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Title: Land the Job You Want: The Interview


1
Land the Job You WantThe Interview
The Career Place Connecting Workers and Employers
2
Todays Agenda
  • Preparing for the interview
  • During the interview
  • Following up after an interview

3
Preparing for the interview
  • Conduct extensive research
  • Practice, practice, practice

4
Conducting research
  • Learn as much as you can about the job
  • Research the company and its competition
  • The Internet is your best research tool

5
Practice, practice, practice
  • Role play
  • Speak clearly and not too fast
  • Remain attentive and eager to listen

6
The interview
  • Look good and dress for the culture
  • Bring your career portfolio
  • Arrive early
  • Turn off your cell phone and pager
  • Offer a firm handshake
  • Use proper, comfortable posture
  • Be aware of your body language

7
Sell yourself
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Explain your qualifications
  • Relate your experience
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Make good eye contact
  • Ask questions

8
Common interview ?s
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What is your weakest point?
  • What are your long-term goals?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Do you have any questions?

9
What employers look for
  • Your dependability
  • Your knowledge of the company and job
  • How well you get along with others
  • If you project a positive image
  • How well you handle problems

10
Interview tips
  • Keep your answers brief, but thorough
  • Use examples to illustrate your point
  • Think before you speak
  • Relate your answers to the job

11
Interview tips
  • Match your skills with the companys needs
  • Dont volunteer information
  • Dont bring up compensation

12
The closing Ask questions
  • When will you make a decision?
  • Have I answered all your questions?
  • May I call you in a few days?
  • Stress that you want the job
  • Thank the interviewer

13
Evaluate your interview
  • Did you dress appropriately?
  • Were you warm and friendly?
  • Were you confident?
  • Were you able to handle tough questions?

14
Evaluate your interview
  • Did you project the right fit?
  • Did you show you can do the work?
  • Did you speak well, and to the point?
  • Did you understand critical points?

15
Evaluate your interview
  • Did you project knowledge of the job?
  • Did you present your qualifications?
  • Were you enthusiastic?
  • Did you show your determination?

16
Following the interview
  • Send a formal thank-you note
  • Re-iterate your qualifications
  • Stress your enthusiasm
  • Add ideas you may have forgotten
  • Call to see if youre still a candidate
  • Take notes on what worked, what didnt
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