Presentation on theme: "Interview Skills First Impressions count Research the company What have you got to offer? The process First impressions Eye contact Listening & responding."— Presentation transcript:
Interview Skills First Impressions count Research the company What have you got to offer? The process First impressions Eye contact Listening & responding Any questions?
Monster Interview Skills Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roZs -Eu4eZo
First Impressions It takes eight good impressions to wipe out a bad first impressions. Similarly, it takes eight bad impressions to wipe out a good first impressions.
How do you make a good first impression. Punctuality Dress Walking confidently into the room. Introducing yourself appropriately.
Dressing for the mock interview Students should dress formally as they would dress for a normal interview. Male students should wear a shirt and tie. Female students should dress in a conservatively fashion. Try not to spend money on your dress.
Research the company www. Company publications Careers service News media Trade journals / professional associations People
What have you got to offer? Personality (strengths & weaknesses) Academic track record Achievements Experience Skills Aspirations/goals All tailored to what they want.
Their focus Can you do the job? Will you do the job? Will you fit-in?
Prepare, prepare, prepare…. Previous work experience Achievements (work & personal) Academic record Your personality (+/-) What motivates you? Your career aspirations Your personal aspirations
Logistics Look the part (dress etc.) What to bring: - Paper & pen - Copies of CV - Prepared questions Getting there - Time
Sample Questions What challenges would you face in this job? How would you handle them? What was your biggest achievement? What interests you about this job? What motivates you at work? Do you prefer to work independently or in a team?
Sample Questions If people who have worked with you were asked for a reference, what would they say? Describe a difficult work situation & how you overcame it? What can you contribute to this company? What are your goals for the next five years?
Sample Questions Tell me about yourself. Why did you apply to this job? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
What can you ask? Have you any problems with my application? Can you think of any reason why I wouldn’t be suitable for this job? Closing summary statement of key points.