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Job Interviews. St. Gregory’s University Senior Seminar 14 March 2007. Highlights. Purpose of the Interview How to Prepare The Interview Process Follow-up Q&A. Purpose. To determine if this job and your job qualifications are a good match . Preparation Is Important!.

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Job Interviews

St. Gregory’s University

Senior Seminar

14 March 2007


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Highlights

  • Purpose of the Interview

  • How to Prepare

  • The Interview Process

  • Follow-up

  • Q&A


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Purpose

To determine if this job and your job qualifications are a good match.


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Preparation Is Important!

You have invested 4 or more years in college, now invest time, effort, and money into your interview.


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Know Yourself

Be very familiar with your resume

  • Be able to articulate your goals and strengths

  • Have your sales pitch ready to go. Include:

    • Your current position

    • Relevant experience

    • Your fit for this position

    • Include, if possible, a recent relevant accomplishment

    • Why you have applied for the position


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Know the Position

  • Know the company and specific job description:

    • # employees,

    • culture,

    • philosophy,

    • news,

    • challenges/opportunities

    • primary & secondary functions of job


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PREP

Prepare 3-5 questions for the interviewer

Review 3-6 key skills about yourself that fit the position

Establish 10 examples to showcase yourself

Practice, Practice, Practice!!!


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What to Wear

Spend the $$$ and get items that fit well (e.g. altered properly)

Tailored, clean, conservative suit

Polished shoes

Conservative jewelry/accessories

Little to no perfume/cologne

Haircut and clean finger nails are NOT optional.

And men, matching dark socks are required.


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On the Interview Day

  • Know where to go and where to park

  • Have gas in your car

  • Take a pen, notepad, and several resume copies

  • Be 15 minutes early

  • Look yourself over once before entering the office


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During the Interview

Consider the employer’s viewpoint.


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Why Should I Hire You?

Quality of Cover Letter and Resume

Interview Performance

Professionalism

References

Relevant Work Experience

Fit with Company Culture

Relevant Skills

Candidate’s Familiarity with the Organization


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Use Positive Body Language

Positive Entrance Enthusiasm

Relaxed Smile Direct Eye Contact

Straight Posture Firm Handshake

Leaning Slightly Forward Use of Hand Movement

Feet Flat on Floor


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Avoid Negative Body Language

Frowning Weak Handshake

Lack of Eye Contact Staring

Nervous Movements Arms Crossed

Hands Clenched Looking at Watch

Lack of Enthusiasm or Curiosity


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Traditional Interview Questions

Why are you applying for this position?

How would you describe yourself?

What are your strengths/weaknesses?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Why do you want to work here?

Why should I hire you?

What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?

Why did you leave your (are you leaving) your job?

What are your goals?


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“Tell me about yourself”

  • Be honest, show your personality

  • Help the interviewer to know:

    • Are you dependable?

    • Are you a good worker?

    • Will you fit in here?

  • Take support documents or portfolio if appropriate

  • Give reasons to hire you over the 100 other applicants


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Atypical Interview Questions

Expect random questions:

  • What was the last book that you read?

  • If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?

  • If you could have dinner with 3 people, who would you choose and why?


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Be Prepared

  • to be offered drink or food

  • to meet others in the office

  • for a tour of the building

  • to meet other interviewees

  • to write notes or questions


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Closing the Interview

  • Summarize key strengths and match for the position

  • Always ask questions

  • Thank the interviewer by name

  • Ask about the next step

  • Express an interest in hearing from them


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The Next Step

  • Follow-up with a thank you note

  • Be prepared for negotiating offer(s) or a second interview

  • Contact them by phone or e-mail if you do not hear back within the time frame indicated

  • Always leave them with a positive impression


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More Interviewing Info

  • Interviewing Success(www.collegegrad.com/intv/)

  • Best Employment Interviewing Tips(www.careercc.com/interv3.shtml)

  • CareerJournal | Job Interviewing Tips (www.careerjournal.com/jobhunting/interviewing/)


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