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Title: SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWING TIPS AND TECHNIQUES


1
SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWING TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
2
The Job Interview by Definition
  • Opportunity to present yourself, skill set, and
    knowledge to one who can hire you

3
The Interview Procedure
  • The Interview Procedure frequently includes
  • Questions on your skills and experience
  • Behavior based questions
  • Opportunity for you to ask questions of the
    interviewer
  • The Key Present yourself as the top candidate

4
Keys to the Successful InterviewPreparation
BEFORE the Interview
  • Know yourself
  • Research the employer
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Make a good impression

5
Know Yourself
  • What do you have to offer?
  • Identify 5 10 work or school experiences that
    demonstrate your skills and accomplishments
  • half should be totally positive
  • half should be ones that started out negative but
    had
  • either a positive result or a good learning
    experience
  • What do you want to do and where do you want to
    do it?
  • How are you perceived by others?

6
Do Your Research
  • Research the employer youre interviewing with
  • Utilize the Career Services Website
    www.careers.southernct.edu to access JOBSs (Job
    Opportunities Benefiting Southern students) and
    review employer profiles and websites
  • Conduct informational interviews

7
Practice, Practice, Practice!
  • To better prepare yourself for the interview, as
    well as assist in conquering pre-interview
    anxiety, practice is key
  • Attend interviewing workshops and view
    interviewing videos/DVDs in the Career Center
  • Meet with a career counselor for a mock interview
  • Practice for the interview with family or friends
    and practice, practice, practice

8
Proper Attire
  • DO
  • Wear conservative attire, such as a dark colored
    business suit
  • Polish your shoes
  • Stick to a low business heel shoe
  • Have hair neatly brushed and face shaved before
    interview
  • Bring a portfolio or briefcase
  • DONT
  • Wear bright colored business suits Black, Grey,
    and Pastel colors are most appropriate
  • Wear flashy accessories like watches, jewelry, or
    excessive amounts of cologne, perfume, or hair
    gel
  • Wear skirts that reach above the knees
  • Wear stiletto heels

9
Keys to the Successful InterviewDURING the
Interview
  • Be prompt and prepared
  • Poise and body language
  • Answer the questions
  • Closing statements

10
Be Prompt and Prepared
  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled
    interview time
  • Turn the cell phone OFF vibrations make noise
  • Give a firm handshake, make eye contact, and
    smile when you are greeted
  • Bring extra copies of your resume and a list of
    references

11
Poise and Body Language
  • Many interviewers will assess you based on
  • Appropriate eye contact and posture
  • Correctly pronouncing his/her name
  • If you talk easily or are overly formal and
    reserved
  • If you seem enthusiastic and confident
  • When greeted, introduce yourself and shake
    interviewers hand. Dont sit until interviewer
    is seated
  • Never chew gum during an interview
  • Most employers agree that the first five minutes
    of an interview will tell them the most about a
    person
  • First impressions are important

12
Answering the Questions
  • Speak slowly and clearly. Dont be afraid to
    pause for a moment to collect your thoughts
  • Listen and understand the interviewers questions
    before responding thoroughly yet concisely
  • Be honest- dont try to cover up mistakes.
    Instead, focus on how you learned from them
  • Give positive nonverbal feedback to the
    interviewer
  • Smile, be enthusiastic, showing a positive
    attitude
  • Avoid negative terms and comments when responding
    to questions. Stress positives
  • If asked an illegal question Be tactful with an
    appropriate response

13
Closing Statements
  • Be prepared with your closing statement
    reiterating your interest and abilities
  • Be prepared to ask questions of the interviewer
  • The initial interview is NOT the time to ask
    about salary
  • Thank the interviewer and ask for a business card

14
After the Interview
  • Send a thank-you note right away a formal
    response card or note paper vs. e-mail
  • Jot down information about the interview and
    begin evaluating if this is the right job for you
  • Prepare for potential salary negotiations by
    researching salary information. The NACE Salary
    Calculator (available at careers.southernct.edu)
    is an excellent resource for salary information
    for most occupational areas.

15
Interviewing Types and Tips
  • Screening Interview
  • One-on-One Interview
  • Panel Interview
  • Peer Group Interview
  • Luncheon Interview
  • Second Interview
  • Video/Video Conference Interview
  • Telephone Interview

16
Interviewing Myths Facts
  • Myth The candidate with the best education,
    skills, and experience will get the job

Reality Check Employers hire individuals for
many different reasons. Education, skills, and
experience are only a few of the several hiring
criteria. If employers hired only on the basis of
education, skills, and experience, they would not
need to interview candidates. Such static
information is available on applications and
resumes. Employers interview because they want to
see how you look and interact with them, how you
would handle various work situations, and how
well you fit into the organization.
17
Interviewing Myths Facts
  • Myth If the interviewer asks if I have any
    negatives or weaknesses, I should indicate I have
    none

Reality Check You should be honest. Everyone
has negatives. If you indicate you have none, the
interviewer knows you are being less than candid.
But neither should you blurt out your worst
negatives. Identify a weakness and talk about how
you are working to overcome it.
18
Interviewing Myths Facts
Myth Ill be at a disadvantage because Ill be
nervous
Reality Check If you practice some stress
reduction techniques, such as taking deep breaths
and focusing attention on the questions, you
should be able to project confidence in the
interview. Keep in mind, many interviewers are
under pressure to hire the right candidate.
19
Interviewing Myths Facts
  • Myth Because I am a college student, I do not
    have the ability to negotiate a salary

Reality Check You can prepare for salary
negotiations by researching typical salary ranges
prior to your interview. Ask the interviewer what
would a person with my qualifications earn in
this position, and let the employer introduce a
number.
20
Interviewing Myths Facts
  • Myth My major goal in the interview is to get
    the job

Reality Check Your major goal should be the
same as the interviewers gain useful
information from which you can determine if this
position and organization are a good fit.
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For More Information
  • Southern Connecticut State UniversityCenter for
    Career Services
  • Schwartz Hall Room102
  • (203) 392-6536
  • www.careers.southernct.edu
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