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Title: Interview Skills: Put Your Best Foot Forward


1
Interview Skills Put Your Best Foot Forward
  • Presented by Markell Steele, M.Ed.
  • Futures in Motion, Inc.
  • Transition to Industry Symposium

2
Purpose of the Interview
  • Recruiter/Hiring Manager wants to determine
  • Can you do the job- knowledge, skills, abilities
  • Do you want to do the job- interest and
    enthusiasm
  • Will you fit in?- personality/environmental match

3
Tips for Successful Interviewing
  • Knowledge
  • Presentation
  • Follow-up

4
KNOWLEDGE
5
Know Yourself
  • Understand relevant skills, interests and values
  • Identify transferable skills
  • Prioritize employment needs
  • Tips
  • Take a skills inventory (Skillscan)
  • Use action verb list
  • Analyze your experience for relevance
  • Browse job openings to identify interests

6
Know the Organization/ Company
  • Recruiters hiring managers expect you to know
    something about the company/industry/position
  • Chance for you to stand out from the competition
  • Incorporate knowledge into interview responses

7
What To Find Out
  • Products / Services
  • Size
  • Ownership
  • Profits / Losses
  • Private / Public
  • Stated Mission
  • Training
  • Benefits
  • Competitors
  • Client base
  • Reputation
  • Potential for Advancement
  • Recent mergers / acquisitions
  • Market stability

8
Finding Company Information
  • Company Annual Report
  • Company Website
  • Information Interviews
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Magazines, Business Publications
  • Press Releases
  • Local business journals
  • Professional Associations

9
Company Research Websites
  • www.vault.com
  • www.wetfeet.com
  • www.hoovers.com
  • www.plunketts.com
  • www.the-scientist.com/careers
  • www.biospace.com
  • www.biotechinstitute.org/careers
  • Vault Guide to the Top Pharmaceuticals Biotech
    Employers, Third Edition

10
PRESENTATION
11
Interview Attire
  • Consider your industry
  • Consider the employer
  • Consider your personality

12
The Employer
  • Look at pictures in company literature or on web
    pages
  • Talk to people who know the culture of the
    organization

13
Your Personality
  • Choose clothes that fit your body type
  • Look for the best quality you can afford
  • Use low key accessories to personalize suits
  • Use good judgment- You don't want to be known as
    the candidate who wore the Donald Duck tie

14
Interview Scenarios
  • One-on-one
  • Group
  • Committee/Panel
  • Phone
  • Scientific Presentation
  • Multiple Interviews/Series

15
Know Your Audience
  • External Recruiter
  • Human Resources Recruiter
  • Hiring Manager
  • Potential Co-workers

16
Tips for Preparing
  • Analyze the job description for clues about
    skills, experience and behaviors to emphasize
  • Review your experiences for examples and
    accomplishments
  • Anticipate related questions
  • Identify 3-5 things you want the recruiter to
    remember about you and work those qualities into
    your answers

17
Types of Questions to Expect
  • Technical and Job specific
  • Tests your knowledge and confirms that you can
    do the specific work of the job
  • Behavioral-based-
  • Determines temperament, how you handle
    situations
  • (teamwork, communication, problem-solving/decision
    -making, conflict resolution, work under
    pressure, planning/organizing)

18
Sample Questions/ Areas for Discussion
  • Tell me about yourself.Describe your research.
  • How did you choose this area of research?
  • In what ways will your background enable you to
    do this job?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • How would your supervisor or direct reports
    describe you?
  • What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
  • How does this job fit into your long-term career
    goals?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult
    person.
  • What do you know about our company?
  • With so many applicants, why should we hire
    you?

19
Response Tips
  • Monitor volume, clarity rate of speech
  • Avoid saying, I dont know
  • Accentuate the positive
  • Avoid sharing personal information
  • Explain what you can do for them, not what they
    can do for you provide relevant examples
  • Use the STAR Approach

20
Situation
Tell about the overall situation you will be
describing
21
Task
Describe the specific task you completed
22
Action
Describe what you did in the situation or while
completing the task
23
Result
Finish your description by telling what happened
as a result of your action
24
Focus on Accomplishments
  • Managed 5 program budgets totaling 5m.
  • Improved collections procedure to capture 50,000
    in unrealized revenue.
  • Consistently exceeded sales goals by 20.
  • Completed projects on time and under budget.

25
PRACTICE
26
Non-Verbal Communication
  • Have firm handshake
  • Exhibit appropriate body language
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Keep nervous habits in check
  • Have Good posture, no slouching

27
Your Questions for the Interviewer
  • Build upon information from your research
  • Clarify responsibilities duties
  • Avoid benefits questions
  • Indicate sincere interest in company your
    desire to become an integrated and productive
    team member

28
Interview Day
  • Preparation
  • Look feel rested
  • Dress Appropriately (formal conservative)
  • Gather materials
  • Arrival
  • Arrive ten minutes early
  • Be polite to everyone
  • Introduce yourself (handshake, eye contact, and
    smile)
  • Relax and be confident

29
Materials to bring
  • Extra Resumes
  • Reference sheet
  • Portfolio (if appropriate)
  • Notes, paper pen

30
After the Interview
  • Before leaving
  • Determine next steps in the selection process
  • Ask for business card (for thank you notes)
  • Convey what a pleasure it was to interview
  • Shake hands with everyone

31
Interview Follow Up
  • Write a thank you note within 24-48 hours
  • Mention interview highlights
  • Include information you may have omitted during
    the interview
  • E-mail or hard copy?
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