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Getting The Job You Want!. The Interview. These things actually happened at an interview:. A woman brought her large dog to the interview. A man interrupted the interview to phone his therapist for advice on how to answer one of the questions.

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    1. Getting The Job You Want! The Interview An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    2. These things actually happened at an interview: • A woman brought her large dog to the interview. • A man interrupted the interview to phone his therapist for advice on how to answer one of the questions. • A man pulled out a camera and took a picture of the interviewer. He said he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    3. Training Objectives • Impress upon you the importance of preparation of yourself, and your application for hire or promotion. • Giving you some important information and suggesting some strategies to give you an edge during your interview. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    4. Resume 100+ Resumes Resume When you reach the interview stage of your job search, you are one step away from a job offer. Resume sume Resum Resume Maybe 5 people interviewed. People usually underestimate how much preparation and practice it takes to have a really great interview. The Job Offer An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    5. You Should Research: • The Agency’s own web site. • The work the Unit does. • The job specifications. • Conduct a self-assessment of your own competencies, skills, and accomplishments. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    6. Know The Job …a specific skill necessary to do a job. What’s a competency? An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    7. Examples of Competencies • Initiative • Utilization of Computer Skills • Impact and Influence • Integrity • Communication • Analytical Thinking • Problem Solving An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    8. The Ten Most Standard Competencies (macro skills) used by Agencies • Achievement/Results Orientation • Initiative • Impact and Influence • Customer Service Orientation-if the position has contact with the public. • Interpersonal Understanding • Organizational Awareness • Analytical Thinking • Conceptual Thinking • Information Seeking • Integrity An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    9. Develop Your Talking Points What are they looking for: ● 3 years management/supervisory experience ● Experience working with CORE CT Programs ● Proven ability to complete projects on time. ● Supervisory experience What you bring: ● ● ● ● An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    10. Develop your success stories focusing on what they’re looking for: An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    11. Interview DO’s • Dress appropriately for the interview. When in doubt, go conservative. Personal grooming and cleanliness should be impeccable. Keep cologne or perfume to a minimum. Pay particular attention to hands and fingernails. • Arrive 10 minutes early. Know the exact time and location of your interview; know how long it takes to get there, park, and find a restroom to freshen up. • Treat other people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during the hiring/promotion process. • Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by the interviewer. • Listen to be sure you understand your interviewer’s name and the correct pronunciation. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    12. Treat the interview seriously and show interest in the employer and the opportunity presented and respond to questions in a positive manner. • Watch the tone of your voice. • Answer the question and use professional experiences or descriptive information to demonstrate how you would react or respond to a situation. • Make sure answers have a definite flow. In the beginning state major points you want to make; in the middle expand upon those points or ideas, and in the end reinforce your key points and end on a positive note. • Make sure you understand the employer’s next step in the hiring/promotion process; know when and from whom you should expect to hear next. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    13. Maintain good eye contact during the interview. • Sit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching. • Respond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible. • Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question; and be thorough in your responses while being concise in your wording. • Use good grammar and good diction. Say “yes”, not “yeah.” Don’t fill pauses with “um,” uh” or “ah”. Don’t punctuate sentences with “you know”, “like”, “see” or “okay”. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    14. The Key Principle As soon as they are convinced that you can do the job, the degree to which the interviewer feels comfortable with you is probably the single most important determinant of your acceptability as a applicant or candidate to be selected for the position. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    15. They are interested in two things. √ Can and will you do the job. (do you have the required experience and competencies) √ How will you fit in the organization. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    16. Possible Interview Topics • Teamwork • Strengths • Weaknesses • Career Goals • Salary • Stress • Anger • Leadership • Ethics • Project Management • Creativity • Specific skills An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    17. The First Question • Tell me about yourself? Remember: • They don’t want your life story. • Prepare a tight, well-rehearsed two minute commercial about why you are the right person for the job. • Your response to this first question will set the tone for the entire interview. • Finish your response with a question for them. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    18. Try this • Them:Tell me about yourself • You: Answer and pause at the end and ask, “From your experience, what are the two or three most important things you’re looking for in the ideal candidate.” • Them: Someone with A, B, and C • You: “Interesting. Those are all areas I regard as strengths. Could I take a minute or two and tell you about myself in regard to those things?” An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    19. Developing Your 90 Second-Two Minute Pitch • What is the most important thing you want them to know about you? • What is the second most important thing I want them to know about me? • What are the key selling points/accomplishments that prove the first two statements? • What separates you from the competition? • What are some other selling points? • What objections might they have and how are you going to overcome them? An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    20. A Portfolio ? • A kind of show and tell about the things you’ve done relevant to the position: certificates, samples of your writing, brochures you developed, formal letters of commendation, notes thanking you for something you did, etc… • Done in a quality manner • Use it during the interview and/or leave it behind when you leave • Reduces your nervousness An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    21. Possible Portfolio Items • Writing Samples • Training certificates • MS Project spreadsheets • Letters of Recommendation • Detailed Project Descriptions • Performance Appraisal Excerpts • Examples of Best Work performed • Graphs or Charts documenting success • Awards and Certificates of Achievement • Commendations by customers or direct reports An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    22. Behavioral Questions: the cornerstone of competency based interviewing • These are questions designed to draw out how you are likely to respond to situations once you are on the job, i.e. do you have the requisite competency “Tell meabout a time when…”; “Whatwould you do if…” An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    23. Successful Behavioral Answer= STAR • S/T- Situation and/or Task (paint a picture for the interviewer) • A- Action (what did you actually do) • R- Result (what was the outcome of your actions) ► Tell me about a time when you demonstrated superior leadership skills? ► Can you give me an example of your problem solving skills? An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    24. Here’s an example… Interviewer: Can you tell me about a time when you had a disagreement with you supervisor? (How did you resolve it?) You: My supervisor and I disagreed about a completion date of a project that was assigned to me. Together we went over the tasks that had to be accomplished and determined I needed to have estimates from our financial dept. that would take about three days for them to complete before I received them. By communication we both determined we needed to add three days to the project to be completed and my supervisor will contact the manager in the financial dept., so that I would receive the information needed in time. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    25. You Should Ask Questions At the Conclusion Of The Interview. Some Examples are listed below: • On what basis will you be making your decision? • Could you talk a little bit about what it will take to be successful in this position? • What are the key responsibilities of this position? • What’s the most important things I can do in the first 90 days? • What do you enjoy most about working here? • Could you describe a typical day in the office for the position you are hiring for. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    26. Check this fact out! The last person interviewed gets the job 58% of the time. The first person, 14% of the time. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    27. Other tips • Avoid one word answers. • Anticipate reasons why they might feel that you’re not the exact person they want ; be prepared to tell them something that overcomes their reservations. • What about illegal questions? • Have questions to ask them-go to google.com and use <interview questions> as the keyword. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    28. One more tip • Be sure to write a thank you note. You not only want to thank them for the interview, but also want to restate the case for why you’re the right person. You have the additional knowledge you gained through the interview. Put it to work. An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    29. Last Tip - Questions • Practice • Practice • Practice An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer