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Interviewing part 1 what employers want

Interviewing Part 1:What employers want

Waukesha County Technical College

Career Center

Topics covered
Topics Covered

  • Plan for the Interview

  • Types of Interviews

  • Challenging Questions

  • Asking Questions

  • Close the Interview

  • Action Plan

How to secure the interview
How to Secure the Interview

Prepare an Effective Resume


How to win the interview
How to Win the Interview

  • Market yourself with your resume and network

  • Highlight your key skills and accomplishments for the position. (Be prepared to give a specific example of when you used the skill.)

  • Show how your past responsibilities make you a good fit for the position.

  • Grab the employer’s attention.

  • Why should the employer hire you?

Planning for the interview
Planning for the Interview

  • Review the job description to identify the skills and experience needed to perform successfully on the job.

  • Research the company

  • Identify what you want to highlight about your background.


  • Who will be your reference?

    • Past supervisors are a preferred reference

  • Have a conversation with your references.

    • Discuss :

      • The new position and responsibilities

      • Your strengths that are an asset for the new job

      • Areas of improvement

Presenting yourself
Presenting Yourself

  • Be on time!

  • Speak clearly and be specific.

  • Take the time to think of a good structured answer. Practice! Practice! Practice!

  • Ask for clarification if you don’t understand the question.

  • Dress for the interview.

What not to bring to the interview
What NOT to Bring to the Interview

  • Coffee/soda/water bottle

  • Gum

  • Cell phone

  • iPod

  • Hat

  • Piercings (leave at home)

  • Tattoos (cover)

  • Cologne/perfume

What to bring to the interview
What to Bring to the Interview

  • Folder

  • Job description

  • 3 copies of your resume

  • List of references

  • Paper and pen

  • Fresh breath

3 attributes employers value
3 Attributes Employers Value

  • Enthusiasm

  • Initiative

  • Contribution to Employer

Structure of the interview
Structure of the Interview

  • Tell me about yourself

  • Opportunity questions

  • Weakness questions

  • Questions to ask

  • Ask about the next step

  • Closing

Tell me about yourself
Tell me about yourself

  • Basic introduction of who you are and what you are looking for.

  • Used at networking events, career fairs and interviews.

  • Also known as “Elevator Pitch”.

Elevator pitch outline
Elevator Pitch Outline

  • Who are you?

  • What is your job objective?

  • What are your major accomplishments/ passions/unique skills?

Types of interviews questions
Types of Interviews/Questions

Telephone Prescreening




  • Situational

  • Behavioral

Telephone prescreening interview
Telephone Prescreening Interview

  • Phone interview tips

Trait interview questions
Trait Interview questions

  • What are your personal strengths ?

  • Questions are more about you rather than skills.

    Types of questions:

  • Are you an organized person?

  • List your strengths.

  • Are you adaptable?

Conversational interview
Conversational Interview

  • The interviewer is relaxed and talkative – more like a conversation.

  • Hopes to make you comfortable to share or reveal information.

  • Not a structured interview.


  • Maintain your professional demeanor

  • Present your answers to highlight your strengths and skills

  • Give examples of past work experience.

Gut feel stress interview
Gut – Feel (Stress) Interview

  • Interviewer decides on a candidate based on 1st impressions.

  • Not a structured interview.

  • Emphasis on your personality-how do you handle stress? Do they like you?


  • Maintain your composure

  • Look for opportunities to sell your skills or give examples of your past accomplishments.

Situational interview questions
Situational Interview questions

  • The interviewer may give you a work situation and ask you what you would do.

  • You will be asked to solve a problem that may occur at work.


  • Take notes and take your time to understand the situation.

  • Ask questions if you need more details to solve.

  • Formulate an answer and back it up with examples of past work situations that were similar.

Behavioral interview questions
Behavioral Interview questions

  • The interviewer is looking for examples of your past performance to assess how you will perform in similar circumstances on the new job.

    Types of questions:

    Tell me about a time when…..

    Give me an example of ..….

Answering behavioral questions
Answering Behavioral Questions


  • Trait/Strength

  • Work situation when you used this strength

  • Action taken

  • Result

    Sample Behavioral Answer

What do employers look for
What do employers look for?

The questions employers like to ask.

Challenging questions
Challenging Questions

  • Weakness

  • Salary

  • Background


  • Keep your answer brief.

  • Turn the answer to talk about how you compensated or improved.

  • Prepare an answer to demonstrate your ability to learn from your past experiences. (weaknesses)


  • Salary History

  • Salary Requirements

  • Research on Worknet

Challenging questions1
challenging Questions

  • What are your weaknesses?

  • Tell me how you handled a difficult situation with a co-worker.

  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

  • What are your salary requirements?

Asking questions
Asking Questions

How do you go about…

Prepare questions to ask
Prepare Questions To Ask

  • What do you want to know about working for the company, the job or responsibilities?

  • What are the challenges of the position?

  • Is the company growing?

  • Ask your question to get a description by asking “How do you go about…..?”

Closing the interview
Closing the Interview

Selling your Qualifications

3 steps to close the deal
3 Steps to “Close The Deal”

  • I am very interested in this position with XYZ company.

  • As we discussed, I have the qualifications.

  • How do you view me as an employee here?

Next step
Next Step

  • What is the next step in this interviewing process?

Send a thank you email and letter
Send a Thank You Email andLetter

  • Send an email to thank the interviewer.

  • Follow with a “thank you” letter in the mail.

  • Remind the employer of the skills you offer.

Action plan
Action Plan

  • Attend Interviewing Part II: Win the Interview

  • Review the job description.

  • Research the company.

  • Prepare answers.

  • Contact references.