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1 OCN 750 Class #12: April 8 Interviewing Announcements and Check-ins Pre-interview preparation Interviewing Tips & Practice Upcoming assignments/classes Questions?

2 Interviewing: Learning Outcomes Learn how to prepare for an interview Learn tips & techniques Practice interviewing in safe environment Build confidence

3 Announcements & Check-ins How are you doing? What have you been up to? Any announcements to make?

4 Assignment due today Job ad Cover letter (tailored to that job ad)

5 Congratulations!!!! You Got an Interview. But now what?

6 Interviewing 101 Pre-interview preparation The interview Follow-up

7 Pre-Interview: Responding to the Interview Invitation Respond promptly and professionally Be flexible and cooperative Follow all instructions carefully Goal: To make a positive first impression. Tip: Keep a job application summary sheet (and keep it handy).

8 Pre-Interview: Reflection How does this opportunity fit with your Qualifications Current position/status Career goals Lifestyle What questions do you have? (write them down!) Consider keeping a job application journal

9 Pre-Interview: Research Review organization’s websites and publications Google the organization Get salary information Research your interviewers Goal: Come to interview prepared; Convey strong interest to interviewers

10 Plan what you will wear Everyone Neat, clean, pressed Classic and conservative Proper fit Closed shoes Avoid perfume/cologne Women Pants or skirt/dress Avoid low-cut, loud, frilly or too short Jacket (or at least covered shoulders) Minimal jewelry Minimal make-up Goal: Give a professional appearance.

11 On the Day Bring job ad, application materials and several CVs Bring pen and note paper Arrive 10 minutes early Be courteous and professional to everybody Shut off cell phone Watch your body language Observe other people’s body language

12 Interview Goals Your Goals To advance to next step in the recruiting process To determine whether this job is right for you Employer Goals To find the right person for the job To sell the company’s strengths

13 What do employers generally look for in prospective employees? Pair up Take 2 minutes to come up with at least 5 transferable skills or personality characteristics

14 A Typical Interview Warm-up Employer(s) questions Applicant questions Wrap-up

15 Warm-Up Introductions Handshake(s) Small Talk Transition to Employer Questions Message: I am courteous, socially skilled and enthusiastic about the position

16 How To Answer Questions Take notes during questions Think before answering Be clear and concise Use specific examples Avoid cliches or canned answers Always be honest Message: I am articulate, confident and stand out from other applicants

17 Skills, Experience and Accomplishments Describe how you meet the job qualifications. What is your greatest ….? How would you rate your skills in ….? Do you have experience in.…? The job requires …. Have you ever done this? Message: I am highly qualified and competent (and can be trained)

18 Entomologist – U.S. Army Job Duties Plan, lead, manage, advise, direct and participate in operational, consultative, training, product development and research in medical entomology to ensure effective control of pests and vectors of disease affecting the health, morale and environment of all U.S. Army personnel Serve in command and staff assignments throughout the Department of Defense and U.S. Army to ensure property and material are not damaged by invertebrate and vertebrate pests Conduct medical research on diseases of military importance, and conduct, supervise and participate in graduate medical education and training of other medical personnel needed to sustain a robust and readily available medical system

19 Invasive Species Field Associate – RCUH Job Duties Takes a leadership role in conducting field operations targeting invasive plant and animal species for control or eradication. Implements protocol to prevent seed dispersal, follows decontamination protocols, and conducts all operations according to accepted safety standards and established protocols. Operates a Global Positioning System (GPS). Inputs data and produces maps and other materials to guide daily field activities. Assists with outreach and education activities which may include classroom visits, teacher development, staffing fairs and community events, and other PR-related activities.

20 “Right Fit” questions Why are you interested in this position? What can you bring to our ….? How are you hoping to grow in this position? Describe your ideal boss (or work environment) Why should we hire you? Message: I am the right person for the job.

21 Urey Fellows – LPI Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas, seeks candidates for its “Urey Fellows” program in planetary sciences. This prestigious postdoctoral program is aimed at scientists within 5 years of PhD completion. Fellows are expected to perform much of their research at the LPI or Johnson Space Center, but may spend up to 6 months per year at other institutions. Fellows will be allowed significant latitude in defining their own research direction.

22 Principal Investigator – Bigelow Lab Successful candidates are expected to lead transformative, cross-disciplinary research -- for example: Using ocean observing and mesocosm assets to elucidate the impacts of climate change on biogeochemical cycles; Better understanding of the oceanic biological processes using high-throughput molecular "-omics" tools; Development of more accurate models to predict environmental change in the ocean, constrained by ongoing ocean observing and -omics data sets Use of model organisms to understand interactions among marine microbes.

23 Behavioral questions Tell me about a time when you … Impressed your boss Disagreed with your boss Were creative in solving a problem Made a mistake Sought out help to achieve a task Didn’t have enough time to complete a task Worked effectively as part of a team Etc Message: I am high value, low maintenance STAR S – situation T – task/role A – action R – results

24 Applicant Questions Bring at least 2 appropriate questions Don’t ask dumb questions

25 Questions NOT to ask What is the salary? When can I expect a raise or promotion? How many others are you interviewing? Is there an inside candidate? What is your flextime policy?

26 Illegal and Inappropriate Questions (with few exceptions)* Marital status/Spouse Children/Pregnancy Age Race/Nationality Citizenship/Birth Place Gender-specific *unless you volunteer the information Religion Politics Height/Weight Arrests Health Military discharge

27 At the end of the interview Ask if you answered all of their questions Restate your interest in the position (if true) Thank your interviewers for their time Shake everyone’s hand

28 Post-interview Follow Up Send a thank you note promptly Update your job summary spreadsheet Consider keeping a journal Reflect on how it went Write down tough questions they asked Write down everything you wish you said Include names of interviewers

29 Remember…… Always be honest Focus on your strengths You’ll get better with practice & reflection It’s fine to (gently) ask for feedback Interviews over lunch or dinners are not social occasions.

30 Interviewing Resources Manoa Career Center (workshops, mock interviews, etc) Career Centers at other universities (e.g., Professional organizations Online (e.g,

31 Next week (4/15) Class Topic: Thesis & Manuscript Writing Optional assignment (Michele)

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