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CAREER WORKSHOPIA Summit 201
Image Source © Time Inc.
Amanda Schonfeld
Russ Unger
| BeyondCurious
| 18F
SIMPLE RULES
Welcome to Sanctuary
INTRODUCTIONS
Name
Something About You
First Concert You Attended
AGENDA
• Preparing for Your Job Search
• Networking Basics
• Your Résumé and You
• Portfolio Time
• Interviewing
• The Fol...
PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH
Finding a Job Can Be a Full Time Job
PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH
Activity:
Pros & Cons
PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH
Activity:
Ideal Job Opportunity
PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH
How Will I Know?
(When It’s Time to Go)
PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH
Job Boards
• glassdoor.com
• Monster
• Dice
• Indeed / Eluta
• Workopolis
• CareerBuilder
• ...
PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH
You Found a Job You Like. Now What?
•Do Your Research on the Job
•Find out the Recruiters Na...
NETWORKING BASICS
Who Do You Know & Where Are They?
NETWORKING BASICS
LinkedIn:
The Most Important Social Media Tool for Your Career
(right now, at least)
NETWORKING BASICS
The Basics
•Easy way to make over your profile: 

http://biginterview.com/blog/2014/06/linkedin-profile-ti...
NETWORKING BASICS
The Basics
Write an interesting Summary
• https://uk.linkedin.com/in/chadcribbins
• https://www.linkedin...
NETWORKING BASICS
Beefing Up Your Profile
Recommendations
•Quality, not quantity
Add Sections
•For example: Slide Share, Cer...
NETWORKING BASICS
LinkedIn Etiquette
•Linked In Etiquette: http://blog.linkedin.com/2011/07/18/linkedin-etiquette-rules/
•...
COVER LETTERS
Yes–You REALLY Do Need One.
Okay, We Discussed This. Maybe Something LIKE One.
COVER LETTERS
Yes. We All Hate Writing Them. They *Do* Count.
•The Purpose of a Cover Letter is to Explain How You Will Be...
COVER LETTERS
Yes. We All Hate Writing Them. They *Do* Count.
•Don’t be Afraid to Pay Someone to Help You Write a Cover Le...
COVER LETTERS
Yes. We All Hate Writing Them. They *Do* Count.
•Use Concrete Examples to Demonstrate Your Claims
•Demonstra...
COVER LETTERS
Examples
•Get Links Correct
•Get the Description Right
•Use Spell Check!
•Proofread
•Provide Contact Info
COVER LETTERS
Examples
•Get the Company Name Right
•Get the Description Right
•Use Spell Check!
•Tailor to Audience
•No Fi...
COVER LETTERS
IA Summit 2012
Examples
•This is a Good One
INTRO LETTER
Why So Formal?
INTRO LETTER
Why So Formal?
COVER LETTERS
Discussion:
What’s the 1 Most Important Thing That Should Be In a
Cover Letter?
BREAK TIME
See You in 5-10 Minutes
YOUR RÉSUMÉ AND YOU
Love to Hate It
IA Summit 2012
RESUMES
The Basics
•So... Some employers still don’t know “what we do”
•KISS methodology - give your resume an enema
•No m...
RESUMES
Fundamentals of Format
• Use a plain, 10 point Serif font
• Resist the urge to design your resume
• Name, address,...
RESUMES
Your Responsibilities
• Follow with 2-3 sentences describing responsibilities
• Answer the question, What job did ...
RESUMES
Your Accomplishments
•Activities that resulted in cost saving and efficiency gains (better performance, less people...
RESUMES
Basic Structure
•Contact Information
•Employment Dates
•Company Information
•Description
•Accomplishments
•Educati...
RESUMES
IA Summit 2012
Basic Example
Courtesy of Mario Bourque | mariobourque.com
RESUMES
IA Summit 2012
Basic Example
With Summary
Courtesy of Mario Bourque | mariobourque.com
RESUMES
Russ Unger’s Resume
RESUMES
Advice from Recruiters
• Clean
• Concise
• Clear
• Quantified
• Provides easy links to work
• Relevant
• Typo Free
...
RESUMES
Advice from Recruiters
Loryn Schiraldo
It is not uncommon to have multiple resumes for
multiple roles, ‘specializa...
