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  • Effective Interviewing Strategies Be The Star In Every Interview!
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  • The interview is one of the most important steps to getting a job. The cover letter and resume can interest an employer, but the interview will make or break your chances of landing the job. It is normal to be nervous and scared, but being prepared will help you do your very best.
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  • It is demonstrated examples of behavior from past experiences that concentrate on job related functions. Behavioral interview questions can be Open ended: These often begin with Tell Me, Describe,When. Close-ended: Used most often to verify or confirm information. Why questions: Used to reveal rationale for decisions made or level of motivation
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  • Job seekers who learn this method of interviewing are: Better prepared for traditional interviews. Have more knowledge about the skills they possess. Can prove to the employer that they are different from their competition by identifying their skills and accomplishments. Practicing just the list of common interview questions doesnt work anymore!
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  • Everyone has hundreds of skills, yet most people can only identify a few. Duties are the basic functions of the activity, skills are the tools used to accomplish the activity. Skills can be broken into three categories: Occupational Skills (typing, customer service) Performance Based Skills that you use every day to get along with others and to survive (patience, flexibility, tactfulness Transferable Skills This category includes the first two categories.
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  • Attention to Detail Assertiveness Creativity Communication Commitment to task Coping Decision Making Dedication Dependability Flexibility Understanding Policy and Procedures Positive Attitude Problem Solving Record of Success Team Building Written Communication
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  • Identifying skills is not an easy task. Most of us feel we have no skills. Usually we say I was just a ____________ for example: I was just a waitress. Start by reviewing job duties and identifying what skills were used. Asking questions about what they did will help jog their memory.
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  • Some sample questions for this occupation may be Did you ever have to deal with an angry customer? Problem solving Did you ever have repeat customers and why? Customer service What happen when you ran out of a special menu item? Problem solving, Customer service Did you have to balance the till? Make out bank deposits? What happened when you were short and how did you explain it? Money handling, communication, problem solving
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  • What does the Interviewer look for? They are looking to see if your technical skills match the job requirements They ask specific questions to see if you will be a good match for a particular team They look for specific qualities or behaviors to ensure that you will be successful on the job
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  • It is a way to answer behavioral questions that allows for the best response, while proving that the experience is true. Situation Task Action Result
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  • Can you give me an example of a time you worked on a team to finish a project? What was your contribution? Describe one of the most demanding assignments youve had. What problems did you encounter and how did you solve them? Tell me about a presentation you had to give or a project you had to do. How did you prepare for it?
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  • How do I answer using STAR? Situation - briefly describe where you were working Task - the job you were assigned Action - discuss in detail the actions you took Result - the result of those actions You will be able to provide the interviewer with proven examples of your accomplishments and be the star interviewee
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  • Describe the employer, location, or area where you were working to give the interviewer the big picture. You dont need to be too detailed. I worked at ABC Company as a Supervisor in the Shipping and Receiving Department.
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  • Describe the job or task you were assigned. Part of my job was to train newly hired employees in using our highly technical equipment as well as in company policies and procedures.
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  • Describe the action you took. (Use I) I showed Fred, our new employee, how to safely set-up and operate the computerized weighing equipment. I also taught Fred how to inspect the packages to ensure the weight and labels matched. I continued to ask him questions to make sure that he understood all the instructions I had given him.
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  • Tell the results of the action you took, be sure to use numbers where applicable. I checked in with Fred on a regular basis during his initial training and as a result he became a well trained team member, not only in the equipment he was to use, but also in understanding how the procedures we used affected our department and the company.
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  • Do not name anyone! Talk about a specific personality and what you do to assist your team member to be successful. On a team, I find it hard to work with people who dont seem to care and avoid the hard tasks. What I have found, is that many times they arent aware of the teams expectations or how to accomplish specific tasks. I take the time to check in with team members and have offered my assistance with their tasks. This results in the whole team reaching the desired goal.
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  • When I was at DDS Company we purchased a telephone system for our office. It was computer- ized. My co-worker was assigned as the administrator. She had a car accident and was going to be gone from work for several weeks. My supervisor asked me to take over some of her duties. I was not trained on the telephone system, but found a video teaching tape and her book in a file cabinet. As it turned out, I needed to make some administrative changes to the system.
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  • I watched the video and read the book. I followed the instructions and was able to make most of the changes. There was a specific function I could not program so I contacted the company who sold us the system. Through their help line, I was able to complete the changes. I learned to set up mail boxes, groups, change and forward messages, and set up a time manager. These new skills made me a more valuable employee.
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  • Positive first impression Dress appropriately and neatly Be on time or a little early Research the company Be prepared with paper Bring copies of the resume and references Bring a pencil and a pad of paper for notes.
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  • Speak up, dont be afraid to talk about yourself! Listen closely to the interviewer. Show a real interest in the company and the job. Sell yourself! Tell the employer about your abilities and good qualities. Know what value you bring to the company. Answer all questions carefully and honestly. Be as positive as you can.
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  • Be Professional Greet your interviewer with eye contact and a SMILE Shake hands firmly Sit up straight, look attentive, do not cross your arms (crossing your arms tells the employer youre not interested)
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  • Before the interview, take a few deep breaths, inhale through your nose and blow out through your mouth. This will help you relax your muscles and help you relax mentally too. Do some self-talk about how you are the perfect match for the job!
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  • The questions the interviewer asks helps them decide if you are the right person for the job. The questions you ask the interviewer helps you decide if this is the right place for you to be.
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  • Write down at least three questions that you feel are important to you and take these to the interview. Dont ask questions that say Whats in it for me? Such as; when is my first day off?. Ask questions such as: Why did you choose to work for this company? How will my performance be evaluated? What is the most difficult task I will be doing? What is the process you use when training for this position?
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  • Interview Donts Dont Take a friend or a relative with you (unless you need an interpreter ) Act either too shy or too aggressive (balance) Say anything negative about other people Be late. Call the employer as soon as possible and explain why. Ask if you can arrange a new interview time.
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  • Thank the interviewer for his or her time. Ask what the next steps will be (such as a second interview) Ask when they plan to make a decision Tell them you are interested in the job (only if you are!) Ask for a business card(s) of the interviewer(s) Send a thank you note

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