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Overview of interview styles and preparation.

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  1. 1. You just landed the interview. Now What?
  2. 2. <ul><li>Always go to an interview—don’t be a no-show! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for networking—maybe they will tell someone else! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of interviews: traditional, behavioral, situational, telephone, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Information-gathering questions with straightforward answers </li></ul><ul><li>Sample questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have the skills, enthusiasm and work-ethic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you be a team player and fit into the company? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your long term and short term career objectives? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you consider your greatest strengths and weaknesses? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Past performance indicates future performance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sample questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Tell me a specific example about a time you had to handle multiple projects at once” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe a situation where you had difficulty relating to another person in a group that may have resulted in confrontation. How did you handle it?  </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Gives specific situations you may encounter on the job—future-oriented. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Consider a situation where you and a co-worker are jointly working on a project. You divided up work in a manner you both agreed to. However, your co-worker fails to do his or her share of the work. What would you do?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you were a supervisor, how would you respond to a client that complained your employee misrepresented your company's product? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Telephone/Video interviews minimizes recruitment costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>great way to screen potential candidates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could include facets of both situational and behavioral interview </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Group/panel interviews include a presentation about the company and a Q&A sessions. Interviewers are observing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attire and body language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group interaction and participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also allows you a chance to screen the employer </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Prepare, prepare, prepare! </li></ul><ul><li>Do your research: </li></ul><ul><li>Know yourself, the employer and the position </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Products or services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of customers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subsidiaries or parent companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do they rank in the industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sales and profit trends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future plans </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><ul><li>First impressions are invaluable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shows you are serious </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Female </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservative suit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimal jewelry and makeup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No visible piercings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No perfume </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>Men </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conservative, 2-piece suit, white shirt and simple tie </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Always a jacket and tie </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pressed clothes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No visible piercings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Neat, trimmed hair and nails </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clean dress shoes </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Know where you are going and how to get there </li></ul><ul><li>Be on time, or even better, 5 to 10 minutes early </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a nice portfolio with paper, pen and extra copies of your resume </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Practice your responses to common questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice STAR method: Situation, Task, Action, Results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the interviewers name when appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>What about an unexpected, tough question? </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare questions for the interviewer </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Write down any unexpected questions for reference later </li></ul><ul><li>Immediately follow up with a thank you note </li></ul><ul><li>Give them 7-10 days before calling </li></ul><ul><li>Know it takes an average of 3 months to find a full-time position—don’t get discouraged </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t talk money…until they make an offer </li></ul>
  13. 13. College of Basic & Applied Science Nicole Green JH 309 494-8797 [email_address] College of Business Katy Riddle BAS S123 494-8911 [email_address] College of Education & Behavioral Sciences Lewis Gray KUC 328 494-7709 [email_address] College of Liberal Arts Lucy Billings-Jones Todd 226 898-5364 [email_address] College of Mass Comm Nancy Stubblefield Bragg 130 904-8154 [email_address]