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1 ELK SOLUTIONS’ INTERVIEW PREP Turning Good Offers into Great Offers!

2 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” YOUR OBJECTIVE TO GET THE OFFER!!!

3 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” You are NOT interviewing to:  Decide if you would like to work for the company  Broaden your knowledge of opportunities  Learn what the company can do for you

4 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW  Prepare a resume for the specific interview  Research the company  Print some information off their website and take it with you to the interview  Be prepared to play by the company’s rules  Fill out ALL applications completely!  Do NOT put “see resume” on the application  Do NOT put your desired salary on the application – put “open or negotiable”

5 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW  Plan your dress for the interview  First impressions can not be changed!  Allow sufficient time for the interview  Arrive early for the interview  Keep yourself in a positive frame of mind  After your interview CALL YOUR RECRUITER!  Lack of feedback from you will construe non-interest to the employer

6 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” ANATOMY OF THE JOB INTERVIEW  The Arrival  The Initial Contact  The Icebreaker  The Chronological Interview – “Tell me about yourself…”  The Topical Interview  The Interview Close – ASK FOR THE JOB!  The Exit * Remember you are interviewing from the moment you make contact with the company!

7 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” Employer Hot Buttons Dependable Self-starter Loyal Intelligent Friendly Productive Leader/Manager Accurate Work Stable Creative


9 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” PERSONAL  Tell me about yourself.  If hired, how long would you stay with us?  How soon are you ready to make a move?  What factors are involved in a move for you?  Why are you leaving your current job?  How do you feel about leaving your benefits?  Describe your ideal working environment.

10 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” PERSONAL  What do your co-workers think of you?  Why have you not found a new position by now?  Have you thought of leaving your current position before now and if so, what has kept you there until now?  Do you believe you might be happier in a different size company?  Do you have objections to psychological tests?

11 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” PERSONAL  What other types of positions are you considering?  Have you kept up to date in your field and if so, how?  What was the last book you read/movie you saw/sporting event you attended?  How would you describe your personality? Give 3 adjectives that describe you.  What your goals? What are your short range (5yrs) and long range (10 yrs) objectives?

12 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” PERSONAL  What are you doing or have you done to reach those objectives?  What new goals have you established recently?  How do you feel about people from minority groups?  How would you feel about working for a man or woman?  If you could begin your career again, what would you do differently?  According to your definition of success, how successful have you been to this point?

13 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” PERSONAL  What hours are you used to working?  Did you bring a resume?  If hired, what do you see in your future?  Will you be out to take your boss’ job?  Isn’t this a career switch?  Do you generally speak to people before they speak to you?  What else do you think I should know about you?

14 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” SKILLS  Why should we hire you? What can you do for us that someone else can’t do?  How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?  You may be overqualified or too experienced for the position we have to offer.  Have you helped increase sales/profits and if so, how?  Have you helped reduce costs and if so, how?

15 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” SKILLS  How much money did you ever account for?  Do you like working with figures more than words?  What were your most significant accomplishments in your most recent position?  Would you describe a few situations in which your work was criticized?  Can you work under pressure, deadlines, etc?

16 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” SKILLS  If I spoke with your current or most recent boss, what would he or she say are your strengths and weaknesses?  Are you creative?  Are you a leader?  Are you analytical?  How did you do in school?  Describe your leadership/management style.

17 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” SUPERVISORY SKILLS  Are you or could you become a good supervisor?  Why do you feel you have management potential?  Did you ever fire an employee? If so, what were the reasons for firing the person and how did you handle it?

18 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” INTERVIEWING COMPANY  What do you know about our organization?  Why do you want to work for our company?

19 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” POSITION  Please give me your definition of…(the position for which you are interviewing).  What position do you expect to have in 2 years and in 5 years?  How would you structure this job?

20 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” $$$SALARY$$$  Handling the money question  What we would suggest – stick to the facts!  Why are you not earning a higher salary with your level of experience?  What salary do you feel this position should pay?  What salary do you think you are worth?  What kind of salary are you looking for?

21 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS  How would you evaluate your present or most recent firm?  What features of your most recent position did you like most / least?  Which of your previous jobs did you like best?  What do you think about your most recent supervisor?  In your most recent position, what problems have you identified that had been previously overlooked?  How did you obtain your past positions?

22 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” QUESTIONS TO ASK THE INTERVIEWER  Why is this position open?  What do you like the most about your company?  Can you give me examples of success stories within your company?  What is your background?  What would you like done differently by the next person who holds this position?  What are some of the objectives you would like accomplished in this job?

23 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” QUESTIONS TO ASK THE INTERVIEWER  What objectives are most pressing?  What would you like accomplished in the next 2 to 3 months?  What are some of the long-term objectives you would like accomplished through this position?  What freedom would I have in determining my work objectives, deadlines and methods of measurement?  What type of support does this position receive in terms of people, finances, etc?

24 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” QUESTIONS TO ASK THE INTERVIEWER  What are some of the more difficult challenges one would have to face in this position?  How do you think these could be best handled?  Where could an employee go who is successful in this position and within what time frame?  In what ways has this company been most successful in terms of products and services over the years?

25 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” QUESTIONS TO ASK THE INTERVIEWER  What significant changes do you foresee in the near future?  How will the performance of the employee in this position be judged?  What accounts for success?

26 “We Engineer Engineering Teams” MISCELLANEOUS INTERVIEWING INFORMATION  Strengths and Weaknesses  Pretend you are your boss!  Discuss traits and characteristics in quantitative terms relative to the position you are applying for.  Consulting at the Interview

27 THANK YOU!  Good luck on your interview!

28 ELK Solutions, Inc FM 1093 Rd. Suite E Fulshear, TX “We Engineer Engineering Teams”

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