Contents. Before the interview: what you can do to prepareDuring the interview: how to make the best impression and tackle questionsAfter the interview: what to consider and what to do next. . Give Yourself an
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1. Preparing for the Interview Career and Academic Planning
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2. Contents Before the interview: what you can do to prepare
During the interview: how to make the best impression and tackle questions
After the interview: what to consider and what to do next
3. Give Yourself an ‘A’ for Attitude Put yourself in the right frame of mind and remember that the interview is a two-way street!
The interviewer is not the only one doing the evaluating. You must find out if this is the right place for you too!
5. Know Yourself Sell yourself by knowing the “product” (YOU!).
Know as much as possible about your education, experience, skills & personal qualities to communicate a positive self image.
Be able to articulate your strengths, experiences and background to the employers needs! Thoroughly assess these areas & be able to use specific examples to illustrate points:
activities & experiences
strengths & weaknesses
career goals & objectives
salary expectations and what you will negotiate
7. What Do You Need to Know? Type of organization and its function, size, and structure
Mission, goals, history
Who and where the competition is
Products or services Customers, constituents
Potential new markets, products or services
Recent items in the news and periodicals
New trends in the field
8. Research Resources Faculty
Chambers of Commerce
Indexes (e.g. Business Periodicals Index)
Directories (e.g. Moody’s Manuals)
9. Resources (continued…) Websites
Online searches – look for business reference sections
Networking – former alumni who work for the organization, family, friends
10. Last Minute Preparation Be certain of the time and place
Know how to get to the organization
Know the name of the interviewer if possible
Arrive 10 minutes early and be prepared to stay late
Bring- resumes, pen, reference list, etc.
12. Employer Hiring Decisions Survey A survey revealed that the following factors were most important when interviewing a candidate:
Skills and experience 10%
First impression 40%
Personal characteristics 40%
From F.I.C.C. Job Club
14. What is Your Body Saying? Brisk, erect walk = Confidence
Sitting w/ legs crossed,
foot kicking slightly = Boredom
Tilted head = Interest
Looking down = Disbelief
Crossed arms = Defensiveness
Hand on cheek = Thinking
Open palm = Sincerity, openness
Head in hand, eyes down = Boredom
16. Verbal Communication Be clear, concise and complete.
Use the Situation/Task-Action-Result (STAR) approach: think of a specific example and your actions, give results of your actions where possible (great for strengths).
Answer questions keeping “how you can benefit the employer” in mind.
Be positive – do not talk negatively of former bosses, schools, organizations, etc.
Come prepared with intelligent questions.
17. Q & A Strategy Don’t over-rehearse answers (or under-prepare)
Prepare a list of strengths and be able to relate these to the organization’s needs
Listen to the questions and make sure you understand what the interviewer is asking
Pause briefly if you need to collect your thoughts
Treat every question as important
19. The Good and The Bad Common Mistakes
Not enthusiastic or interested
Not confident enough
Not elaborating enough on answers
Rambling, off on tangents
Too soft spoken
Inappropriate attire, poor grooming/appearance
Not asking questions Positive Perceptions
Friendly, professional, relaxed, mature, personable
Animated, energetic, dynamic
Good eye contact
Articulate, answered questions directly, confident
Honest, forthright, sincere
Easy to talk to