RESUMES
Advice from Recruiters
•Write about your accomplishments in your role
•Don't re-write your job description ‒ write...
RESUMES
Advice from Recruiters
•Show how you've moved up the ladder
•Files with images are too big to upload to systems li...
RESUMES
Advice from Recruiters
Penny Curtis
For UX people I take an extra look at the general
lay out of their resume ‒ ea...
RESUMES
Advice from Recruiters
•Don’t go crazy with fonts/colours/designs. Clean and simple makes me want to review it…
an...
RESUMES
Advice from Recruiters
•Do not write in paragraph form. Bullet points are easier to read.
•Do not go into detail o...
RESUMES
Advice from Recruiters
Sara Cooper
Highlight the link to your online portfolio ‒ do not
attach multiple examples o...
RESUMES
Activity:
Resume Critique
OH, RECRUITERS
Yes, There Are Differences
RECRUITERS
Types of Recruiters You Will Meet in Your Job Search
•Agency Recruiters / 3rd Party Recruiters
•Headhunters
•Qu...
PORTFOLIOS
Show Them Your Preciousssssss
PORTFOLIOS
Advice from Recruiters
•For IA’s relevant content is a must. Just as with resumes, it may be helpful to have a ...
PORTFOLIOS
Advice from Recruiters
•Every IA/UX person should have one...if you can’t be bothered to create a website for
y...
PORTFOLIOS
Advice from Recruiters
Sara Cooper
Case studies that show the initial problem/
opportunity and then a work flow ...
PORTFOLIOS
Advice from Recruiters Russ
•Test & Review Portfolio with Colleagues, Mentors, Other Managers
•LESS is, by far,...
PORTFOLIOS
Discussion:
What’s the Best Way to Present Your Portfolio? And... When
is the Best Time to Present It?
INTERVIEWS
What is Your Greatest Strength and Weakness?
INTERVIEWS
Communication Before the Interview
•Make sure to confirm the exact time and place for the interview.
•Confirm pro...
INTERVIEWS
Communication During the Interview
•Always take notes. Do not rely on your memory only.
•If the interviewer doe...
INTERVIEWS
Question You Need to Have Answers For
•What’s your definition of UX? What’s your UX process?
•Tell me about the ...
INTERVIEWS
What the Interviewers Want to Hear
•CONCRETE EXAMPLES
•CONCRETE EXAMPLES
•CONCRETE EXAMPLES
•Concrete examples ...
INTERVIEWS
Interviews with Portfolio Reviews
•Make sure that you are able to set up each portfolio deliverable showcased w...
INTERVIEWS
How to Communicate - After the Interview
•Make sure that you have the proper name, title, and email address of ...
INTERVIEWS
Questions YOU Need to Ask
INTERVIEWS
Questions You MUST Ask*
•How many clients has the company added in the past year? How many clients has it lost?...
INTERVIEWS
Advice from Recruiters
•The interview is your audition. Be prepared and ready to give the best performance of
y...
INTERVIEWS
Advice from Recruiters
•Ask for the job! If you truly feel you can do the job at hand, make it known before lea...
INTERVIEWS
Discussion:
Design Exercises
INTERVIEWS
Show & Tell:
What Was Your Interview Disaster?
INTERVIEWS
The Questions You’re Afraid to Ask
•If I tell you my current salary, do I burn myself during negotiations?
•Wha...
INTERVIEWS
But Wait...
There’s More!
INTERVIEWS
After the Interview: Advice from Recruiters
•Be positive. I understand how frustrating it can be when decisions...
INTERVIEWS
After the Interview: Advice from Recruiters
Sara Cooper
Make sure you stand out from the crowd.
Personality cou...
THANK YOU NOTES
Frequently NOT a Two-Way Street
THANK YOU NOTES
Fundamentals of Format
•Thank the employer for his or her time, letting the interviewer know how much you ...
THANK YOU NOTES
IA Summit 2012
Samples
Courtesy of Mario Bourque | mariobourque.com
THANK YOU NOTES
IA Summit 2012
Samples
Courtesy of Mario Bourque | mariobourque.com
THANK YOU NOTES
Best.
