How to Nail the Interview


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How to Nail the Interview

  1. 1. Interviewing: How to “Nail” the InterviewJanuary 28th, 2010Hosted by RCO Career Services Advisors:Jennifer Castaldo and Gina Magrino<br />
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION OF CAREER SERVICES ADVISORS<br />2/1/2010<br />2<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />Contact us at<br />Jennifer Castaldo –<br />School of Business <br />Elizabeth Lintelman –<br />School of Allied Health<br />Kelly Wittrock –<br />School of Justice Studies<br />Gina Magrino –<br />Schools of Education,<br />Tech & Design<br />
  3. 3. NAILING THE INTERVIEW<br />2/1/2010<br />3<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  4. 4. AGENDA<br />How to Prepare for the Interview Successfully<br />Interview Do’s and Don’ts<br />Types of Interview Questions<br />After the interview<br />Question & Answer Session<br />2/1/2010<br />4<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  5. 5. INTERVIEW PREPARATION<br />Bring multiple updated copies of resume/references<br />Have correct directions to interview site<br />Self-Assessment – Sell Yourself!<br />Know the Job, the Company and<br /> who you are Interviewing with<br />Do a Mock Interview – Practice!<br />Dress for Success<br />Bring Questions for the Interviewer<br />2/1/2010<br />5<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  6. 6. WHAT TO BRING TO AN INTERVIEW?<br />A Notepad<br />Past Performance Reviews<br />Professional Licenses<br />Documents Demonstrating Success<br />Professional Portfolio<br />References<br />2/1/2010<br />6<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  7. 7. INTERVIEWING & PROFESSIONALISM<br />Make eye contact<br />Stand and sit up straight – Don’t slouch!<br />Be respectful to everyone you meet<br />Respect people’s time<br />Be flexible<br />Make a good first impression<br />2/1/2010<br />7<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  8. 8. INTERVIEW DO’S<br />2/1/2010<br />8<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />Arrive early…<br />Firm handshake<br />Be yourself<br />Smile<br />Speak clearly <br />Be confident<br />Be enthusiastic, positive, and passionate<br />
  9. 9. INTERVIEW DON’TS<br />2/1/2010<br />9<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />Don’t bring your cell phone<br />Don’t be negative<br />Don’t speak poorly of former employers<br />Don’t lie<br />Don’t mention personal issues<br />Don’t ask generic job questions<br />Don’t inquire about salary<br />
  10. 10. AN INTERVIEW DON’T<br />2/1/2010<br />10<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  11. 11. TYPES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS<br />Common Open-Ended Questions:<br />Tell me about yourself.<br />Tell me about your experience.<br />How has your education prepared you for your career?<br />What is your greatest strength/weakness?<br />How do you work in a team environment?<br />If I asked one of your professors/managers to describe you, what would they say?<br />Why do you want to work for us?<br />Why should you be hired?<br />Where do you want to be with your career in 5 years?<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  12. 12. OPEN INTERVIEW QUESTION<br />2/1/2010<br />12<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  13. 13. THE STAR TECHNIQUE…….<br />…to respond to behavioral interview questions<br /> Situation <br /> Task<br /> Action<br /> Results<br />2/1/2010<br />13<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  14. 14. TYPES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS<br />2/1/2010<br />14<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />Behavioral Based Questions:<br />Give an example of a problem you faced at work, life or school, and how you solved it.<br />Give an example of a time when you had to be quick in making a decision.<br />Describe a time when you had to handle stress on the job, life, or at school. How did you handle it?<br />Describe a situation in which you had to deal with a difficult peer?<br />How do you handle conflict with a professor or boss?<br />Describe the most challenging project you completed.<br />
  15. 15. INTERVIEW THE INTERVIEWER<br />Sample Questions to ask the Interviewer<br />Why is this job available?<br />How long have you worked for the company?<br />What do you enjoy most about working here?<br />What would an average day consist of?<br />What is the company culture?<br />What are the opportunities for advancement?<br />What are the next steps in the process?<br />2/1/2010<br />15<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  16. 16. AFTER THE INTERVIEW<br />2/1/2010<br />16<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />Supply Interviewer with Letters of Recommendation/References<br />Obtain Business Cards<br />Send a Thank You Note to all Interviewers<br />Call to Follow-Up on Status<br />
  17. 17. THINGS TO REMEMBER<br />Be Prepared<br />Practice, Practice, Practice<br />Be Professional <br />Be Ready to Answer and <br /> Ask Questions<br />Ask for the job!<br />Follow-Up<br />2/1/2010<br />17<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  18. 18. VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR<br />Now that you know how to nail your next job interview, please join us at our upcoming virtual career fair, February 14 – 28.<br /><br />2/1/2010<br />18<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  19. 19. QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION<br />2/1/2010<br />19<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />
  20. 20. THANK YOU<br />Thank you for joining us today. <br />If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us!<br />Jennifer CastaldoandGina Magrino<br /><br />Career Services Online on Facebook: <br /> Onlinecareerservices<br />Career Services Online on Twitter:<br />2/1/2010<br />20<br />Rasmussen - Proprietary and Confidential<br />