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1 Successful Strategies for Interviewing

2  Research the company  Study yourself to identify how your qualifications match the job  Be ready to provide clear, specific evidence of your qualifications  Plan a professional appearance  Plan to arrive several minutes early  Practice

3  Look interested — attentive posture and eye contact  Avoid negative mannerisms  Be able to avoid answering illegal questions without offending the interviewer

4  Opening  Greet the interviewer by name with a smile, direct eye contact, a firm handshake  Wait for the interviewer to ask you to be seated  Sit erect and lean forward slightly to convey interest

5  Body of the Interview  Explain how your qualifications relate to the job requirements using specific examples  Ask pertinent questions that communicate intelligence and interest in the company  Allow the interviewer to initiate a discussion of salary and benefits ▪ Be prepared to provide a general salary range for applicants with your qualifications

6  Closing the interview  Watch for cues the interview is ending ▪ Rise, accept the interviewer’s handshake and communicate enthusiasm  Express appreciation for the interview and say you are eager to hear from the company

7  Why?  To show your interested  Provides an edge over other candidates  You may be asked any of the following questions: ▪ What do you know about our company? ▪ Why do you want to work here? ▪ What do you think it takes to be successful in this career?  How?  Company websites  Contact the company and ask for literature or details about the position you are applying for  Networking

8  Step 1: Prepare answers to common interview questions  Step 2: Rehearse with a friend or videotape yourself

9  Traditional  Ex. “Tell me about yourself.”  Ex. “Do you prefer to work alone or in a group?”  Behavioral  Used to predict future on-the-job behaviors

10  Tell me about your recent work experience(s).  Why did you leave your previous place of employment?  Why are there gaps in your employment history?  What strengths and weaknesses would you bring to this position?  What is your understanding of this position and what skills do you bring to the position?  What types of job responsibilities do you find to be most rewarding? Why?  What types of job responsibilities do you find to be most frustrating? Why?

11  Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.  Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.  Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it.  Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.  Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.  Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks.

12  S-A-R Method  Situation  Action  Result  Question:  Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.  Answer using S-A-R Method:  Recently my company asked for bids on a phone system for our new college campus. Two companies came in very close with their bids, and most of my department wanted to go with a vendor that we have used in the past. After I looked over the proposals, it was clear that this was the wrong decision. So, I talked individually with each member of our staff and was able to change their minds and get the best product that would save money and provide the highest quality.

13  Directions: Select 1question, from the list of behavioral questions, and answer them using the S-A-R method.  Put a circle around the situation, a square around the action and underline the results to distinguish each step of the S-A-R method.  Please answer the questions on a clean sheet of notebook paper.

14  National origin and religion  Age  Disabilities, health conditions, and physical characteristics not reasonably related to the job  Marital status, spouse’s employment, or dependents  Arrests

15  What is a typical day like?  What type of people would I be working with and for?  What is the turnover rate of people in this job?  How would you describe initial and on-going training for this position?  How do you expect the company to change in the next ten years?  When can I expect to hear from you about your decision?

16  Directions: Search the internet and find 10 questions (other than the one’s previously listed) an interviewer may ask during an interview.  Directions: Search the internet and find 10 questions (other than the one’s previously listed) an interviewee can ask during an interview.

17  First impressions  Competitive edge  Marketing a product  You CAN overdress for an interview  Dress to fit the job’s culture  Classic advice:  “Dress 10 percent better than you ordinarily would”  “Dress for the position you’d like to have, not for the one you do have, so you’ll be seen as promotable.”  “Dress the best your ever going to look in the job you want.”

18  Attention to detail  Clean and polished conservative dress shoes  Well-groomed hairstyle  Cleaned and trimmed fingernails  No body odor, minimal cologne or perfume  No visible body piercing  Well-brushed teeth and fresh breath  No gum, candy, or other objects in your mouth  Minimal jewelry

19  Conservative colors:  Black  Dark Navy  Brown/Beige  Gray  Skirt length should be a little above the knee  Hair should be worn up, out of your face  Minimal make-up  Lipstick and nail polish in conservative tones (natural colors)  Jewelry  One set of earrings, and no more than two rings


21  Conservative colors:  Black  Dark navy  Gray  White long-sleeved button-down dress shirt with a simple tie (that matches suit)  Belt should match shoes  Facial hair should be neatly trimmed  No jewelry


23  Take some time to review the interview while it is fresh in your mind  Interviewing is a learnable skill, use the experience to help you in the future  Ask yourself:  How could you have better answered the questions?  Where did you succeed?  Where did you fail?  What will you do differently next time?

24  A thank-you letter is essential!  Get it in the mail the day of or the day after the interview  Avoid excessive enthusiasm  Keep your note cordial and brief  Thank the interviewer for inviting you to the interview  Say it was a pleasure to meet him or her  Mention something you learned during the interview and assure them of your continued interest in the position - provided you are still at all interested  See handout for more information on what to include in a thank-you letter.

25  rs/a/thanktemplate.htm rs/a/thanktemplate.htm  _Careers_Press/Job-Interview-Preparation/ _Careers_Press/Job-Interview-Preparation/

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