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Interviewing Skills

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A basic interview skills workshop for undergraduates

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Interviewing Skills

  1. 1. Interviewing Skills<br />
  2. 2. The Interview process<br />1st interview<br />2nd interview<br />Sometimes even a 3rd or 4th interview!<br />Alternative Formats:<br />Group interview – multiple interviewees or interviewers<br />Phone interview<br />Lunch/dinner interview<br />Behavioral interview<br />
  3. 3. Top Four questions in employer’s minds<br />Why are you here?<br />Why us and not XYZ company down the street?<br />What can you do for us?<br />Are you a problem solver? What are your skills?<br />What kind of person are you?<br />How are your interpersonal skills? Are you a team player?<br />What distinguishes you from the 19 other people who can do this job?<br />Do you work harder? Are you willing to go above and beyond? Are you self-directed?<br />Information from: What Color is Your Parachute?<br />
  4. 4. Top “soft” skills sought by employers<br />Communication (written and oral)<br />Strong work ethic<br />Team work<br />Initiative<br />Analytical skills<br />Computer skills<br />Flexibility/adaptability<br />Interpersonal skills<br />Problem solving skills<br />Technical skills<br />Detail-oriented<br />Organizational skills<br />Self-confidence<br />Leadership skills<br />
  5. 5. Preparing for the interview<br />Research the organization, the position, and the person who has the power to hire you<br />Attire – shower, dress professionally, avoid dousing yourself with fragrances. Cover tattoos and piercings.<br />Men: shower, shave, conservative attire (wear a suit, if possible)<br />Women: shower, modest dress, jewelry, and makeup (natural looking)<br />Keep the culture and industry of the organization in mind<br />
  6. 6. Who would you hire?<br />A<br />B<br />C<br />
  7. 7. Who would you hire?<br />A<br />B<br />C<br />
  8. 8. During the interview<br />Arrive 5-10 minutes early<br />Firm handshake<br />Keep your answers concise, don’t ramble. 2 minute time limit<br />Maintain steady eye contact<br />Watch out for nonverbal behaviors<br />Project confidence, BUT don’t be arrogant.<br />Be polite to everyone in the office<br />Relax!<br />
  9. 9. During the Interview<br />Focus on transferrable skills<br />Always have questions prepared!<br />Example: What skills would an ideal employee have?<br />If you’re asked to talk about a mistake, talk about what you’ve learned since then<br />NEVER badmouth anyone you’ve worked with, especially prior bosses<br />
  10. 10. Transferable skills<br />A skill developed in one aspect of your life that can be (deliberately or unintentionally) applied to another activity<br />How do your experiences relate to the job you’re applying to?<br />Think creatively!<br />
  11. 11. Behavioral Interview Questions<br />Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks<br />Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split second decision<br />Give me an example of a time when something you tried to accomplish and failed<br />Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree<br />
  12. 12. After the Interview<br />Send a personalized thank you card or email within 24 hours to every person who interviewed you<br />Proofread! Capitalize, spell check, use proper grammar<br />Use it as an opportunity to market yourself again. You can:<br />Stress fit<br />Damage control<br />Mention interview afterthoughts<br />
  13. 13. professionalism<br />Center for Professional Excellence surveyed more than 500 human resources professionals and business leaders about recent college grads and their professionalism.<br />Characteristics of Professionalism:<br />Personal interaction skills, including courtesy and respect<br />The ability to communicate, which includes listening skills<br />A work ethic which includes being motivated and working on a task until it is complete<br />Appearance<br />
  14. 14. Professionalism<br />Traits or behaviors employers value most, and that they believe are most deficient in the recent graduates they have hired, include:<br />Accepts personal responsibility for decision and actions<br />Is able to act independently<br />Has a clear sense of direction and purpose.<br />
  15. 15. Remember!<br />The employer will assume that the way you handle the job search process is the way you will handle the job. <br />Actions speak louder than words.<br />
  16. 16. Questions?<br />Emily Roh<br />xxx@umd.edu<br />(xxx) xxx-xxxx<br />

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