Acing your Interview

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How to convince the hiring manager that you're the right person for the job

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Acing your Interview

  1. 1. Acing your Interview <ul><li>Andrew Davis </li></ul><ul><li>Synergistech Communications </li></ul>
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Know thyself </li></ul><ul><li>Know thy audience </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Assess the fit </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiate </li></ul><ul><li>Relax </li></ul><ul><li>For more info... </li></ul>
  3. 3. Know thyself <ul><li>What kind of work do you seek? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>industry, location, pace, audience, pay, colleagues, tools, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are your strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you need to earn? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Know thy Audience <ul><li>Understand the job description </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the company web site. Read it. </li></ul><ul><li>Read what the trade press, analysts, even employees have to say </li></ul><ul><ul><li>redherring.com, vault.com, Business 2.0, FastCompany.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anticipate your interviewers’ concerns </li></ul>
  5. 5. Know thy Audience (2) <ul><li>Show up early </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Humor HR; it’s their turf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dress better than they do </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget your portfolio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Customize it for their needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared to discuss your role, what you think is good, what you’d do better next time </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Communicate <ul><li>Respond to their concerns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think before you answer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be brief </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t ever embellish the truth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask whether they’ve heard enough </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Communicate (2) <ul><li>Ask tough questions </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate that you respect yourself; expect them to do likewise </li></ul><ul><li>Let them know you’re interested </li></ul><ul><li>Ask ‘where from here?’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Assess the fit <ul><li>Do you like them? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you succeed there? </li></ul><ul><li>Will the job be good for your career? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it be fun? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Negotiate <ul><li>Be frank about your priorities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cash, stock, stress, personality fit, benefits, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t make fear-based choices </li></ul><ul><li>Do your best not to settle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you do, be aware of it </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Relax <ul><li>Show a sense of humor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smile and they’ll smile with you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enjoy yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You’re much more likeable that way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews are 50+ percent chemistry </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. For more info... <ul><li>See our site’s Advice section </li></ul><ul><li>www.synergistech.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>707-554-9365 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>866-591-2968 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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