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Interviewing 1.  A common question in a job interview is: ◦ Tell me about your weaknesses. ◦ Now tell me about your strengths  Write down how you would.

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2  A common question in a job interview is: ◦ Tell me about your weaknesses. ◦ Now tell me about your strengths  Write down how you would answer this question. 2

3  Describe details for a successful interview  Prepare answers to common interview questions  Demonstrate interviewing skills in a mock interview 3

4  Interviews are for ◦ Employers to make hiring decisions ◦ Potential employees to learn about a job and company  The interview is your chance to “sell” yourself 4

5  Use a notes sheet to take notes  Fill in the tips for interviewing 5

6  Know where you are going ◦ Drive by the site a day or two ahead of time, find parking, locate the office  Arrive 5-15 minutes early 6

7  Learn about the company ◦ What kind of business is it, do they have a good reputation  Why is this important? 7

8  Bring extra copies of your resume and portfolio  Bring a pen and notebook with questions that you have about the job and company 8

9  Grooming ◦ Hair and nails should be clean without bright colors ◦ Keep perfume and cologne to a minimum  Women ◦ Dress, skirt (length), or dress pants with nice blouse or blazer ◦ No excessive jewelry, make up, or big hair  Men ◦ Pants (no jeans), collared shirt, tie, sport coat  Be conservative! 9

10  Tell receptionist ◦ who you are and that you are there for an interview ◦ whom the interview is with and what time  Be polite 10

11  Introductions: ◦ Look him/her in the eyes ◦ Shake hands firmly ◦ Smile ◦ Introduce yourself ◦ Wait to be seated ◦ Be confident 11

12  Sit up straight  Try not to be too bold or too shy  Express that you are happy to have the interview  Smile  Don’t chew gum, fidget, curse or use slang 12

13  Be positive  Answer questions honestly and completely (give explanations not just yes or no)  It’s ok not to know everything – express a willingness to learn  Pay close attention to the interviewer  If you don’t understand something ask 13

14  Organize your thoughts before you answer, it is ok to be silent and think  You cannot be asked about: ◦ Age, race, religion, ethnicity, marital status  Avoid criticizing former employers or coworkers 14

15  Ask your questions  If offered the job ask about salary, benefits, hours – you can ask for a day to think it over  If they say you will be contacted, ask when they expect to make a decision – offer to call in a few days  Make sure they have your contact information  Thank the interview and shake hands firmly 15

16  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 16

17  Look over the list of questions asked by employers and applicants  Be prepared to answer all of the employer questions 17

18  Groups of three  Roles: ◦ Evaluator – use rubric to evaluate person being interviewed ◦ Interviewer – asks the questions ◦ Interviewee – person being interviewed  Switch roles so that everyone does each job once 18

19  Pick a company for your group  Use the Internet to look up information about this company  Choose questions to ask as an interviewer and interviewee ◦ You may choose from the list or write your own 19

20  Rate the following areas in order of importance in an interview ◦ Job qualifications ◦ Attitude ◦ Communication skills ◦ Appearance 20

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