Know what the company does.Is it a national or international company?Research the particular job.Check in newspapers for last minute developments in the company or industry you are interested in working.Achievements?If you do not know where the company is located, go several days before so you won’t get lost.
Think about your skills and describe them.Brainstorm interview questions that may be asked.Practice answering the questions.Mention facts that endorse your candidacy.Prepare an informal opening and closing statement that emphasizes why you want the job and why you think you are qualified.
Practice: Think of actual examples that describe your skills; provide evidence of your successes.Prepare: Prepare responses for possible questions. The more prepared, the less stress.Get ready: Wear appropriate attire, bring your portfolio with copies of résumé, include pen & paper for note-taking.Be punctual: Arrive 5-10 minutes early; make sure you know how to get there. If possible, go the day before.
Stay calm: If you are nervous, take a few deep breaths; try to relax.Turn off: mobile phones and digital watches.Maintain eye contact with the interviewer; listen to the question before answering.
Always speak the truth: Never lie!!!Show what you know: Prepare responses for possible questions.Mention what you know about the company: When answering try to demonstrate what you know about the company; match your accomplishments with what the company is looking for.Follow up with a call or thank you letter.
General impression is very hard to change later.Physical appearance: well-groomedBody language: relaxed and self-confidentHandshake: firmEye contact: maintain good eye contactGreeting: be cordial and respectful.
Appearance: Conveys a message about your attitude.Posture: Lean forward slightly to demonstrate interest.Eye contact: Consider cultural differences.
Answer when appropriate, never interrupt.Negative talk will give a bad impression.During the interview, maintain awareness of cultural differences by avoiding physical contact.For example, say: “It’s nice to meet you, Mrs. Rodríguez.”
Look up company background information: history, locations, mission, etc. Print it out and review before interview. You should be able to answer, “What do you know about this company?”Dress appropriately: If you are not sure what to wear, dress in business attire.Connect with the person who is hiring: shake hands, make eye contact, convey confidence, connect to the interviewer. This allows the interviewer to consider that you may be the perfect candidate before you are even interviewed.During the interview: Never answer cell phone-put it to vibrate or turn it off.Lack of application documentation:no résumé, job application or list of references.Keep focused: Keep answers simple and to the point. Do not ramble on. No life story.
Be responsive and answer the best you can. Be communicative. Answer questions fully.Besides the résumé, you may be asked to fill out a job application. Know all important dates like of prior employment, graduation and employer contact information.Always listen carefully to the question before answering. Take a moment to gather your thoughts before responding so you won’t make a mistake. Never criticize past employer or company. This is a small world. The interviewer might know your past boss or might think that if hired and later resign from the company. you’ll talk about them in the same way.Follow up with a thank you note and reiterate your interest in the position and company.
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Make students aware that before going to the interview, they should investigate the salary range of the position to which they are applying. This includes freelancers and/or professional services.Also take into consideration the entire compensation: salary, fringe benefits, opportunities for professional growth and education.
Benefits: complete medical plan, car allowance, car mileage…Performance review: You can prove your worth in the company. Flexible time arrangements: Work from home 1-2 days a week or twice a month, extra vacation days
Instead of talking about the bad things of your past employer or job, talk about the type of organization that is right for you.If asked and you do not know anything about the company, the interviewer will question why you are applying. The interviewer could think it is mainly for the money and not for the career.If you do not have any questions, it can be interpreted as a lack of interest. If all your questions have been answered, but you looked up information about the company you can always have a question in your pocket to ask. If you have a valid excuse for taking some days off, this should be mentioned after the salary negotiation /offer stage.
You haven’t gotten the job yet; don’t talk about promotions.You might want to have small talk, but do not ask controversial topics.Don’t make allusions to scripted answers. This does not impress. Be down to earth. This is a conversation between two people.Do not rant/make angry comments. This does not cause a good impression. People do not like this and they might disagree with you.
Benefits: complete medical plan, car allowance, car mileage…Performance review: You can prove your worth in the company. Work from home: 1-2 days a week or twice a month Vacation: extra days brings happiness and rest on the long run & its cheaper for the employer.
