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Title: Interviewing Strategies/Skills/Tips


1
Interviewing Strategies/Skills/Tips
2
Know yourself
  • Be able to articulate YOUR
  • Skills
  • Values
  • Interests
  • Abilities
  • Long term plans
  • Be able to give examples of them
  • Think on your feet
  • outside the box
  • Use common sense
  • Be HONEST

3
Types of interviews
  • On-campus interviews
  • Screening interviews
  • On site interviews
  • Second round interviews
  • One-on-one
  • Panel interviews
  • Group interviews
  • Over a meal

4
Review
  • Be prepared for questions about resume
  • Familiar with contents
  • Typically asked questions
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Tell me about one of your weaknesses...

5
Review
  • Questions for the organization-at the end by you
  • How
  • soon do you
  • expect to make your decision?
  • Interview starter questions from employer
  • Tell me what you know about us?
  • Tell me about yourself?

6
Show the complete picture
tell a story. how do you want companies to
remember you?
Tell me about yourself...
7
Rehearse
  • Practice
  • tape recorder
  • mirror
  • video camera
  • friends, family, Career Services
  • Notecards
  • No memorized answers
  • just concepts and key buzz words

8
Preparing for the interview
  • Familiarity with business location
  • Copy of resume updated in folder
  • References included
  • Few questions prepared for interviewer at end of
    interview
  • Visualize setting, positive interview
  • Anticipate stressors
  • What to wear

9
First impressions
Men
Women
Suit, Jacket Pressed shirt No phones
Suit, Plain jewelry No perfume Hair groomed
10
Rules of Thumb
  • No sleeveless shirts
  • Have your clothes pressed
  • No open toe shoes
  • Pantyhose for women, socks for men
  • Clothes should be comfortable
  • avoid too tight, too short

11
Accessories
  • Shoes
  • Polished, comfortable
  • Socks/Hose
  • Do not go without socks/hose
  • Belts
  • If have belt loops, wear a belt
  • Jewelry
  • Minimal
  • Purse/Attache Case/Leather Notebook

12
Hints
  • Dress for the position you want, not the position
    you have
  • Men
  • Wear a white t-shirt under dress shirt
  • Helps with perspiration
  • Have someone help you tie your tie
  • Women
  • Pull hair back
  • Go easy on make up
  • One ring per hand

13
Different clothing types
  • Professional Dress
  • Interview outfit
  • Daily clothing for professional office setting
  • Business Casual Dress
  • Dress down Fridays or casual office environment
  • Career Fair
  • Casual Dress
  • Company picnic
  • Traveling for work

14
Womens Professional
15
Womens Business Casual
16
Womens Casual
17
Mens Professional
18
Mens Business Casual
19
Mens Casual
20
Day of the interview
  • Fresh shower, well groomed
  • Leave plenty of time for mishaps
  • Eat prior to the interview
  • Avoid too much caffeine and sugar
  • Arrive early
  • 10-15 minutes ample time
  • too early makes interviewers nervous
  • When arriving a business, be courteous to all
    employees

21
The interview process
  • Casual conversation
  • How was the traffic?, did you find us O.K.?
  • Down to business
  • Actual interview begins
  • Listen, buzzwords, new info.
  • Employer will discuss company/position
  • Proceed to ask questions about skills, etc.
  • Behavioral questions (situation)
  • End by asking if you have questions

22
The interview process
  • Closing the interview
  • Employer initiates
  • Standing up, shaking hands
  • Thank-you for interviewing
  • Let employer know you are interested
  • Prepare closing statement
  • Thank you for taking the time to interview me,
    Im very interested in this position...

23
Tricky Questions
a.k.a.. behavioral questions
24
Behavioral Interview Techniques
  • STAR METHOD
  • S - situation
  • T - task
  • A - action
  • R - result

25
Behavioral Interview Questions
  • Give me an example of a problem you encountered
    how you handled it?
  • Give me an example of a time when you faced a lot
    of obstacles to achieving a goal
  • Talk about a stressful situation youve
    experienced
  • Tell me about a time when youve been a team
    player..
  • Tell me about a project or role that youve taken
    on that is outside your job description.
  • Tell me about a situation when you took the ball
    ran with it.
  • How have you handled situations in which you had
    to deal with something that you're not totally
    comfortable with?
  • How do you build your confidence?
  • Give me an example of how youve failed
  • Tell me about a time when youve had to challenge
    authority...

26
Follow-Up
  • Sending a thank-you note
  • within 24 hours
  • hand written
  • computer generated-buy it
  • Email
  • Expect to hear within 7-10 work days

27
The verdict
  • Job is offered to you
  • Thank you for calling, Ill get back to you with
    my decision by the end of the day..
  • Job is not offered
  • Thank you for taking the time to interview me..
  • Professional/polite

28
Comments / Questions
  • Remember to be yourself
  • Everyone is nervous
  • Be prepared

29
Need More Interview Help?
  • Check our interview webpages at
  • http//www.salisbury.edu/careerservices/students/I
    nterviews/default.html
  • Come See Us and Get One-on-One Advising!
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