The Job Interview. Capstone Experience Senior Seminar Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance. “Hey, I’ve Got A Job Interview!”. What’s going to happen during the interview? Who is conducting the interview? What is the interview intended to accomplish?
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Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance
One-on-onemost often used
Groupyou will meet with more than one person at a time
What does the manager want to know? That:
What kinds of questions will the manager ask?
Provide information that includes problems you have handled, actions you have taken and the results- premise that past behavior predicts future behavior.
Do you prefer to work alone, or do you to prefer to work as part of a group?
Double-edged sword; work alone could be self starter, work in group could be team player. Stress both attributes.Common Questions/ Answers
Use company research.
Why are you interested in working for this company?
Relate your skills to what you know about the company.
How does this position fit into your future plans?
Where do you see yourself in three years?
Demonstrate ambition, potential and flexibility.
In a job, what interests you most/least?
Relate to the position
Describe your best/worst boss.
Keep it positive.
How do others describe you?
Personal traits & characteristics adjectives
What do you consider your single most noteworthy accomplishment in your last job?Common Questions/ Answers
What qualifications do you have for this job?
If you were hired, what ideas/talents could you contribute to this position?
What do you consider your most outstanding quality?
What evidence can you cite that demonstrates your job effectiveness?
Give me two good reasons I should not hire you.
What would you most like to improve about yourself?
What could you have done better on your last job?
What can you tell me that best illustrates your personal drive and motivation.Questions
Pretend you’re the employer, what qualities match job demands.
Weaknesses - probing
Weakness control: turn into positive
Bring only essential items to the interview (resume, references, portfolio, datebook, transcripts of college work, licenses, etc.). Organize items so can refer to them readily in interview.
Know location of office and how to get there. Make a trial trip getting to the interview.
Arrive 15 minutes early for actual interview.
Be pleasant, polite and friendly but businesslike to everyone you meet, including office staff.
Check your appearance before going in.
If you have bad breath, take a breath mint.Tips
Wear a suit, skirt and tailored jacket, dress with sleeves, or dress with jacket in conservative style, color and fabric. Be feminine, but business-like. Do not dress sensually unless sex appeal is part of the job.
Hair in conservative style; nails manicured, short to mid-length, clear or light color polish.
Keep make-up and accessories to minimum; less is more.
Wear a suit, blue or gray, in conservative style. Blazer, slacks and shirt with collar but w/o tie are acceptable in few instances. Freshly pressed.
Shirts solid color; ties conservative.
Eliminate earrings, flashy jewelry or strong after-shave.
Conservative style hair, beard.
Dress style shoes, polished and repaired.Professional DressingDress Up even if Casual Environment
Use eye contact without staring; avoiding contact is a sign of deception, disinterest, or lack of confidence.
If a place of sitting is not indicated, choose a chair closest to the interviewer.
Sit relaxed, but do not slouch. Leaning slightly forward shows interest, but do not lean on desk or knees.
Use hands naturally to emphasize a point; do not cover
mouth, hold your head or twist hands.Non-verbal
Arrives late for the interview.
Indicates he is late because the directions he was given were not good.
Looks disheveled and inappropriately dressed.
Slouches in his seat.
Does not maintain good eye contact with interviewer.
Assumes he will find out about the company in the interview. Asks interviewer “What do you do here?”
Does not link what he can do with the needs of the employer.
Brags about how great he is , but cites no evidence.
Liberty, MO 64068
March 17, 2010
Dr. Richard Lambert, Recruiter
One World Center
2000 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281
Dear Dr. Lambert:
Thank you so much for meeting with me to review and discuss my skills for the exercise specialist position. I enjoyed learning more about your company and plans for the future.
The position sounds very interesting, particularly since it would be an opportunity for me to use my skills in designing sound individual exercise prescriptions and administering safe, specific activity programs. I am eager to develop and deliver exercise programs to your clients.
Dr. Lambert, I want this job. I can quickly become a member of your team if you’ll give me a chance. If I may, let me call you in a few days to see if you have reached a decision favorable to both of us. I look forward to talking with you. Thank you again for your consideration.
Cynthia L. Smith