BONUS: QUITTING YOUR JOB
When It’s Time to Change, You’ve Got to Rearrange
Who You Are Into What You’re Gonna Be
Sha na na...
QUITTING YOUR JOB
Things to Consider Before You Go...
•Give at least 2 weeks notice
•Don’t flame-out on your way out (peopl...
FINAL Q&A
It’s Okay if You’re First Out the Door
THANK YOUIA Summit 201
Image Source © Time Inc.
Amanda Schonfeld
Russ Unger
| BeyondCurious
| 18F
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IA Summit Career Workshop 2015

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The Career Workshop will help attendees prepare for a job search. Attendees will share experiences and challenges that they have encountered, and will be provided with insights and guidance to help them navigate the often-challenging job-seeker landscape.

The workshop is divided into information-sharing sessions and activity-based sessions that help attendees get a combination of classroom-style learning mixed with hands-on interaction. In addition to discussions of cover letters, resumes, and portfolios, we will brainstorm approaches to common interview questions, including the behavioral-based questions that are being used by many companies today. We will also learn how to research and negotiate salaries for full-time and contract employees.

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IA Summit Career Workshop 2015

  1. 1. CAREER WORKSHOPIA Summit 201 Image Source © Time Inc. Amanda Schonfeld Russ Unger | BeyondCurious | 18F
  2. 2. SIMPLE RULES Welcome to Sanctuary
  3. 3. INTRODUCTIONS Name Something About You First Concert You Attended
  4. 4. AGENDA • Preparing for Your Job Search • Networking Basics • Your Résumé and You • Portfolio Time • Interviewing • The Follow-Up • Bonus: Quitting Your Job
  5. 5. PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH Finding a Job Can Be a Full Time Job
  6. 6. PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH Activity: Pros & Cons
  7. 7. PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH Activity: Ideal Job Opportunity
  8. 8. PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH How Will I Know? (When It’s Time to Go)
  9. 9. PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH Job Boards • glassdoor.com • Monster • Dice • Indeed / Eluta • Workopolis • CareerBuilder • AuthenticJobs • Krop • CreativeHotlist • Coroflot • IA Institute Job Board • IxDA Jobs • EnvatoStudio • Fresh Web Jobs • Craigslist • AIGA Jobs Listings • We Work Remotely Job Board • LinkedIn Jobs • Job-Hunt.org • Boxes & Arrows Job Board • SimplyHired • BayCHI • PhillyCHI • The Ladders • Aquent • Creative Circle • Bestica • Local User Group Chapters • Twitter Feeds • Elegant.ly • CyberCoders
  10. 10. PREPARING FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH You Found a Job You Like. Now What? •Do Your Research on the Job •Find out the Recruiters Name •Find out Who the Role Reports to •Are You Connected? •Get to LinkedIn! •Research the Company •Research Current Employees •Use Keywords from the Job Posting if from a Third Party
  11. 11. NETWORKING BASICS Who Do You Know & Where Are They?
  12. 12. NETWORKING BASICS LinkedIn: The Most Important Social Media Tool for Your Career (right now, at least)
  13. 13. NETWORKING BASICS The Basics •Easy way to make over your profile: 
 http://biginterview.com/blog/2014/06/linkedin-profile-tips.html •Keywords •Title Headline for LI profile •Title for each individual job/role •Specialties •Skills and Expertise •Update your Public Profile link with your NAME! •Add to email signature
  14. 14. NETWORKING BASICS The Basics Write an interesting Summary • https://uk.linkedin.com/in/chadcribbins • https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenatcoolerheadsintel • https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonevans
  15. 15. NETWORKING BASICS Beefing Up Your Profile Recommendations •Quality, not quantity Add Sections •For example: Slide Share, Certifications, Publications, Projects, Organizations, Influencers, Companies Groups • Choose a group where you will participate and add valuable content. 
 https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-i-got-425-more-page-views-on- linkedinand-you-can-too
  16. 16. NETWORKING BASICS LinkedIn Etiquette •Linked In Etiquette: http://blog.linkedin.com/2011/07/18/linkedin-etiquette-rules/ •Don’t use the form letter, actually write something! •Help others as much as you ask for help
  17. 17. COVER LETTERS Yes–You REALLY Do Need One. Okay, We Discussed This. Maybe Something LIKE One.
