JOB SEARCH SUCCESS: STEPS TO GET THE JOB YOU WANT. SkillsUSA University Kansas City, Missouri June 2011. STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWING. Preparation THE INTERVIEW The day of….. What to wear Questions from the interviewer Questions to ask the interviewer Follow up tips.
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JOB SEARCH SUCCESS:STEPS TO GETTHE JOB YOU WANT SkillsUSA University Kansas City, Missouri June 2011
STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWING • Preparation • THE INTERVIEW • The day of….. • What to wear • Questions from the interviewer • Questions to ask the interviewer • Follow up tips
BEGINNING YOUR SEARCH • Research the company and the job • Literature from the company’s public relations department • Annual reports • Current and former employees • Rehearse your presentation • Know what you have to offer • Answer potential interview questions • Practice with family or friends • Relax • Who knows you better than yourself?
THE POWER OF NETWORKING 75 to 80% of all job seekers find a job through people they know. “You can get anything you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW • Visit the office • Practice the drive • Look at employees’ dress • Talk to receptionist • Decide what to wear • Make copies of resume and references on conservative stationary • Gather all items to take to the interview • Review interview questions and your presentation
DRESS FOR SUCCESS • Wear your best • Dress one step above the position • Be conservative • Dark colors are best • Clean clothes • Shower Perfume or cologne should be a surprise, not a warning.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS - FEMALES • Suits are best • If you don’t have a suit: • Conservative long sleeve blouse • Conservative skirt or pants • Be modest • Jewelry kept to a minimum • Only one pair of EARRINGS • Closed toe shoes • Conservative hair styles • Long hair should be worn up • No bare legs or feet
DRESS FOR SUCCESS - MALES • Suits with shirt and tie are best • If you don’t have a suit: • Long sleeve shirt and tie • Clean and neat pants with a belt • No jewelry - except • Class ring or wedding ring • Watch • No earrings or any other type • Conservative hair cut • No bare feet or sandals • Wear socks • Dress shoes
INTERVIEW DAY • Eat a good breakfast • Wear your best • Get there early • Use the restroom before arriving • First impressions are most important • Complete the application in detail • Have a positive attitude • Review your resume
THINGS TO TAKE TO THE INTERVIEW • Portfolio • Three copies of your resume • Three copies of your references • Small purse or wallet • Social security number • Thin notebook • Black or blue ball point pen • Money for parking • Name of the interviewer • Directions to the office • Address and telephone number of office
THINGS NOT TO TAKE • Cell phone • Sunglasses • Hat • Gum • Tobacco products
INTERVIEW TIPS • Presence • Shake hands • Don’t appear rushed/frustrated • Remain confident • Be aware of your nonverbal clues • Use people’s names • Use Ma’am and Sir • Pay attention • Listen carefully • Think: a short pause is alright • Respond clearly • Know your answers to typical questions • Have a salary in mind • Know your goals • Be able to talk about yourself • Realize the difference between skills and attributes • Watch out for tricky questions
TYPICAL QUESTIONS“Why should we hire you?” • Tell me about yourself. • Why do you want to work for our company? • What are your short and long term goals? • What are your strengths and weaknesses? • What type of position are you most interested? • Why do you think we should hire you for this job? • What pay do you expect? Confidence is when you are sure of yourself. Conceit is when you assure everyone else of yourself.
TRICKY QUESTIONS • Would you rather be a big fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a big pond? • Give me an example in a previous job where you have shown initiative. • How long do you expect to work for this company? • Do you prefer working with others or alone? • How would you handle a rude customer? • What do you do when you have trouble solving a problem? • Why should I hire you rather than another applicant?
QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK • What would my duties and responsibilities be? • What would I do during a typical workday? • For whom will I be working? • What are my opportunities for advancement? To what positions? • What kind of additional training and/or education are available in this job? • How is performance evaluated? How often? • What are typical office or shift hours? • If hired, would I be filling a newly created position, or replacing someone?
AT THE CLOSE OF THE INTERVIEW • If you want the job, ask for it. • Ask when a decision will be made about the position? • Thank the interviewer (by name) for taking the time to interview you • Compliment the office/facility if applicable • Shake hands and leave
HOW TO ENSURE YOU DON’T GET THE JOB • Spam your resume • Ask, “What does your company do?” • Bring the family • Use your cell phone • Smile or laugh too much (or cry) • Come with your own beverages • Send a follow-up “thx 4 mtg” text
FOLLOW UP • Thank you letter • Send promptly • Keep it short and to the point • State why you would be an asset to the company • Express your interest in the position • Use the same stationary as your resume and references • Follow up phone call
REMEMBER… • Stay calm • Be honest • Stay positive mentally and physically • Good luck “Life will judge you according to how well you handle failures…..you will need to learn how to bounce back. Never, ever, ever give up.” Dr. Suttles