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Title: 10 Interview Tips for the First Job Interview Sharon Page


1
10 Interview Tips for the First Job Interview
  • Sharon Page, Recruiter
  • Human Resources Dept.

2
1. Make a Positive First Impression
  • Arrive 15 minutes early
  • Have at least one extra copy of your resume

3
1. Make a Positive First Impression
  • Know the NAMES of people you meet!!
  • Take a notebook and make notes

4
1. Make a Positive First Impression
  • Handshakes, eye contact
  • SMILE!!
  • Be kind to everyone you meet

5
2. Dress Appropriately
  • Professional Attire
  • Men Suit in dark color, light shirt and tie
  • Women Conservative Business suit, mid heels
  • Details hems, cuffs, shoes shined, buttons, no
    wrinkles
  • Low-key jewelry, if any at all

6
2. Dress Appropriately
  • Please
  • Easy
  • on the perfume!!

7
3. Research the Employer
  • Company history
  • CEO, Directors, Board Members
  • Current events
  • Location, directions
  • Organizational Culture
  • Mission, Vision, Values
  • Where to find?
  • Internet
  • Newspapers
  • Professional Journals
  • Networking Organizations
  • Professional Groups
  • Word of Mouth
  • Current/Past employees

8
4. Know Yourself
  • Strengths
  • Areas for Development
  • Skills
  • Energy Level
  • Motivations
  • Pet Peeves

9
5. C.A.R. Stories
10
5. C.A.R. Stories
  • Challenge
  • Action
  • Result

11
5. CAR Stories
  • Tell a story
  • Answer a question
  • Define a skill
  • Point out a strength
  • Give a chance to brag about yourself!

12
5. C.A.R. Stories
  • How to write your own CAR Stories
  • STEP 1 Ask yourself
  • What skills are required for this job?
  • What strengths do I want to showcase?
  • Which accomplishments do NOT show on my resume or
    application?
  • How can I prove that I deserve the pay/position?
  • How did I earn any promotions/accolades?

13
5. C.A.R. Stories
  • STEP 2 Determine
  • Specific instance for each of the questions
  • Use the format
  • Challenge presented/Problem to be solved
  • Action/steps taken to reach goal
  • Result of that action/Outcome of effort

14
5. C.A.R. Stories
  • STEP 3 Write out
  • Your Personal Story!!
  • What?
  • Who?
  • When?
  • How Much?
  • How Many?

15
5. C.A.R. Stories
  • Step 4 Polish what you have written
  • Say it, rewrite it, ask for opinions
  • Step 5 Prepare for the interview!!
  • Practice until its almost memorized
  • Rule of Thumb is to take 5 skills and have at
    least 2 CAR stories for each one

16
5. C.A.R. Stories
  • Let your CAR Stories
  • SELL you as the
  • Best Candidate for the Job!

17
Last 5 tips
  • How to Interview the Employer!!

18
6. Have Questions Prepared
  • Demonstrates interest
  • Shows you did your homework
  • Creates an exchange
  • Gives you important information
  • Makes you feel confident

19
7. Determine Fit
  • Get information on the employers
  • Hours
  • Size
  • Supervision style
  • Lunch/Break policy
  • Quality of Life
  • Goals for employees

20
8. Evaluate your Feelings
  • Is this a place where you want to spend the rest
    of your career?
  • Is this only a temporary stop?

21
9. Map out your future
  • Why is this position open?
  • How are employees promoted?
  • What is the career path?
  • What is the policy on training?

22
10. Follow up X 3!!
  • Summarize your impression
  • Send Thank You note within 48 hours
  • Call back within 7 days

23
10 Interview Tips for the First Job Interview
  • Make a Positive First Impression
  • Dress Appropriately
  • Research the Employer
  • Know Yourself
  • CAR Stories
  • 6. Have Questions Prepared
  • Determine Fit
  • Evaluate Feelings
  • 9. Map out your Future
  • 10. Follow up X 3
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