Your Appointment With Your Future Is Now


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This is a nuts and bolts presentation on everything you need to know about interviewing for a job. From what to wear, what questions to ask, and what to bring- this presentation is made available to you by the Jobing Foundation.

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  • This presentation is for all levels. Presenter can customize and stress certain areas more than others for various groups. For instance, for entry level job seekers… spend extra time on areas such as dress, handshake, common simple questions For more advanced, additional time can be spent on practicing behaviorial interviews and negotiations.
  • This is just a statement. Brings the point home that this is most important part of the job search. Mention that most people spends hours on the resume, but then just show up for the interview unprepared.
  • Start with the goal in mind Discuss the point that even if you decide this is not the job for you, use this experience as a training ground. Seek to impress. Goal to 1) get the job offer, 2) get moved on to the next step or interview in multiple interview process
  • Discuss 1 st impressions How to build rapport Appearance, discussion of over the top and appropriate… Handshake… may want to practice if it’s a younger group
  • Discuss each and why Pen(s) to take notes, fill out applications. Good impression if you don’t have to ask for one. Portfolio/legal pad. You can carry your loose papers inside. Take notes, write down questions to ask . Multiple copies of your resume so you can give the interviewer the “pretty” one. May have multiple interviewers. Cover letter so that you can be thorough Notes from your research. Print off the first few pages of their website or the job advertisement. Not to Bring Children – you want to provide the impression that you have your family concerns handled Phone – leave it in the car or at least turn it off Extra bags – may make you appear clumsy when picking up multiple items. Even a purse can have that affect.
  • Research company website Products and services What can you find out about the job Rehearse Have someone ask you common questions Think stories Pre-interview discovery When someone calls you to set up an interview… (what to ask on next slide)
  • These are items you can ask the person that calls to set up the in person interview STRESS spellings and why its so important
  • Discuss with the audience this being uncomfortable. How to find someone that works there through your network or just cold calling How would this give you an advantage?
  • There are basically 2 types of interviews… traditional and behavioral. General differences between the two. Trend is moving towards behavioral. Most larger organizations will utilize this technique. Sample questions on next few slides.
  • Discuss how to answer these.
  • Discuss stories. Have a moral to the story. These are difficult on the spot, that’s why it’s imperative to think of some examples ahead of time. If time… have audience members give some examples of how they’d answer.
  • Discuss Other sticky situations? Focus on staying POSITIVE and go back to the lessons learned.
  • This is a great one to have audience participation.. Just put up the header… and ask… there’s one question that’s asked at EVERY interview bar none. Let them throw out the common ones and then give them the hint. Hint: The question comes at the end of the interview.
  • Suggestion to write down some of these sample generic questions a few pages back on the legal pad. Always have a question to ask. 1 st impression most important, 2 nd most important is the last impression Having a question – that’s NOT about salary or benefits -- will leave a great last impression
  • This is why you DON’T discuss salary and benefits. Keep the focus on what you can do for the company, not what the company can do for you.
  • This is the one time that everyone is a salesperson… and the product is YOU. Make the ASK. Don’t leave the interview until you have at least done a “trial” close.
  • Thank you note Evaluate the interview for yourself. Make notes on what you’d like to do differently. Review your resume against the interview meaning.. Did you highlight the skills that were most important Follow up. Call when you say you’re going to call. Feedback… you probably won’t get any negative, but perhaps ask for specifics on your interview style or ways you could improve. Use it as a learning step.
  • DON’T talk salary unless they bring it up. Complete compensation. Salary is not all there is. Look at complete package. Know what you’re worth – what you need to make, salary websites (usually skew a bit
  • This slide is to just take a final review… Suggestion that the job seeker take this with them and ensure that at the end of the interview that they’ve covered everything that THEY want to cover. Did they point out special applicable skills, abilities, experience? Did they ask at least ONE question about the job or the company? Did they do the “ASK”? Did they write a thank you letter with one follow up stress point it in it?
  • Your Appointment With Your Future Is Now

