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How to survive

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How to survive

  1. 1. How to surviveThe Job Interview Occupational Prep II 2012
  2. 2. Research the company• Know the job duties• Know the company• Ask questions
  3. 3. Write down your strengths• Identify your strengths• Relate them to the job• Give examples of where you have demonstrated these
  4. 4. Appearance matters…a lot!• If you don’t dress seriously, they can’t take you seriously• Make a good first impression• Dress conservatively• Be well groomed and clean• Show your creativity in your work, not your appearance
  5. 5. Details matter• Nicely styled hair• Natural clean looking makeup• Clean your fingernails• Skip the clunky jewelry• Avoid strong perfumes
  6. 6. Greeting & Introduction Be on time! Use Mr. or Ms. Unless they ask you to use first names. Give a firm handshake. Only 1 chance Don’t sit until you are invited to to make a good impression! Always make eye contact Smile!! Remember “please” and “Thank you” Small talk is good!
  7. 7. What to bring to the interview• Several copies of your resume• Your portfolio, if applicable• Notebook & pen• Names, addresses and phone numbers for references
  8. 8. Body Language: What signals are you sending?Positive signals:Leaning forward = InterestedSmiling = friendlyNodding = attentive & alertEye contact = curious & focused
  9. 9. Body LanguageNegative signals: Crossed arms = defensive Fidgeting hands or tapping feet = nervous or bored Lack of eye contact = untrustworthy Leaning back = discomfort
  10. 10. Types of Interview Questions Be prepared to talk about yourself and your experiences. Provide specific examples of your experiences or accomplishments. Remain positive, enthusiastic and confident throughout the interview.
  11. 11. Frequently asked questions• Tell me about yourself• How has your education prepared you for this position?• Who or what has had the greatest influence on the development of your career interests?• Why are you interested in this company?• Tell me about your strengths.• What are your weaknesses?• Why should I hire you?
  12. 12. Frequently asked questions• What has been your greatest challenge?• What work experience has been the most valuable to you and why.• How do you solve conflicts?• Give me an example of a problem you solved.• How do you motivate people?• Do you consider yourself a “team player”?• What frustrates you the most?• What can you contribute to our company?
  13. 13. General Interview Strategies Avoid filler words such as “um”, “ah” and “you know”. Avoid indecisive phrases such as: “I think”, “I guess”, “probably”, “pretty good”. Think before speaking Avoid long answers If you did not hear or understand the question, ask them to repeat it for you. Remain calm, relaxed and be yourself!
  14. 14. Make a solid Impression• Ask good questions• Thank the interviewer• Extend a handshake• Request a business card• Inquire about next steps in the process• Let them know that you want the job
  15. 15. Interview don’ts Don’t make negative comments about previous employers or supervisors Don’t treat the interview too casually Don’t give the impression you are only interested about money Don’t chew gum or smell like smoke Don’t take cell phone calls during the interview Don’t act desperate to take anything Don’t make excuses – take responsibility for your actions Don’t lie
  16. 16. Follow up• Send a thank you note within 24 hours• Letter may be handwritten or typed; email is also acceptable• Tailor each one to the individual
  17. 17. EvaluateAfter the interview, take some time to reflect. How did you do overall? What were your strengths? What needs improvement? What steps can I take next time to improve?
  18. 18. THANK YOU!

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