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Purpose of an Interview. Provide information about yourself that is not in the resume ... Decide what you'll wear before the day of the interview ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Interview Skills

Interview Skills
  • Tips for Successful Results

Get Ready for the Interview
  • Opportunity to meet employer, exchange
    information and make a positive impression

Purpose of an Interview
  • Provide information about yourself that is not in
    the resume
  • Employer can evaluate your skills and personality
  • Gain information about position and company
  • Is there a mutual interest?

Interview is a two-way process
  • Evaluate employer
  • Employer evaluates you
  • attitude
  • appearance
  • personality
  • confidence
  • knowledge about yourself
  • ability to do the job

Before the Interview...
  • Research the Employer
  • Read promotional literature
  • Access information on the Web
  • Read trade journals and Newspapers
  • Search electronic databases for articles about
    the company

Before the Interview...
  • Research and know yourself
  • long-standing and new interests and hobbies
  • talents and abilities you can bring to a job
  • skills you would like to develop and improve
  • activities and tasks you would like to avoid
  • lifestyle, salary, location
  • kinds of people and environment you prefer
  • current career and educational goals
  • experiences you would like to highlight

Before the Interview...
  • Prepare yourself
  • Know whom you will meet for the interview
  • Arrive early 10 minutes ahead of schedule
  • Bring additional resumes, references
  • Dress appropriately

Well-Groomed Professional Appearance
  • Decide what youll wear before the day of the
  • Conservative suit in a conservative color
  • You want to feel comfortable and confident
  • No wild ties, flashy jewelry, strong perfumes, gum

  • It Is Natural!
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Allow plenty of travel time

During the interview...
  • First Impressions
  • Firm handshake
  • Sustained eye contact
  • Warm smile
  • Good posture
  • Proper introduction
  • Well-groomed professional appearance

Interview ContentEstablish rapport through...
  • Verbal Communications
  • courtesy
  • initiative
  • confidence
  • energy
  • Non-verbal communications
  • posture
  • eye contact
  • gestures

Interview Content
  • Obtain data from applicant
  • Discuss the position and organization
  • Establish career objectives
  • Ask interviewer questions
  • Close the interview

Interview Basics
  • Be yourself / Show your best self
  • Present the highs and not the lows
  • Show enthusiasm, not doubt
  • Display confidence, not hesitation

Interview Basics
  • Show personal characteristics
  • Discuss skills you have learned
  • Relate experiences you have had

Interview Basics
  • Demonstrate
  • flexibility
  • adaptability
  • leadership
  • creativity
  • initiative
  • responsibility
  • Show
  • progress
  • growth
  • achievement

Interview Basics
  • Take time to think before you answer
  • Clarify a question if youre not sure
  • Acceptable to say, I dont know.
  • Avoid simple yes and no answers
  • Avoid long rambling responses
  • Communicating info is your responsibility

After the Interview...
  • Be clear about the follow-up
  • Take notes about what happened
  • what you learned
  • impressions about people
  • what you need to find out
  • your responsibility about follow-up calls
  • when you can hear from them
  • Write a prompt Thank-you note

Thank-You Note
  • Brief / not to exceed one page
  • Express your appreciation
  • Reconfirm your interest in the job
  • Remind the employer why you are an ideal
    candidate for the job