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1 1 Interviewing Tips / Importance of Soft Skills Jennifer Lemson Recruiter III Spectrum Health

2 Interviewing The most important thing: LIKEABILITY What is likeability? Everything your mom has been trying to teach you…yes it is important!! Be courteous Smile Extend your hand when greeting someone Do not eat, chew gum or have anything in your mouth during interviews.

3 Interviewing Dont talk too much, but dont give short one-sentence answers either. Find a happy medium. Know something about the organization that you are interviewing with Dont be late Lean forward slightly…dont slouch

4 Interviewing If on a phone interview…smile Make eye contact Its ok to pause while thinking of an answer to a question. Dress professionally Be prepared to answer behavioral based questions Follow up an interview with a quick or hand written note

5 Examples of Behavioral Based Questions Tell me about a specific time when you were in a stressful situation and how you responded to it? What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? Give an example of how you handle it. Tell me about a difficult situation with a co-worker, and how you handled it. Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks.

6 7 essential questions to ask in an interview By Michael Kingston Why is this position vacant? What have your most successful candidates brought to the company? What does success look like in the first 90 days? What challenges is the company currently facing? How do you retain your top talent? Why do you work for this company?

7 Soft Skills 7 Soft skills are characteristics that make us more likable. Likability is an important factor in the hiring process.

8 Important Soft Skills to Develop By Miriam Salpeter 8 Listening: No one wants to work with someone who isnt a good listener. How can you show youre a good listener? Follow directions carefully when you apply for the job. Practice listening actively when you talk to people. Adaptability: Being flexible and having a good attitude while welcoming the unexpected is a valuable skill.

9 Important Soft Skills to Develop 9 Teamwork: Its hard to find a job description that doesnt mention working with a team. You can practice being a team player by actually joining a team outside of work. Judgment: You cant teach someone to have good judgment. If youve ever posted something on Facebook and lived to regret it, you could probably use some extra practice on the good judgment front.

10 Important Soft Skills to Develop 10 Strong work ethic: Are you willing to work until the job is done? Do you pitch in and show initiative, even when its not necessarily your job? If that doesnt describe you, think about how you can change. Communication: Probably the most important of all soft skills. Employers evaluate this from the start. The interviewer will know right away if you can communicate well by how you introduce yourself and how you address questions. Prepare what you will say in an interview.

11 Final thoughts 11 First impressions are everything Be LIKABLE Practice for your interview Be prepared to answer Behavioral Based questions

12 Questions? 12 Connect with me on LinkedIn


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