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Title: Interviewing Tips

Interviewing Tips
  • Why should I hire you?

Marquettte Career Services Center, Holthusen Hall
1st Floor 414-288-5304 Career.services_at_marquette
Employers Concerns
  • Do you look the part professional
  • Can you be counted onresponsible
  • Can you perform Job done well
  • Will you work hard above and beyond?
  • What will you bring to the table.
  • What else do you have to offer, academics being
    equal with other candidates

First Impressions
  • Get there early
  • Treat receptionist with respect
  • Formal greeting Use Mr. or Ms. Or just say
  • nice to meet you.
  • Firm handshake Firmnot hard
  • Polished shoes Shows attention to detail
  • Confident smile Everyone likes a smile
  • Good eye contact Shows confidence

What to Bring
  • Padfolio
  • Extra copies of resume
  • Official Transcript
  • List of References
  • At least six questions, written out, to
  • ask interviewer
  • Pen and paper to use to take notes,
  • especially after interview

  • Quality suit/natural fabrics
  • Minimal jewelry/fragrances
  • Conservative/neutral colors (ok to have a
    brighter scarf or tie)
  • Professional looking accessories (not your
  • back-pack from freshman year)
  • Tailored and pressed garments
  • Polished shoes


  • What are your traits?
  • Honest, trustworthy and reliable?
  • Sense of humor? Preferred by someone
  • working next to you
  • Ability to listen?as important as talking
  • Likability factor?dont be so nervous you cant
    show your wit or humor
  • Adaptable to company culturewill you fit?

Interview Preparation
  • Research organization (visit employer website,
    talk to people.)
  • Prepare 3-6 thought-out questions.
  • Write notes before interview.
  • Practice interviewing. (Do a mock interview or
    use InterviewStream in
  • Career Services)
  • Attend pre-meeting for on-campus interviews, if

Responding to Questions
  • Be yourself never put on an act
  • Answer honestly and as directly
  • and sincerely as possible
  • Focus on positive dont point out
  • weaknesses (until asked)
  • If you talk quickly, count to three before
  • answering
  • Talk about what you have to OFFER the
  • organization.

  • WHY
  • An Employer
  • HIRE
  • Y U ?

  • Because
  • I have KNOWLEDGE,
  • SKILLS and
  • to offer!!!

  • Back up everything with

  • Job-Content Skills
  • Knowledge learned from majoring in a particular
    area (i.e. nursing, accounting, engineering,
  • AND/OR
  • Hands-on experience and application in your major
    gained through an internship, volunteer or
    part-time experience

Transferable Skills
  • Positions in every field needs these skills
  • They come out of an AS based education and
  • They TRANSFER !
  • write effectively
  • speak well
  • research
  • analyze
  • critique
  • problem solve
  • Etc.

Personal Characteristics
Individual strengths that are natural to your
personality or that come out of
  • Reliability
  • energy leadership
  • work ethic
  • initiative
  • confidence
  • self-discipline
  • creativity
  • resourcefulness
  • motivation
  • interpersonal skills
  • flexibility
  • organization
  • leadership ability

What Do You Have to Offer?
  • What are your strengths?
  • (You have more than threechoose
    most career-related)
  • Talk about how you developed the strength
    prove that you have it by giving an example
    when you used it.
  • What arent you good at (weakness)
  • Think about what you wish you did
    better, what are you
  • not so strong in, but are taking
    measures to better yourself.

Behavioral InterviewingProve It
  • Present concrete situations
  • Back up everything you say with examples
  • Quantify data if possible
  • Emphasize successful results
  • Relate your strengths to the question
  • AND explain where you developed that strength!

Typical Behavorial Questions
  • Tell me about a difficult situation and how
  • you dealt with it. PAR Problem, Action, Result
  • Tell me about your most satisfying position or
    accomplishment your least satisfying
  • Tell me about a time when you went above and
    beyond what was expected
  • Describe what you think would be an ideal
  • relationship between a supervisor and
  • employee

Other Common Questions
  • Describe yourself (in terms of your career when
  • Became interested in your field, why you chose
    your major, what a great education you got at MU
    internships? future goals? Where does this
    position fit in? and maybe add a couple
    interesting hobbies or activities that you are
    involved in.)
  • Why are you interested in our organization
  • What do you know about our company
  • What did you learn from part-time, co-op or
    internship experiences?
  • Professional goals in five years?

Answering Problem Questions
  • Answer briefly.
  • Acknowledge the facts.
  • Try to turn negative into positive.
  • (example low grade point average)
  • Yes, my grade point is lower than I would like.
    However, I had to work 25 hours a week off-campus
    to finance my tuition. This didnt allow as much
    study time as I would have liked.

Salary Negotiations
  • NEVER initiate salary discussions
  • Know salary RANGE
  • If likely salary is 35k, say mid to high-thirties
  • Most employers wont be in a position to
    negotiate -- entry-level salaries are typically
    established well in advanced

Questioning the Interviewer
  • You will be evaluated on the questions
  • you ask
  • Never ask about salary or benefits until the
    employer brings it up or a job offer exists
  • Avoid asking questions available in company
  • End with this question What is your timeline
    for filling the position?

Closing the Interview
  • Reiterate interest in position
  • Ask for the job! (if youd like it)
  • (Now that Ive talked to you, Im even more
    convinced that I am a good match for this
    position. Please seriously consider me as I
    would love this job.)
  • Establish follow up procedures
  • Write thank you note to all interviewers
  • Judge whether an e-mail will suit the employer
    better or a more formal handwritten card. Mention
    something you may have forgotten

Evaluate Your Interview
  • If you dont feel you did well
  • Think about how you could have answered the
    questions differently.
  • Remember Practice Makes Perfect!

Final Interview Tips
  • Dont talk too much
  • Watch nervous mannerisms
  • Be on time
  • Be friendly and enthusiastic
  • Wear a suit!!!
  • Be confident!
  • Knock em dead!!!