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Transcript of Advanced Interviewing
Career Services Navigate Your Way Out of a
Tough Interview: Advanced Interviewing Agenda Types of Interviews
Behavioral Interview Questions
"Off the Wall" Questions
Follow Up Etiquette Types of Interviews Traditional Face to Face
Over a Meal
Case Traditional Face-to-Face Panel/Committee Typically 3-10 interviewers
Demonstrate your group management and group presentation skills
Find a way to connect with and build rapport with each interviewer
Maintain eye contact with all panel members
Allows for different interpretations or perceptions of the same answer Telephone/Virtual 10 to 30 minutes
Used to narrow a field of candidates
Preliminary interview for distant candidates
Prepare for it like an open book exam
Arrange for a suitable environment
Prep your documents
Convey energy with inflection in your voice
Try to use a landline phone or a cell phone that is not prone to dropping calls
Avoid Technical Difficulties
Look into the camera
Get rid of distractions
Dress for Success Over a Meal Don't forget, this is still an interview
More casual setting, but...
it's a business meal
you are being watched carefully
Follow lead in both selection of food and etiquette
Avoid messy foods
Do not drink alcohol at any point
Learn more about dining etiquette by attending the Career Center's "Networking and Etiquette Dinner" Group Usually designed to uncover leadership potential
Informal, discussion type interview
A subject is introduced and the interviewer will start off the discussion
The goal is to see how you interact with others and how you use your knowledge and reasoning to influence others Second A "second date"
Hiring manager(s) want to know more about you before making their final decision
Can last either a half or full-day
May meet with 3-5 individuals, including...
a rep from HR
the department head
the office staff
the department head's supervisor
Last step before an offer is made Typically a one-on-one conversation at the organization's office
Demonstrate your qualifications
Generally lasts 30 - 90 minutes
Maintain eye contact
Listen and respond once a question has been asked Task Oriented/Testing Problem-solving interview where you will be given some exercises to demonstrate your creative and analytical skills
May take a short test to evaluate your technical knowledge and skills
May present to a group to determine your communication skills Stress A rare type to see how you will respond
The objective is to find your weaknesses and test how you hold up to pressure
Some tactics to push your boundaries...
challenging interrogation with antagonistic questions Case Demonstrate your problem-solving skills
A situation or case study
Will be asked to formulate a plan that deals with the problem
You do not have to come up with the ultimate solution
How you apply your knowledge and skills to a real-life situation
Speak and reason aloud
Analyze and dissect the case study
Bring a pad of paper and pencil Behavioral Basic premise: past performance/behavior is the best predictor of your future behavior/actions
Specific examples/facts demonstrating your competence in core behaviors (i.e., teamwork, communication)
"Give me an example when..."
"Tell me about a time when..." Tough Questions What are your greatest weaknesses?
Why have you been out of work so long?
What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?
What changes would you make if you came on board?
What would you do if a fellow executive on your own corporate level wasn't pulling his/her weight...and this was hurting your department?
Why should I hire you from the outside when I could promote someone from within? "Off the Wall" Questions Sell me this stapler...(this pencil...this clock...or some other object on interviewer's desk)...
What do you think about...Abortion...The President...The Death Penalty...(or any other controversial subject)?
If you won $10 million lottery, would you still work?
What is your favorite color and why?
If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? Behavioral Interview Questions Think of a project you participated in over the last year. Tell me exactly what your role was and what you did. What problems or issues were there and how did you handle them?
Describe your management philosophy and practices. Tell us about a time when you really had to put them to the 'test'
Tell us about one of your demanding customers. What conflicts did you have? How did you resolve them?
Describe a time when you've had to work with strong-willed peers. What did you do - how did you handle them so you could influence their decisions? Follow-Up Etiquette Career Services Contact Information:
(909) 593-3511, ext. 4054
www.laverne.edu/careers Campus Center, 2nd Floor Business Card(s)
"Thank You" card(s) and/or Email
Acceptance/Rejection Letters Activity How do YOU answer tough interview questions?