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Interview Tips Seminar. Presented by: Audrey Branyon Student Assistant Cooperative Education. Disclaimer. I will cover general points and advice for you to follow; however, you must ultimately make your own choices. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Interview Tips Seminar

    Presented by: Micah Patton Student Assistant Cooperative Education

  • DisclaimerI will cover general points and advice for you to follow; however, you must ultimately make your own choices.Sometimes there are no right answers as to how to answer a question.Getting a job is based on a combination of luck, the recruiter, what the company is looking for, and your preparation.

  • Your MissionYour job as the interviewee is to create a favorable first impression for your interviewers and then convince them you are the right person for the job

  • Co-Op Interview Day isNot an interrogation the employers that attend are very laid-back, friendly people!A step towards your career development take it seriously!A professional event, however, let the real you shine through when you are talking to employers!

  • The Marketplace is Competitive, So Have a Competitive Advantage!Research YOURSELF and THE COMPANYBe PreparedFirst ImpressionsThe InterviewFollow-Up

  • Research YourselfPerform a Talent Inventory Skills/Abilities? Weaknesses?What have you learned from your past jobs, volunteer work, hobbies, school and social situations?What do you find interesting about your major and why did you choose it?Decide what is important for your career objectives

  • Research Yourself

    Employers are interested in project-based experience from school, life experiences, and volunteer involvement.Employers want to understand not only your experience, but also your personal qualities or performance behaviors. (e.g. self motivation, work ethic, and intellectual ability)What makes you UNIQUE?

  • CONFIDENCEResearching yourself will provide you with the confidence you need in the interviewRemember, the interview process is a way for you to show off your talents, knowledge, and personality to employers

  • Research the CompanyOnce you learn about yourself, then you must find out what the company is looking for!

    What products do they make and/or services do they provide?What things are important to the company?

  • Research the CompanyWhat size is the company?Who are their major competitors?Current news about the company or industry they operate in

  • Research the CompanyMake sure the jobs they are hiring for are of interest to you!

  • While doing your research, take notesJot down questions you have as you learn about the company.

    Write down things you find interesting about the company. You may be able to work them into the interview so your interviewer can expand on them.

  • While doing your research ask yourself...Do I have what the company is looking for?What personal traits can I highlight to convince the interviewer that I am a good fit for their company?

    Answering these questions is crucial, otherwise, what incentive do they have to hire you?

  • Be prepared to answer two important questions:

    Why should we hire you?(Use Talent Inventory Results)andWhy do you want to work here?(Use impressive facts found during company research)

  • Be PreparedPrepare answers to questions given at the Follow-up meeting. Practice Ask a friend to conduct a mock interview.Knowing yourself helps to convey who you are.Make a list of all your skills, personal qualities, and knowledge.Include an example from your life that demonstrates that dimension of you.

  • Be PreparedBehavioral Interview QuestionsIn a behavioral interview, an employer has decided what skills are needed in the person they hire and will ask questions to find out if the candidate has those skills. Instead of asking how you would behave, they will ask how you did behave. The interviewer will want to know how you handled a situation, instead of what you might do in the future.

  • Be PreparedBehavioral Interview QuestionsRefresh your memory and consider some special situations you have dealt with or projects you have worked on. Prepare stories that illustrate times when you have successfully solved problems or performed memorably. When answering, make sure you state a specific situation, the tasks that needed to be done, the action you took and the results.

  • Be PreparedSample Behavioral Interview QuestionsGive an example of an occasion when you used logic to solve a problem. Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it. Describe a decision you made that was unpopular and how you handled implementing it. Have you gone above and beyond the call of duty? If so, how?

  • Be PreparedSample Behavioral Interview QuestionsWhat do you do when your schedule is interrupted? Give an example of how you handle it. Have you had to convince a team to work on a project they weren't thrilled about? How did you do it? Have you handled a difficult situation with a co-worker? How? Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure.

  • Be Prepared

    Assess your strengths/weaknesses and major accomplishments

    Be prepared to discuss your various job responsibilities.

    Also, be prepared to explain why you did not work during a period of time, or why you quit or were fired.

  • Be Prepared to tell The Whole Story Bring extra copies of your resume to the interview. Your resume doesnt tell everything about you. What else do you bring to the table? Talk about those things. Be able to go into great detail.

  • Be PreparedLay out clothing in advancePerform time-consuming chores (ironing, polish shoes) the night before.Eat something before the interview, but NOT:A big meal (may make you sluggish)Smelly foods like garlic or onionArrive 10-15 minutes early.Use the extra time to review your notes, clear your head, and get comfortable.Take deep breaths and try to relax.

  • First ImpressionsImpressions are formed within 30 seconds of meeting someone!Dress for SuccessPay attention to the details.Conservative is the safe choice.Punctuality is crucial.A firm handshake is appropriate and projects confidence. Make eye contact and smile when you shake.

  • Potential employers expect candidates to be conservatively well-dressed and have good manners. Like it or not, there is a high correlation between appearance and the perception of professional abilities.

    Clinton T. Greenleaf, III Copley News Service

  • The InterviewKnow the interviewers name, shake his/her hand, make eye contact and smile.Pay attention to how the interviewer behaves (are they laid back or formal?).Speak clearly, avoiding slang or filler words.

  • Do not Forget to ListenListen through eye contact stay with the person (third eye)Listen with nonverbal expressions nod and appear interestedListen until the speaker is finished do not interrupt

  • The InterviewListening is a key interviewing skill!!!

  • The Dynamics of an InterviewOnce an interviewer meets several candidates who more or less fit the criteria of the position, he or she wont make a final selection by simply narrowing the list until he finds the most qualified candidate. Hell select the candidate who makes him feel the most comfortable. The one whose style is closest to his. The one whose mind works the way his does. Not the one who, on paper, might be considered most qualified.

  • The InterviewIf the interviewer asks you a question and you dont understand, ask the person to explain a little more or ask the question again.Pause and think about your answers, but dont leave the interviewer waitingthat is why you came prepared!Dont just answer yes or no. The most productive interviews are 2 way communications.Dont lie or exaggerate.

  • The InterviewRespond concisely dont ramble.Do not bring up salary or benefits unless the interviewer brings them up. Answer questions with specific examples-avoid generalities.As you answer questions, avoid use of negative terms.Take advantage of the opportunity to sell yourself.

  • The InterviewHow to Sell yourself to an employerBe confident and enthusiasticListen carefully; be polite and tactfulShow how your talents, training, and experience will help you get aheadDisplay your knowledge about the firm and the job you are seeking

  • The InterviewKeep in mind you are also interviewing the company. Do you want to work for this company?

    Is this the right position for you?

  • The Interviewthe last 5 or 10 minutesThe easiest interview question: Do you have any questions? YES!!!Remember to comment on how interested you are in working for the company.Definitely askWhat kind of projects will I be involved in?What is the next step from here?Thank the interviewer for his/her time and get a business card to aid in future correspondence.

  • Power QuestionsWhat are you most hoping to find in the person you hire?What would be my first priorities on the job? Based on what weve talked about today, I feel good about the position. Do you have any concerns about my ability to do the job?

  • Phone InterviewsDo your homework, just as you would for a face-to-face interview.It is important to prove that you can do the job, even though you are not speaking in person.Mind your mannerisms.Smile As you talk your voice will sound much more friendly and enthusiastic.

  • Follow-UpWrite a follow-up letter ASAP.Your letter should not exceed one page.Remind him/her of who you are and when yo