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Interviewing Strategies to Land Your Next Job
AGENDA TOPICS Preparing for your interview to reduce anxiety and out-prepare other candidates Interviewing Do’s: Wowing your interviewers Interviewing Don’ts: Disqualifying yourself from a job offer by making simple mistakes Questions to anticipate Behavioral interviewing questions Questions to ask your interviewer Closing the interview and follow-up Q&A .
. mission and values. Familiarize yourself with the annual report and industry analyses available online or in the library. investor information and news releases. company history.PREPARING FOR YOUR INTERVIEW TO REDUCE ANXIETY AND OUTPREPARE OTHER CANDIDATES With widely available high speed internet. there is no excuse for failing to extensively research the company or organization. A demonstrated knowledge of the organization will help convince the interviewer of your interest and credibility. Read the employer’s web site. about the company page. paying special attention to their recruiting page.
PREPARING FOR YOUR INTERVIEW TO REDUCE ANXIETY AND OUTPREPARE OTHER CANDIDATES CONT. for-profit organization) Size Competitors The direction the employer is headed Recent changes to the industry or employer . Through research should allow you to know: Type of organization and its function Mission and goals Products and services Divisions and locations Sales and earnings (if company is a public.
Review your resume line-by-line and be able to elaborate on every responsibility and give examples. such as the posting on the employer’s web site. Analyze your responsibilities and skill-set against the employer’s job description.PREPARING FOR YOUR INTERVIEW TO REDUCE ANXIETY AND OUTPREPARE OTHER CANDIDATES CONT. Find out as much about the job as possible. Some postings will have more detail. . Look for like duties and transferable skills. Many jobs are posted on multiple job boards and in the newspaper.
Let them know they might receive a reference check call in the near future.PREPARING FOR YOUR INTERVIEW TO REDUCE ANXIETY AND OUTPREPARE OTHER CANDIDATES CONT. you are not sure of the location once you receive the address and appointment time. Do not rely on GPS the morning of the interview. Call/email each of your references and let them know which company and position for which you are interviewing. If . then do a dry-run.
salary.PREPARING FOR YOUR INTERVIEW TO REDUCE ANXIETY AND OUTPREPARE OTHER CANDIDATES CONT. Identify any problem areas in your background and be prepared to discuss them. Describe your desired work environment/geographical area. Summarize your education & professional development/ trainings. office or title). Prepare to market yourself. Cite examples of how you have developed/used particular skills. interests. values and work ethic. Know which items are negotiable to you (e. Discuss your career goals. Discuss your personal strengths and weaknesses. including your skills. You should be able to do the following: Know and articulate your skills and abilities and how they relate to the position.g. .
Practicing You the interview (with others and in the mirror) is essential to ensuring success. . but there are several questions that will be presented later in the presentation that your interviewer is quite likely to ask. diction. Practicing will allow you to relax and answer questions thoughtfully and concisely with appropriate examples. grammar. Practicing also allows you to analyze your language. eye contact and body language and make necessary adjustments. You should have a prepared answer for each question. can’t predict the exact questions an interviewer will ask. tone and inflection.PREPARING FOR YOUR INTERVIEW TO REDUCE ANXIETY AND OUT-PREPARE OTHER CANDIDATES CONT.
INTERVIEWING DO’S: WOWING YOUR INTERVIEWERS Know yourself– Know your strengths. Bring extra copies of your resume and reference list to the interview. key decisions you have made. Do not chew gum or smell like smoke. Dress conservatively. Practice the list of sample questions with a partner or in front of a mirror so that you will be your calm confident self on the big day. Remember to turn off your cell phone. Show up 15 minutes early. Be pleasant to the receptionist. the company and the industry prior to the interview and bring them with you. weaknesses. Prepare your 30 second “elevator speech” to answer the “Tell me about yourself” question. Prepare a list of questions about the position. Shoes should be shined & personal hygiene should be impeccable. career goals and personal aspirations and likes/dislikes. accomplishments. . your values.
