What do you have to offer? Skills, accomplishments, experience, goals..
Research before hand (products, size, services, number of employees, history, and mission.)Use the information obtained to form questions to ask the interviewer at the end of the session.
In the end, employers hire people they like, and who will interact well on an interpersonal basis with the rest of the staff. Therefore, you should communicate that you are a likable candidate who can get along well with others. From the employer’s perspective, hiring is a risky, expensive business.
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STI-COLLEGE MEYCAUAYANPersonality Development& Job Interview SeminarSpeaker Prof. Silvia C. Ambag PUP, Sta. Mesa, Manila February 21, 2013
Keys to the Successful Interview:Preparation BEFORE the Interview
Know Yourself What do you have to offer? Identify 5 – 10 work or school experiences that demonstrate your skills and accomplishments half should be totally positive half should be ones that started out negative but had either a positive result or a good learning experience What do you want to do and where do you want to do it? How are you perceived by others?
Do Your Research Research the employer you’re interviewing with Utilize the Career Services Website – www.careers.southernct.edu to access JOBSs (Job Opportunities Benefiting Southern students) and review employer profiles and websites Conduct informational interviews
Practice, Practice, Practice! To better prepare yourself for the interview, as well as assist in conquering pre-interview anxiety, practice is key Attend interviewing workshops and view interviewing videos/DVDs in the Career Center Meet with a career counselor for a mock interview Practice for the interview with family or friends and practice, practice, practice
Proper Attire DO: Wear conservative attire, such as a dark colored business suit Polish your shoes Stick to a low business heel shoe Have hair neatly brushed and face shaved before interview Bring a portfolio or briefcase DON’T Wear bright colored business suits: Black, Grey, and Pastel colors are most appropriate Wear flashy accessories like watches, jewelry, or excessive amounts of cologne, perfume, or hair gel Wear skirts that reach above the knees Wear stiletto heels
Personality Aspects1. Physical Aspects - AppearanceHEAVY PERSON THIN PERSONa. dark colors a. Light colorsb. Small prints b. Bigger printsc. Vertical lines c. Horizontal linesd. Fitted pants d. Loose pantsSMALL PERSON TALL PERSONa. Avoid pedal pants a. Avoid vertical linesb. Use plain colors-
Enhancing body partsA. Bossom (wear double breasted dress, scurf etc)B. Tummy ( avoid fitted pants & blouse)C. Thin Legs (avoid fitted pants)D. Fat legs (wear below the knee skirt), straight cut pants)E. Shoulder (thin- never wear raglan sleeves, fat – never wear muscle & short sleeves)F. Neck (long – close neck, short– v –shape neckline)- Proper Standing Position- Proper Sitting Position- Proper Walking Position- Proper Handshake
Keys to the Successful Interview:DURING the Interview
Be Prompt and Prepared Arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled interview time Turn the cell phone OFF – vibrations make noise Give a firm handshake, make eye contact, and smile when you are greeted Bring extra copies of your resume and a list of references
Poise and Body Language Many interviewers will assess you based on: Appropriate eye contact and posture Correctly pronouncing his/her name If you talk easily or are overly formal and reserved If you seem enthusiastic and confident When greeted, introduce yourself and shake interviewer’s hand. Don’t sit until interviewer is seated Never chew gum during an interview Most employers agree that the first five minutes of an interview will tell them the most about a person First impressions are important
Answering the Questions Speak slowly and clearly. Don’t be afraid to pause for a moment to collect your thoughts Listen and understand the interviewer’s questions before responding thoroughly yet concisely Be honest- don’t try to cover up mistakes. Instead, focus on how you learned from them Give positive nonverbal feedback to the interviewer Smile, be enthusiastic, showing a positive attitude Avoid negative terms and comments when responding to questions. Stress positives If asked an illegal question – Be tactful with an appropriate response
Closing Statements Be prepared with your closing statement reiterating your interest and abilities Be prepared to ask questions of the interviewer The initial interview is NOT the time to ask about salary Thank the interviewer and ask for a business card
After the Interview Send a thank-you note right away – a formal response: card or note paper vs. e-mail Jot down information about the interview and begin evaluating if this is the right job for you Prepare for potential salary negotiations by researching salary information. The NACE Salary Calculator (available at careers.southernct.edu) is an excellent resource for salary information for most occupational areas.
