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THE JOB INTERVIEW. Part II – The Interview. The interview What really matters Appearance Behavior, good and bad. Topics to avoid Questions to ask Salary negotiations Afterwards. Seminar Overview. Impact of Your Presence. Never distract the interviewer Impact of one’s presence:

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THE JOB INTERVIEW

Part II – The Interview


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The interview

What really matters

Appearance

Behavior, good and bad

Topics to avoid

Questions to ask

Salary negotiations

Afterwards

Seminar Overview


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Impact of Your Presence

  • Never distract the interviewer

  • Impact of one’s presence:

    • 55% body language

    • 38% voice tone

    • 7% word content


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Appearance

  • Dress to blend

  • Good grooming is important

  • Don’t be late


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Behavior

  • Lean forward to show interest

  • Keep your hands away from face and head

  • Do not fold your arms across your chest

  • Make eye contact, but don’t stare

  • Try to smile occasionally

  • Try to sound enthusiastic


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Behavior

  • Do not over-talk

  • Do not display arrogance

  • Do not use profanity or risqué humor

  • Restrain any distracting physical habits

  • Do not complain about peripheral items

  • Do not make negative references to others


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The First Few Minutes

  • Try to establish rapport

  • Thank the interviewer for their time

  • Ask where you should sit, etc.

    • Ask the interviewer if he needs another copy of your resume

  • Shake hands


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    Topics to Avoid

    • Sex

    • Race and ethnicity

    • Religion

    • Money

    • Lunch

    • Who you know in the organization

    • Don’t compliment their appearance


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    Questions You Should Ask

    • What is it like to work for the group manager?

    • What is the corporate culture? The group culture?

    • The training and continuous education policy

    • The group structure & prospects for advancement

    • Turnover rate

    • Why did the previous person leave?

    • Detailed job description


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    Salary Negotiations

    • Do not mention salary prematurely

    • Know beforehand what you are worth and how much you need

    • Do not be the first one to mention a number

    • Salary is not everything


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    Last Minute Traps

    • “What a relief. It’s almost over!”

    • Lunch


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    The Last Few Minutes

    • Verify the next step.

    • Say “Thank you”, and smile

    • Leave


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    Follow Up!

    • Send Thank-You letter

    • Debrief yourself


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    Sources

    • “Get Hired”, by Paul Green, Bard Books, Inc. ISBN# 1-885167-14-8

    • “Engineer’s Guide to Lifelong Employability”, IEEE Press, ISBN# 0-87942-314-5

    • “What Color Is Your Parachute?” by Richard Bolles, Ten Speed Press. ISBN# 0-89815-633-5


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