Surviving a Job Interview Interviewing Tips 1.

Learn as much as you can about the company beforehand²know its products and services, its profit margin, its management, its culture, its dress code, and anything else you think of. 2. Do practice interviews with a career counselor, friends, and family members²or with yourself, in front of a mirror. 3. Think about how your experience in work, classes, and activities can relate to the job you¶re seeking. 4. Allow plenty of time to get to the interview and, if possible, visit the site in advance and time how long it takes to get there. 5. Plan your interview attire in advance and make sure your clothing is pressed, your shoes are shined, and your hair and nails are well groomed. 6. Bring extra copies of your resume and a list of references. 7. Speak slowly and clearly and don¶t be afraid to pause for a moment to collect your thoughts. 8. Be honest. Don¶t try to cover up mistakes. Instead, focus on how you learned from them. 9. Be assertive. Remember that the interview is a way for you to learn if the job is right for you. 10. Ask the interviewer for a business card and send a thank-you note or e-mail as soon as possible.

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Interviewing Attire o Invest in a suit, matching shoes, and appropriate accessories. If you can afford it purchase two suits for multiple rounds of interviews. Resume o If your resume takes more than 30 seconds to review, doesn¶t showcase accomplishment, or is riddled with typos, interviews won¶t follow. Reference List o The candidate who can present a list of references at the interview has the edge in receiving an offer than the candidate who faxes the information a few days later. Assemble your reference list before the interviewing process so you¶re prepared. Interviewing Skills o Do you know the questions employers expect you to answer? Just as important, do you know the questions they want you to ask? Assessing yourself (skills, attributes, strengths, areas of improvement) and researching the company (culture, size, products and services) are critical assignments.

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Communication Style o Are you presenting yourself as a student just hoping to get a job or an adult eager to enter the world of work? o A solid versus a shaky handshake; appropriate eye contact versus none at all; speaking clearly versus talking low. If your cues are keeping you from receiving offers, a career counselor can offer suggestions. Expectations o Students sometimes expect job offers to come simply because they have earned a college degree. Today¶s job market is more competitive than ever, and other attributes such as poise and professionalism can make or break the interview. What separates you from the rest? Diligence o Do you send thank-you notes and follow-up correspondence? Are you approaching your job search as you would a final class project? The amount of work put into a job search impacts the interviews (both quality and quantity) you can expect. Confidence o Your resume may make you the most qualified candidate on paper. But that¶s why companies conduct interviews. You¶ll have a shot at being the most qualified candidate in the room only when you believe it for yourself and demonstrate this fact to the company representative.

You are knowledgeable about the organization and position you are interviewing for. You convey some interest in the position. You are not knowledgeable about the position or organization you are interviewing with. Average Interview You look nice but you do not wear a suit. How do you make yourself indispensable to a company? ‡ ³We are looking for both technical and interpersonal competence. You greet and shake hands with your interviewer correctly. You do not ask any questions. Your conversation is enthusiastic and engaging. You do not use um or and. Inc. Your grammar and language are not appropriate. Your greeting is appropriate but you forget to shake hands with your interviewer. Your language and grammar is appropriate. You successfully convey your interest in this position. recruiting and advertising manager for Boeing Co. You display poise and confidence. First Impressions Interview Content Interview Skills/Techniques You have excellent eye contact with your interviewer without staring. Washington. Your conversation is enthusiastic and engaging. What do you see yourself doing five years from now? ‡ ³I want to hear something related to retail. in Dallas. You say um or and too many times.´ says Haley Peoples. ³Let them know you are a qualified candidate. You do not show any interest in this position. You do not greet or shake hands when you meet your interviewer. You do not thank the interviewer. or if he or she wants to work in it only as long as it takes to find something ³better. You display adequate confidence in your answers. Smith-Brooks explains that students who have interned or completed cooperative education assignments generally answer the question best because they know what working for a company entails. Interviewing Skills Need Improvement Your attire is not professional³ you wear jeans or shorts to this interview. You state your skills but do not adequately relate them to the job. You speak at the right speed. You ask appropriate questions to the interviewer.Interview Rubric Excellent Interview Your appearance is professional³you are wearing a business suit. Closing Interviewers Favorite Questions«And Answers 1. You do not state the skills you have to do this job.¶´ Peoples says the question is designed to help the interviewer know if the job seeker will be happy in that position. ‡ 3. What¶s your greatest weakness? . Your conversation is not energetic. in Seattle. You are not confident in answering questions about yourself. You talk too fast or too slow. What¶s your greatest strength? ‡ ³Don¶t just talk about your strength²relate it to the position.´ Ferguson says. Smith-Brooks. You talk a little too fast or too slow. Texas. You are not prepared to ask any questions. ³I don¶t want to hear µI want to be an astronaut¶ or µI want to win the Academy Award.´ 4. You say um or and a few times. You thank the interviewer. You relate your skills to the job very well. You have adequate eye contact with your interviewer.´ ‡ 2. college relations manager for JC Penney Co. You thank the interviewer. You are knowledgeable about the position but not the organization you are interviewing with. Your language and grammar are adequate. but not enough to disrupt the interview.´ says Doris J. You look at the floor or ceiling when speaking.

