Presentation on theme: "Interviewing for Success"— Presentation transcript:
1 Interviewing for Success Please view this presentation in slideshow mode
2 Workshop Outline A Few Words About Interviewing What Employers Are SeekingPreparationThe Interview ProcessAfter the InterviewTips for Successful InterviewingFinal Comments
3 A Few Words About Interviewing… Being invited to interview is a significant accomplishment.And.. the competition becomes more fierce.It is not always the most qualified person who gets the job. It is often someone whomeets the minimum qualificationsinterviews the bestappears to be the best “fit” with future co-workers
4 Key Skills and Qualities: Top Qualities/Skills Employers Seek Communication skills (verbal & written)Honesty/IntegrityInterpersonal skillsStrong work ethicTeamwork skillsOrganizational skillsAnalytical SkillsMotivation/InitiativeFlexibility/AdaptabilityComputer skillsDetail orientedLeadership skillsSelf-confidenceHIGHLIGHT THESE QUALITIES/SKILLS IN ANSWERS AND EXAMPLES(Source: Job Outlook 2007, National Association of Colleges and Employers)
5 Planning Research Planning Practice Assess yourself Research the employer and the positionPlanningTake care of logisticsPrepare your professional attirePractice
6 Assessing Yourself Identify your skills and abilities Analyze your strengths and weaknesses.When discussing weaknesses say what you are doing to work on themStick to work relevant weaknesses rather than personalBe ready to give specific examples
7 Research employer and position CompanyMission/ValuesProducts and servicesOrganizational structure including locations and sizeMajor competitorsFinancials: revenue profit etc.PositionOverall responsibilitiesSpecific tasksRequired skills and experienceBe prepared to say why you want to work there and why you are the best candidate for the job.
8 What to Wear: Women Men Both Conservative loose fitting suit Dark suit No low cut blouses or topsPantyhoseClosed toe dress shoesMenDark suitAppropriate socks (e.g. not white athletic socksPolished dress shoesBothNo gum chewingMinimal jewelryMinimal cologne/perfumeCover tattoos and remove any piercing other than earlobes
9 Logistics Do you know where you are going? Where is the building and the office?Where should you park? Is parking free?Do you know how long it will take?Assume the worst case scenario and plan to be earlyIn the vicinity 45 minutes in advanceIn the office 10 minutes in advanceDo a dry run of the trip.
10 Practice Practice Practice Review possible questionsand formulate answers.Have examples readyDo not totally memorize answersDevelop a list of questions to ask your interviewer/sPractice with a friend or set up a Practice Interview with Career ServicesCheck out the Career Services website for sample question to practice and to ask employers
11 The Interview Process Introductions Questioning Wrap-up A smile and firm handshake are important.Greet the interviewer/s by name.Exchange of small talk, such as the weatherQuestioningWrap-up
12 The Interview Process Introductions Questioning Wrap-up Interviewer leadThe main part of the interviewQuestions about your skills, experience and personalityYou take the leadYou are interviewing the company as wellBe prepared with questionsWrap-up
13 The Interview Process Introductions Questioning Wrap-up Ask about the next step and when you will hear from themAsk for the job or the next round of interviewsLet them know you are interested and look forward to whatever the next step is.
14 Sample Questions – About yourself Tell me about yourself.Tell them more than what is on your resumeWhat are your major strengths?Based on the employer and positionWhat is a weakness that you have?Be ready to admit to oneShow how you are working to improve in this area.What was an important decision or event in your life?Don’t get TOO personal.Add how the decision or event changed you, made you stronger, taught you an important life lesson, etc.
15 Behavioral questionsRequire that you answer with specific examples from the pastPrepare examples in advancePrepare examples that show you in a good lightIf the example is negative – state what you learned or changed due to the experienceExamples: Tell me about a time when….…you had to work with a difficult employee…you were not as effective as you would have liked…where you showed leadership
16 Organizational Questions Shows that you did your researchExamplesWhy do you want to work for us?Why are you interested in this field?What would be your greatest contribution to our operation?What qualifications do you have that would make you successful with us?
17 Questions you can ask employers Focus on job responsibilities and organizational culture and structureAvoid discussing benefits and salary unless the employer mentions them firstExamplesWhat kinds of people do you usually look for?Can you tell me about your own experience with the company/organization?What have you liked most/least about working for this company?How will I be trained/evaluated?What do you see ahead for this organization in the next ten years?
18 Handling Salary issues If they ask for your salary requirementsResearch the position so you know a reasonable salary rangeState a salary range rather than a numberWhat if they don’t mention it?It is best to wait for an offer before you discuss salaryIt is OK to ask for more moneyMake sure your request is reasonableBe prepared to discuss why you should be offered moreThey may say no - you can then accept the job at the lower salary.
19 Handling illegal questions What are illegal questions?AgeMarital statusCitizenshipAnswer the intent of the question, not the actual question.Ask what their concern is.
20 After the InterviewEvaluate the interview; what do you want to improve?Write a thank-you letter or within two days.If interviewed by a committee, send one thank you to the Chair, and ask that he/she extend your thanks to the others.Follow up if you do not hearAsk where they are in their selection process and if they need any more informationAccept an offer verbally and in writing.If rejected, ask for constructive feedback and work on weak areas.
21 Interviewing tips Attitude and appearance Be early Be friendly and courteousShow enthusiasm and interestMaintain appropriate eye contactBe aware of your body languageShow your sense of humorShow confidence in your abilitiesDon’t present an aggressive, overbearing, or conceited attitude. Be willing to begin at entry level.
22 Interviewing tips Answering questions Never speak negatively about former employersListen carefully and take your time to answerSpeak clearly and conciselyEmphasize your strengthsDiscuss your weaknesses only when asked, and then do so in a positive lightAvoid personal issues in your answers/examplesNever use slang or incorrect grammar
23 More Resources for Interviewing Schedule a Mock Interview with Career ServicesSchedule an appointment to discuss interview skillsStop by for Drop-Ins to get your resume critiqued before an interview or to ask a quick question.Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:00 am – 12:00 noonTues, Thurs: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pmThere is more information and resources at the Career Services website