Interviewing Types and Tips Screening Interview One-on-One Interview Panel Interview Peer Group Interview Luncheon Interview Second Interview Video/Video Conference Interview Telephone Interview
Interviewing Myths & FactsMyth: The candidate with the best education, skills, and experience will get the job Reality Check: Employers hire individuals for many different reasons. Education, skills, and experience are only a few of the several hiring criteria. If employers hired only on the basis of education, skills, and experience, they would not need to interview candidates. Such static information is available on applications and resumes. Employers interview because they want to see how you look and interact with them, how you would handle various work situations, and how well you fit into the organization.
Interviewing Myths & FactsMyth: If the interviewer asks if I have any negatives or weaknesses, I should indicate I have none Reality Check: You should be honest. Everyone has negatives. If you indicate you have none, the interviewer knows you are being less than candid. But neither should you blurt out your worst negatives. Identify a weakness and talk about how you are working to overcome it.
Interviewing Myths & FactsMyth: I’ll be at a disadvantage because I’ll benervous Reality Check: If you practice some stress reduction techniques, such as taking deep breaths and focusing attention on the questions, you should be able to project confidence in the interview. Keep in mind, many interviewers are under pressure to hire the right candidate.
Interviewing Myths & FactsMyth: Because I am a college student, I do not have the ability to negotiate a salary Reality Check: You can prepare for salary negotiations by researching typical salary ranges prior to your interview. Ask the interviewer what would a person with my qualifications earn in this position, and let the employer introduce a number.
Interviewing Myths & FactsMyth: My major goal in the interview is to get the job Reality Check: Your major goal should be the same as the interviewer’s – gain useful information from which you can determine if this position and organization are a good fit.
When you walk in the room the very first impression you make on theinterviewer can have a great influence on the rest of the interview.It is important that you introduce yourself, shake hands, and arefriendly. The first question is often a "breaking the ice" (establish arapport) type of question. Dont be surprised if the interviewer asks yousomething like:How are you today?Did you have any trouble finding us?What do you think of the weather lately? QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
Dont be surprised by thefriendly tone.The interviewer wants toput you at ease (help yourelax). QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
How are you today?GOODIm fine thank you, and you?Im well thank you.BADSo, soOKNot so wellWhat is most important? QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
experience and credentials(qualifications) is the most important partof any job interview.•education from High School•special training•Experience QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
EducationRemember that your education took placein the past. Therefore you need to use thepast tenses, for example:I attended the University of STI from 2009to 2013.I graduated with a degree in COMPUTERENGINEERING. QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
If you are currently a student you shoulduse the following present tenses:I am currently studying at the STI CollegeMeycauayan and will graduate with adegree in Bachelor in Computer Sciencethis April. QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
Remember to include any training youmay have had when talking about youreducation.This includes any computertraining, correspondence courses,etc.Make sure to mention your Englishstudies. QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
Experience and QualificationsWork experience is by far the most importanttopic of any job interview•explain what experience you have in detail.Employers want to know exactly what you didand how well you accomplished your tasks.This is not the time to be modest.Be confident, and talk freely about youraccomplishments in past employment. QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
The tenses you should use are the following:When talking about current employment be careful to usethe present perfect or present perfect continuous.This signals that you are still performing these tasks atyour current job, for example:Smith and Co. have employed me for the last 3 yearsas a salesperson.I have been creating customer contacts for 6months. QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
When talking about past employers usethe past tenses to signal that you are nolonger working for that company, forexample:I was employed by Jacksons from 1989to 1992 as a clerk.I worked as a receptionist at theABCDEFG Company while I was livingin New York. QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
Talking about ResponsibilitiesMost importantly, you will need todemonstrate your qualificationsand skills.job skills that you have acquired inthe past may not have been for thesame exact job.Therefore, it is important to show howthe capabilities you do have relate tothe job you are applying for. QUESTION DURING INTERVIEW
Use the Right WordBelow is a list of great verbs to help youexpress just exactly what you did withimpressive vocabulary.These verbs are used to expressresponsibilities and tasks performed:actedaccomplishedadaptedadministeredadvancedadvisedETC.
FINDING A JOB Prepare your documents Resume, cover letters, thank you notes Research employers and jobs Company literature & websites Internet searches University and trade career offices Design your search strategy Proactive search Target and approach companies Networking Reactive search Respond to adds Build your Brand Practice Interviews Always follow up