SUNY Brockport Presentation Preparing to Interview Greg Weishaar Recruiting Manager Solü Technology Partners October 30, 2012
My Background 17 years business experience – spanning food service, telecom, IT, & biotech 10+ years of recruiting – corporate & agency BSBA & MBA with HR concentrations PHR, CDR, CIR, CCNA certifications
No Brainers: Dress for success - always wear a business suit Be Punctual - actually arrive 15m early Do your Research - Know the company (company website, annual report, Hoovers, et al) and if possible the person interviewing you (Google is a powerful tool) Bring your own questions - make them thoughtful and directed No gum chewing, swearing, slang Make eye contact Dont lie/embelish
Tips: Practice with a friend - take it seriously, dont be afraid to make a mistake - this is the time Practice in the mirror - how do you look? does it sound rehearsed? Interview for a job you dont really want to become accustomed to the situation Dont badmouth an employer or an ex-boss Interview follow up is a lost art - snail mail or email (try to get contact info for anyone you meet with) Keep your answers short and to the point (but not too short).
Tips cont’d: Answer THE question asked - take a moment to think about the question and address it, not what you want to say Take advantage of your Co-op office, career center and alumni office - onsite interviews, resume services, job fairs Network, network, network - alumni assoc, prof org (SHRM, NYSCPA), local job groups (August), charities (UnitedWay), friends and family, online (LinkedIN, MySpace, FaceBook) Save the comp/benefits talk for the 2nd visit
Career Services @ Brockport Located in Rakov Center (Bldg 23) Drop-in hours are 12p to 2p, M-F. Call 395 2159 for appointments. Our semester hours are 8 am to 5 pm, M-F. Services include: resume writing, on-campus interview program, job fairs, lunch & learns, career workshops
Pre-Employment Contingencies: Drug Test - should be obvious Credit Check - if you havent already done so, start building a credit profile and keep it clean DMV Check Pre-Employment Physical Background Check - dont burn bridges Application - ensure accuracy and completeness
Other Considerations Is your resume prepared? Accurate? Appropriate for the job? Do you have three references ready? Do you have all data necessary to complete the application? (Addresses, phone #s, SSN, dates of employment, etc.) Did you express interest in the job? (Closing statement)
Role Play: Tell me about a deadline you missed, how you handled it, and what the outcome was. How did you decide on the major you chose? Upon reflection how satisfied are you with your choice? What professional goals have you set for yourself? How do you intend to achieve them? What does a job need to have to give you satisfaction? Looking back at your college experience what have you learned about your strengths? Weaknesses? What differentiates you from your peers? How will you use these skills on the job?