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8 - Interview Successfully 71-80

8 - Interview Successfully 71-80

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© 2011 Caliornia Community Colleges Chancellor’s Oce
Interview Sccessfully
1. Know the interview styles before you encounter them.
Interview styles vary depending on the career feld and the individuals conducting theinterview. It’s always good to fnd out who will be interviewing you when you set up yourinterview time. I the person is rom human resources, you can expect the interview tobe more ormal with traditional questions that ocus on your behavior, asking you to giveexamples o how you accomplished things or demonstrated skills in the past.I you are interviewing with someone who works in the feld directly, the interviewmay be more personality driven—that is, i they tend to be a casual person, their styleand questions may be more casual; i they tend to be more ormal, their questionsand style will be as well. In a casual interview you’re likely to get more generalquestions like “tell me about yoursel.”Sometimes you’ll be invited to a group interview where several people are beinginterviewed at the same time. You might be asked to take part in an activity with thegroup. You will likely be evaluated on how well you connect with other people in thegroup and assessed on your teamwork and leadership skills.Sometimes you will be interviewed by several people at once. And some interviewers willchallenge you and create a stressul environment—primarily to see how you cope with it.Regardless o how casual or relaxed the interviewer is, you must always stay alert andon top o your game. Don’t get casual just because they are.You will likely not know the type o interview you will encounteruntil you’re in it, so start thinking now about how you will handle thedierent types o interview styles.
© 2011 Caliornia Community Colleges Chancellor’s Oce
Interview Sccessfully
2. Develop 3 key points employers need to know about you.
It’s amazing how ast time can y in an interview. You are so busy responding toquestions that you don’t realize the interview is over—and you haven’t made a keypoint. One way to prevent this is to
Identiy ahead o time the three key items you want the employer to knowabout you and fnd a way to work those points into the interview even i you’renot asked directly.
Use stories or examples to illustrate your points.
Make sure that you know the industry in which you plan to work so that yourpoints are relevant.
Relate your strengths to the industry and the job you’re seeking.Identiy three key strong points about your experience, knowledge,or style that will be o interest to an employer. Come up with someexamples that illustrate these points.
© 2011 Caliornia Community Colleges Chancellor’s Oce
Interview Sccessfully
3. Develop 3 questions to ask during the interview.
Most interviews end with the question “Do you have any questions or me?” The worstthing you can do is say no. You should always have some questions prepared in advance.Although it might not eel like it, an interview is really a two-way street. You arepermitted-- in act, expected-- to ask questions and engage in the conversation. The types o questions you ask will be important—they can reveal how muchresearch you’ve already done. So you don’t want to ask things like the salary orthe position (that will come in a later discussion ater the job oer) or ask questionswhich could have been easily answered by reading the website.Ask questions related to the job or the organization, such as:
I read an article that said you were considering expanding your business to thewest coast. Is that still a possibility?
How would you describe the work style in the division where I might be working?
Who succeeds in this position? (Always link your personality traits with the onesdescribed.)
How much guidance or assistance is provided during my frst year o employment?Develop 3 questions you can ask at the interview. Make sure you aregenuinely interested in the answers and analyze them or what theymight reveal about you.

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