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Chapter 7 Interviewing for a Job and Résumé Writing. “ You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. ” – American Proverb. Preparing for an interview. Know yourself - Build a portfolio or personal inventory Personal Work History Education Self-Assessment.

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Chapter 7 interviewing for a job and r sum writing

Chapter 7Interviewing for a Job and Résumé Writing

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” – American Proverb

Preparing for an interview
Preparing for an interview

  • Know yourself - Build a portfolio or personal inventory

    • Personal Work History

    • Education

    • Self-Assessment

What is a portfolio and what is contained in it
What is a portfolio and what is contained in it?

  • Background on your previous employment

  • Where you have gone to school and what skills you have acquired

  • Your strengths and weaknesses - and how they relate to the job you are seeking

Personal work history
Personal work history

  • Every employer

    • Name

    • Address

    • Telephone number

    • Dates of employment

  • Each job

    • Specific Duties

    • Specific Skills

    • Promotions, awards, or recognition you received

Writing a r sum
Writing a Résumé

  • This is a formal version of your personal inventory

  • Contains

    • Identification

    • Your objective or job goal

    • Education and training

    • Work history

    • Personal data

    • Reference statement

Chapter 7 interviewing for a job and r sum writing


Job Objective


Personal Data - Clubs, Activities and Honors

Work History


Personal Data -Recreational

Reference Note

Identification on r sum
Identification on Résumé

  • Name

  • Address

  • Phone number

  • Email

  • At top


  • Focus of Résumé

  • Part time work?

  • Unpaid volunteer?

  • Scholarship?

  • College acceptance?

  • How might you write your objective?

Education and training
Education and training

  • Goes at the top

  • Later (within career) on at the bottom

  • Usually when you will graduate

  • GPA - if for acceptance or impressive

  • Training - what might relate to the job or be impressive

  • What might you list?

Work history
Work history

  • Information on each job

  • Name, location of business , and dates of employment

  • Responsibilities on job

  • If you have never had a paid position, what could you include?

Personal data
Personal data

  • Activities

  • Honors

  • Outside interests

  • Volunteer work


  • Available upon request

  • Have information with you

    • Names of employers

    • Check with them in advance to use

    • Phone numbers

Chapter 7 interviewing for a job and r sum writing

  • Be positive

  • Be brief

  • Stick to facts

  • Keep your language clear

  • Keep your eye on goal

Before interview
Before Interview

  • Research employer

  • Practice, practice, practice

Work on r sum
Work on Résumé

  • Create dossier

  • Work with partner reviewing information

  • Put in form to type

  • Finish Résumé (typed)

  • Write a cover letter

Cover letter
Cover Letter

  • Catch attention

  • Provide the context

  • Describe accomplishments

  • Request an interview

  • Use proper business letter format, punctuation, spelling, and make it look professional.

Answering interview questions
Answering Interview Questions

  • Anticipate questions.

  • What might they ask?

Typical questions
Typical Questions

  • Why do you want to work for us?

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  • What would you like to be doing in five years (or upon graduation?)

  • What is your grade point average?

  • What have been your favorite and least favorite courses?

  • Were your extracurricular activities worth your time?

  • Why should I hire you?

  • What’s your proudest accomplishment?

Make positive points
Make Positive Points

  • Puff balls–easy questions that give opening to talk like, “Tell me about yourself.”

  • Pauses–Another chance to show initiative

  • Bridges–transition from one answer to another or a chance to make a point

  • Add “sparklers”–illustrates your point

Rehearse tough questions
Rehearse Tough Questions

  • Why should I hire you?

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

  • Why do you wantto work here?

Take your time
Take Your Time

  • Think before you answer.

  • Be sure to address the issue.

  • You can ask for time to think if needed.

  • You can ask for clarification–paraphrase question.

Inappropriate questions
Inappropriate Questions

  • Ask yourself, “Does it have something to do with the job or position for which I am interviewing?”

  • Examples of inappropriate questions:

    • What is your political party?

    • Do you go to church regularly?

    • Do you drink?

    • What is your sexual orientation?

    • What is your IQ?

    • Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?

    • How much do you weigh?

How to handle inappropriate questions
How to handle inappropriate questions

  • Try to tackle the real concern

  • Respond briefly and move on

  • You can choose not to answer the question

  • How would you handle, “Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend?”

  • What other questions could be difficult for you?

Questions to ask the interviewer
Questions to Ask the Interviewer

  • Clarify responsibilities.

  • Who would be my supervisor?

  • How many nights would I close?

    (Don’t imply that you don’t want to work too hard.)

  • How soon will you make a decision?

Interview check list
Interview Check List

  • Be alert, energetic, and aware of body language.

  • Pay attention to names, specific information.

  • Begin and end with shaking the interviewer’s hand.

  • Dress appropriately.

  • What do you think are common mistakes in dress?

Interview check list1
Interview Check List

  • Get there on time!

  • A day or two ahead, confirm time and check for how long to plan on the interview.

  • Ask if you should bring anything like a portfolio.

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early.

  • Go by yourself.

  • Any waiting time you can use to check appearance and read company literature.

Interview check list2
Interview Check List

  • Do I have résumé?

  • Three references?

  • Know how long to get there?

  • Interviewer’s name?

  • Turned off electronic devices?

  • Thanked interviewer?

What are people skills
What are People Skills?

  • People like you.

  • You know protocol.

  • You respect chain-of-command.

  • You know how to get people to work together.

Abcs of directions
ABCs of Directions



Clear, Complete & Concise


  • Adapt to the occasion.

  • Be as dressed as those around you.

  • Respect your employer.

  • Maintain professionalism.

  • Be neat and well groomed.

Respect difference
Respect Difference

  • Age

  • Gender

  • Ethnicity

How to promote diversity
How to Promote Diversity

  • Be open-minded

  • Be tolerant

  • Be empathetic