    1. 1. The Interview Your Appointment With Your Future Is Now...
    2. 2. The Purpose of the Interview <ul><li>The resume gets you the interview … </li></ul><ul><li>The interview gets you the job </li></ul><ul><li>Start with the goal in mind. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Your Goal <ul><li>Goal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If the process will be multiple interviews, your goal is the next interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If one, the goal is an offer of employment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ALWAYS! Even when you decide this is not the job for you. </li></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    4. 4. First Impressions <ul><li>You never get a 2 nd chance to make a 1 st impression </li></ul><ul><li>7-10 seconds to make a great first impression </li></ul><ul><li>Build rapport </li></ul><ul><li>Every person you meet could be an influencer </li></ul><ul><li>Appearances DO matter! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makeup/cologne </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jewelry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Handshake </li></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    5. 5. What to Bring <ul><li>What to Bring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolio/legal pad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copies of your resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cover letter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notes from your research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What NOT to Bring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra bags… even a purse can get in your way </li></ul></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    6. 6. Preparing for the Interview <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Rehearse </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Interview Discovery </li></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    7. 7. PRE-Interview Discovery <ul><li>Correct spelling of interviewer(s) names </li></ul><ul><li>Steps in the hiring process </li></ul><ul><li>How many interviews are expected </li></ul><ul><li>Who will be performing the interview </li></ul><ul><li>What format is the interview </li></ul><ul><li>How many candidates are currently being considered </li></ul><ul><li>Why are they hiring for this position? Growth? Replacement? </li></ul><ul><li>How many employees in the dept? Company? </li></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    8. 8. Give Yourself an Advantage <ul><li>Interview someone who currently holds the job or works for the company! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What does the day look like? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the most commonly used skills? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work environment / atmosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal attire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s the boss like? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s important? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How did he/she get the job? </li></ul></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    9. 9. Types of Interviews <ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Historical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress detector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ gut feel” based on rapport </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Behavioral </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Past behaviors predict future actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stories </li></ul></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    10. 10. Common Traditional Questions <ul><li>Tell me about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths and weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments or failures </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you want to work here? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you leaving your current positions? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your career goals? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you do for fun? </li></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    11. 11. Sample Behavioral Interview Questions <ul><li>Tell me about a time when you worked with a team and the outcome? </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an example of a stressful situation in your previous job and what </li></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    12. 12. Handling Sticky Situations <ul><li>Career Gap </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Position the gap as a career decision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on accomplishments and skills used during the gap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play up professional affiliations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have you ever been fired or laid off? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lessons learned or positive spin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discrimination… or just ignorance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give the benefit of the doubt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay positive </li></ul></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    13. 13. One Question That’s Always Asked <ul><li>Do you have any questions for me? </li></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    14. 14. Do you have any questions for me? <ul><li>What kind of orientation or training program will I complete when I begin the job? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of person succeeds in this company? </li></ul><ul><li>What will be the biggest challenge I’ll have in the job? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you enjoy most about working for this company? Dislike most? </li></ul><ul><li>Could you describe your (the company) management style? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some goals you’ve set for this position? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did the person who had this job before succeed or fail? </li></ul>Jobing Foundation | Leave a Lasting Impression!
    15. 15. Remember! The interview is about what’s in it for the company Jobing Foundation |
    16. 16. Make the Ask... Close <ul><li>Ask for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for the next interview </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for the next step </li></ul><ul><li>Most importantly, ASK. </li></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    17. 17. Following the Interview <ul><li>Always write a thank you note. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include high points of interview as well as things you would have like to have mentioned in the interview. Snail mail or email. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Review your resume against the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Know when to follow up </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t get the job — ask for feedback on your interview. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank them for their honesty. Do not try to re-sell yourself. </li></ul></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    18. 18. Negotiations <ul><li>The interview is about what’s in it for the company </li></ul><ul><li>If the employer hasn’t brought it up… now is NOT the time to discuss compensation </li></ul><ul><li>If they do… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know what you’re worth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider complete compensation package, not just salary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let them offer first whenever possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a range </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be reasonable in follow through (1 business day) </li></ul></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    19. 19. Interview Agenda Review <ul><li>Introduction / schmooze </li></ul><ul><li>Points You Want Covered </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Abilities / Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific examples of success </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions for the Company </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for the Follow up Interview or THE JOB! </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you letter </li></ul>Jobing Foundation |
    20. 20. Questions? Jobing Foundation |