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Title: Interviewing Skills


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Interviewing Skills
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Goals for Interview
  • Introduce Sell Yourself
  • Who are you?
  • Skills and Strengths
  • Unique Marketable Qualities
  • Sell the Job
  • Interviewers Responsibility
  • Never Walk Away Empty-Handed
  • Next Steps

3
Interviews
  • Types of Interviews
  • Screening or Selection Interviews
  • Behavioral
  • Styles of Interviews
  • Directed
  • Nondirective
  • Stress

4
Preparation is Vital!
  • Analyze Yourself
  • Resume
  • Do your homework
  • Field
  • Organizations
  • School/program
  • What will they evaluate?

5
Stages of an InterviewStructured Much Like a
Speech
  • Intro
  • Candidate Job
  • Body of Interview
  • Questions
  • Closing
  • Reiterate Interest Fit
  • Follow-up
  • Thank You Note Assessment/Revision

6
Important Interview Elements
Verbal Message
Appearance
Non-Verbal Message
Questions
Follow-up
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How You Define Yourself
Verbal Message
  • Your Skills Experience
  • Reiterate Resume with Examples
  • Your Interests Goals
  • Why This Job? Why This Company? Why Now?
  • Your Personality
  • Flexible? Communicative? Pleasant? Team Player?

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Verbal Message
  • Understand What They Want
  • Flexibility, Quick Learner, Motivated,
    Team-player
  • Find Skills That Fit The Job
  • Travel, Tutoring, Class Projects, Peer Training,
  • Volunteering, Working on Campus/in Class
  • Prepare As You Would For Speech
  • Identify Key Ideas, Support Ideas with Examples,
    Adapt to
  • Audience, End Strongly
  • Use Speech Skills
  • Be Concise, Listen Closely Answer Question
    Asked,
  • Pace Yourself, Reflect Enthusiasm, Strong Voice

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Personality Cues
Verbal Message
  • Show Courtesy to Interviewer
  • Not What can you do for me?
  • Dont Rely on Yes/No Answers
  • Be Careful of Know it All Complex
  • Positive, Not Cynical
  • Show Tolerance and Flexibility
  • Broad Interests
  • Low Pressure Personality Type

10
Work Habit Cues
Verbal Message
  • Speak Well of Others
  • Show Initiative
  • Ability to Take Criticism
  • Moral Standards (Dont Lie)
  • Willing to Pay Your Dues
  • Team Player

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First Impressions Lasting Impressions
Appearance
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Appropriate Interview Attire
  • Women
  • Suits/Blouses
  • Skirt length
  • Shoes/hosiery
  • Jewelry
  • Hair
  • Nails
  • Men
  • Suits/Shirts
  • Ties
  • Shoes/Socks
  • Jewelry
  • Hair/Facial Hair
  • Nails
  • Purse/Portfolio/Briefcase

13
Body Language Speaks Volumes
Non-Verbal Message
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Non-Verbal Message
  • Body Movement
  • Dont Cross Armsuse gestures instead
  • Sit up Straight---Lean Forward
  • Use an Appropriate Sitting Position
  • Consider Spatial Use Seating Arrangement
  • Vocal Usage
  • Sound Energetic Enthusiastic
  • Reduce the Use of Filled Pauses

15
Interview Questions
  • Types
  • Credential
  • Experience
  • Opinion
  • Dumb
  • Behavioral
  • Legal

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Questions
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What kind of experience do you have for this job?
  • Tell me more about your last job.
  • What did you dislike/Why are you leaving last
    job?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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Questions
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • Research Company
  • outstanding firm with reputable history
    (proof)
  • recent projects are similar to interests
    (give example)
  • recommended by a contact
  • size of company, corporate culture,
    values
  • Not just looking for a paycheck--enjoy your work,
    proud of your profession and looking for a
    company that shares these values.

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Questions
  • What kind of experience do you have for this job?
  • Use characteristics in vacancy announcement
  • Use interviewers intro to company/job
  • ASK what projects you would be assigned to
  • Pull skills from previous jobs--even if
    unrelated
  • (leadership, time management, work
    ethic)
  • Pull examples from academic work
  • (related project? Technical knowledge
    demonstrated?)

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Questions
  • Tell me more about your last job.
  • 2-3 Key Points
  • What were your responsibilities
  • Challenges you overcame
  • What did you enjoy about it
  • Draw it back to current opportunity
  • NEVER talk poorly of past experience/boss/company
  • The world is smaller than you think.

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Questions
  • What did you dislike about your last job?
  • Why are you leaving?
  • Short and positive answer.
  • Looking to apply different skills.
  • Looking to make greater contribution.
  • Opportunity was too great to ignore.

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Questions
  • What are your strengths?
  • Isolate high points from background
  • Time Management Planning
  • Natural Curiosity Desire to Learn
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Work Ethic
  • Love Challenge--Finding Solutions
  • Working with Diverse Teams

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Questions
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Be honest--to a degree
  • Leave the door open for the right
    opportunity
  • Show desire to be team player grow
  • Dangerous Answer In your seat!

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Questions For Them
Always have a question prepared.
  • Why is this vacancy available?
  • Who will I report to? What specific projects will
    I work on? Who will I work with from day-to-day?
  • What is the management style of my supervisor?
  • When did you join the company? What do you like
    best/like least about firm?
  • Describe the companys culture? Are there many
    young people? What does the office look like
    at 600 pm?
  • Is there potential for growth?

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Questions For Them
  • What has the growth pattern of the
    company been like over the past few years?
  • How often are evaluations given?
  • Is there a written job description for position?
  • How many individuals are being considered for the
    position?
  • What are the next steps? Is there a timeline for
    the decision?
  • Is there anything that concerns you about me?
    (GUTSY)
  • DO NOT INQUIRE ABOUT SALARY

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Follow-up
  • Confirm when they will be in contact
  • Reiterate interest in job
  • Look forward to hearing from you.
  • Get business card for everyone at interview
  • Send thank you note PROMPTLY.
  • Shows interest!
  • Allows chance to follow-up on issue
  • Handwritten--more personal
  • Typed--more polished
  • Complete a Self-Assessment

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Other Hints
  • Arrive Early!
  • IntroductionsMore than a Hello
  • Name UsageFollow lead
  • Listen and Observe Office
  • Laughter?
  • Many vacant desks?
  • A pleasant environment?
  • Ask to meet predecessor or former intern.
  • Thank Interviewers at close of interview
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