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1Before, During, & After The Job Interview Interview GuidelinesBefore, During, & AfterThe Job Interview(Much of this information is taken from Sherry Maysonave, President of Empowerment Enterprises and from
2Before the InterviewLearn all you can about the company or organizationPrepare sophisticated and knowledgeable questionsKnow why you would like to work for that employerBe prepared to answer and ask questions
3Before the Interview Prepare papers for your interview Extra copies of your resumeJob reference listsReference lettersLegal pad for taking notesPrepare your clothes for your interview
4Communication statistics reveal that in only five to thirty seconds, three things are determined about you, whether accurate or false:Your IQYour Socioeconomic StatusYour Marital StatusYour Sense of StyleYour Educational LevelYour AgeYour Desirability
5Your Socioeconomic Status Your Educational Level In only five to thirty seconds, the following three things are determined about you:Your Socioeconomic StatusYour Educational LevelYour Desirability (are you worth hiring?)
6How To Dress: Men and Women Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best)Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best)Clean, polished conservative shoesWell-groomed hairstyle
7How To Dress: Men and Women Clean, trimmed fingernailsEmpty pockets--no bulges or tinkling coinsLight briefcase or portfolio caseNo visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.)Minimal cologne or perfume
8How to Dress: Men OnlyNecktie should be silk with a conservative patternDark shoes (black lace-ups are best)Dark socks (black is best)Get a haircut; short hair always fares best in interviews
9How to Dress: Men OnlyMake sure beard and mustache are neat and trimmedNo rings other than wedding ring or college ringNo earrings (if you normally wear one, take it out)
10How to Dress: Women Only Always wear a suit with a jacket - no dressesShoes with closed toes and heelsConservative hosiery at or near skin colorCarry a briefcase OR conservative colored purse
11How to Dress: Women Only If you wear nail polish use clear or a conservative colorMinimal use of makeupMinimal jewelry: this includes rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings
12You Must Dress Accordingly For Your Interview You don’t have to wear a suit!Nice pants/skirt and shirt (no tie required but it would be nice)If you do not have anything to wear, please speak with me after class
13Beginning the Interview Arrive 10 to 15 minutes earlyAllow time for trafficAllow time to get lostTreat all people you encounter with professionalism and kindness.Receptionist or secretaryMaintenance manTurn cell phone offDon't chew gum, eat candy or smell like smoke
14Beginning the Interview Greet the InterviewerShake Interviewers Hand
15The HandshakeTruly effective handshake is going to be a "mirror" of the handshake being offeredUse a medium grip handshake, placing your hand so that the soft skin between your thumb and forefinger comes in contact with the same location on the recipient's hand.Be prepared to squeeze down on the gorilla or lighten up on the softieMake Eye Contact
17During the InterviewDon’t let the employer’s casual approach cause you to drop your manners or professionalism.No First NamesNo SlangNo Curse WordsDon't interrupt the interviewer, even if you are anxious and enthusiastic about answering the question.
18During the Interview Be aware of your non-verbal behaviors sit straight – avoid slouchingsmile as often as you canmaintain eye contact but don't stare the interviewer downlean forward but not invading the interviewer's spaceSit still in your seat – avoid fidgetingDon't be shy or reluctant to talk about yourself
19During the InterviewDon't make negative comments about previous employers or professors (or others)Listen very carefully to each question you are askedGive thoughtful, to-the-point and honest answersAsk for clarification if you don't understand a question. It is OK to take a few moments of silence to gather your thoughts before answering.Take notes
20Poor personal appearance Overemphasis on money Of the following five behaviors candidates exhibit in job interviews, what behavior do you think recruiters find most unforgivable?Poor personal appearanceOveremphasis on money Failure to look at interviewer while interviewingDoesn’t ask questions Late to interview
21#4 – Doesn’t Ask Questions Thoughtful questions emphasize that you are taking an active role in the job selection process, not leaving the interviewer to do all the work. Active is good. Great questions demonstrate that, far from being a passive participant, you are action-oriented and engaged, reinforcing your interest in the job.
22Great Questions To AskCan you tell me about the position and the type of person you are seeking?What does this company value the most and how do you think my work for you will further these values?What can I bring Company XYZ to round out the team?
23More Great Questions To Ask What’s the most important thing I can do to help within the first 90 days of my employment?Do you have any questions or concerns about my ability to perform this job? What do you see in me? What are my strongest assets and possible weaknesses? Do you have any concerns that I need to clear up in order to be the top candidate?
24Questions Not to Ask Is it possible for me to get a small loan? What is it that your company does? Can I see the break room? What are your psychiatric benefits?How many warnings do you get before you are fired? Can you guarantee me that I will still have a job here a year from now?
25More Questions Not to Ask Would anyone notice if I came in late and left early? What does this company consider a good absenteeism record? The job description mentions weekend work. Are you serious? What is the zodiac sign of the company president?How do you define sexual harassment?Will my office be near an ice machine?
26The Close of the Interview Make sure you understand the employer's next step in the hiring process; know when and from whom you should expect to hear next.Thank the interviewer for his or her timeEstablish a follow-up planOffer a firm handshake and make eye contact
27After the InterviewMake notes right away so you don't forget critical detailsDon't call the employer back immediately.Send a follow up letter to all interviewers immediatelyThank him or her for the opportunity to interviewLet him or her know that should another or similar position open in the future, you would love to have the opportunity to interview againthank you notes are acceptable
28Top Ten Critical Success Factors Positive attitude toward workProficiency in field of studyCommunication skills (oral and written)Interpersonal skillsConfidenceCritical thinking and problem solving skillsFlexibilitySelf-motivationLeadershipTeamwork
29Top Ten Strikeouts that Condemn Job Candidates Doesn’t ask questions Condemnation of past employer Inability to take criticism Poor personal appearanceIndecisive, cynical, lazyOverbearing, over aggressive, “know it all” Late to interview Failure to look at interviewer while interviewingUnable to express self clearlyOveremphasis on money
30Your Mock Interview Will be THIS Friday, Nov 13 You are interviewing for the job you found on snagajob.comDress ProfessionallyFollow these guidelines we have discussedIf you are absent, be dressed appropriately the next class you are present