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  1. Improving Your Interviewing Skills • How to prepare for the interview • Pre-work/research • How to present yourself • What types of questions can you expect • How to develop questions for you to ask • Quick tips - do’s and don’ts A. Romero, Employment MDC

  2. Preparing for the interview • Learn as much as possible about the company, position, dept & people • Review your work experience – focus on skills, talents & knowledge • Review the facts about your resume –experience & education – what sets you apart. • Accomplishments/improvements you have implemented • Prepare questions – take pen & paper – take notes A. Romero, Employment MDC

  3. Preparing for the Interview • Rehearse every aspect of the process • Ask a friend to help • Practice – pay attention to the verbal & non-verbal skills • Use “action” words – implemented, initiated, completed • Take originals of resume, letters of recommendation, reviews A. Romero, Employment MDC

  4. Presenting Yourself • Be on time. • Your appearance – dress appropriately • Enter the room with confidence • Your presentation – use positive body language – greet with a firm handshake, introduce yourself, facial expressions, direct eye contact • Communication skills - incorporate conversation • Associate the job responsibilities with your experience/education/knowledge • Look to your notes to help you. • Be a good listener. A. Romero, Employment MDC

  5. Questions Behavioral interviewing – questions geared towards actual situations Sample questions, asked to you: • How has your experience prepared you for this position? • What is the most difficult decision you have ever had to make in a job? • What is most important to you in a job? • Tell me about some groups you’ve had to get cooperation from. What did you do? • How have you handled difficult people? • If you were hired for this job, in what areas could you contribute immediately, and in what areas would you need training? A. Romero, Employment MDC

  6. Questions What you may want toask: • Working Environment - If I poll employees in this dept, what would they say it’s like to work here? • Priorities of dept/position - What are the critical areas that require immediate attention? Describe a “day in the life” of the position? • Communications/Relationships – With what other depts would this person work with? What is your management style? • What are the next steps? – When will a decision be made? A. Romero, Employment MDC

  7. Quick Tips Do’s and Don'ts • Be truthful – be honest on your replies • Build relationships – assist ALL and everyone – you never know who will interview you • Be positive – how you express & conduct yourself • Goal – convince the interviewer you are the best overall qualified candidate for the job – SELL YOURSELF Thank everyone for their time. Send them thank you notes A. Romero, Employment MDC

  8. Thank You! A. Romero, Employment MDC