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Title: Interview Tips Seminar


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Interview TipsSeminar
Presented by Danielle Huguley Graduate
Assistant Cooperative Education
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Disclaimer
  • I will cover general points and advice for you to
    follow however, you must ultimately make your
    own choices.
  • Sometimes there are no right answers as to how to
    answer a question.
  • Getting a job is based on a combination of luck,
    the recruiter, what the company is looking for,
    and your preparation.

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Your Mission
  • Your job as the interviewee is to create a
    favorable first impression for your interviewers
    and then convince them you are the right person
    for the job

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Co-Op Interview Day is
  • Not an interrogation the employers that attend
    are very laid-back, friendly people!
  • A step towards your career development take it
    seriously!
  • A professional event, however, let the real you
    shine through when you are talking to employers!

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The Marketplace is Competitive, So Have a
Competitive Advantage!
  • Research YOURSELF and THE COMPANY
  • Be Prepared
  • First Impressions
  • The Interview
  • Follow-Up

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Research Yourself
  • Perform a Talent Inventory - What kind of
    skills and abilities do you have? What
    weaknesses?
  • What have you learned from your past jobs,
    volunteer work, hobbies, school and social
    situations?
  • What do you find interesting about your major and
    why did you choose it?
  • Decide what is important for your career
    objectives

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Research Yourself
  • Even without actual work experience, you have
    gained project-based experience from school, life
    experiences, and volunteer involvement.
  • Employers want to understand not only your
    experience, but also your personal qualities or
    performance behaviors. (e.g. self motivation,
    work ethic, and intellectual ability)
  • What makes you UNIQUE?

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CONFIDENCE
  • Researching yourself will provide you with the
    confidence you need in the interview
  • Remember, the interview process is a way for you
    to show off your talents, knowledge, and
    personality to employers

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Research the Company
  • Once you learn about yourself, then you must find
    out what the company is looking for!
  • What products do they make and/or services do
    they provide?
  • What things are important to the company?

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Research the Company
  • What size is the company?
  • Who are their major competitors?
  • Current news about the company of industry they
    operate in

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Research the Company
Make sure the jobs they are hiring for are of
interest to you!
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While doing your research ask yourself...
  • Do I have what the company is looking for?
  • What personal traits can I highlight to convince
    the interviewer that I am a good fit for their
    company?
  • Answering these questions is crucial, otherwise,
    what incentive do they have to hire you?

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While doing your research, take notes
  • Jot down questions you have as you learn about
    the company.
  • Write down things you find interesting about the
    company. You may be able to work them into the
    interview so your interviewer can expand on them.

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Be prepared to answer two important
questions Why should we hire you? (Use Talent
Inventory Results) and Why do you want to work
here? (Use impressive facts found during company
research)
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Be Prepared
  • Prepare thoughtful answers to the questions given
    to you at the Follow-up meeting.
  • Practice Ask a friend to conduct a mock
    interview.
  • Knowing yourself helps to convey who you are.
  • Make a list of all your skills, personal
    qualities, and knowledge.
  • Include a example from your life that
    demonstrates that dimension of you.

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Be Prepared
  • Behavioral Interview Questions
  • In a behavioral interview, an employer has
    decided what skills are needed in the person they
    hire and will ask questions to find out if the
    candidate has those skills. Instead of asking how
    you would behave, they will ask how you did
    behave. The interviewer will want to know how you
    handled a situation, instead of what you might do
    in the future.

http//jobsearch.about.com/cs/interviews/a/behavio
ral.htm
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Be Prepared
  • Behavioral Interview Questions
  • Give an example of an occasion when you used
    logic to solve a problem.
  • Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me
    how you achieved it.
  • Describe a decision you made that was unpopular
    and how you handled implementing it.
  • Have you gone above and beyond the call of duty?
    If so, how?

http//jobsearch.about.com/cs/interviews/a/behavio
ral.htm
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Be Prepared
  • Behavioral Interview Questions
  • What do you do when your schedule is interrupted?
    Give an example of how you handle it.
  • Have you had to convince a team to work on a
    project they weren't thrilled about? How did you
    do it?
  • Have you handled a difficult situation with a
    co-worker? How?
  • Tell me about how you worked effectively under
    pressure.

http//jobsearch.about.com/cs/interviews/a/behavio
ral.htm
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Be Prepared
  • Behavioral Interview Questions
  • Refresh your memory and consider some special
    situations you have dealt with or projects you
    have worked on.
  • Prepare stories that illustrate times when you
    have successfully solved problems or performed
    memorably.
  • When answering, make sure you state a specific
    situation, the tasks that needed to be done, the
    action you took and the results.

http//jobsearch.about.com/cs/interviews/a/behavio
ral.htm
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Be Prepared
  • Assess your strengths/weaknesses and major
    accomplishments
  • Be prepared to discuss your various job
    responsibilities.
  • Also, be prepared to explain why you did not work
    during a period of time, or why you quit or were
    fired.

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Be Prepared to tell The Whole Story
  • Bring extra copies of your resume to the
    interview.
  • Your resume doesnt tell everything about you.
  • What else do you bring to the table?
  • Talk about those things.
  • Be able to go into great detail.

