Interviewing to Win!!! Presented by Office of Career Services 124 Sand Spring Hall Frostburg State University
Skills Employers Look For… Interpersonal Teamwork Analytical Oral Communication Flexibility Computer Written Communication Leadership Work Experience Internship Experience “National Association of Colleges & Employers”
How Employers Find New Hires Referral from current employees Job/Career Fairs On-Campus Recruiting Internships Newspaper Ads Web Sites Electronic or Faxed Resumes
Your Job Search Focus Job Interest Ideal Work Environment Geographical Location Salary/Financial Security Job duties required Career Goals Strengths/ Weaknesses Values Time Career Resources: -WWW -Network -Computer
6 Steps in a Proactive Job Search 1) Identify Your Job Targets 2) Identify & Target Potential Employers 3) Develop Effective Marketing Tools 4) Cast a Wide Net of Job Search Methods 5) Interview 6) Follow-Up
Before the interview Know Yourself: goals, skills, and abilities. Know Your Career Field: job titles, job duties, and industry trends. Know The Employer: products, services, locations, growth areas for the company.
Do You Measure Up? Applicants rated on… Appropriate dress Poise Posture, voice, eye contact Knowledge of company/ job duties Clearly stated career goals Communication-positive/assertive Closure-timing, handshake, follow-up
During the interview Arrive 15 minutes early. Bring extra copies of resume. Greet interviewer by name, shake hands. Smile. Allow interviewer to lead. Typical Interview -small talk -discussion of your background -ask your questions to the employer -conclusion
Types of Interviews Behavioral Interviews Situational Interviews Case Interviews Technical Interviews Group/Panel Interviews
Behavioral vs. Traditional Interviews Best way to predict future behavior is past behavior How you’d behave vs. how you would behave Question/probe vs. one structured question Details vs. generalizing about events More concentrated vs. ability to tell stories
How to prepare for a behavioral interview… Recall examples that show success in coursework, work, leadership, or teamwork. Prepare short descriptions. Show a positive outcome or result that reflects positively on you. Be honest. Be specific.
Questions asked by employers… Tell me about yourself. Why did you choose your major? What are your career goals? Tell me about a time you worked in a team and how you handled conflict. Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses. Why should we hire you?
Questions to ask the employer… What do you consider the most important duties for this job? What are the major projects that I will work on? What personality traits do you consider critical to success on the job? What are the training opportunities with your company? What is the timetable for hiring a candidate?
What to do after the interview… Take notes after interview Thank-you letter (ASAP) Follow-up by phone. Accepting Offers Salary range Benefits Location