  18. 18. COVER LETTERS Yes. We All Hate Writing Them. They *Do* Count. •The Purpose of a Cover Letter is to Explain How You Will Benefit the Company •Use Words from the Posted Ad in Your Cover Letter •Be as Conservative or Creative as the Company Appears to Be •No Excuses for Poor Grammar and/or Typos •If Possible, Drop the Name of the Person Who Referred You
  19. 19. COVER LETTERS Yes. We All Hate Writing Them. They *Do* Count. •Don’t be Afraid to Pay Someone to Help You Write a Cover Letter (but Know How to Write!) •Must be Addressed to the Specific Name of the Recipient (Last Resort: Use “Dear Hiring Manager”) •Find Contact Info from Google or LinkedIn, or Call the Company’s Receptionist •Must Target a Specific Position in the First Paragraph •Must be Very Specific When Describing Your Skills and Qualifications
  20. 20. COVER LETTERS Yes. We All Hate Writing Them. They *Do* Count. •Use Concrete Examples to Demonstrate Your Claims •Demonstrating Knowledge of the Employer Shows Your Interest ‒ Make Sure Your Facts are Correct! • Request for Action and Specific Description of Your Planned Follow-up Action •Out of Ideas? Google “Cover Letter”
  21. 21. COVER LETTERS Examples •Get Links Correct •Get the Description Right •Use Spell Check! •Proofread •Provide Contact Info
  22. 22. COVER LETTERS Examples •Get the Company Name Right •Get the Description Right •Use Spell Check! •Tailor to Audience •No Fibbing.
  23. 23. COVER LETTERS IA Summit 2012 Examples •This is a Good One
  24. 24. INTRO LETTER Why So Formal?
  25. 25. INTRO LETTER Why So Formal?
  26. 26. COVER LETTERS Discussion: What’s the 1 Most Important Thing That Should Be In a Cover Letter?
  27. 27. BREAK TIME See You in 5-10 Minutes
  28. 28. YOUR RÉSUMÉ AND YOU Love to Hate It
  29. 29. IA Summit 2012
  30. 30. RESUMES The Basics •So... Some employers still don’t know “what we do” •KISS methodology - give your resume an enema •No more than two pages. Period. Well... •Contact Info first > Positions > Accomplishments > Education •Don’t spend too long describing your job role in each position •Remember: Your resume opens the door for the interview in many cases, but... •"It’s the personality more often than the resume that gets you the job" - Theresa Putkey •One last thing: Employers WILL use Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to find out more about you, how you behave online, etc.
  31. 31. RESUMES Fundamentals of Format • Use a plain, 10 point Serif font • Resist the urge to design your resume • Name, address, phone, personal email, portfolio and URL • Centered and bold at the top • Write up your job history, presented in reverse chronological order • Each job has Start-End Dates, Your Title, Company Name and Location • Lastly, two lines for your education. Degree, Year and Institution Courtesy of Livia Labate | livlab.com
  32. 32. RESUMES Your Responsibilities • Follow with 2-3 sentences describing responsibilities • Answer the question, What job did you have? • After responsibilities, list your major accomplishments using bullet points • How large was the audience for the work you did ‒ hints to the kind of impact you can make and how comfortable you are working with large scale initiatives • How large was the group you worked with ‒ hints to the types of interactions and demands you are subject to depending on size of team • How large was your client (for consultants), employer (for in-house employees) Example: “Fortune 50”, “$200MM annual revenue” ‒ hints to the level of business challenges you’re Courtesy of Livia Labate | livlab.com
  33. 33. RESUMES Your Accomplishments •Activities that resulted in cost saving and efficiency gains (better performance, less people/ hours on projects, etc) •Activities that resulted in increased value (explicit satisfaction score gains, increased revenue and profit margins, etc) •Company and industry recognition (awards, nominations, remarks from annual reviews, etc Courtesy of Livia Labate | livlab.com
  34. 34. RESUMES Basic Structure •Contact Information •Employment Dates •Company Information •Description •Accomplishments •Education Courtesy of Mario Bourque | mariobourque.com
  35. 35. RESUMES IA Summit 2012 Basic Example Courtesy of Mario Bourque | mariobourque.com
  36. 36. RESUMES IA Summit 2012 Basic Example With Summary Courtesy of Mario Bourque | mariobourque.com
  37. 37. RESUMES Russ Unger’s Resume
  38. 38. RESUMES Advice from Recruiters • Clean • Concise • Clear • Quantified • Provides easy links to work • Relevant • Typo Free • Clearly Show a distinct focus/direction Courtesy of Loryn Schiraldo
  39. 39. RESUMES Advice from Recruiters Loryn Schiraldo It is not uncommon to have multiple resumes for multiple roles, ‘specialization’ is key vs. ‘generalization’. “
