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TODAY’S…  DO NOW:  Match up with 1 other student to take turns asking/answering the following questions:  What is your greatest weakness?  Tell me.

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1 TODAY’S…  DO NOW:  Match up with 1 other student to take turns asking/answering the following questions:  What is your greatest weakness?  Tell me something about yourself.  What motivates you and why?  Where do you want to be 5 years from now?  OBJ: Prepare for interviews; develop responses to common interview questions  HW PREPARE FOR FINAL…

2 HW  HW: Further develop responses to the interview questions on the worksheet (33 questions total)  Review, revise, and practice interview q&a out loud.  Do a practice interview at {must have video capability}  Or non video  Or use friends/family to ask/answer questions in worksheet

3 PREPARATION FOR INTERVIEWS

4 LEARN ABOUT… THE COMPANYTHE INTERVIEWERS  Operations  Markets  Challenges  Job opening  Overall industry & news  Names  LinkedIn  Memberships in professional organizations

5 PREPARE FOR THE Q’S Make responses into brief stories instead of boring facts/statements  What is the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make?  Why it was difficult, how you made your choice, what you learned  What is your greatest weakness?  Mention skill / attribute you haven’t developed, but would like to in next position  “ Where do you want to be five years from now?  Reflect a desire to contribute to employer’s long term goals – not just your own EMPLOYER’S Q’S

6 WEAKNESS?  I have not had to create lesson plans, but through Alternate Route training and a teacher mentor I will develop a greater knowledge of how to create effective lesson plans”

7 PREPARE FOR THE Q’S  What didn’t you like about the previous jobs you’ve held?  Ex: Having limited opportunities to apply skills or education  Tell me something about yourself.  Confident and memorable!  Quickly summarize where you’ve been and where you’d like to go  Focus on a skill that is valuable to the company  Share something business relevant you’re passionate about  Short summary of what colleagues / customers think about you EMPLOYER’S Q’S

8 I have a fashion & technology background and I'm looking for a career change into education in order to enlighten students about proper business protocol while preparing them for college & career. I wholeheartedly believe in vo- tech schools because they prepare students to possess a skill past high school. And although my past colleagues and employers were sad to see me leave, since they know how hard I work, I'm excited to enter the field of teaching.

9 PREPARE FOR THE Q’S Q’S OF YOUR OWN… convos  Interviews are 2-way convos  Justnswers!  Just as important as your answers!  Demonstrate your understanding  Steer the discussion to your advantage  You’re expected to ask questions

10 BE CONFIDENT  Nerves are natural – but must overcome!  Remind yourself you have value to offer  Emphasize positive traits  Focus on strengths  Address your shortcomings – take action to correct  Stop worrying about your interview performance – concentrate on what you can offer the company  PREPARATION = CONFIDENCE

11 INTERVIEW STYLE  Competence  Confidence  Poise  Manners  Good judgment  Non verbal behavior  Posture, eye contact, facial expression, hand gestures, movements  Be alert & upbeat  Speaking voice – lively, inflection, emphasis  Filler words – ums, likes  Give complete, CONCISE answers

12 PROFESSIONAL IMAGE CONSERVATIVE:  Neat hair  Business suit in dark solid or subtle pattern  Solid shirt / coordinated blouse  Conservative tie  No visible piercings [women – 2 earrings ok]  No visible tattoos  Stylish professional shoes – nothing casual  Clean hands & trimmed nails  Little or no perfume / cologne  Subtle makeup  Exemplary personal hygiene **even if a company dress code is business casual or casual, make a good impression by dressing formally**

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14 BE READY ON ARRIVAL  IN A LEATHER-BOUND BOOK:  Notebook [legal pad]  2 pens- blue or black ink  Outline of company info  Calendar  Calculator – OTHER THAN YOUR PHONE  List of questions to ask  References, performance reviews, letters of recommendation [if not included in resume packet] Multiple, extra copies of resumes

15 BE READY ON ARRIVAL  Turn phones OFF – not vibrate  Do not text  Do not make or answer calls  Do NOT be late – 15 min early  Do not smoke beforehand---OR EVER  Do not chew gum, eat, or drink  Do not bring a friend  If you wait – bring something business oriented to read or company lit  **be friendly to receptionist and anybody else walking by**  Do not doubt yourself!

16 SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWING Warm-up Q&A Close

17 WARM-UP  Engage in small talk, if interviewer begins  Stand / sit up straight  Regular, natural eye contact  Don’t fidget  Firm handshake  Repeat the interviewers name when introduced  Wait to be seated  Let the interviewer start discussion

18 TAKE NOTES DURING INTERVIEW  Info about each company  Interviewer’s answers to questions  Contact info  Follow up communication  Appointments

19 Q&A DEALING WITH Q’S  Interviewer leads convo  Don’t answer before finished asking  Avoid 1 or 2 word…yes/no answers – expand & explain  Difficult question? Pause!  Listen to the interviewer

20 CLOSE  Last opportunity to emphasize value  Say thank you for the opportunity  Express interest in organization & position  Try to pin down next steps - a date for a next convo “I am very impressed with what I’ve seen and heard here today, and I am confident that I could do an excellent job in the position you’ve described to me. When might you be in a position to make a decision?” Stand, smile, thank the interviewer, and shake hands Thank the receptionist or assistant before you go!

21 CLOSE - SALARY  Let interviewer raise subject  If asked requirements  Open  Negotiable  Competitive compensation package NEGOTIATION  Market demand for skills  Strength of job market  Policies & financial health  Other offers Look at overall package Salary Bonus Profit sharing Retirement benefits Health coverage Vacation time

22 FOLLOWING UP…  Staying in contact shows determination  Demonstrates communication skills & business etiquette  Brings your name to attention  Respond quickly – 24 hrs max

23 F/U MESSAGES THANK YOU  Within 24 hrs  Good etiquette  Reinforce reasons you’re best  Respond to any negatives from interview  Convey interest  Ask for a decision  Brief & positive  INQUIRY  TIME EXTENSION  ACCEPTANCE  DECLINE  RESIGNATION

24 QUESTIONS?!

25 LET’S WATCH 

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27 DO NO BE LATE ON THURSDAY WE WILL BE IN MMC FINAL GRADE BASED ON: INTERACTION W/ PEERS CONFIDENCE PROFESSIONALISM [BEHAVIOR & DRESS] BODY LANGUAGE QUESTIONS FOR THE INTERVIEWER PERSUASION THANK YOU LETTER F/U ( WORD DOC) 5 INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

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