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SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWING TIPS AND TECHNIQUES. The Job Interview by Definition. Opportunity to present yourself, skill set, and knowledge to one who can hire you. The Interview Procedure. The Interview Procedure frequently includes: Questions on your skills and experience

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the job interview by definition
The Job Interview by Definition

Opportunity to present yourself, skill set, and knowledge to one who can hire you

the interview procedure
The Interview Procedure

The Interview Procedure frequently includes:

Questions on your skills and experience

Behavior-based questions

Opportunity for you to ask questions of the interviewer

The Key – Present yourself as the top candidate

keys to the successful interview preparation before the interview
Keys to the Successful Interview:Preparation BEFORE the Interview
  • Know Yourself
  • Research the Employer
  • Practice
  • Make a Good Impression
before know yourself
BEFORE: Know Yourself

What do you have to offer?

Identify 5 – 10 work or school experiences that demonstrate your skills and accomplishments (half should be totally positive; the other half should be ones that started out negative but had a positive result)

What do you want to do and where do you want to do it?

How are you perceived by others?

before do your research
BEFORE: Do Your Research

Research the employer you’re interviewing with

Utilize the Career Services Website – to access JOBSs (Job Opportunities Benefiting Southern Students) and review employer profiles and websites

Conduct informational interviews

before practice practice practice
BEFORE: Practice, Practice, Practice!

To better prepare yourself for the interview, as well as assist in conquering pre-interview anxiety, practice is key

Attend interviewing workshops and view interviewing videos/DVDs in the Career Center

Meet with a career counselor for a mock interview

Practice for the interview with family or friends and practice, practice, practice

proper attire
Proper Attire
  • DO:
    • Wear conservative attire, such as a dark colored business suit
    • Polish your shoes
    • Stick to a low business heel shoe
    • Have hair neatly brushed and face shaved before interview
    • Bring a portfolio or briefcase
  • DON’T
    • Wear bright colored business suits: Black, Grey, and Pastel colors are most appropriate
    • Wear flashy accessories like watches, jewelry, or excessive amounts of cologne, perfume, or hair gel
    • Wear skirts that reach above the knees
    • Wear stiletto heels
keys to the successful interview during the interview
Keys to the Successful Interview:DURING the Interview
  • Be Prompt and Prepared
  • Poise and Body Language
  • Answering the Questions
  • Closing Statements
during be prompt and prepared
DURING: Be Prompt and Prepared

Arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled interview time

Turn the cell phone OFF – vibrations make noise

Give a firm handshake and smile when you are greeted

Bring extra copies of your resume and a list of references

during poise and body language
DURING: Poise and Body Language

Many interviewers will asses you based on:

Appropriate eye contact and posture

Correctly pronounce his/her name

If you talk easily or are overly formal and reserved

If you seem enthusiastic and confident

When greeted, introduce yourself and shake interviewer’s hand. Don’t sit until interviewer is seated

Never chew gum during an interview

Most employers agree that the first five minutes of an interview will tell them the most about a person

First impressions are important

during answering the questions
DURING: Answering the Questions

Speak slowly and clearly. Don’t be afraid to pause for a moment to collect your thoughts

Listen and understand the interviewer’s questions before responding thoroughly yet concisely

Be honest- don’t try to cover up mistakes. Instead, focus on how you learned from them

Give positive nonverbal feedback to the interviewer

Smile, be enthusiastic, showing a positive attitude

Avoid negative terms and comments when responding to questions. Stress positives

If asked an illegal question – try to be tactful

during closing statements
DURING: Closing Statements

Be prepared with your closing statement reiterating your interest and abilities

Be prepared to ask questions of the interviewer

The initial interview is NOT the time to ask about salary

Thank the interviewer and ask for a business card

after the interview
After the Interview

Send a thank-you note right away – a formal response: card or note paper vs. e-mail

Jot down information about the interview and begin evaluating if this is the right job for you

Prepare for potential salary negotiations by researching salary information. The NACE Salary Survey (available in JOBSs and at the Career Center) is an excellent resource for up-to-date salary ranges for most occupational areas

interviewing types and tips
Interviewing Types and Tips

Screening Interview

One-on-One Interview

Panel Interview

Peer Group Interview

Luncheon Interview

Second Interview

Video/Video Conference Interview

interviewing myths facts
Interviewing Myths & Facts

Myth: The candidate with the best education, skills, and experience will get the job

  • Reality Check: Employers hire individuals for many different reasons. Education, skills, and experience are only a few of the several hiring criteria. If employers hired only on the basis of education, skills, and experience, they would not need to interview candidates. Such static information is available on applications and resumes. Employers interview because they want to see how you look and interact with them, how you would handle various work situations, and how well you fit into the organization.
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Interviewing Myths & Facts

Myth:If the interviewer asks if I have any negatives or weaknesses, I should indicate I have none

  • Reality Check:You should be honest. Everyone has negatives. If you indicate you have none, the interviewer knows you are being less than candid. But neither should you blurt out your worst negatives. Identify a weakness and talk about how you are working to overcome it.
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Interviewing Myths & Facts
  • Myth:I’ll be at a disadvantage because I’ll be nervous
  • Reality Check: If you practice some stress reduction techniques, such as taking deep breaths and focusing attention on the questions, you should be able to project confidence in the interview. Keep in mind, many interviewers are under pressure to hire the right candidate.
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Interviewing Myths & Facts

Myth:Because I am a college student, I do not have the ability to negotiate a salary.

  • Reality Check: You can prepare for salary negotiations by researching typical salary ranges prior to your interview. Ask the interviewer what would a person with my qualifications earn in this position, and let the employer introduce a number.
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Interviewing Myths & Facts

Myth:My major goal in the interview is to get the job

  • Reality Check: Your major goal should be the same as the interviewer’s – gain useful information from which you can determine if this position and organization are a good fit.
for more information
For More Information:

Southern Connecticut State UniversityCenter for Career Services

Schwartz Hall (Room102)

(203) 392-6536