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Applications and Interviews Tips for Getting a Job
Applications Students have the opportunity to fill out several applications. This gives the student a chance to become familiar with different questions and formats. Student gather information that is needed for applications. They have a chance to get references and their information.
Filling Out Applications 1. Always use back or blue ink when filling out an application 2. Check your directions carefully. Does the application ask you to “print”? 3. Read all the instructions before you fill out the application. 4. Give honest and complete answers to all items. 5. Answer all items that apply to you. 6. Do not leave blank spaces. If an item does not apply to you write N/A, which means not applicable. This will indicate to the employer that you did not forget to answer the question. 7. Spell all words correctly. 8. Job titles are very important list the specific position for which you are applying. Employers react negatively to the word “anything”. 9. Salary should usually be discussed in a personal interview. For that reason it is best to write “scale or commensurate with experience” in the space that request the salary you expect to earn. 10. Practice filling out a number of different types of applications. You will become familiar with the information required and increase your neatness and accuracy.
Do’s and Don’ts of Interviews Get to the interview a little early. Never be late Know the interviewer’s full name. Introduce yourself and give a firm handshake. Ask questions, This gives you a chance to learn about the company and show the employer that you are interested. Make sure you have good eye contact, posture, alertness, and body positioning. A positive attitude is essential. Try to be friendly and enter every interview with an open mind. Listen and be ready to answer the questions. Dwell on the positive. If an employer asks about shortcoming explain and state how you can turn them around. Learn how to relax during the interview. The more you practice and become familiar with the questions the easier this will get.
Do’s and Don’ts of Interviews Don’t chew gum during the interview. Avoid simple yes or no answers. Make you answers meaningful. Don’t lie. Be honest when you answer your questions. Don’t keep stressing you need for a job. Don’t discuss past experiences that have no application to the job. Don’t display overconfidence. Don’t ask questions early in the interview about hours or pay. Don’t be a know-it-all or a person that can’t take instructions. Don’t be untidy in appearance.
Interview Questions Students should have answers prepared for the following questions: What are your strengths? Do you work better in a group or alone? Why? How would you describe yourself? Why should I hire you instead of another candidate? How do you handle pressure? What motivates you to put forth you greatest effort on the job? Do you have dependable transportation and what is it? What do you see yourself doing in the next five years? If you have a problem with a coworker how would you handle it?
Interview Skills Students participate in mock interview. The more practice they get the more the become confident with the process. The students are critiqued during the mock interview on the following: Eye contact Posture Voice tone Body movement