Interview Preparation Workshop. What is the Purpose of an Interview?. Does the Company want to hire you? Can you do the job/have the skills? Will you do the job Will you fit in with the company culture? Do you want to accept the position?
Interview Preparation Workshop
What is the Purpose of an Interview?
Does the Company want to hire you?
Can you do the job/have the skills?
Will you do the job
Will you fit in with the company culture?
Do you want to accept the position?
Does it meet your financial, geographical, career needs at this time?
Will you be able to pursue your career goals?
Can you “live” your values there?
Did you receive a good feeling about the company?
Know the company
Know the job/internship description
Prepare and Practice sample questions
1. Know/Research The Company
Why should you research the company?
Good research will set you apart from other candidates
What should you research?
(see the Research Checklist - pgs. 3,4,5 on Interview Guide)
History, mission, products, competition, organizational structure, annual reports
How do you research?
Company website: Who we are, PR/Media, Annual Reports, Employment/Jobs
Google “News” for current articles
Careercenter.nd.edu / Undergraduates / Career Library for Vault and others
Additional resources at www.library.nd.edu (Factiva, Market Insight, etc. for specific instructions see page 6 of the Interview Guide)
2. Know/Research The Job/Internship
Handouts/Conversation from a career fair or information session
On-line at employer’s site
What skills and requirements do they list in the job description?
What tasks have you had experience with that match duties in the job description?
Know the job inside and out and how you are a match!
3. Know Yourself
Review your resume and any other documents you will be utilizing
Know why you want this job
Know why you want this company
Know your strengths and weaknesses
Know why you are a fit for this job: skills, abilities, attributes
What can you do for this company
Be able to articulate experiences and your key selling points
Be prepared to draw on your experiences to demonstrate:
Ability to overcome Obstacles/Challenges
How do you prepare. . .
Look at sample questions on pgs. 12 & 13 in the Interview Guide
Using a webcam conduct an online interview at Interview Stream (careercenter.nd.edu / For Undergraduates / Career Library)
Preparation –Behavioral Questions
Prepare for those “Tell me about a time” or “Give me an example when…” behavioral questions with S.T.A.R.
Situation Task Action Results
Past performance indicates future success
Demonstrates that you’ve utilized skills the company desires
Draw from work, internships, extra curricular activities, service, leadership roles, coursework , etc.
Make sure you use multiple experiences and aren’t always referring to the same situation
Always stay positive. Don’t ever speak negatively or blame others about a previous employer, job or experience.
Show enthusiasm! If you were looking to hire someone you want that person to show they want the job and love the company!
Prepare at least 3 questions to ask the interviewer about the job and/or company
Before the Interview
Get a good night’s sleep!
Arrive early - 15 minutes before
Review company literature while waiting, if available
Have an extra copy of your resume handy, or a new one if you have made changes
Be appropriately dressed: Professional, conservative colors, shoes polished, suit pressed, no excessive perfume or cologne, hair neatly styled
Parts of the Interview
Interviewer asking questions of you
Interviewer sharing information about the job and company
You asking the interviewer questions
The Interview: The Warm Up
Use a firm handshake
Look the person in the eye and say their name
Interviewers often make up their mind about an applicant within the first 5 minutes . . . You never have a second chance to make a first impression!
Non-verbal cues make up 80% of the decision: Appearance, poise, hygiene, confidence, posture, attitude, interest, handshake, eye contact, attentiveness, punctuality, nervousness
The Interview –Interviewer asking you questions
This is the majority of the interview as the interviewer is gathering data to make a good decision
“Tell me about yourself”
What is your greatest accomplishment to this point?
Why should I hire you?
Give me 3 of your strengths and one weakness.
Tell me about a time when you were creative?”
**Employers want to know YOUR skills, make sure you are breaking down all your examples to what you did in every situation, not just what your group may have accomplished!**
The Interview –Interviewer Sharing Information
During this time the interviewer will tell you about:
The job expectations and duties
Their thoughts on what it is like to work there
Feel free to ask questions about this information during this time and if he/she doesn’t share all of this, these are good questions to ask!
The Interview –You asking questions/Closing
During this time you will be asking those 3 or more questions you prepared (Samples on page 14 of the Interview Guide)
When you have asked all your questions and they have asked all of theirs you want to wrap up the interview with a confident closing statement reiterating your interest in the job, a sentence or two why you think you are a good fit and asking to continue on in the process. . . If you want it that is.
Follow-up with a thank you email within 24-48 hours!
Interview Performance–ND Employer Comments
Too casual in conversation and body
Lack of enthusiasm
Lack of confidence
Not enough eye contact
Too many “ums”/lack articulation
Lacking concreteness in answers
Need to focus on work experience/resume
Not enough information in answers
Answers were not pertinent to job
Good Luck and Contact the Career Center for any additional help
15 minute Walk –in appointments Monday-Friday from 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Call for a 1 hour scheduled appointment at 631-5200
The Career Center is located in 248 Flanner Hall