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Interview Success. Presented by LaWanda Woods, M.Ed., B.A. On-Ramp Program Coordinator. Objective. The participants will learn tangible and intangible success factors for interview success. The Interview Levels The Playing Field. Competitive Interview prep.

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interview success

Interview Success

Presented by

LaWanda Woods, M.Ed., B.A.

On-Ramp Program Coordinator

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The participants will learn tangible and intangible success factors for interview success.

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competitive interview prep
Competitive Interview prep

You can’t cram the night before and ace the interview. Take the time to fully prepare yourself for interview success.

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mock interviews
Mock Interviews

Sadly, fewer than 10 percent of all graduating students take advantage of mock interviews. And fully 90 percent end up stumbling through several interviews before they have any practical sense of how they are doing because that is when the rejection letters start arriving.

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insider information
Insider Information

READ the corporate annual report.

READ the Presidents Letter to the Shareholders.

Some companies will even have annual themes or areas of specific focus.

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visualization technique
Visualization Technique

Go through the motions in your mind.

Anticipate the questions that may be asked.

Visualize yourself as confident and self-assured. (Not cocky, just confident in your background and the benefits you can provide the employer).

Play the part over and over again until you feel you have truly lived it.

Visualize your success until it becomes reality.

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mastering the interview
Mastering the interview

What really counts… and how to master your next one!

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the truth
The Truth

The truth about interviewing is that most initial interviews last only about five minutes.

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the dirty dog technique
The Dirty Dog Technique

If you gripe about your current or past employers or professors or make note of any shortcomings in your life of missed expectations (even though they may be few!), you have just relegated yourself to the position of complainer.

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the parroting technique
The Parroting Technique

If a question is unclear to you, it is entirely appropriate to ask a clarifying question or paraphrase the question to make sure you understand. Parrot back the question in your own words to make sure you have the correct meaning.

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the lockdown technique
The Lockdown Technique

If you are truly interested in the job, do not expect the employer to make the first move – ASK FOR THE JOB!

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interview nonverbals

Interview Nonverbals

Side Bar


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  • During the interview, sit up straight with your bottom into the back of the chair.
  • You may wish to lean forward at certain stages during the conversation, but avoid getting in the interviewer’s personal space.

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eye contact
Eye Contact
  • Maintain comfortable eye contact throughout the interview.
  • You can use a nod of the head to indicate understanding and agreement.
  • So you’re shy…. Don’t try to overcompensate…practice!


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facial expressions
Facial Expressions

Take a good, long, hard look at yourself in the mirror. Look at yourself as others would.


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Gestures should be very limited during the interview.

Don’t use artificial gestures to try to heighten the importance of the issue at hand (pardon the pun).

When you do use gestures, make sure they are natural and meaningful.

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be honest sincere
Be Honest & Sincere

Don’t use phrases such as “To be honest with you”, “Just between you and me”, and “Well, I’ll be completely honest about this”.

Eliminate them from your vocabulary.

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dressing for the interview
Dressing for the interview

Campus fashions don’t cut it here.

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personal grooming
Personal Grooming
  • Women – light make-up with natural lipstick shades.
  • Light or no perfume/cologne work best.
  • Brush your teeth before the interview.
  • Eat a breath mint before the interview.
  • DO NOT chew gum or have a mint in your mouth during the interview.

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personal grooming con t
Personal Grooming con’t
  • For cigarette smokers, please make sure that your clothes and hair do not smell of cigarettes.
  • Make a practice run to the interview place.
  • Get to the interview early enough to attend to your hair, cool down and touch up.

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attire for men women
Attire For Men &Women
  • Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best)
  • Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best)
  • Clean, polished conservative shoes
  • Well-groomed hairstyle
  • Clean, trimmed fingernails

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attire for men women1
Attire For Men & Women
  • Minimal cologne or perfume
  • Empty pockets. No bulges or tinkling coins
  • No gum, candy, or cigarettes
  • Light briefcase or portfolio case
  • No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.) or tatoos

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standard interview questions
Standard interview questions

Be prepared!

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entry level interview questions
Tell me about yourself.

Tell me about your experience.

What is your most important accomplishment to date?

How would you describe your ideal job?

Why did you choose this career?

When did you decide on this career?

What goals do you have in your career?

Entry Level Interview Questions

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candidate your interview questions for hr manager
Can you tell me more about the position and the type of person you are seeking?

Tell me about an employee in your organization who is considered to be an outstanding employee. What makes that person special?

What would you consider to be exceptional performance from someone performing in this position in the first 90 days?

How does my background compare with others you have interviewed?

I feel my background and experience are a good fit for this position and I am very interested. What is the next step?

Candidate (your) Interview Questions for HR Manager

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candidate your interview questions for hiring manager
Can you tell me more about the position and the type of person you are seeking?

What are the measurements for success within your organization?

How are you measured as a manager?

What can I do to make you successful?

What will be the measurements of my success in this position?

I feel my background and experience are a good fit for this position and I am very interested. I am ready to consider your best offer!

Candidate (your) Interview Questions for Hiring Manager

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job fair success
Job fair success

How to rise above the crowd

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at the job fair
At The Job Fair
  • Wear business attire and tone down jewel and makeup.
  • Arrive early, put cell phones on vibrate mode and make your rounds alone (NOT WITH FRIENDS).
  • Make eye contact, smile and shake hands firmly.
  • Be able to explain yourself and what you do (or want to do) in 20 seconds.
  • Hand out your resume; not a business card.
  • Energy Matters. You might only have 60 seconds in front of an employer. You want to come across as engaged and interested.

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After talking with a recruiter, shake their hand again, say “thank you” and ask what the next step in the application process will be.

  • Throughout the Job Fair, talk with people and exchange cards. You never know when that person you’re talking with in line may be able to help you.
  • When you find an employer that you’re interested in pursuing further, ask for a card so that you can follow up later.
  • If there’s one particular employer you’re especially interested in, try to stop by their booth right before the job fair ends. Often the crowd has died down at that point, and you’ll have less competition for their attention.

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follow up
Follow Up
  • Always send a thank-you note to recruiters with 24 hours. The note should express appreciation, enthusiasm and continued interest in the job.
  • Include another copy of your resume and specify a time that you will contact them. Then do it!

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after the interview
After The Interview

Do your part to generate job offers.

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the two most important post interview activities
The Two Most Important Post-Interview Activities

The first is to call the interviewer to thank them for their time.

The second activity is to immediately write the interviewer a short note, thanking them for their time and re-emphasizing your interest in the position.

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generating job offers
Generating Job Offers

Staying in close contact (at least once a week) with your primary company contact.

Always make sure you know the next step in the process.

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the number one statement to generate the job offer
The Number One Statement To Generate The Job Offer

So what is the very best statement you can make to generate the job offer? Simple. Ask for the job.

“I feel my background and experience are a good fit for this position and I am very interested. I am ready to consider your best offer!”

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graduation and still no job
Graduation and Still No Job

"If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door."Milton Berle

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the retracing technique
The Retracing Technique

The first thing you should do upon graduating without a job is to retrace your job search steps over the past year.

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step number two after graduation
Step Number Two After Graduation

Contact all your friends and classmates who just graduated.

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your job search schedule
Your Job Search Schedule


You have just accepted a full-time job. You are now a full-time job seeker.

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don t quit
Don’t Quit!

Your job is just around the corner. Stay with it. Don’t be afraid to work hard at finding work. In the end, you will succeed. I know you will. My thoughts are with you.

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