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How do you feel? Are you stressed? Do you get very nervous? Can you sell yourself well? Have you prepared effectively? Have you anticipated possible questions?2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 2
Everyone stand in a circle. Look down at the floor. When given the signal, everyone look up and across the circle. Try to meet the eyes of another person.2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 3
When eye contact is made, both should move toward each other. Take each other’s place in the circle without losing eye contact. When both arrive in the new place, try to make eye contact with someone else. Continue until time is called.2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 4
What do you think was the objective of the activity? Was it difficult to find someone who would make eye contact with you? How did you feel when trying to maintain eye contact? Was it difficult?2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 5
Research Investigate information about the company Know where it is located Know the interviewer’s name2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 6
What questions might I be asked? What outstanding skills do I have? What are my salary expectations?2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 7
Practice Prepare Get Be ready punctual2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 8
Stay calm Turn off Answer in Maintain mobile a eye phone confident, contact firm voice2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 9
Always Show Mention Follow speak what what you up the you know about truth know the company2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 10
What is noticed? Physical appearance Body language Handshake Eye contact Greeting/Interview closing2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 11
Occurs in seconds Creates a first and lasting impression Will never get a second chance2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 12
Dress appropriately. Be aware of the other person’s personal space. Observe your posture. Maintain eye contact to show interest. Maintain an amiable disposition.2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 13
Be a good listener. Keep your opinions and dialogue positive. Remember some people do not like to be touched. State the other person’s name whenever possible.2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 14
Lacks preparation Wears inappropriate attire Has poor communication skills Permits technological interference Lacks application documentation Speaks too much2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 15
Speaks too little Does not provide clear facts Fails to communicate clearly Criticizes past employers Forgets to follow up2012 version 16
55 percent of the interviewer’s perception of you is based on how you look,so look good!!Make a Good Impression at a Job Interviewwww.impressforsuccess.com/ArticleMakeaGoodImpression.pdf2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 17
Dressing for Success Solid color, Neat hairstyle conservative suit Sparse make-up and Coordinated blouse perfume Professional shoes Tan or light hosiery (optional) Limited jewelry Portfolio or briefcase Manicured nails2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 18
Dressing for Success Solid color, Neat hairstyle conservative suit Neatly trimmed nails White long sleeve shirt Sparse after shave/cologne Dark socks Portfolio or briefcase Professional shoes Dressing for Success Very limited jewelry By Alison Doyle2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 19
Name of company, What were your position, dates of responsibilities? employment What were your Why are you accomplishments? leaving your job?2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 21
Tell me about What motivates yourself. you? Describe a How do you difficult situation handle stress? & how you handled it.2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 22
About the new & company Why are you What can you interested in this contribute to job? this company? What challenges What would you are you looking like to know for in a position? about the job?2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 23
Why should we Why do you want hire you above all to work here? other applicants? What would you Are you willing to like to know about travel? the company?2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 24
If asked early in the interview… Suggest discussing it when you have been chosen for the job If you have no idea… Ask to discuss the salary range, fringe benefits, contractual specifics.2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 25
Ask for other benefits. Solicit a performance review after a year to request salary increase. Inquire about flexible time agreements. Request all negotiations in writing.2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 27
I hated my boss and/or work. I do not know anything about your company. I have no questions to ask about your company. I need to take some days off.2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 28
How long will it take for me to receive a promotion? Are you an active member of your church? As Shakespeare so expressively put it… Another thing I hate…2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 29
After being assigned a partner, you will decide who will be the interviewer and who will be the interviewee. The interviewer will interview his/her partner using the 5 given questions. Discuss the positive and negative points of the interview.2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 30
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Write a thank you letter or e-mail (a must) Send it preferably within 24 hours after the interview Customize the letter Hand written or typed depending upon the organization-“personality” View letter as a “sales” letter2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 32
Group interviews You may write a group letter Recommended: an individual letter for each interviewer Lunch or dinner interview Express gratitude for meal and for taking the time to interview Remember to proofread the letter.2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 33
May be seen as a “sales” letter Restate why you want the job. Mention your qualifications. State how you can contribute significantly. Express your gratitude2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 34
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• Darlington, R. (2006, August 27). How to Have a Good Job Interview. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from Roger Darlingtons World: http://rogerdarlington.co.uk/Interview.html• Doyle, A. (n.d.). Dressing for Success: How to Dress for an Interview. Retrieved June 11, 2008, from About.com: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewsnetworking/a/dr essforsuccess.htm• Doyle, A. (n.d.). Job Interview Tips: Job Interview Tips and Advice. Retrieved June 11, 2008, from About.com: http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/interviews/a/jobinterviewtip .htm2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 36
• Doyle, A. (n.d.). Top Job Interview Mistakes: Top 10 Interview Blunders. Retrieved June 11, 2008, from About.com: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewsnetworking/a/intervi ewblund.htm• Fifty Standard Interview Questions. (n.d.). Retrieved June 30, 2008, from CollegeGrad.com: http://www.collegegrad.com/jobsearch/Mastering-the- Interview/Fifty-Standard-Interview-Questions/ 2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 37
• Genden, T. (2003, June 23). Setting slide backgrounds in Powerpoint. Retrieved June 2011, from The STA Program @ Trinity College: http://b27.cc.trincoll.edu/weblogs/sta/2010/06/changing_bac kgrounds_and_creating_a_border_in_power_point.html• Hansen, K. (n.d.). Quintessential Careers: Job Interviewing Dos and Donts. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from Quintessential Careers: http://www.quintcareers.com/printable/interviewing-dos- donts.html 2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 38
• Most frequently asked Interview Questions. (n.d.). Retrieved June 11, 2008, from The Placement Papers: http://theplacementpapers.50webs.com/most%2Bfrequen tly%2Basked.pdf• Smith, J. (2008, October 21). What Says to Employers, "Hire Me!". Retrieved October 2008, from Careerbuilder.com: http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-1022-Getting- Hired-What-Says-to-Employers-Hire-Me/2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 39
• SoYouWanna ace a job interview? (n.d.). Retrieved August 9, 2007, from SoYouWanna.com: http://www.soyouwanna.com/soyouwanna-ace-job-interview- 1001-full.html• Thank You Letter - Job Interview: Sample Interview Thank You Letter. (n.d.). Retrieved June 11, 2008, from About.com: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/thankyouletters/a/blthank.htm 2012 version Copyright Delia Serrano 40
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