Workplace Readiness Series. How To Successfully Ace a Job Interview. 2014. Workplace Readiness Series. Resume Writing Job Search 2014 How To Successfully Ace a Job Interview Workplace Etiquette Taking Charge of Your Career. Types of interviews. Screening Interview
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Workplace Readiness Series How To Successfully Ace a Job Interview 2014
Workplace Readiness Series • Resume Writing • Job Search 2014 • How To Successfully Ace a Job Interview • Workplace Etiquette • Taking Charge of Your Career
Types of interviews • Screening Interview • Telephone interview • Stress interviews • One-on-one interview • Panel interview • Committee interview • Surprise interviews
Top Interview Tips… • Know who you are interviewing with – research the company • Tailor your resume to fit the job (Resume Writing) • Practice, practice, practice! • Prepare for the phone interview • Dress for success (Workplace Etiquette) • Insider advantage – who you know (Workplace Etiquette) • Reinforce your interest
Tailor your resume to fit the job • Include ALL of your jobs if you are very young or have very little work experience. • Omit your earliest job if you’re worried about age discrimination. • Include ALL of the jobs that show experience related to your job objective, even if they were short-term or unpaid. • Omit jobs that are brief – unless they are needed to fill in a skimpy work history. • Include jobs that are not particularly related to your current job goal IF they help to create a picture of stability – but don’t describe them in detail • Include unpaid work if it helps you prove pertinent skills and experience or it fills a gap.
Common vs. Behavioral Interviewing Questions Behavioral based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations. The logic is that how you behaved in the past will predict how you will behave in the future i.e. past performance predicts future performance.
Common Interview Questions • Tell me about yourself? • Why do you want to work here? • Why did you leave your last job? • What are your best skills? • What are your major weakness? • Do you prefer to work by yourself or with others? • What are your career goals? • What are your hobbies? • What salary are you expecting? • What have I forgotten to ask?
Practice, Practice, Practice Components of a Job Interview • Phone interview • Building rapport • Providing behavioral examples • Take notes • Ask inquiring questions
Dress for Success – for WOMEN • A straight-forward business suit is best. • Wear sensible pumps. • Be moderate with make-up and perfume. • Wear simple jewelry. • Hair and fingernails should be well-groomed. • Bring pen and notepad to jot down any information you may need to remember
Dress for Success – for MEN A clean, ironed shirt and conservative tie are a must. A simple jacket or business suit is a good idea as well. Shoes should be polished. Face should be clean-shaven; facial hair should be neatly trimmed. Hair and fingernails should be well-groomed. Use cologne or after-shave sparingly. Bring pen and notepad to jot down any information you may need to remember
Part II - Role Play! Using the interviewing questions provided, be an interviewer and an interviewee. • Interviewer of a company looking for a very specific candidate with the following skills: • Communication • Customer Focus • Team work • Interviewee for a customer service position
Questions? Thank you for attending the How to Ace a Job Interview Workshop