Speakclearly Bring your Be on time résuméand showthat you Look andhave sound friendlypreparedyourself Dress appropriately Be cleanfor theinterview 8 What Makes a Successful Interview • Ensure you have a high level of hygiene • Answer all the questions the best way you can
Before the Interview…10 Do Your Home Work Know Your Self Prepare Necessary Material
Do Your Home Work11 Research position, company and industry. Know who you will be interviewing with. Be ready for a variety of interviewer styles. Be ready to discuss your strengths and weaknesses Know How to reach the location.
Know Your Self12 Be able to articulate skills, strengths, accomplishments, and career goals Familiarize yourself with your resume Make a list of five accomplishments that you enjoyed. Make a list of five things you have done with proud. Make a list of how your colleagues, staff, and supervisors describe you. Include the positive and negative feedback.
What To Take To The Interview13 Copies of your resume. Copies of letters of recommendation, and a typed reference sheet to be given to the interviewer; Other material relevant to the interview; Pen and paper, so that you can note the name of the interviewer, time for future interviews and other pertinent information.
The Interviewer evaluates16 10% Attitude 40% 25% Image & Appearance Communication Job Qualifications 25%
Ways you can Exhibit a Good Attitude17 • Concentrate on being likable and friendly • Positive language and non-verbal cues • Demonstrate enthusiasm • Demonstrate interest • Excellent Listener • Be Professional
What do Employers seek for :18 Time Communicating Working Well Management Effectively in a Team Problem Using Initiative Being Well Solving Creativity Organized Being Customer/ Adaptable Leadership Client Relations
Types of Questions19 Experience Behavioral/Competency Opinion questions Credential questions
Interview Questions : Initial Tips20 Tough Questions Questions can vary and may be categorized under Personal Assessment, Education and Experience, Career ambition and Plans, Company or Organization. Expect the unexpected Turning a Negative into a Positive
The Balance of Listening and Talking21 • Do not be afraid to ask clarifying questions about the interviewer’s questions. • Listen well so that you can identify opportunities to link your skills and qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for. • It is acceptable to take notes. • Do not interrupt the interviewer. • Take time to formulate your thoughts before answering a tough question and balance talking with listening. • Be as clear and concise as you can in your answers.
Questions To Ask22 What are the responsibilities of this position? What are the reputations, academic training and tenures of the employees in this department? Do you support professional development? How? What do you see as the biggest challenge that someone would face during the first month on the job? ………….
Arriving Early23 Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination (you may want to conduct a dry run prior to your interview day) Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early at the site to allow you to park, walk to the interview, use the restroom, or just gather yourself
General Interview Strategies30 -Be prepared to talk about yourself and your experiences -Master the art of storytelling -Provide specific and concrete examples of your results/accomplishments -Remain positive, enthusiastic, poised, and confident throughout the interview process
General Interview Strategies31 Remember an interview is a formal conversation-- avoid filler words like “Um”, “Ah”, & “You know” Avoid indecisive phrases like: “I think,” “I guess,” “probably,” or “pretty good” Think before speaking Avoid long verbose answers--limit your response to 1- 2 minutes If you do not hear or understand a question, ask them to repeat or clarify it for you
General Interview Strategies32 Remain calm, relaxed, and be yourself Try to focus on the message you are trying to convey--NOT how well you are doing!
Reasons Why Candidates Receive Rejection Replies33 Lack of proper career planning – purposes and goals Lack of knowledge in field of specialization Inability to express thoughts clearly and concisely. Insufficient evidence of achievement. Not prepared for the interview. No real interest in the organization
Dressing for Success-Men34 Suit-Single or double breasted Polished shoes Solid white shirt Conservative tie Neatly groomed hair, beard, and mustache Avoid strong colognes, earrings, and body piercing
Dressing for Success-Women35 Pant or skirt suit Pumps with small to medium heels Light makeup, perfume, and jewelry Wear neutral color hosiery
FOLLOW-UP36 Ask good questions Thank the interviewer Request a business card Inquire about next steps in the process
FOLLOW-UP CONT37 Send a thank you note within 24 hours Letter may be handwritten or typed; e-mail is also acceptable Tailor each one to the individual.
Suggestions38 Conduct a test run the day before the interview Practice! Practice! Practice! •Obtain a list of practice interview questions and jot down short answers • Stand in front of a mirror and rehearse your answers Get a good night’s sleep-be well rested and alert for the interview Be relaxed and be yourself!