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InfoCurrent Interview Tips Presentation for SLA@Pratt Career Fair on Friday, April 24, 2009. Posted with permission from InfoCurrent.

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InfoCurrent Interview Tips

  1. 1. Guide to Successful Interviewing presented by InfoCurrent
  2. 2. General Preparation for Interviews <ul><li>Remember the 3 C’s: calm, cool, confident </li></ul><ul><li>Research company prior to interview </li></ul><ul><li>Know who you will be meeting with and their position in the company </li></ul><ul><li>Create a list of questions to ask about the company and the position you are interviewing for </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation is a key factor. Make sure your clothes are neat and presentable </li></ul>
  3. 3. Interview Etiquette <ul><li>Arrive at least 15 minutes early </li></ul><ul><li>Dress accordingly and find out what level of professionalism is appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Bring resume to the interview and portfolio/notepad </li></ul><ul><li>Do not bring food, bags, gum, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off cell phone prior to interview or leave in car </li></ul><ul><li>Shake hands firmly at the beginning and end of interview </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain good eye contact throughout interview </li></ul><ul><li>Write a thank you note </li></ul>
  4. 4. Interview Dress Code <ul><li>Women </li></ul><ul><li>Suit: preferably skirt suit, pants acceptable </li></ul><ul><li>Skirt: not overly short or tight </li></ul><ul><li>Makeup: minimum, nothing too bold </li></ul><ul><li>Jewelry: nothing too large or noisy that would </li></ul><ul><li> be distracting. </li></ul><ul><li>Perfume: light application, if any </li></ul><ul><li>Nylons/dress socks- in similar color tone to </li></ul><ul><li> clothing. </li></ul><ul><li>Shoes- no sneakers or sandals or open toed shoes </li></ul>
  5. 5. Interview Dress Code <ul><li>Men </li></ul><ul><li>Suit preferable - jacket, tie, & slacks acceptable </li></ul><ul><li>Cologne - light application, if any </li></ul><ul><li>Jewelry - a watch and a ring are acceptable-no earrings or any other visible piercings or tattoos </li></ul><ul><li>Dress socks - try to closely match the color of your dress pants </li></ul><ul><li>Shoes - no sneakers or sandals </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Day of the Interview <ul><li>Speak positively about yourself and others </li></ul><ul><li>Use body language to show interest </li></ul><ul><li>Sit forward </li></ul><ul><li>Sit up straight </li></ul><ul><li>Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Ask yourself: </li></ul><ul><li>- What did I do well? </li></ul><ul><li>- What could I prepare to answer better next time? </li></ul>
  7. 7. What to Expect of a Telephone Interview <ul><li>Turn off all surrounding noise such as cell phones, radio, television etc. </li></ul><ul><li>If you own a pet, ensure that they are properly put away so they will not distract you during the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that you have made proper child care arrangements so that they will not distract you during the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Number of interviewers can vary from 1-3 or more. </li></ul><ul><li>Conversational skills will be the main focus. Your ability to verbally convey your skills and qualifications will be examined closely. </li></ul><ul><li>There will be a lack of physical cues to guide you in the length or strength of your answer . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tips for Telephone Interviewing <ul><li>Speak directly into the phone and keep mouthpiece about 1 inch from your mouth. </li></ul><ul><li>Select a quiet space for your phone interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not eat food, chew gum or smoke during the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a copy of your resume and references in front of you during the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Smile over the phone. </li></ul><ul><li>Pretend as if the person is right in front of you, it will help you. </li></ul><ul><li>Sound “friendly” and enthused. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Interview Success Factors <ul><li>Verbal and written communication skills (including listening) </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical/logical thinking/problem-solving skills </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in industry/company/function </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal comfort and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing what they want/having focus </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Staying focused on the question & not going off on a tangent </li></ul>
  10. 10. Questions/Feedback Session <ul><li>What specific areas did you find most interesting and why? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you learn today did you did not know before? </li></ul><ul><li>What would you like to see in the future? </li></ul><ul><li>InfoCurrent-New York </li></ul><ul><li>1156 Avenue of the Americas </li></ul><ul><li>New York, NY 10036 </li></ul><ul><li>212-642-4321 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Kamien, Branch Manager ( [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>Kate Dietrick, Staffing Specialist ( </li></ul>