations are there in the United States? Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  30. 30. Interviewing• In closing – Review information packet for samples and additional tips – Remember the four most important things in preparing for an interview • Know yourself and your career objective • Know the company and the position • Be ready to answer and ask questions informatively – PRACTICE! Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  31. 31. Networking Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  32. 32. Networking “Networking is a universally recognized means of exchanging information withother people and establishing professional contacts.” - Networking, by Meg Heenehan Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  33. 33. Networking “Think of Networking as a method of forming professional relationships andexchanging information with people with whom you share vocational and professional interests.” - Quincareers.com Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  34. 34. Networking• What is it? – Strategic vs. Serendipity Networking – For job hunters, networking is the best method for identifying possible sources of employment (article on page 91) Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  35. 35. Networking• Why Network? – Many desirable positions not advertised – 80% of desirable jobs filled through Hidden Job Market (HJM) – Connections last longer than initial job search – Mentorship, relationships – One day you might be “the person” to know! Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  36. 36. Hidden Job Market Stage 4: JobOpening publicly Stage 3: announced Knowledge of opening grows, inquiries made of potential candidates Stage 2: Shift of Balance- Additional Personnel Needed Stage 1: No Opening Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  37. 37. Networking• How to begin – Start with people you know – Ask questions regarding • People in your field • Their work and the organizations they work for – Contact as many as you can- build your foundation. – Think broad when beginning list of contacts. For example…. Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
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  39. 39. Networking• You can contact… – Business Colleagues and co-workers – Alumni! – Friends – Social Acquaintances – Professional Acquaintances – Former classmates and teachers – Relatives, etc.! Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  40. 40. Networking• Networking Summary – Prepared “speech” for those you network with – Networking Chain Exercise – Informational Interviewing Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  41. 41. Networking• Introverted people and Networking • Review of Page 105 in your workbook • Page 79 Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  42. 42. Online Networking• Web 2.0 (article in book, page 100)• Social Networking• Professional Networking Sites Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  43. 43. Networking• Follow up – Send thank you note – Keep notes on important information when you network – Share successes and stories with friends and colleagues Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  44. 44. Networking• In Closing – Networking is not begging for a job – Focus should be not on your need for employment, but on competencies and what you bring to an organization – Continuously build your network! – If you consider yourself “networking nervous”, read through Networking myths and articles provided in handout Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series
  45. 45. AnyQuestions? Graduate Career Services Fall Workshop Series

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