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Title: Successful Interviews


1
Successful Interviews Salary Negotiations
  • Vic Snyder, Associate Director of Counseling
  • 134 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352810
  • (206) 543-0535
  • vsnyder_at_u.washington.edu
  • www.careers.washington.edu

2
The Silent Question
  • All the questions employers have in mind are
    really the same question.
  • How can you be valuable to me?

3
Successful Job Seekers
  • Know they have value
  • and
  • Communicate that value to employers

4
Skills Link to Jobs
  • Value increases with the degree of match between
    your skills and the way the employer sees the
    position

5
Interviewers Lament
  • Applicants lack of research on their company,
    and...
  • Applicants inability to talk about their
    strengths and how they match with company needs

6
Researching the Company
  • Why?
  • So you can show how you match with company needs
  • What?
  • Company mission, core values, management style,
    culture, growth areas, projects, problems

7
Researching Companies
  • How?
  • Visit company web sites, use search engines
  • (UWCC web site www.careers.washington.edu
  • click on Quick Links ? Web Resources ?
    Company Research)
  • Use directories, financial sources and indexes in
    libraries and Career Centers
  • Read annual reports, articles, professional/trade
    journals

8
Talking About Strengths
  • Answering the Silent question
  • An interview strategy demonstration

9
Interview Strategy
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • The question we usually get to start the
    interview.
  • Gives the first opportunity to answer the silent
    question.

10
Interview Strategy
  • Keep in mind the job description and your
    strengths/skills.
  • Choose three strengths and say
  • My strengths include _______, _______, and
    _______ which of these would you prefer I talk
    about first?

11
Interview Strategy
  • The interviewer will choose or let you choose.
  • Give the best example of when you demonstrated
    that strength.
  • Be short and clear - no more than 2 minutes.

12
Interview Strategy
  • Ask Is this the kind of information you want?
    Would you like another example in this skill area
    or shall I go on to another?
  • You will guide the interview so your greatest
    strengths are clearly communicated.
  • Identifying Strengths (see Career Guide pages
    69)
  • The STAR Method (Career Guide page 27)

13
The Job Description
  • Ask questions to be sure you understand the job
    description
  • Is there anything more you can tell me about
    this position?
  • What results do you expect to see from someone
    in this position?
  • Include examples of your strengths as they match
    the description.

14
Most Organizations Look For
  • A Strong Academic Record
  • Skills Achievements
  • Extra-curricular activities, achievements and
    good experiences are strong evidence to help in
    understanding the type of person you are
  • Technical Skills
  • May be essential in some fields, and highly
    valued in all fields
  • Also, your ability to
  • place problems in a wide but relevant perspective
  • work efficiently with others in a team
  • get things done

15
Answering Questions
  • Listen
  • Think through the answers you could give
  • Answer briefly and to the point
  • Use only positive information

16
Key Situations
  • Unexpected Questions
  • pause - think - respond
  • Negative Questions
  • its about attitude
  • always respond with a positive
  • Weaknesses? - speak about something
  • unrelated to the job

17
Key Situations
  • Behavior Based Questions
  • employers believe past actions predict future
    behavior
  • think of examples/stories/scenarios
  • use the STAR Method

18
Key Situations
  • Situational Questions
  • interviewer describes a situation and asks how
    you would respond
  • relate to real situation if possible (keep the
    STAR method in mind)
  • Technical Questions
  • test problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • indicate how you might arrive at an answer
  • http//www.hitequest.com

19
Key Situations
  • Illegal Questions
  • think of underlying question interviewer might
    have in mind and address it
  • ask how it relates to performing the job
  • Questions to Ask
  • ask relevant questions that show some forethought

20
Key Situations
  • Salary Questions
  • see Salary Negotiations Tips
  • Research the pay range
  • You will have the most leverage if you get the
    job offer before negotiating salary
  • Online Job Offer Salary Negotiations workshop
  • Practice the interview
  • CCS Mock Interview Program
  • Virtual Job Interview

21
Summary
  • Research the company
  • Speak about your strengths and how they bring
    value
  • Remember the STAR method
  • Practice, Practice, Practice!
  • Web site CollegeGrad.com - click on Interview
    Prep, Salaries, Job Offers
  • Questions??

22
Successful Interviews Salary Negotiations
  • Vic Snyder, Associate Director of Counseling
  • 134 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352810
  • (206) 543-0535
  • vsnyder_at_u.washington.edu
  • www.careers.washington.edu
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