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The Art of Interviewing

The Art of Interviewing

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THE ART OF INTERVIEWING 
 A HANDOUT FROM THE OFFICE OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT  SETON HILL UNIVERSITY 
 
MAKING THE MOST OF THE INTERVIEW:TAKING CHARGE OF THE INTERVIEW PROCESS:
The time you spend with an interviewer may determine your entire future, so a
 
successful job interview is an important step towards fulfillment of your ambitions.
You have only one objective in an interview:
To convince the interviewer you can successfully do the job and become adesirable part of the organization.
Four things you should do:
- Prepare well prior to the interview.
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Research information about the company using contacts, the Internet,or library resources
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Review possible interview questions
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Practice interviewing- Dress professionally a business suit is always a “best bet.”- Arrive early ten to fifteen minutes is sufficient.- Be prepared to ask at least two questions.
Three things you should know:
- You must know exactly what you want to do – anything less is lack of focus.- You must know about the organization and the field in which it operates, howthe organization is structured, its major activities, and its plans for the future.This information is usually obtained from the company’s website or throughthe Office of Career Development.- You must know specifically what you can
do
for the organization.
 
BACK TO YOUR MAIN OBJECTIVE:
To convince the interviewer you can successfully do the job and become adesirable part of the organization.- Prepare a list of the points about yourself that you want to cover in theinterview:
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Accomplishments – on the job or personal
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Applicable education and training
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Important prior job or internship experience
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Personal traits
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Professional skillsCommit these to memory. They are absolutely essential items you must discusswith the interviewer.- Write down and
memorize
two or three success stories or accomplishments:
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Problems you met and solved
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Recognized successes and accomplishments
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Earned promotions, recognition, or awards
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Innovative approaches, creativity in finding solutions
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Cost saving ideas and results achievedHave these ready for use at appropriate times during the interview. You want tomake sure these are told in a story format so it actually paints a picture of you andyour accomplishments.- Review possible questions the interviewer might ask and write answers. Usethese answers to prepare for your interview.Look at questions as opportunities or invitations to
sell
yourself. This will reducethe stress if done in a tactful, confident way.

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