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Job Interview Skills
Transcript of Job Interview Skills
Good First Impression/Behavior
Arrive early (around 10 minutes)
Turn your cell phone off before the interview
Shake hands with the interviewer
Tell the interviewer your full name
Make eye contact
Show good posture
Speak clearly with good volume
Stay calm and relaxed
Finding a good job takes persistence. Keep trying till you hear...
How to Interview Well:
Speak respectfully about former employers
Avoid special requests on the 1st interview (i.e. schedule)
Avoid complaining (i.e. "traffic was awful")
If your interviewer asks about mistakes/weaknesses, tell what you learned and how you grew
Ask good questions about the company/position
Briefly remind the interviewer of your strengths
Express your interest in the position
Ask, "When can I expect to hear from you?"
Write a thank you note
Clarify Your "Selling Points"
Prepare for behavioral questions (i.e."Tell about a time...")
Explain your positive characteristics
Give relevant examples
Describe the situation, action taken and result
Prepare in Advance
Research the company
Understand the job description
Practice before the interview
Bring a copy of your resume to the interview
Prepare for Common Questions
Tell me about yourself.
What interests you about this job?
Why did you leave your last job?
Why would you excel at this job?
Why should we hire you?
What are your weaknesses?
What are your goals?
When were you most satisfied at a job?
What do you know about this company so far?
What salary/wage range are you looking for?
What are three things your last boss would say about you?
What questions do you have for me?
A: At my last job, I worked outdoors. This meant working in the cold, rain and heat. I was reliable and received many attendance awards. I'm excellent at follow through.
Prepare in advance
Make a good first impression
Clarify your "selling points"
Prepare for common questions
Keep special needs out of the 1st interview
A: When I worked in a crew, we would have different opinions on how to complete a project. I talked things out with my teammates and stayed respectful. My supervisor wrote on my evaluation that I can work well with anyone.
Shower, brush your teeth and fix your hair
Wear appropriate clothing and shoes
Dress a step above the typical work attire
Make sure your clothes are not wrinkled
Q: Tell about a time you experienced a
Q: Describe a time you needed to handle conflict.
Q: Tell about a time you needed to resolve a problem.
A: When I was rehabbing homes, we would frequently need to problem solve. Many old homes have unexpected problems that need to be fixed. I learned how to think on my feet and get the job done.