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Title: Job Strategies: Marketing and Interviewing Skills

Job Strategies Marketing and Interviewing Skills
  • University of Missouri-Columbia International
    Student Career Services

A Few H1-B Visa Statistics
  • In FY2003, out of 231,030 H1-B petitions, 217,340
    were approved
  • The current cap (limit) on H1-B visas
  • Exceptions
  • The top 5 industries receiving visas in FY2003
  • It is important to know that there are a lot of
    internationals working in the US!!

The American philosophy of the job hunt
  • Setting yourself apart from all the other
    qualified applicants
  • Appear unique or different
  • The 2 Cs
  • Confidence
  • Competence
  • As an international student you have an advantage
    over American

The Basics of Interviewing
  • 3 stages of interviewing
  • Stage 1 Preparation
  • Stage 2 Interview
  • Stage 3 Follow up

Stage 1Preparation
  • Learn more about the company
  • What to look for when researching
  • Where to find information on companies
  • Prepare to talk about yourself
  • Topics to think about
  • Goals, Values, Weakness, Strength

Stage 2 The interview
  • Phases of the interview
  • First impressions
  • Actual interview
  • Your questions
  • Closing

First impressions Dress
  • Dress appropriately
  • This depends much on your work environment!
  • The general rule of thumb

The Interview First impressions
  • Starts the minute you leave your front door
  • Promptness
  • Be nice to everyone you meet in the office
  • Give a firm handshake

The Interview General Tips
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Non-verbal communication
  • The positives
  • Dont exaggerate or lie
  • Avoid debate
  • Understand the question
  • Follow the lead
  • Dont interrupt
  • Timing of answers
  • What not to expect
  • Talking about salary
  • Past employers, colleagues, teacher or

The Interview Top 10 questions Adapted from St.
Norberts college and MU Career Center
  • Tell me about yourself
  • What is your most significant accomplishment?
  • Why do you believe you are qualified for the
  • Have you ever accomplished something you did not
    think you could?
  • Describe a time where your performance went above
    and beyond expectations.
  • What do you like/dislike most about your current
  • What are your career goals? Where do you see
    yourself 5 years from now?
  • What are your most significant strengths?
  • What are your most significant weaknesses?
  • Why do you want to work here?

Most common questions for international students.
  • How long do you think you will stay in the U.S.?
  • How are your communication skills?
  • How are you more qualified than an American
  • Where are you from?

Discriminatory questions
  • Have you had any medical problems lately?
  • What country are you or your parents from?
  • Do you prefer Ms., Miss., or Mrs.?
  • Do you have children?
  • What church do you go to?
  • How old are you?

Stage 3 The Follow up
  • Shake hands again
  • Thank the interviewer
  • Immediately send everyone you talk to a thank you

MU Career Center Mock Interview
  • What Practice like a real interview!
  • Time 50 minutes
  • Practice Interview
  • Expert feedback from the mock interviewer
  • Can be videotaped so you can see what you look
    like when you are interviewed
  • Cost FREE!!!
  • Where MU Career Center at the Student Success

Want more information?
  • For a more detailed information about
    interviewing, please visit us at ISCS. We have
    staff members who do individual consultations as
    well as an in depth workshop on interviewing
  • International Students Career Serivces
  • Student Success Center Room 3
  • E-mail
  • Telephone 573-882-2170
  • Hours Monday Friday 10 AM 4 PM