The Interview. Getting the job you want. These things actually happened. 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
Getting the job youwant
When you reach the interview stage of your job search, you are one step away from a job offer.
Maybe 5 people interviewed
People usually underestimate how much preparation and practice it takes to have a really great interview.
The Job Offer
√ Can and will you do the job (do you have the required experience and competencies)
√ Will you fit in
There may be more than one round of interviews. The first interview could be a phone interview intended to narrow the field of candidates.
…a specific skill necessary to do a job
What’s a competency?
(project manager competencies)
On this side, you should come up with as many examples and situations where you demonstrated each of the competencies you have determined are essential to doing the job well
What they’re looking for:
● 3 years management/supervisory
● Experience working in non-profit organizations
● Proven ability to fund raise
● Involvement with the Austin community
What you bring:
the ones you ask them.
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“Tell meabout a time when…”; “Whatwould you do if…”
of your actions)
► Tell me about a time when you demonstrated superior customer service skills?
► Can you give me an example of your problem solving skills?
Interviewer: Can you tell me about a time when you exhibited superior customer service skills?
You: I can remember a time when I was working in a restaurant and when I came to work, I realized that our heater had gone out during the night. I called the repair people and provided all of the customers free hot drinks until we had the repairs made. I received a letter of commendation from the owner of the restaurant. He mentioned that some of the customers had told him what action I had taken.
Your goal: to try to take charge of the interview
**If you are being interviewed by an individual who is well trained in competency based interviewing, you may not be able to do this. In that event, just focus on answering the questions
Tack your first question on to the end of your first answer.
Postpone any discussion of salary until you have an offer. If they ask you “What kind of salaryare you looking for?”, stall them:
“Salary is important to me, but not the mostimportant thing. If we both think that this job is a good fit , I’m sure salary won’t be an issue. Could we talk a little more about my qualifications and then come back to the salaryquestion?”
Smile, and say something like:
“I would like to know a little bit more about theposition and the responsibilities in order to giveyou an honest answer. May I ask you how you woulddefine ‘success’ for this position?”
“ I’m only looking for something that is‘competitive’ for someone with my backgroundand experience. Have you established a range for this position?”
Of course they have, and they will probably tell you what it is
Sometimes the interviewer will ask you what your current salary is. Say something like:
“I’m currently making in the mid thirties, but I’m really looking for something that is more challenging with more responsibilities. That’s what attracted me to this position. I feel that I’m more than ready for a job like this and know I can make a difference. Have you established a range for this position?”
“My past position is very different from this one in so many ways. It would be like apples to oranges. I’m attracted to this position because it has so many more challenges and responsibilities. Have you established a range for this position?”
If you are convinced that they really can’t go any higher on the starting salary and you really want the job, say something like:
“I really want this position and I know that you will be more than satisfied with my performance. The only thing that causes me any hesitation in accepting is that I was looking for slightly more in a starting salary. Could we agree on a set of goals to be accomplished in the first six months, and if they are reached, my salary would be raised to $XXXXX?”
In the end,
The last person interviewed gets the job 58% of the time
The first person, 14% of the time
So it won’t fall in.