Presentation on theme: "Interview Workshop for Saltire Foundation 2015"— Presentation transcript:
1 Interview Workshop for Saltire Foundation 2015 Rhona GibsonWork Placement Officer/Careers Adviser
2 Today’s Session What does the Saltire Foundation look for? Demonstrating key competenciesYou’re a STARR!Back to basicsAdditional Resources
3 Learning Outcomes By the end of this workshop you should Understand how to prepare for a speed interviewFeel more confident about attending an interviewBe able to structure your answersUnderstand how to deal with challenging questionsHave some ideas for your own questions
4 Speed Activity Find out 3 things (that you didn’t know before) about your neighbour. You have 45 seconds each.
5 You’ve been invited to an interview on Thursday! What next?
6 Arrangements You must bring the following to your interview: Photographic identification (e.g. passport, driver's licence)Student card or alternative documentation confirming you will graduate in 2016“Candidates who do not bring these items to interview will be denied entry.”
7 On the day…Make sure that you are happy with your interview outfit/suit - is it business appropriate? Do you have everything you need?Leave with plenty of time to spareKnow where you are going (Dundee? Glasgow?)Take a copy of your application form with you
8 You have 2 fifteen minute interviews One interview is with a previous Saltire ScholarOne interview is with a professional from within the Saltire Foundation network. Interviews are competency based.Around 10 students are interviewed at one time, creating “an exciting and relaxed atmosphere”.
9 General competencies Skills Knowledge Self-image Values Habits Motives What you can doSkillsWhat you knowKnowledgeHow you see yourselfSelf-imageWhat you think is importantValuesThings you do without thinkingHabitsWhat drives your behaviourMotives
10 Saltire Foundation Key Competencies Achieving your goalsLeadershipHow you adjust to situationsAdapting and CopingInfluencing, co-operationTeamworkTenacity, initiative, energyPersonalityInvesting in Scotland’s futureUnderstanding Saltire
11 Competency-based questions Tell me about a time when you worked as part of a team. What role did you play? What did you personally contribute?Describe a recent event you were responsible for. What factors did you have to consider?What do you think are your key strengths that make you suitable for this organisation?Please describe a time when you saw an opportunity to really make a difference for the future of a group, an activity or yourself. What did you do? … in other words it’s all about you!11
12 First impressions … are critical! Smile at your interviewer: appeal to their subconscious.Look them in the eye… but don't stare them down!Shake their hand with confidence.Be aware of body language (yours and theirs).
13 Tips for Saltire Interviews Read the case studies and blogsThat scholar may be interviewing you!Read the Fellowship pagesTo understand where the internships fit into Saltire’s bigger picture, and the aims of the organisation as a whole.
14 Over to you Ask your partner your allocated question You have 1 minute!Feedback: did they answer the question? Were they enthusiastic? What was their tone of voice like?What would you have answered if you’d been asked that question?
15 Remember that you are a STARR! Situation – set the sceneTask or objectiveAction – what you didResult – what was the outcomeReflection – what did you learn
16 Over to you: speed interviews Take turns to ask your partner your allocated questionsYou have 1 minute per question!Was STARR evident? Did you feel it helped shape your answer?What would you do if you feel you don’t know the answer to the question asked?What kind of questions would you ask your interviewer?
17 What else can I do? Use Careers Service website and resources Ask last year’s Saltire Scholars for top tipsBe aware of news and current affairs:BBCScotsmanHeraldP&J
18 Learning Outcomes Review This workshop should have enabled you to:Understand how to prepare for a speed interviewFeel more confident about attending an interviewBe able to structure answers to interview questionsUnderstand how to deal with challenging questionsHave some ideas for asking your own questions