  40. 40. RESUMES Advice from Recruiters •Write about your accomplishments in your role •Don't re-write your job description ‒ write about your skills •Include a couple links to show online samples of your work •Keep it brief ‒ resumes over 4 pages are pretty long •Talk about how you're involved in a team atmosphere Courtesy of Penny Curtis
  41. 41. RESUMES Advice from Recruiters •Show how you've moved up the ladder •Files with images are too big to upload to systems like Taleo so all of your hard work is lost at that point •Include a link to your LinkedIn profile •Could include recommendations from your LinkedIn profile •Good tenure is always a benefit on anyone's resume Courtesy of Penny Curtis
  42. 42. RESUMES Advice from Recruiters Penny Curtis For UX people I take an extra look at the general lay out of their resume ‒ easy to follow, logical etc. “
  43. 43. RESUMES Advice from Recruiters •Don’t go crazy with fonts/colours/designs. Clean and simple makes me want to review it… anything “busy” will be passed over. •If you are a contractor/consultant ‒ create a functional resume. I don’t want to read a five page resume that lists 50 companies with the exact same description of responsibilities under each one. List your skills or projects most relevant to the job posting and then have a list of your contracts under a separate section (no descriptions necessary). •If you are a perm employee ‒ create a chronological resume. List each company (newest first) and your relevant skills or projects. Try to use no more than six bullet points under each company. Courtesy of Sara Cooper
  44. 44. RESUMES Advice from Recruiters •Do not write in paragraph form. Bullet points are easier to read. •Do not go into detail on jobs you had 10 years ago (no-one cares). If you feel you must mention them, your best bet is a heading with “Positions prior to 1998” and then a quick list with each company and the dates. •Always remember that the recruiter and/or hiring manager is looking at least 30 resumes for each role (probably way more). If you make it difficult for them to read yours, they just won’t. Courtesy of Penny Curtis
  45. 45. RESUMES Advice from Recruiters Sara Cooper Highlight the link to your online portfolio ‒ do not attach multiple examples of your work to an email. If you do not have an online portfolio, make one before you start your job search. There is nothing I hate more than having to wait five minutes for an email to open because of all the attachments. “
  46. 46. RESUMES Activity: Resume Critique
  47. 47. OH, RECRUITERS Yes, There Are Differences
  48. 48. RECRUITERS Types of Recruiters You Will Meet in Your Job Search •Agency Recruiters / 3rd Party Recruiters •Headhunters •Quota/Bonus-Driven •Corporate Recruiters •(Or lack thereof)
  49. 49. PORTFOLIOS Show Them Your Preciousssssss
  50. 50. PORTFOLIOS Advice from Recruiters •For IA’s relevant content is a must. Just as with resumes, it may be helpful to have a few separately formatted portfolios in pdf format, with each bringing to light specific industry experience depending on the role/industry you’re applying to. •Wireframes must be annotated. Include all relevant project info (sitemaps, wireframes, personas). •Show the finished product. Even if it’s just a screenshot. The finished product may resonate with team members long after an interview, which is a plus. Courtesy of Loryn Schiraldo
  51. 51. PORTFOLIOS Advice from Recruiters •Every IA/UX person should have one...if you can’t be bothered to create a website for yourself, I’m not hiring you. •Portfolios should be easy to navigate. If you have multiple specialties, section them off so I can find what I’m interested in one click. I don’t want to have to search for the work I want to see. •Ensure your portfolio is relevant to the positions you are applying for and update it constantly. Work you did five years ago is not going to interest me as much as what you did six months ago. •For the love of the gods, make sure all your links work. No, really. ALL OF THEM. Courtesy of Sara Cooper
  52. 52. PORTFOLIOS Advice from Recruiters Sara Cooper Case studies that show the initial problem/ opportunity and then a work flow overview to see how the final solution/result was arrived at make me very happy. I need to see how your brain works to know if you’ll fit with our process methodologies. “
  53. 53. PORTFOLIOS Advice from Recruiters Russ •Test & Review Portfolio with Colleagues, Mentors, Other Managers •LESS is, by far, Much MORE •Brief Explanations, Highlighted Screens with Captions •KISS approach •External Services: •Coroflot •Behance •WordPress •SquareSpace •Others?
