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LaSalle Academy - Interview Workshop

  1. 1. How to Ace the Interview and Land the Job Presented by LaSalle Network
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>About LaSalle Network </li></ul><ul><li>What have you been finding in your job search? How is the market? </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges? </li></ul><ul><li>Parents, siblings, friends getting laid off? </li></ul><ul><li>30 second “elevator pitch” </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  3. 3. Content <ul><li>Before the Interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Company/Position </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yourself </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to Bring/Wear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>During the Interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Answering Interview Questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking Interview Questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Closing the Interview </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After the Interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  4. 4. Before the Interview Presented by LaSalle Network
  5. 5. Research <ul><li>The Company and Position </li></ul><ul><li>Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Your References </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  6. 6. The Company <ul><li>Size </li></ul><ul><li>Mission/Values/Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Product </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Employees </li></ul><ul><li>Impressive accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>News stories </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare questions </li></ul><ul><li>Show you have done your homework! </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  7. 7. The Position <ul><li>Job duties and requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Match with your accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Career progression (Hard to do, but if possible) </li></ul><ul><li>Intangibles (Ex. What personality type do they generally look for? Company culture?) </li></ul><ul><li>By knowing the position, you can better sell yourself to them! </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  8. 8. Yourself <ul><li>Skills, abilities, interests </li></ul><ul><li>What are your goals? </li></ul><ul><li>Review work experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a list </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strengths? Weaknesses? Expectations? </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight impactful educational experiences </li></ul><ul><li>THREE specific examples to illustrate past successes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relate to potential employer’s needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>STARR Approach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One-minute overview of who you are and why you are the best fit for each specific position </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  9. 9. Activity <ul><li>5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>List of skills gained through your educational and job experiences (“hard” and “soft skills”: degrees, specialized training, computer skills, languages, communication skills, problem-solving skills, customer service, organizational skills, teamwork skills, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Lastly, objectively list your personality strengths and dislikes </li></ul><ul><li>Draw parallels between your strengths and the position requirements </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  10. 10. Match Your Profile <ul><li>I took software classes in college, and have continued using Microsoft Word and Excel on a regular basis since that time. I used these programs for papers, projects and presentations throughout college, as well as during my times as a research assistant in the Psychology Department. By using these programs, I created surveys and charts for tracking research subjects, as well as a variety of other projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Microsoft Word and Excel abilities </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  11. 11. Match Your Profile <ul><li>While at school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, coordinator of the biggest organization on campus: The UIC Fashion Show. Member of the American Marketing Association. Extracurricular activities, in addition to my studies, required me to juggle. Able to handle these tasks successfully while maintaining a 3.5 GPA within my major. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong organizational abilities </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  12. 12. Match Your Profile <ul><li>During my time in the Department of Psychology, I was responsible for communicating the results of our research through frequent presentations. I also was tasked with communicating with the department’s different professors regarding the progress of various studies. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong verbal and written communication skills </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  13. 13. What to Bring <ul><li>At least two clean, hard copies of your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Two to three professional references (Phone numbers and email) </li></ul><ul><li>Pen and pad of paper </li></ul><ul><li>Anything else the company requested you bring (Ex. Writing samples, prior projects, cover letter, etc.) </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  14. 14. What to Wear <ul><li>Crisp, clean, wrinkle-free suit </li></ul><ul><li>Shine your shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Nice folder or briefcase </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative and polished (black, gray, or navy blue) </li></ul><ul><li>Dress above what the job requires </li></ul><ul><li>Women: minimal make-up, minimal jewelry and no perfume </li></ul><ul><li>Men: minimal jewelry, no cologne and be well-groomed </li></ul><ul><li>Get a good night’s sleep. Not only will you look better, but you will feel better, and perform better too! </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  15. 15. Travel <ul><li>Plan your mode of transportation ahead of time. Map out your route and allow plenty of time for wrong turns, traffic, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Be early, but not too </li></ul><ul><li>Write down the interview time, location, phone number, interviewer’s name and title </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  16. 16. Your References <ul><li>Contact your references prior to your interview </li></ul><ul><li>Provide employers with accurate contact information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  17. 17. The Interview Presented by LaSalle Network
  18. 18. The Interview <ul><li>Begins when you walk in the door </li></ul><ul><li>Professional and respectful, no matter who you’re interacting with (Receptionist to President) </li></ul><ul><li>Stand, smile, offer a firm handshake, and maintain eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Body language: Stand and sit straight without slouching </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  19. 19. Answering Interview Questions <ul><li>EXAMPLES, EXAMPLES, EXAMPLES </li></ul><ul><li>STARR Approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Task </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relate </li></ul></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  20. 20. Answering Interview Questions <ul><li>Body language, eye contact, nonverbal communication </li></ul><ul><li>Pause before answers. Listen, think, reflect, speak </li></ul><ul><li>Use your research </li></ul><ul><li>The preparation should be the hard part! </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid vague answers. Incorporate specific examples </li></ul><ul><li>Answer negative questions positively. Always remain positive </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize what you can do for the company </li></ul><ul><li>Ask permission to take notes, but remain engaged </li></ul><ul><li>Do not discuss salary or benefits </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  21. 21. Closing the Interview <ul><li>Ask questions (See handout of potential questions) </li></ul><ul><li>Thank them </li></ul><ul><li>Express interest and excitement about the position (“Thank you again for meeting with me. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with your company!”) </li></ul><ul><li>Get business card </li></ul><ul><li>Set expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Firm handshake, eye contact, smile, exit </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  22. 22. After the Interview Presented by LaSalle Network
  23. 23. After the Interview <ul><li>Send a handwritten thank you </li></ul><ul><li>Send a thank you email </li></ul><ul><li>Complete any requested steps in a timely manner (writing samples, paperwork, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Call to follow-up in one week </li></ul><ul><li>Keep searching for other opportunities </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  24. 24. Questions? <ul><li>Anything you hoped to learn that we did not cover? </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  25. 25. Presented by LaSalle Network Thank you! Contact Info: Megan Gentille Marketing Communications LaSalle Network [email_address] 312.419.1700