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Chapter 7 Interviewing for a Job and Résumé Writing. “ You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. ” – American Proverb. Preparing for an interview. Know yourself - Build a portfolio or personal inventory Personal Work History Education Self-Assessment.

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chapter 7 interviewing for a job and r sum writing

Chapter 7Interviewing for a Job and Résumé Writing

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” – American Proverb

preparing for an interview
Preparing for an interview
  • Know yourself - Build a portfolio or personal inventory
    • Personal Work History
    • Education
    • Self-Assessment
what is a portfolio and what is contained in it
What is a portfolio and what is contained in it?
  • Background on your previous employment
  • Where you have gone to school and what skills you have acquired
  • Your strengths and weaknesses - and how they relate to the job you are seeking
personal work history
Personal work history
  • Every employer
    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Dates of employment
  • Each job
    • Specific Duties
    • Specific Skills
    • Promotions, awards, or recognition you received
writing a r sum
Writing a Résumé
  • This is a formal version of your personal inventory
  • Contains
    • Identification
    • Your objective or job goal
    • Education and training
    • Work history
    • Personal data
    • Reference statement


Job Objective


Personal Data - Clubs, Activities and Honors

Work History


Personal Data -Recreational

Reference Note

identification on r sum
Identification on Résumé
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • At top
  • Focus of Résumé
  • Part time work?
  • Unpaid volunteer?
  • Scholarship?
  • College acceptance?
  • How might you write your objective?
education and training
Education and training
  • Goes at the top
  • Later (within career) on at the bottom
  • Usually when you will graduate
  • GPA - if for acceptance or impressive
  • Training - what might relate to the job or be impressive
  • What might you list?
work history
Work history
  • Information on each job
  • Name, location of business , and dates of employment
  • Responsibilities on job
  • If you have never had a paid position, what could you include?
personal data
Personal data
  • Activities
  • Honors
  • Outside interests
  • Volunteer work
  • Available upon request
  • Have information with you
    • Names of employers
    • Check with them in advance to use
    • Phone numbers
  • Be positive
  • Be brief
  • Stick to facts
  • Keep your language clear
  • Keep your eye on goal
before interview
Before Interview
  • Research employer
  • Practice, practice, practice
work on r sum
Work on Résumé
  • Create dossier
  • Work with partner reviewing information
  • Put in form to type
  • Finish Résumé (typed)
  • Write a cover letter
cover letter
Cover Letter
  • Catch attention
  • Provide the context
  • Describe accomplishments
  • Request an interview
  • Use proper business letter format, punctuation, spelling, and make it look professional.
answering interview questions
Answering Interview Questions
  • Anticipate questions.
  • What might they ask?
typical questions
Typical Questions
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What would you like to be doing in five years (or upon graduation?)
  • What is your grade point average?
  • What have been your favorite and least favorite courses?
  • Were your extracurricular activities worth your time?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What’s your proudest accomplishment?
make positive points
Make Positive Points
  • Puff balls–easy questions that give opening to talk like, “Tell me about yourself.”
  • Pauses–Another chance to show initiative
  • Bridges–transition from one answer to another or a chance to make a point
  • Add “sparklers”–illustrates your point
rehearse tough questions
Rehearse Tough Questions
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Why do you wantto work here?
take your time
Take Your Time
  • Think before you answer.
  • Be sure to address the issue.
  • You can ask for time to think if needed.
  • You can ask for clarification–paraphrase question.
inappropriate questions
Inappropriate Questions
  • Ask yourself, “Does it have something to do with the job or position for which I am interviewing?”
  • Examples of inappropriate questions:
    • What is your political party?
    • Do you go to church regularly?
    • Do you drink?
    • What is your sexual orientation?
    • What is your IQ?
    • Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
    • How much do you weigh?
how to handle inappropriate questions
How to handle inappropriate questions
  • Try to tackle the real concern
  • Respond briefly and move on
  • You can choose not to answer the question
  • How would you handle, “Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend?”
  • What other questions could be difficult for you?
questions to ask the interviewer
Questions to Ask the Interviewer
  • Clarify responsibilities.
  • Who would be my supervisor?
  • How many nights would I close?

(Don’t imply that you don’t want to work too hard.)

  • How soon will you make a decision?
interview check list
Interview Check List
  • Be alert, energetic, and aware of body language.
  • Pay attention to names, specific information.
  • Begin and end with shaking the interviewer’s hand.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • What do you think are common mistakes in dress?
interview check list1
Interview Check List
  • Get there on time!
  • A day or two ahead, confirm time and check for how long to plan on the interview.
  • Ask if you should bring anything like a portfolio.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early.
  • Go by yourself.
  • Any waiting time you can use to check appearance and read company literature.
interview check list2
Interview Check List
  • Do I have résumé?
  • Three references?
  • Know how long to get there?
  • Interviewer’s name?
  • Turned off electronic devices?
  • Thanked interviewer?
what are people skills
What are People Skills?
  • People like you.
  • You know protocol.
  • You respect chain-of-command.
  • You know how to get people to work together.
abcs of directions
ABCs of Directions



Clear, Complete & Concise

  • Adapt to the occasion.
  • Be as dressed as those around you.
  • Respect your employer.
  • Maintain professionalism.
  • Be neat and well groomed.
respect difference
Respect Difference
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
how to promote diversity
How to Promote Diversity
  • Be open-minded
  • Be tolerant
  • Be empathetic