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1 INTERVIEW CLASS HIRE HEROES USA Purpose: Learn the skills necessary to successfully prepare and execute the interview process.
2 PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW Once you submit your resume to a company, how you prepare for the potential interview greatly contributes to your odds at gaining employment.Consider the suggestions below when preparing for potential interviews.Prior to obtaining an interview:Research the CompanyPrepare Your PortfolioAfter an interview is secured:Rehearse Potential Interview Questions/Answers to QuestionsKnow Your Value PropositionDress for Success
3 RESEARCH THE COMPANYYour knowledge about the company enforces your interest and excitement at becoming a part of it.Be able to answer the following questions:What is the company’s mission statement?What accounts or projects they are currently involved in?What impact are they having on the community or industry?What qualities about this company make me want to work here?Does this company have any projects or plans for the future?
4 PREPARE YOUR PORTFOLIO Include the following in your portfolio:Hard copy of your resumeCover letterReferencesLetters of recommendationAlso include (for your information):A copy of the job descriptionHighlight key requirements to reference in your responses.Include pertinent information you have found regarding the company you have researched.Mission statementRecent newsworthy information
5 REHEARSE POTENTIAL QUESTIONS Review the list of common interview questions in your workbook. Be able to answer each one, relating your strengths and relevant experiences to the position you are interviewing for.Below are just a few examples of common interview questions:What experience do you have in this field?What do you know about this organization?What is your greatest weakness?Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.However, one of the most common interviewing questions is:Tell me about yourself.The best way to prepare for this question is with the Value Proposition.
6 KNOW YOUR VALUE PROPOSITION A Value Proposition is a short, descriptive statement about yourself that contains the key messages you want to convey to prospective employers. Think of it as a way of communicating your resume’s Summary of Qualifications in a more personal and conversational way. The Value Proposition is your best effort to market who you are, what you are good at, and why you will add value to the organization.I offer four years of leadership, training, and equipment maintenance support in the military and private sectors. My service in the US Marine Corps allowed me to supervise and train more than 300 personnel in diesel engine maintenance and troubleshooting techniques, increasing maintenance readiness to 98% and electrical efficiency to 100%. In addition, I oversaw the maintenance and accountability of equipment valued over $25M, supporting over 3,500 personnel during deployment. My career is supported by an Associates Degree in Diesel Mechanics. I am passionate about product integrity and am looking forward to assisting an organization reach and exceed their goals.
7 DRESS FOR SUCCESSAlways present yourself in a professional manner when interviewing.Always dress one step above what you would wear on a normal business day (i.e. business casual – suit, jeans/work uniform– business casual)Men:Business suit, neutral button down shirt, tie (Office Jobs)Dark slacks with a button down shirt (Labor Jobs)Avoid khakisWomen:Suit, neutral button down shirt or blouse (Office Jobs)Slacks / skirt, neutral button down shirt or blouse (Labor Jobs)Conservative jewelryNeutral shoesAll:Cover tattoos / Remove piercingsLight on cologne/perfumeNo smoking
8 Types of InterviewsPreparation prior to the interview is key, however, the actual interview is one of the most important phases of your job search process, as it is your chance to show a hiring manager why you are the best fit for the position.There are three (3) types of interviews:PhoneFace – to – FacePanel
9 PHONE INTERVIEWPhone interviews are often used to screen candidates and narrow down the pool of applicants.Preparing for a Phone InterviewHave your portfolio on hand to be able to reference the company, position, your resume, etc.Treat the interview as if it is in-person – plan appropriatelyVoic s are now key! What does your voic say?Find a quiet place to speak – background noise appears unprofessionalConsider using a landline or make sure you have sufficient cell serviceTake notes related to the position, important information discussed, etc.Be prepared to answer the salary questionSalary Question: (1) Deflect: That’s a great question, but at this point, I’m more interested in learning more about the position and discussing how I can be the best asset to your team. (2) Research and know your salary range (it’s important to know what the market rate will be for the job).”I’ll share a range with you, but I am not looking to lock in, I am looking for a good fit.” (3) Weigh all aspects of the job prior to and during the interview: (a) Research all of the benefits, (b) ORG culture, (c) room for advancement (mention Fed Govt pay raises; (4) distance from home to office; (5) on-site gym; (6) on-site child care.