‡ ‡ 10. How do you accept direction and. but this is not the preferred outcome for most job applicants. Martinez.´ Martinez says recruiters at Abbott Laboratories use the STAR method of interviewing. the action taken to accomplish the task. ‡ ‡ Handling Improper Interview Questions ‡ If asked an improper question. However. ³We actually tell the candidate. adding that he¶s heard plenty of wrong answers to that question. and ask for advice. ‡ ³I want to hear something that shows the candidate has the ability to be sensitive to the needs of others but can still influence them.´ he says.´ Ferguson says. ³I¶m looking for the right thing in terms of customer service. so I made sure I had a day planner and mapped out all my assignments. 9. Tell me about a time when your course load was heavy. this was how you handled it. ‡ ‡ 6. 8. He adds that students who can¶t offer a situation that they handled correctly the first time can explain how they learned from making mistakes. explaining that if the bank¶s policy prohibited cashing checks in that manner. so I always answer my emails and phone calls right away. ³For example.´ 5. .´ Smith-Brooks says. Tell me about a time when you had to accomplish a task with someone who was particularly difficult to get along with. you could say. µLast semester I was taking 21 credits. Tell me how you handled an ethical dilemma. so they¶re aware of what we¶re looking for.´ Martinez says. which involves getting the interviewee to describe a situation that includes a task that needed to be accomplished. I¶m aware of the problem and I have strategies to deal with it. ‡ ³I¶m looking for a sense of urgency in initiating action. at the same time. For Peoples. ³Don¶t say µI just avoided them¶ or µThey made me cry. ³We¶re looking for a plan-ahead kind of individual. not someone who just flies by the seat of his pants. maintain a critical stance regarding your ideas and values? ‡ Smith-Brooks repeats that internship or co-op experience can give students the experience to answer that question.‡ ³Say something along the lines of. you have a few options: ± You are free to answer the question. and these are the strategies I use to get around it. How did you complete all your work? ‡ ³We generally are looking for an answer like.¶´ says Felix J.´ he says. and the result of that action.´ Peoples says. Tell me about a time when you had to resolve a problem with no rules or guidelines in place. There may be a legal recourse available to you. senior staff recruiter at Abbott Laboratories in Abbott Park. Illinois. in the event you provide the ³wrong´ answer.´ Peoples says. adding that the approach can help candidates focus on their answers. ‡ ³Suppose you worked at a bank and a long-time customer wanted a check cashed right away but didn¶t have the fund balance in his account to cover the check.´ he says. you may jeopardize your chances of getting hired. ³Explain that the next time. explain the situation. students offering the best answers to the question describe a retail-related problem. keep in mind that if you provide this information. Martinez says the best way to handle such a situation would be to go to a supervisor. the teller would have a choice of violating bank policy or alienating a good customer. What are some examples of activities and surroundings that motivate you? ‡ ³Most of our technical disciplines are teamwork professions and require getting along with and motivating other people.¶´ 7. µI have difficulty with this thing. pointing out that students with good interpersonal skills honed on the job can understand how to walk that fine line. µI¶m not the most organized of individuals. explaining that the question probes a student¶s ability to overcome obstacles.

³Are you a U. ³I can meet the travel and work schedule that this job requires. there may be legal recourse. citizen?´ or ³What country are you from?. depending on how the refusal is phrased.S. if the interviewer asks.´ ± Biggest Mistakes Made During an Interview ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Acting bored or cocky Not dressing appropriately Coming to the interview with no knowledge of the company Not turning off cell phones or electronic devices Not asking good questions during the interview Asking what the pay is before the company considered them for the job Spamming employers with the same resume and/or cover letter Failure to remove unprofessional photos/content from social networking pages.± You can refuse to answer the question. For example. and losing the job. ³Who is going to take care of your children when you have to travel for the job?´ your answer could be. Again. Questions You Can Ask At an Interview ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position? What is the top priority of the person who accepts this job? What are the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of this job? How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? And by whom? How often? Can you describe the company's management style? Can you discuss your take on the company's corporate culture? What are the company's values? How would you characterize the management philosophy of this organization? Of your department? What is the organization's policy on transfers to other divisions or other offices? Are lateral or rotational job moves available? Does the organization support ongoing training and education for employees to stay current in their fields? What do you think is the greatest opportunity facing the organization in the near future? The biggest threat? Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here? How is this department perceived within the organization? Is there a formal process for advancement within the organization? What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful within the organization? . however.´ you have been asked an improper question. you run the risk of appearing uncooperative or confrontational. You could respond. Unfortunately. web pages. blogs. but this is hardly an ideal situation.´ Similarly. if the interviewer asks. etc. You can examine the question for its intent and respond with an answer as it might apply to the job. with ³I am authorized to work in the United States.

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