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  1. Interviewing Strategies & Skills

  2. Know yourself • Be able to articulateYOUR • Skills • Values • Interests • Abilities • Long term plans • Be able to give examples of them • Think on your feet • outside the box • Use common sense

  3. Types of interviews • On campus interviews • Screening interviews • On site interviews • Second round interviews • One on one • Panel interviews • Group interviews • Over a meal

  4. Review • Prepared for questions about resume • Familiar with contents • Answer questions pertaining to resume • Typically asked questions • “Why should we hire you?” • “Tell me about one of your weaknesses...”

  5. Review • Questions for organization • “How soon do you expect to make your decision” • Interview starter questions • “Tell me what you know about us“ • “Tell me about yourself?”

  6. Show the complete picture tell a story…. how do you want companies to remember you? • Tell me about yourself...

  7. Rehearse • Practice • tape recorder • mirror • video camera • friends, family • Notecards • No memorized answers • just concepts and key “buzz words”

  8. Preparing for the interview • Familiarity with business location • Copy of resume updated & in folder • References included • Few questions prepared for interviewer at end of interview • Visualize setting, positive interview • Anticipate stressors • What to wear

  9. First impressions Men Women Suit Jacket Pressed shirt No beepers Suit Plain jewelry No perfume Hair groomed

  10. Rules of Thumb • No sleeveless shirts • Have your clothes pressed • No open toe shoes • Pantyhose for women, socks for men • Clothes should be comfortable • avoid too tight, too short

  11. Accessories • Shoes • Polished, comfortable • Socks/Hose • Do not go without socks/hose • Belts • If have belt loops, wear a belt • Jewelry • Minimal • Purse/Attache Case

  12. Hints • Dress for the position you want, not the position you have • Men • Wear a white t-shirt under dress shirt • Helps with perspiration • Have someone help you tie your tie • Women • Pull hair back • Go easy on make up • One ring per hand

  13. Different clothing types • Professional Dress • Interview outfit • Daily clothing for professional office setting • Business Casual Dress • Dress down Fridays or casual office environment • Career Fair • Casual Dress • Company picnic • Traveling for work

  14. Women’s Professional

  15. Women’s Business Casual

  16. Women’s Casual

  17. Men’s Professional

  18. Men’s Business Casual

  19. Men’s Casual

  20. Day of the interview • Fresh shower, well groomed • Leave plenty of time for mishaps • Eat prior to the interview • Avoid too much caffeine and sugar • Arrive early • 15 minutes ample time • too early makes interviewers nervous • When arriving a business, be courteous to all employees

  21. The interview process • Casual conversation • “How was the traffic?, did you find us O.K.?” • Down to business • Actual interview begins • Listen, buzzwords, new info. • Employer will discuss company/position • Proceed to ask questions about skills, etc. • Behavioral questions (situation) • End by asking if you have questions

  22. The interview process • Closing the interview • Employer initiates • Standing up, shaking hands • “Thank-you for interviewing” • Let employer know you are interested • Prepare closing statement • “Thank you for taking the time to interview me, I’m very interested in this position...”

  23. Tricky Questions a.k.a.. behavioral questions

  24. Behavioral Interview Techniques • STAR METHOD • S - situation • T - task • A - action • R - result

  25. Behavioral Interview Questions • Give me an example of a problem you encountered & how you handled it? • Give me an example of a time when you faced a lot of obstacles to achieving a goal… • Talk about a stressful situation you’ve experienced… • Tell me about a time when you’ve been a team player.. • Tell me about a project or role that you’ve taken on that is outside your job description…. • Tell me about a situation when you “took the ball & ran with it.” • How have you handled situations in which you had to deal with something that you're not totally comfortable with? • How do you build your confidence? • Give me an example of how you’ve failed… • Tell me about a time when you’ve had to challenge authority...

  26. The verdict • Job is offered to you • “Thank you for calling, I’ll get back to you with my decision by the end of the day..” • Job is not offered • “Thank you for taking the time to interview me..” • Professional/polite

  27. Comments / Questions • Remember to be yourself… • Everyone is nervous… • Be prepared

  28. Need More Interview Help? • Check our workshop schedule at: • http://icc.ucdavis.edu/iccdocs/poe.htm • Come See Us and Get One on One Advising!