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Real World Interviews

  1. 1. Real World Interviews
  2. 2. Before you go: <ul><li>Research the company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Missions, values, news articles, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Memorize a short commercial about yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summarize professional & personal life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Practice answers to anticipated questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Bring Copies <ul><li>Resume, cover letter, references </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typed on your personal letterhead </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anything job specific </li></ul><ul><li>Pen & notebook – some people prefer to take notes </li></ul>
  4. 4. Appearances Count!! <ul><li>Don’t be too trendy </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be casual </li></ul><ul><li>Check your shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Be conservative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hair, piercing, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grooming is must, makeup, nails, face, etc. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Dressing for Success for mock interviews <ul><li>Avoid blue denim at all costs </li></ul><ul><li>No sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts </li></ul><ul><li>NO SNEAKERS </li></ul><ul><li>Example of casual job interview: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not appropriate for mock interviews </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Appearances Count!! <ul><li>Look sharper than you usually do </li></ul><ul><li>Go blue, gray, black, white </li></ul><ul><li>Go early </li></ul><ul><li>Be kind, while waiting </li></ul>
  7. 7. Formal Interview Attire Mock interview attire
  8. 9. Be Prepared <ul><li>For odd/offbeat questions </li></ul><ul><li>For questions about job hopping </li></ul><ul><li>About if/why you were fired or let go </li></ul><ul><li>About gaps in employment </li></ul><ul><li>About school/work attendance </li></ul>
  9. 11. Entering the Interview <ul><li>Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Shake hands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Firm, but not death grip </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. Wait to Sit Down!! <ul><li>Until the interviewer asks you to </li></ul><ul><li>If they don’t offer, sit at the same time they do </li></ul>
  11. 13. Eye Contact <ul><li>Look at the interviewer often </li></ul><ul><li>Looking around indicates nervousness or lying </li></ul>
  12. 14. Interviewing Behaviors <ul><li>Address the interviewer by formal name, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Jones </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Miller </li></ul><ul><li>Take time to think about your answers before speaking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AVOID “Ummm”,”Ahhh”, or “I don’t know” (and other filler words) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. Interviewing Behaviors <ul><li>Speak clearly and use proper grammar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FISHIN or HUNTIN (uses the G) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AIN’T is NEVER appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask for clarification or to rephrase if you don’t understand </li></ul><ul><li>Ask to repeat if you need stall time </li></ul>
  14. 16. Interviewing Behaviors <ul><li>Be Positive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never criticize your former bosses, coworkers, teachers, or other authority figures in a personal manner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stress your qualifications for the job </li></ul>
  15. 17. Interviewing Behaviors <ul><li>Express your readiness to undertake the job duties </li></ul><ul><li>Ask when a hiring decision will be made </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the interviewer for their time </li></ul>
  16. 19. What NOT to Do!! <ul><li>Tap pens, fingers, or other items </li></ul><ul><li>Play with hair </li></ul><ul><li>Tap toes, knees, feet </li></ul><ul><li>Chew gum, fingers, pens </li></ul><ul><li>Speak incredibly fast, loud, or too quietly </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss personal problems </li></ul>
  17. 20. How to Sit <ul><li>No slouching </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fold or cross arms </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t grip the armrests for dear life </li></ul><ul><li>Not to comfy but not on edge </li></ul>
  18. 21. How to Sit During the Interview Don’t DO
  19. 22. At the End <ul><li>Be sure to ask relevant questions </li></ul><ul><li>Reaffirm interest in position </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t overstay your welcome </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for a business card for follow up </li></ul>
  20. 23. Questions to ask them… <ul><li>What would my key responsibilities be? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you describe a typical day? </li></ul><ul><li>Was the last person in this job promoted? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is the company headed? </li></ul>
  21. 24. Questions to ask them… <ul><li>What type of training would I receive? </li></ul><ul><li>What would my first project be? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is this job open? </li></ul>
  22. 25. Thank-you Note <ul><li>Always send a thank you note to follow up </li></ul><ul><li>Mail within 24 hours </li></ul><ul><li>Refer to some part of the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight skills not discussed during interview </li></ul><ul><li>State availability for callback interviews </li></ul>

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