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Title: Tips for a Positive Interviewing Experience!

Tips for a Positive Interviewing Experience!
In the beginning. . . The Job Search
  • Read the requirements of each position CAREFULLY
    before applying.
  • Assess the value of what you have to offer to
    each position and the organization.

In the beginning. . . The Job Search
  • Become familiar with the organization so you can
    demonstrate how and why you will be an effective
  • Ask the agency or company to send you materials
    (brochure, job description, newsletter, etc.)

In the beginning. . . The Job Search
  • Be realistic! Know your qualifications and
    limitations. Wanting a job does not necessarily
    mean youre qualified for it.
  • Dont select a job just based on salary.
  • Find a job you will enjoy going to.

Communication Tools
First Impressions
Applications Resumes
  • Fully complete the application without being too
  • Complete the form NEATLY by hand, preferably
  • Resumes should be brief and to the point (1-2
    pages). Both must be ERROR FREE!

Applications Resumes
  • Make sure all information is accurate.
  • Document your qualifications. NEVER assume
  • The application DEADLINE date is exactly that.
    Plan ahead!

Tips for Successful Interviewing
Interview DOs
  • Dress appropriately for the industry. When in
    doubt, go conservative.
  • Personal grooming and cleanliness should be
  • Keep cologne or perfume to a minimum.
  • Pay particular attention to hands and fingernails.

Interview DOs
  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early.
  • Know the exact time and location of your
  • Know how long it takes to get there, park, and
    find a restroom to freshen up.

Interview DOs
  • Treat other people you encounter with courtesy
    and respect. Their opinions of you might be
    solicited during the hiring process.

Interview DOs
  • Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and
    have a friendly expression when you are greeted
    by the interviewer.
  • Be sure you understand your interviewers name
    and the correct pronunciation.

Interview DOs
  • Even when your interviewer gives you a first and
    last name, address your interviewer by Mr. or Ms.
    and the last name, until invited to do otherwise.
  • Maintain good eye contact during the interview.
  • Sit still in your seat avoid fidgeting and

Interview DOs
  • Respond to questions and back up your statements
    about yourself with specific examples whenever
  • Ask for clarification if you dont understand a
    question and be thorough in your responses while
    being concise in your wording.

Interview DOs
  • Use good grammar and good diction. Say yes,
    not yeah.
  • Dont fill pauses with um, uh or ah.
  • Dont punctuate sentences with you know,
    like, see or okay.

Interview DOs
  • Treat the interview seriously and show interest
    in the employer and the opportunity presented.
  • Watch the tone of your voice. This can kill your
    credibility during the interview.

Softly Toot Your Own Horn!
  • Exhibit quiet confidence.
  • Organize your thoughts and apply your knowledge,
    skills and abilities.
  • Think globally! Relate outside experiences to
    demonstrate your qualifications.

Interview Donts
  • Dont make excuses. Take responsibility for your
    decisions and your actions.
  • Dont make negative comments about previous
    employers or supervisors (etc.).
  • Dont treat the interview casually, as if you are
    just shopping around or doing the interview for
    practice. This is insulting.

Interview Donts
  • Dont give the impression you are only interested
    in salary.
  • Dont act as though you would take any job or are
    desperate for employment.
  • Dont chew gum or smell like smoke.
  • Dont take cell phone calls during an interview.
    If you carry a cell phone, turn it off during the

Be Prepared for Behavior-based Questions!
  • Describe a time when you were faced with problems
    or stresses at work that tested your coping
    skills. What did you do?
  • Give an example of a time when you had to be
    relatively quick in coming to a decision.

Be Prepared for Behavior-based Questions!
  • Give me an example of a problem you faced on the
    job, and tell me how you solved it.
  • Tell me about a situation in the past year in
    which you had to deal with a very upset customer
    or co-worker.

What to do after the interview?
  • Courteously thank the interviewer(s) for the
    opportunity to interview with the agency.
  • Extend a handshake and exhibit enthusiasm about
    the opportunity.
  • Consider following up with a thank you note or
    e-mail of appreciation to further show your