10 FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW During face-to-face interviews, you will be asked a series of questions that gauge your interest, skills, and fit with the company. There are two types of questions you may be asked: traditional and behavioral.TraditionalA series of questions with straightforward answers. Employers are looking at how well you can think on your feet.Example 1: “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”Example 2: “What do you know about this organization.”BehavioralBehavioral questions are slightly different. Instead, employers are looking for examples of how you handled situations in the past.Example 1: “Give an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.”Example 2: “What do you do if you disagree with someone at work?”**Regardless of the type of question –you always want to use examples and quantify your answers!***
11 PANEL INTERVIEWPanelIf the recruiter setting up your interview tells you it will be a panel, try to find out how many individuals you will be interviewing with and what department they are associated.The questions will be similar to those in a one-on-one interview, but you will have to direct your answers to multiple people.Keep the following things in mind: Speak clearly and look directly at the person who asked the questionScan the panel so that all participants are engagedBe aware of who is on the panel – HR, Accounting, and the Hiring Manger are all looking for different traits in a candidate
12 DURING THE INTERVIEW Communicate with Impact When answering questions, provide examples of specific experiences to enhance your answers.“Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.”Answer 1: I tend to thrive under pressure. It keeps me energized.Answer 2: I tend to thrive under pressure. As an example, my company was notified that we were deploying sooner than originally scheduled. Initially, we were going to Iraq in 7 months, but the timeline was moved up to 4 months. My executive management ordered me to have all 131 soldiers complete medical screenings, dental screenings, a 40-hour first responder course, 12 weapons ranges, 2 physical fitness tests with an average company score of 240, four 2-week training exercises, and ensure 32 military vehicles were completely operational. My company was the first of 5 companies to complete all tasks. Due to finishing ahead of schedule, I was allowed to grant my entire company two 3-day passes and an extra week of vacation time so my soldiers could spend more time with their families prior to deployment. This greatly improved the morale of my soldiers.
13 DURING THE INTERVIEW Convey Professionalism Your behavior, attitude, and the way you communicate speak volumes about your potential to fit within the organization.Greet your interviewer(s) politely and thank them for taking the time to meet with youMaintain eye contactTry not to fidget with your hands or body – this gives off a feeling of nervousnessIf you don’t understand the question, ask them to repeat or rephrase itSpeak slowly and enunciateTry to avoid using phrases such as “um,” “like,” “you know,” or “whatever”
14 DURING THE INTERVIEW Ask Questions The interviewer will typically provide an opportunity for you to ask questions at or near the end of the interview. Always prepare questions to ask. Not having questions prepared sends the message that you are not interested.Stick to questions that cannot be answered with a “yes” or “no”Some questions may be answered during the interview – if this is case, state that you were interested in knowing about … but that it was addressed during the interviewShow you’ve done your homework – “I read on the website that you host an annual conference and that some employees often present their current projects. Is this an opportunity in the job I’m interviewing for?”Ask the interviewer about selection time frame for the decision processNever ask about salary or benefits – unless those are raised by the interviewer
15 AFTER THE INTERVIEWFollowing up with the hiring manager is an important part of the interview process. It is a professional courtesy and reiterates your interest in the position.Thank You LettersBe timelyA good rule of thumb is to follow up within 24 hours of your interviewBe briefThis communication should be short and succinctFollow proper communication etiquetteAlthough your interview is over, this is still a professional . Be sure to proofread and avoid any negative language (See the section on Professional Communication in your workbook for more details)**Go one step further and instead of sending an – send a handwritten letter**Following Up After Thank You LetterDuring your interview, you should have asked for a selection process time frame. If you do not hear anything from the employer within the specified time frame, follow up through .