Discussion • Typical interview format • Interview DOs • Interview DON’s • Typical interview questions
Vocabulary work • Pages: 1, 6,13,14-16 • rapport • concise • job opening • promptly • clarification
Typical interview format • Introductory stage • Review of your background and interests • Matching begins • Conclusion
Interview DOs • Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question. • Be thorough in your responses, while being concise in your wording. • Have intelligent questions prepared to ask the interviewer.
Questions to ask employers During interviews • Questions related to the position, e.g. What expectations does the company have for the employee in this position? • Questions related to the company, e.g. Is there any development plan of the company? • Questions related to further study, e.g. What attitude does the company hold on further study in one’s spare time?
After the interview, make notes right away so you don’t forget critical details. • Write a thank-you letter to your interviewer promptly Examples
Interview follow-up / thank you letters • Examples: • I appreciate your reviewing my CV and encouraging my career plans. Thank you for inviting me to visit your office. • Thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to meet with me last Tuesday. I appreciate your reviewing my resume and encouraging my career plans. I also enjoyed meeting Mr./Ms. X, and am glad to have his/her suggestions on how I can make the most productive use of my last semester in college.
Interview DON’s • Don’t be unprepared for typical interview questions. You may not be asked all of them in every interview, but being unprepared looks foolish. Typical interview questions • Don’t make negative comments about previous employers or professors (or others). • Don’t give the impression that you are only interested in an organization because of its geographic location.
Never ask about salary and benefits issues until those subjects are raised by the employer. Responding to questions about your salary expectations
Tele-interview • Smile - it comes through in your voice. • Stand up. Your voice sounds stronger. • Avoid ah, er, hum. This habit is especially noticeable on the telephone. This takes practice. So practice. • Pace the call. Let the caller do most of the talking, without interruptions. • Do use the technique of repeating or re-phrasing questions. It tells the caller that you listened carefully, and gives you time to think about your answer.
Avoid the simple yes or no; add selling points at every opportunity. • If you need time to think, say so - as in radio, silence during a telephone conversation is dead air time.
Typical interview questions • About the company and your subject • Background/personal information • Interpersonal skills • Communication skills • Adapting ability to new circumstances • Conclusion
Typical interview questions: About the company and your subject • What do you know about this company? • Why do you apply to work here? What does it attract you? • Why did you choose (the subject you have studied) ? What led you to choose your major or field of study? Why not other subjects, such as mathematics? • What do you expect of this company? • What are your short-range/long-range goals and objectives?
Typical interview questions: Background/personal information • Tell me about yourself. • What are your interests/hobbies? • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? • How do you measure your level of success/achievement? • Describe your most rewarding middle-school experience. • What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities? • Are you willing to travel? • Tell me something about your hometown/middle school.
Typical interview questions: Interpersonal skills • Give an example of how you have effectively worked in a team situation. • What do you expect of others in a team environment?
Typical interview questions: Communication skills • Tell me about a time someone misunderstood something you said or wrote. • How did you make yourself clear?
Typical interview questions: Adapting ability to new circumstances • In what part-time jobs have you been most interested? Why? • Do you think you can take good care of yourself in another city far from your home? And how?
Typical interview questions: Conclusion • Describe yourself in one word. Why that word? • How would you want me to remember you? • Do you have any questions for me?