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Interviewing for Success

Please view this presentation in slideshow mode


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Workshop Outline

A Few Words About Interviewing

What Employers Are Seeking

Preparation

The Interview Process

After the Interview

Tips for Successful Interviewing

Final Comments


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A Few Words About Interviewing…

Being invited to interview is a significant accomplishment.

And.. the competition becomes more fierce.

It is not always the most qualified person who gets the job. It is often someone who

  • meets the minimum qualifications

  • interviews the best

  • appears to be the best “fit” with future co-workers


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Key Skills and Qualities:Top Qualities/Skills Employers Seek

  • Communication skills (verbal & written)

  • Honesty/Integrity

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Strong work ethic

  • Teamwork skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Analytical Skills

  • Motivation/Initiative

  • Flexibility/Adaptability

  • Computer skills

  • Detail oriented

  • Leadership skills

  • Self-confidence

HIGHLIGHT THESE QUALITIES/SKILLS IN ANSWERS AND EXAMPLES

(Source: Job Outlook 2007, National Association of Colleges and Employers)


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Planning

Research

  • Assess yourself

  • Research the employer and the position

    Planning

  • Take care of logistics

  • Prepare your professional attire

    Practice


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Assessing Yourself

Identify your skills and abilities

Analyze your strengths and weaknesses.

  • When discussing weaknesses say what you are doing to work on them

  • Stick to work relevant weaknesses rather than personal

    Be ready to give specific examples


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Research employer and position

  • Company

    • Mission/Values

    • Products and services

    • Organizational structure including locations and size

    • Major competitors

    • Financials: revenue profit etc.

  • Position

    • Overall responsibilities

    • Specific tasks

    • Required skills and experience

Be prepared to say why you want to work there and why you are the best candidate for the job.


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What to Wear:

Men

  • Dark suit

  • Appropriate socks (e.g.not white athletic socks

  • Polished dress shoes

Women

  • Conservative loose fitting suit

  • No low cut blouses or tops

  • Pantyhose

  • Closed toe dress shoes

  • Both

    • No gum chewing

    • Minimal jewelry

    • Minimal cologne/perfume

    • Cover tattoos and remove any piercing other than earlobes


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Logistics

Do you know where you are going?

  • Where is the building and the office?

  • Where should you park? Is parking free?

    Do you know how long it will take?

  • Assume the worst case scenario and plan to be early

    • In the vicinity 45 minutes in advance

    • In the office 10 minutes in advance

  • Do a dry run of the trip.


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Practice Practice Practice

Review possible questions

and formulate answers.

  • Have examples ready

  • Do not totally memorize answers

    Develop a list of questions to ask your interviewer/s

    Practice with a friend or set up a Practice Interview with Career Services

    Check out the Career Services website for sample question to practice and to ask employers


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The Interview Process

Introductions

  • A smile and firm handshake are important.

  • Greet the interviewer/s by name.

  • Exchange of small talk, such as the weather

    Questioning

    Wrap-up


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The Interview Process

Introductions

Questioning

  • Interviewer lead

    • The main part of the interview

    • Questions about your skills, experience and personality

  • You take the lead

    • You are interviewing the company as well

    • Be prepared with questions

      Wrap-up


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The Interview Process

Introductions

Questioning

Wrap-up

  • Ask about the next step and when you will hear from them

  • Ask for the job or the next round of interviews

  • Let them know you are interested and look forward to whatever the next step is.


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Sample Questions – About yourself

Tell me about yourself.

  • Tell them more than what is on your resume

    What are your major strengths?

  • Based on the employer and position

    What is a weakness that you have?

  • Be ready to admit to one

  • Show how you are working to improve in this area.

    What was an important decision or event in your life?

  • Don’t get TOO personal.

  • Add how the decision or event changed you, made you stronger, taught you an important life lesson, etc.


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Behavioral questions

Require that you answer with specific examples from the past

  • Prepare examples in advance

  • Prepare examples that show you in a good light

  • If the example is negative – state what you learned or changed due to the experience

    Examples: Tell me about a time when….

  • …you had to work with a difficult employee

  • …you were not as effective as you would have liked

  • …where you showed leadership


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Organizational Questions

Shows that you did your research

Examples

  • Why do you want to work for us?

  • Why are you interested in this field?

  • What would be your greatest contribution to our operation?

  • What qualifications do you have that would make you successful with us?


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Questions you can ask employers

Focus on job responsibilities and organizational culture and structure

Avoid discussing benefits and salary unless the employer mentions them first

Examples

  • What kinds of people do you usually look for?

  • Can you tell me about your own experience with the company/organization?

  • What have you liked most/least about working for this company?

  • How will I be trained/evaluated?

  • What do you see ahead for this organization in the next tenyears?


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Handling Salary issues

If they ask for your salary requirements

  • Research the position so you know a reasonable salary range

  • State a salary range rather than a number

    What if they don’t mention it?

  • It is best to wait for an offer before you discuss salary

  • It is OK to ask for more money

    • Make sure your request is reasonable

    • Be prepared to discuss why you should be offered more

    • They may say no - you can then accept the job at the lower salary.


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Handling illegal questions

What are illegal questions?

  • Age

  • Marital status

  • Citizenship

    Answer the intent of the question, not the actual question.

    Ask what their concern is.


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After the Interview

Evaluate the interview; what do you want to improve?

Write a thank-you letter or e-mail within two days.

  • If interviewed by a committee, send one thank you to the Chair, and ask that he/she extend your thanks to the others.

    Follow up if you do not hear

  • Ask where they are in their selection process and if they need any more information

    Accept an offer verbally and in writing.

    If rejected, ask for constructive feedback and work on weak areas.


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Interviewing tips

Attitude and appearance

  • Be early

  • Be friendly and courteous

  • Show enthusiasm and interest

  • Maintain appropriate eye contact

  • Be aware of your body language

  • Show your sense of humor

  • Show confidence in your abilities

  • Don’t present an aggressive, overbearing, or conceited attitude. Be willing to begin at entry level.


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Interviewing tips

Answering questions

  • Never speak negatively about former employers

  • Listen carefully and take your time to answer

  • Speak clearly and concisely

  • Emphasize your strengths

  • Discuss your weaknesses only when asked, and then do so in a positive light

  • Avoid personal issues in your answers/examples

  • Never use slang or incorrect grammar


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More Resources for Interviewing

Schedule a Mock Interview with Career Services

Schedule an appointment to discuss interview skills

Stop by for Drop-Ins to get your resume critiqued before an interview or to ask a quick question.

  • Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

  • Tues, Thurs: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    There is more information and resources at the Career Services website

www.albany.edu/cdc


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