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Title: Interview Etiquette Strategies for Success

Interview Etiquette Strategies for Success
  • Pathways Career Symposium
  • May 14, 2005
  • Erika Peters, Internship Director
  • UC Center Sacramento
  • 916-445-5533

4 Rs of Interview Preparation
  • Resume
  • Accurate, up-to-date, HONEST, concise, clear and
    1-2 pages only!
  • Review
  • Know your resume, know your skills, values,
    interests and accomplishments have stories to
    illustrate your points.
  • Research
  • Learn everything you can about your potential
  • Web Site
  • Expert Opinions
  • Annual Report / Publications
  • Current News Items
  • Rehearse
  • Mom was right! Practice DOES make perfect!
  • Internship and Career Center
  • Mentors in your field
  • Friends, family

Interview types
  • Settings
  • One-on-One, Committee/Panel, Group, Presentation,
    Telephone, Video
  • Types
  • Screening, In-depth, Technical, Assessing Fit,
    Comparing Candidates

Positive Confidence
  • Attitude is expressed in every answer
  • Turn every situation into an expression of your
    positive nature and ability to succeed.
  • Even if youre not convinced…
  • the cup IS HALF FULL!

Stages of an Interview
  • Ice Breaker / Welcome
  • Current Events, activities, areas of emphasis,
  • Describe position
  • may include information about company, job
    requirements and duties, salary
  • Questions, Questions, Questions
  • Invitation of questions from you
  • Not the time for a discussion of benefits,
    salary, vacation, etc.
  • Wrap Up

The Behavioral Interview
  • What is a behavioral question?
  • How can you recognize it?
  • How should you respond? STAR Method
  • S - Situation
  • T - Task
  • A - Action
  • R - Result

Tell me about yourself….
  • You put together the puzzle!
  • Should be related to work.
  • Dont hesitate to stop and ask if you should
  • Dont ramble
  • Have the destination in mind

What are your two greatest weaknesses?
  • Be honest
  • Relate to work environment
  • Show how you compensate or overcome the problem.

Do you have any questions for us?
  • Your chance to have the last word!
  • Worst answer -- uh, no
  • OK answer -- I believe weve already covered most
    of what I wanted to know.
  • Best bet? Think of it as your big opportunity!
  • Show knowledge of company or position
  • Wrap up with a summary of qualifications and
    enthusiasm about position
  • Gather additional knowledge
  • Fill in missed information

Tips to Remember…….
  • An interview is a TWO WAY exchange
  • Keep the conversation flowing
  • Interact with everyone -- no time to be shy
  • Be honest
  • Dont chew gum or ice
  • Turn off your cell phone
  • No Smoking!
  • Be polite to everyone

Sweat the Small Stuff….
  • Emergency Bag

Sweat the Small Stuff….
  • Call the company prior to interview
  • Check directions, parking location and cost
  • Find out how long the interview will take
  • Arrive 15-20 minutes early to location, but only
    7-10 minutes early to office
  • Check in and be prepared to wait for your

Dress for Success
  • Dress for the position you want…
  • not for the position you have

Dress for Success Accessories
  • Shoes
  • Polished, comfortable, closed toe
  • Socks/Hose
  • Wear matching socks or pantyhose
  • Belts
  • If pants have belt loops, wear a belt
  • Jewelry
  • Minimal -- take out facial piercings
  • Purse/Attaché Case

Dress for Success Rules of Thumb
  • No sleeveless shirts
  • Have your clothes pressed
  • No open toe shoes
  • Clothes should be comfortable
  • avoid
  • too tight
  • too short
  • too trendy

Dress for Success Hints
  • Men
  • Pull long hair back
  • Wear a white t-shirt under dress shirt
  • Helps with perspiration
  • Tie your tie well!
  • ask for help if you need it
  • bottom of tie should reach the bottom of the belt
  • Women
  • Have hair neat and out of the way
  • Apply make up conservatively
  • One ring per hand

Dress for Success Different clothing types
  • Professional Dress
  • Interview outfit
  • Daily clothing for professional office setting
  • Business Casual Dress
  • Dress down Fridays or casual office environment
  • Career Fair
  • Casual Dress
  • Company picnic
  • Traveling for work

Womens Professional
Womens Business Casual
Womens Casual
Mens Professional
Mens Business Casual
Mens Casual