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Interviewing. Presented by Stacey Givens Career Development Specialist and Former Industry Recruiter. Scheduling an Interview. Appropriate voice message Be as flexible as possible Gather all details during first conversation Location of interview Time of interview Length of interview

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Interviewing

Presented by Stacey Givens

Career Development Specialist and

Former Industry Recruiter


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Scheduling an Interview

  • Appropriate voice message

  • Be as flexible as possible

  • Gather all details during first conversation

    • Location of interview

    • Time of interview

    • Length of interview

    • Directions


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Types of Interviews

  • Phone interviews

  • One-on-one interviews

  • Panel interviews

  • Lunch/dinner interviews


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Tips for a Phone Interview

  • Research the company and position before the interview

  • If possible, use a land line

  • Wake up at least 1 hour before interview

  • Drink water

  • Dress – Don’t wear lounge clothes

  • Sit somewhere quiet where there will be no distractions

  • Personally answer the call

  • Limit background noise


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Preparing for a One-on-One or Panel Interview

  • Research the company and the position

  • Print and carry copies of your resume and transcript

  • Carry a portfolio

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early

  • Leave cell phone and pagers in car

  • Dress and groom appropriately….


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…Men

  • Unless told otherwise, always assume professional attire is expected

  • Professional attire = minimum of a tie and ideally includes a jacket

  • Shirt should be neatly pressed

  • Stick with white, black, gray and navy

  • Polished shoes

  • No body piercings or revealing tattoos

  • Fresh, conservative hair cut and style


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…Ladies

  • Skirt and blouse or dress suit

  • Dresses not recommended

  • Skirt should be knee length or longer

  • Nothing sleeveless or low cut

  • Stick with white, black, gray and navy

  • Small, colorless jewelry

  • Light makeup

  • Closed toe shoes with neutral panty hose

  • No perfume

  • No body piercings or revealing tattoos

  • Hair should not hang in face


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Business Casual…what it is not

  • Blue jeans

  • T-shirts

  • Sandals

  • Un-tucked


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Greeting the Interviewer

  • Walk with chin level and arms to the side

  • Look them in the eye, smile and introduce yourself

  • Offer a firm handshake

  • Wait to be told when and where to sit


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During the Interview

  • Sit forward with knees together

  • Ladies can cross ankles

  • Hands in lap

  • Maintain eye contact


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Challenges in a Panel Interview

  • Greeting everyone

  • Feeling of being outnumbered is intimidating

  • Rapid questions that can be very random

  • Tendency to focus on certain individuals


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What Will Be Assessed

  • Your appearance

  • Your ability to do the job

  • Your work ethic

  • Your character (e.g. willingness, enthusiasm)

  • How well you will fit in with the group


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Questions

  • Technical or behavioral

  • Be prepared to speak about anything on your resume in detail

  • Think about possible questions in advance, but do not memorize responses

  • Keep answers short, concise and to the point

  • Do not speak ill of anyone or any past experiences


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Concluding the Interview

  • Ask questions – The best questions are spontaneous

    • NOT appropriate to ask about benefits or salary

    • Appropriate to ask when to expect to hear back

  • Request a business card if not provided earlier

  • Stand and offer a firm handshake

  • Thank the individual and call them by name

  • Wait for the interviewer to direct you out


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Tips for a Lunch/Dinner Interview

  • Arrive 10 minutes early

  • Wait for your host to arrive before being seated

  • Do not order alcoholic drinks, appetizers or dessert unless invited to

  • Order a reasonably priced meal

  • Order a dish that is not hard to eat

  • Never lose sight that it’s an interview


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Following Up

  • Follow up with each interviewer

    • Note

    • E-mail

  • Thank them for the interview and state interest

  • Make it personal – should not be a “generic” Thank You

  • Appropriate to call and check on status after a period of time


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Interviewing

Presented by Stacey Givens

Career Development Specialist and

Former Industry Recruiter


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