  54. 54. PORTFOLIOS Discussion: What’s the Best Way to Present Your Portfolio? And... When is the Best Time to Present It?
  55. 55. INTERVIEWS What is Your Greatest Strength and Weakness?
  56. 56. INTERVIEWS Communication Before the Interview •Make sure to confirm the exact time and place for the interview. •Confirm proper 'dress code' with your recruiter. You don't want to be under dressed or over dressed. •Ask who you will be meeting with, their title, and how long that meeting is expected to be. •Ask the recruiter if there is a particular format for any of the interviews. For example, one is meant to be a portfolio review, one is more behavioral etc. •Do research on your interviewers. Be prepared. Note any major career accomplishments, awards, etc...
  57. 57. INTERVIEWS Communication During the Interview •Always take notes. Do not rely on your memory only. •If the interviewer does not 'break the ice' in the beginning, try to build rapport with your research knowledge of the interviewer. •It may be a good idea to state your understanding of the role and requirements for the role if the interviewer does not begin the interview with this information. •Clearly state concrete examples of what you have accomplished in your career and how it maps to what the company is looking for. •It's ok to need a few minutes to compose your answer during the interview.
  58. 58. INTERVIEWS Question You Need to Have Answers For •What’s your definition of UX? What’s your UX process? •Tell me about the size and scope of the engagements you have worked on. •What level of client interaction do you have? (This is applicable for both in house and consultants…you will have ‘clients’ at in house gigs as well.) •What software do you use in the production of your deliverable and why? •How do you collaborate with other team members (visual designers, developers..)? •Check these out: •http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/98901/12-Unconventional-Interview-Questions- Entrepreneurs-Should-Ask.aspx •https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/the-10-best- interview-questions-that-find-great-talent/
  59. 59. INTERVIEWS What the Interviewers Want to Hear •CONCRETE EXAMPLES •CONCRETE EXAMPLES •CONCRETE EXAMPLES •Concrete examples that you are able to work quickly, effectively, and collaboratively to solve complex design problems.
  60. 60. INTERVIEWS Interviews with Portfolio Reviews •Make sure that you are able to set up each portfolio deliverable showcased with context of what the design problem was. •Be able to talk about the experience you were trying to create. •Make sure you can explain the design rationale. (For example, why did you create a certain path for shopping cart check out.) •Talk about the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. •Talk about how you validated the solution. (Did you use usability testing?) •Talk about if you would make any improvements to the design now, based on hindsight
  61. 61. INTERVIEWS How to Communicate - After the Interview •Make sure that you have the proper name, title, and email address of your interviewers to send Thank You notes. •Hand written thank you notes can be a nice personal touch. •Ask the recruiter for an ETA on the decision. There may be other candidates that the company needs to interview and this could take time. •If you have not heard from the recruiter after the expected date, send a friendly follow up email asking when you may be able to hear what the decision is. If you are also on a tight time line, be upfront about this. •If you are turned down for the position, accept the decision gracefully. If you are not given details, politely ask for the reasons you were not chosen. If the recruiter shares this with you, DO NOT ARGUE with him/her.