If you are confused by a question. . but don’t be too rigid either. Be aware of your body language. People skills sell! Smile and be positive and enthusiastic. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Make sure to get your interviewer’s business card so you may follow-up with a thank-you note. Take notes as soon as you get to your car while the meeting is still fresh in your mind. ask for clarification. Have good posture. Answer questions thoughtfully and give concise examples of what you are tying to convey. you’ll just dig yourself into a hole. Don’t ramble.INTERVIEWING DO’S: WOWING YOUR INTERVIEWERS CONT.
Don’t wear heavy perfume or cologne. It is rude and communicates that you don’t care what the interviewer is saying. Don’t make excuses. especially vacation.INTERVIEWING DON’TS: DISQUALIFYING YOURSELF FROM A JOB OFFER BY MAKING SIMPLE MISTAKES Don’t be unprepared for typical interview questions. Don’t give the impression that you are only interested in the employer because of its geographic location. Do not place anything on the interviewer’s desk. This is an insult to the interviewer. Wait until the interviewer broaches these topics before asking questions. You will look foolish. That communicates that you’re really not that interested in the position. as if you will take any job offered to you. Don’t act desperate. . Do not say anything negative about your previous employer(s). Do not lie. Do not ask questions about salary or benefits. Never interrupt the interviewer. Don’t treat the interview casually. Be accountable for your decisions and actions.
What do you know about our company? Why should we hire you? What can you do for us that someone else can’t? What do you look for in a job? What is your ideal working environment? What skills and qualifications were essential for success in your last position? Describe your management style. Have you ever fired anyone? What is the most difficult aspect to being a supervisor? How would your colleagues describe you? Your boss? How would you describe yourself? What do your think of your present/past boss? .QUESTIONS TO ANTICIPATE Tell me about yourself (this is your 30 second elevator speech).
QUESTIONS TO ANTICIPATE CONT. Why do you want to work here? What other positions are you considering? Have you kept up in your field with training and professional development? What are your strengths? Weaknesses? Why are you looking for a new position? What about your old job would you change if you could? Where do you want to be professionally in 5 years? Do you have your reference list with you? (Always bring a reference list but wait until asked for it). . Name your most significant achievements in your last position? In your career? Do you work well under pressure/deadlines? Describe a situation in which your work was criticized.
Respond to these types of questions using the S. If you wish that you had handled the situation differently.R. Behavioral interviewing allows interviewers to make predictions about a candidate based on their actual past behaviors. Tell me about a situation in the past year in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker. tell your interviewer what you would do differently today with the knowledge you learned. Example Behavioral Interview Questions: Describe a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision. instead of based on responses to hypothetical questions.T.BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEWING QUESTIONS Behavioral interview questions are structured so that the candidate will describe specific examples where s/he demonstrated particular behaviors or skills. . technique: Describe the Situation or Task that you needed to accomplish Describe the Action that you took Describe the Result Remember to be specific Describe how you behaved. Give me an example of a problem you faced in your last position and tell me how you solved it.A.
but can you tell me in your opinion what accounts for success within the company? What significant changes do you foresee in the near future? . deadlines and methods of measurement? How is one evaluated in this position? I am familiar with the mission and values of the company.QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR INTERVIEWER Is this a newly created position? What would you like done differently by the next person who fills this position? What are some short-term objectives that you would like to see accomplished in this position? Long-term? What are some of the main challenges you see in this role? Is this a supervisory role? What is the reporting structure of this role? What freedom would I have in determining my own work objectives.
Based on our conversation and my qualifications. Format it to look like a business letter. Proofread the letter before sending! . Sell your strengths and end the interview on a positive note. 2nd paragraph: Sell yourself by reminding the hiring manager of your qualifications. this is your opportunity to make him/her overcome them. 1st paragraph: Thank the interviewer for the opportunity. I am certain that I possess the qualities that you are seeking for the (title) position. Don’t be afraid to ask how you did. Follow-up within 24 hours with a formal thank-you email. Express your interest in the role again and ask the interviewer what the next step in the hiring process will be. are there any issues or concerns that you have that would lead you to believe otherwise?” If the interviewer does have concerns. The letter should be three paragraphs.CLOSING THE INTERVIEW AND FOLLOWUP Close the interview strongly. For example. “ After hearing more about your company and the responsibilities of the position. 3rd paragraph: Reiterate your interest and add your phone number for additional conversations.
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