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1 st Step: Preparation Research the industry and the employer – location(s), size, products, programs and services, management, history, news articles. Review your resume, cover letter and company job description so you can speak knowledgeably. Develop a story about each of the experiences on your resume to incorporate into potential responses. Plan your attire; know the location and time of the interview. Practice your first impression – firm handshake, eye contact, enthusiasm. 2
Types of Interviews Phone / Skype interviews – often the first screening measure. Traditional questions– strengths/weaknesses, past experiences, what you can bring to the position Behavioral questions – focus on past situations, e.g. “Tell me about a time when you faced a significant challenge.” Case interviews– business problems; primarily used in consulting and some finance positions. Tips for each type of interview can be found in the Career Services How to Guides: www.clarku.edu/offices/careerwww.clarku.edu/offices/career 3
Interview Questions Tell me a bit about yourself. Prepare a “one minute commercial” or elevator pitch about yourself Why are you interested in this position? What are your strengths / weaknesses? How do you motivate yourself and others? What led you to choose your major? Tell me about a time when you took initiative. 4
Your Questions It is important to have questions prepared. If you don’t ask questions you may give the impression that you are no longer interested in the position. What kind of training is there for new hires? How is an employee evaluated and promoted? What characteristics does someone need to be successful in this position? Questions specific to the industry or organization, based on your research. What is the timeline for filling the position? 5
What Employers are Looking for Communication skills (verbal and written) Ability to work as part of a team Problem solving and decision making capabilities Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work Ability to obtain and process information (Source: Job Outlook 2014, National Association of Colleges and Employers) The goal of the interviewer is to determine: Can you do the job? Will you do the job? Will you fit in with our organization? 6
Follow Up Send a thank you to reiterate your interest and enthusiasm for the position. Email is fine, particularly if the timeline is short. Plan to send it within 24 hours of the interview. Follow up with the employer based on your knowledge of the timeline. Reflect on your performance; continue to apply for other positions. 7
Summary Do your research Have your 1 minute commercial ready Be prepared to answer some typical questions; think of stories that illustrate your skills and strengths Look and act the part Have questions ready to ask the employer Follow-up 8
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