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  1. Interviewing for success

  2. Interviewing 101 • Not all interviews are one-on-one like you might expect! • Be sure to ask the employer about the interview format when you are offered an interview • Different types of interviews include: • Group Interviews • Panel Interviews • Phone Interviews • Informational Interviews

  3. Different Types of Interviews

  4. Before the Interview

  5. Assess • Evaluate your values, goals, and expectations • Take the FOCUS assessment or ISEEK Skills Assessment • Compare your abilities with the qualifications of the position using this worksheet Remember that you are interviewing the employer just as much as they are interviewing you! Ensure the position is something that you want.

  6. Research the Employer • Check out the company’s website • Philosophy/Mission • Position description • Industry • Competition • History/Outlook • Products • Salary range Researching Companies

  7. Practice Makes Perfect • Practice answering common interview questions • Hint: Write out your answers before rehearsing them aloud • Behavior-based interviewing is used to evaluate a candidate’s past behaviors and experiences to help employers determine a candidate’s potential for success • Use the STAR technique to answer these questions (next slide) • Examples of behavior-based questions

  8. STAR Technique • Used for answering behavior-based questions

  9. STAR Example QUESTION: Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it. • Situation I was taking the Biochemistry class required for my major, and I got a C on the first test. • Task C - level work isn’t up to my standards, so I knew I needed to earn better grades. • Action I started a study group that met once per week. I also scheduled two hours each day to work on Biochemistry, and I talked to my professor during her office hours when I had difficulty understanding the concepts. • Result I earned A’s on all my other tests and received an A- for my final grade in the class.

  10. Common Interview Questions **Type out your questions ahead of time to really impress the interviewer!

  11. What to Wear • Be well groomed • Be conservative • It’s always best to be overdressed rather than underdressed • Don’t overdo the perfume, aftershave, jewelry, hair, or makeup • Try on your outfit BEFORE the day of the interview • If it’s too tight, too loose, too short, or too long DON’T wear it

  12. What to Wear • Interview Dress for Men • Interview Dress for Women

  13. Prepare For the Interview Day • Bring extra resumes • Locate good driving directions • Know where you are going, and do a test run if possible • Get a good night’s sleep • Arrive 15 – 20 minutes early • Check your appearance in the restroom before officially going in to the interview

  14. Shaking Hands • Hold the person’s hand firmly • Pump hand 3 times maximum • Maintain eye contact • Smile 

  15. Tips for Successful Interviewing

  16. After the Interview • Ask for the interviewer’s business card • Send a thank-you within 24 hours! • Express your appreciation for the interview • Indicate the job and date/location of interview • Refer to a highlight of the conversation • Reaffirm your interest in the job • Strengthen your candidacy for the position Check out the Job Search Handbook for thank-you letter format and a sample

  17. The Thank-You Send a thank-you to each individual who participated in the hiring process • Hand-written • Typed and mailed • Emailed The Art of Saying Thank You

  18. Additional Online Resources • CDC website links • The Interview Process • Job Search Handbook More CareerSpots Videos! The Interview • Top 10 Interview Mistakes • The Salary Question • Informational Interviews

  19. Career Resource Library • Career Resource Library • Open Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm • Book titles including 100+ Winning Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions, How to Turn an Interview into a Job, and Acing the Interview • View the complete library index at • Books available for checkout with your MavCard

  20. Additional CDC Resources • QuickStop walk-in hours • “Practice Interview Days” • hosted by volunteer employers • offered each semester • Mock interviews with CDC staff by appointment

  21. Contact us! 209 Wigley Administration Center Mankato, MN 56001 507-389-6061