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Presentation on theme: "INTERVIEW CLASS HIRE HEROES USA"— Presentation transcript:

Purpose: Learn the skills necessary to successfully prepare and execute the interview process.

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 Company Prepare Your Portfolio After an interview is secured: Rehearse Potential Interview Questions/Answers to Questions Know Your Value Proposition Dress for Success

3 RESEARCH THE COMPANY Your 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?

Include the following in your portfolio: Hard copy of your resume Cover letter References Letters of recommendation Also include (for your information): A copy of the job description Highlight key requirements to reference in your responses. Include pertinent information you have found regarding the company you have researched. Mission statement Recent newsworthy information

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.

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 SUCCESS Always 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 khakis Women: Suit, neutral button down shirt or blouse (Office Jobs) Slacks / skirt, neutral button down shirt or blouse (Labor Jobs) Conservative jewelry Neutral shoes All: Cover tattoos / Remove piercings Light on cologne/perfume No smoking

8 Types of Interviews Preparation 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: Phone Face – to – Face Panel

9 PHONE INTERVIEW Phone interviews are often used to screen candidates and narrow down the pool of applicants. Preparing for a Phone Interview Have 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 appropriately Voic s are now key! What does your voic say? Find a quiet place to speak – background noise appears unprofessional Consider using a landline or make sure you have sufficient cell service Take notes related to the position, important information discussed, etc. Be prepared to answer the salary question Salary 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.

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. Traditional A 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.” Behavioral Behavioral 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 INTERVIEW Panel If 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 question Scan the panel so that all participants are engaged Be 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 you Maintain eye contact Try not to fidget with your hands or body – this gives off a feeling of nervousness If you don’t understand the question, ask them to repeat or rephrase it Speak slowly and enunciate Try to avoid using phrases such as “um,” “like,” “you know,” or “whatever”

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 interview Show 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 process Never ask about salary or benefits – unless those are raised by the interviewer

15 AFTER THE INTERVIEW Following 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 Letters Be timely A good rule of thumb is to follow up within 24 hours of your interview Be brief This communication should be short and succinct Follow proper communication etiquette Although 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 Letter During 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 .



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