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Be Prepared
  • Lay out clothing in advance
  • Perform time-consuming chores (ironing, polish
    shoes) the night before.
  • Eat something before the interview, but NOT
  • A big meal (may make you sluggish)
  • Smelly foods like garlic or onion
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  • Use the extra time to review your notes, clear
    your head, and get comfortable.
  • Take deep breaths and try to relax.

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First Impressions
  • Impressions are formed within 30 seconds of
    meeting someone!
  • Dress for Success
  • Pay attention to the details.
  • Conservative is the safe choice.
  • Punctuality is crucial.
  • A firm handshake is appropriate and projects
    confidence. Make eye contact and smile when you
    shake.

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Potential employers expect candidates to be
conservatively well-dressed and have good
manners. Like it or not, there is a high
correlation between appearance and the perception
of professional abilities.Clinton T.
Greenleaf, III Copley News Service
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The Interview
  • Know the interviewers name, shake his/her hand,
    make eye contact and smile.
  • Pay attention to how the interviewer behaves (are
    they laid back or formal?).
  • Speak clearly, avoiding slang or filler words.
  • Respond to the interviewer through body
    language AND speech

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Do not Forget to Listen
  • Listen through eye contact stay with the person
    (third eye)
  • Listen with nonverbal expressions nod and
    appear interested
  • Listen until the speaker is finished do not
    interrupt
  • http//interview.monster.com/articles/tip5Flisten
    /

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The Interview
  • Listening is a key interviewing skill!!!

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The Dynamics of an Interview
Once an interviewer meets several candidates who
more or less fit the criteria of the position, he
or she wont make a final selection by simply
narrowing the list until he finds the most
qualified candidate. Hell select the candidate
who makes him feel the most comfortable. The one
whose style is closest to his. The one whose
mind works the way his does. Not the one who, on
paper, might be considered most qualified.
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The Interview
  • If the interviewer asks you a question and you
    dont understand, ask the person to explain a
    little more or ask the question again.
  • Pause and think about your answers, but dont
    leave the interviewer waitingthat is why you
    came prepared!
  • Dont just answer yes or no. The most
    productive interviews are 2 way communications.
  • Dont lie or exaggerate.

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The Interview
  • Respond concisely dont ramble.
  • Do not bring up salary or benefits unless the
    interviewer brings them up.
  • Answer questions with specific examples-avoid
    generalities.
  • As you answer questions, avoid use of negative
    terms.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to sell
    yourself.

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The Interview
  • How to Sell yourself to an employer
  • Be confident and enthusiastic
  • Listen carefully be polite and tactful
  • Show how your talents, training, and experience
    will help you get ahead
  • Display your knowledge about the firm and the job
    you are seeking

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The Interview
  • Keep in mind you are also interviewing the
    company.
  • Do you want to work for this company?
  • Is this the right position for you?

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The Interviewthe last 5 or 10 minutes
  • The easiest interview question Do you have any
    questions? YES!!!
  • Remember to comment on how interested you are in
    working for the company.
  • Definitely ask
  • What kind of projects will I be involved in?
  • What is the next step from here?
  • Thank the interviewer for his/her time and get a
    business card to aid in future correspondence.

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Power Questions
  • What are you most hoping to find in the person
    you hire?
  • What would be my first priorities on the job?
  • Based on what weve talked about today, I feel
    good about the position. Do you have any
    concerns about my ability to do the job?

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Phone Interviews
  • Do your homework, just as you would for a
    face-to-face interview.
  • It is important to prove that you can do the job,
    even though you are not speaking in person.
  • Mind your mannerisms.
  • Smile As you talk your voice will sound much
    more friendly and enthusiastic.

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Follow-Up
  • Write a follow-up letter ASAP.
  • Your letter should not exceed one page.
  • Remind him/her of who you are and when you met.
  • Express interest in the job and highlight your
    great qualities.
  • Thank them again for taking the time to interview
    you.
  • Close with, I look forward to hearing from you.

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If you need help in preparing letters to
employers, refer to our webpage.
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Follow-Up
  • CHECK LETTER FOR MISTAKES
  • E-mails can also be appropriate
  • Once the letter has been received, call the
    interviewer.

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What Happens After Co-Op Interview Day?
  • Co-Op Interview Day is used by recruiters to
    begin the screening process.
  • After Co-Op Interview Day you may get an offer or
    a 2nd interview.
  • Warn your roommate about employer phone calls!

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What To Do If...
  • What do you do if your 1 company choice has not
    contacted you and you receive an offer from
    someone else?
  • What do you do if asked for a second interview?

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Remember!
  • To keep in touch with the Co-Op Office.
  • Today until 12 midnight you can sign up for
    additional Co-Op Interview Day interviews.
  • DO NOT CANCEL ANY INTERVIEWS!
  • You can also add more Office Interviews and
    more Mail applications.
  • Print schedule once youve added companies
    tonight.

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Take note of any employer cancellations!
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Rejection is part of job hunting.Sometimes you
will not click with the interviewer. The more
practice you get, the better youll get at
interviewing.
Keep in Mind
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