2Bellwork A common question in a job interview is: Tell me about your weaknesses.Now tell me about your strengthsWrite down how you would answer this question.
3Objectives Describe details for a successful interview Prepare answers to common interview questionsDemonstrate interviewing skills in a mock interview
4Purpose Interviews are for Employers to make hiring decisionsPotential employees to learn about a job and companyThe interview is your chance to “sell” yourself
5Cornell Notes Use a notes sheet to take notes Fill in the tips for interviewing
6Before: Getting There Know where you are going Drive by the site a day or two ahead of time, find parking, locate the officeArrive 5-15 minutes early
7Before: Research Company Learn about the companyWhat kind of business is it, do they have a good reputationWhy is this important?
8Before: Copies and Questions Bring extra copies of your resume and portfolioBring a pen and notebook with questions that you have about the job and company
9Before: Dress Grooming Women Men Be conservative! Hair and nails should be clean without bright colorsKeep perfume and cologne to a minimumWomenDress, skirt (length), or dress pants with nice blouse or blazerNo excessive jewelry, make up, or big hairMenPants (no jeans), collared shirt, tie, sport coatBe conservative!
10Beginning: Arriving Tell receptionist Be polite who you are and that you are there for an interviewwhom the interview is with and what timeBe polite
11Beginning: Meeting the Interviewer Introductions:Look him/her in the eyesShake hands firmlySmileIntroduce yourselfWait to be seatedBe confident
12Beginning: Starting the Interview Sit up straightTry not to be too bold or too shyExpress that you are happy to have the interviewSmileDon’t chew gum, fidget, curse or use slang
13Middle: Answering Questions Be positiveAnswer questions honestly and completely (give explanations not just yes or no)It’s ok not to know everything – express a willingness to learnPay close attention to the interviewerIf you don’t understand something ask
14Middle: Answering Questions Organize your thoughts before you answer, it is ok to be silent and thinkYou cannot be asked about:Age, race, religion, ethnicity, marital statusAvoid criticizing former employers or coworkers
15End: Finishing the Interview Ask your questionsIf offered the job ask about salary, benefits, hours – you can ask for a day to think it overIf they say you will be contacted, ask when they expect to make a decision – offer to call in a few daysMake sure they have your contact informationThank the interview and shake hands firmly
16After: Follow Up Send a thank you letter to the interviewer Call about a week after the interview if they haven’t contacted you to find out if they made a decision
17Interview QuestionsLook over the list of questions asked by employers and applicantsBe prepared to answer all of the employer questions
18Mock Interviews Groups of three Roles: Evaluator – use rubric to evaluate person being interviewedInterviewer – asks the questionsInterviewee – person being interviewedSwitch roles so that everyone does each job once
19Mock Interviews Pick a company for your group Use the Internet to look up information about this companyChoose questions to ask as an interviewer and intervieweeYou may choose from the list or write your own
20InterviewsRate the following areas in order of importance in an interviewJob qualificationsAttitudeCommunication skillsAppearance