  62. 62. INTERVIEWS Questions YOU Need to Ask
  63. 63. INTERVIEWS Questions You MUST Ask* •How many clients has the company added in the past year? How many clients has it lost? •What’s the company’s strategy for generating new business? •What has the employee turnover rate been over the past 24 months? •What’s the company’s policy on work/life balance? •What kind of tools are provided to help me do my job? How often are they upgraded? •In the first 60-90 days, what’s my top priority? What is the 1 thing I can’t fail at in year one? •Are employees required to sign a non-compete contract? •If it’s a start-up: What is the funding and/or financial health situation? •How is the Company Culture? *Questions Source: Talent Zoo | Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Your Interviewer by Steve James: http://www.talentzoo.com/news.php/Questions-You-Absolutely-Must-Ask-Your-Interviewer/?articleID=9159
  64. 64. INTERVIEWS Advice from Recruiters •The interview is your audition. Be prepared and ready to give the best performance of your career. •Know your sh*t. Be prepared to talk about your best work. Nail it. •Arrive on time. The interviewer’s time is precious. Also, be patient if they make you wait. Sometimes things do come up on both sides! If you will be late, try to call beforehand. •Have back-ups of sample work in case something fails. Either in print or bring a laptop. Courtesy of Loryn Schiraldo
  65. 65. INTERVIEWS Advice from Recruiters •Ask for the job! If you truly feel you can do the job at hand, make it known before leaving the interview. Ask Name and title (responsibility) of the people who will interview you •Google & LinkedIn their names and learn about them before the interview •Learn about the company and their current situation before the interview Courtesy of Loryn Schiraldo
  66. 66. INTERVIEWS Discussion: Design Exercises
  67. 67. INTERVIEWS Show & Tell: What Was Your Interview Disaster?
  68. 68. INTERVIEWS The Questions You’re Afraid to Ask •If I tell you my current salary, do I burn myself during negotiations? •What is the time frame to make a hire for this role? •Why is this position open? •How long do people stay in roles at the company? Why do they leave? •How many candidates are being put forward? •Do you think I’m a good candidate? Why? •What are the positives/negatives about the company? The manager? •What will the rest of the interview process be like?
  69. 69. INTERVIEWS But Wait... There’s More!
  70. 70. INTERVIEWS After the Interview: Advice from Recruiters •Be positive. I understand how frustrating it can be when decisions aren’t made quickly. I like when candidates check in for updates and express their continued interest, but calling in to complain is a different story. Chances are I’m frustrated as well and already pushing for decisions to be made. •Please don’t call or email me every day. Again, checking in is fine but if you contact me every day I start to think you’re desperate and question why. •Provide information promptly when requested. If you take a week to get back to me on something, I will assume you’re not interested in the role. Courtesy of Sara Cooper
  71. 71. INTERVIEWS After the Interview: Advice from Recruiters Sara Cooper Make sure you stand out from the crowd. Personality counts. Candidates who are good at making a personal connection with the recruiter or hiring manager are going to be remembered long after the one who just comes in, shows their portfolio and leaves. “
  72. 72. THANK YOU NOTES Frequently NOT a Two-Way Street
  73. 73. THANK YOU NOTES Fundamentals of Format •Thank the employer for his or her time, letting the interviewer know how much you enjoyed meeting with him or her •Identify the specific position for which you interviewed •Mention a key point of your conversation with the interviewer. When writing letters to multiple interviewers, differentiate your letters by referring to something specific you learned from the interviewer •Express enthusiasm for the job/company, and reiterate why you fit well with the organization. •Indicate that you look forward to possibility of becoming a member of that organization
  74. 74. THANK YOU NOTES IA Summit 2012 Samples Courtesy of Mario Bourque | mariobourque.com
  75. 75. THANK YOU NOTES IA Summit 2012 Samples Courtesy of Mario Bourque | mariobourque.com
  76. 76. THANK YOU NOTES Best.
  77. 77. BONUS: QUITTING YOUR JOB When It’s Time to Change, You’ve Got to Rearrange Who You Are Into What You’re Gonna Be Sha na na na, na na na na na, sha na na na na
  78. 78. QUITTING YOUR JOB Things to Consider Before You Go... •Give at least 2 weeks notice •Don’t flame-out on your way out (people often return, get references, work, etc. from previous employers) •Tie-up loose ends •Make yourself available as best as you can after you leave •Remember: This job most likely got you to where your next job is taking you. Be grateful/ thankful •Commit to Quit: When you do it, there’s no real turning back
  79. 79. FINAL Q&A It’s Okay if You’re First Out the Door
  80. 80. THANK YOUIA Summit 201 Image Source © Time Inc. Amanda Schonfeld Russ Unger | BeyondCurious | 18F

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