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Copy of Interview Skills

A Comprehensive Guide to Nailing the Interview and Landing a Job

hytham Aziz

on 25 December 2012

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Transcript of Copy of Interview Skills

Nailing the Interview
Do your Homework Talking Points:
Prior to going into your interview, you definitely want to research the company and the position you are applying for. Doing research shows not only that you have a vested interest in the company, but gives you a basis to explain why you are a good fit, and that you are willing to work hard. Talking points: First impressions are everything in an interview. You want to stand out because of your answers to the questions and your great experiences, not because of your outfit. Men and women should wear black, navy or gray suit with modest button down shirt and tie. Men should avoid loud ties and ladies should avoid low-cut tops. Your clothes should be neat and pressed and free from stains and lint as much as possible. Looking your best will also make you more confident in your interview. Dress the Part ****Extra Credit: Memorizing pertinent, specific facts like statistics are a great way to WOW the interviewers, but they must be integrated cohesively in your answers, not just thrown out there.
(Ex. "I am committed to community service and education and the fact that Target has given over $12 million to schools this year shows the company's values fall in line with my own.") Know the basics
(industry, size, history, competitors)
Cultural aspects
(mission, company culture)
The position
Know the general hierarchy of the company
Know what position you're applying for and information about the division it falls under
Identify related skills from your resume that apply to the position Avoid loud ties
Clean shaven Avoid low-cut tops and short skirts
Wear hosiery
Modest heels or flats
Modest jewelry Copies of your resume

References What to Bring A notebook or pad in case they provide you with information you need to take down. A list of any questions you may have about the company or the position Your planner Talking Points:
-You need to bring copies of your most recent resume (printed on resume paper). Additionally, depending on the field, you may need to bring pertinent examples of your work (such as graphic design or journalism-based work). I recommend putting these items, along with a notepad, in a padfolio.
-As you are reading over the job description and/or application, jot down questions you may have so that you can ask the employer for clarification. Do not ask questions who's answers can easily be found on the company's website.
-You need to bring your planner, as you may need to schedule a follow-up interview or confirm your availability for a certain date. The Interview Arrive at least 15 minutes early.
Greet the interviewer
-eye contact
-firm handshake
Maintain good posture, interested body language
Try not to fidget or fondle jewelry.
Speak clearly and confidently.
Listen to the interviewer and answer questions honestly What to Do Talking Points: Most likely your interviewer will ask you to start by telling them a little about you. Now is the time to incorporate your pitch, which can include your interests, major, intended career path, etc. You want to give just enough that they get a good idea of who you are but not your life story. Try to keep it under a minute. Give concise answers to the interviewer's questions. Be direct and honest with your answers. Most interviewers can spot BS a mile away, and if you make a claim about yourself, make sure you can back it up with evidence. Be prepared to talk about "a time when..." experiences, where you exhibited that trait. Your interviewer is probably interviewing many people for the same position, so it's important to make them remember you. If you are humorous, tell a(n appropriate) joke or if you know the interviewer likes sports, talk about the last night's game. Qualifications are important but ultimately employers have to think about who is a good fit with the company's culture. You want them to like you! When the interview comes to a close, don't forget to ask what's next. This shows you are really invested and gives you the information you need to move forward. What to Say Pitch
Knowledge of the company
Relate experiences to the position
Concrete examples to support your claims
Be memorable!
Ask about next steps in the interview process Send a thank you card or email within a few days. If they said they would get back to you with a decision in a week, wait a week plus a day or two, and then if you still haven't heard back you can send a follow up email inquiring about the progress of your application. Follow Up Develop a resume and schedule a mock interview with the career center. Preparation Talking points: Be sure to arrive 15 minutes early for your interview. If you arrive more than 25 minutes early, I would suggest going to the bathroom and checking your appearance or looking over your notes in the car before you go in. Arriving super early could make your interviewer uncomfortable because they won't to want to leave you waiting in their office a long time. Arriving early will also give you time to clear your head before you go in so you won't be feeling rushed. When you do go into the interview, show your confidence and personality. Good body language and tone will ease the awkwardness between you and the interviewer. Also, it's really important to listen! Try not to let your mind wander while they are talking because you may miss the question. If that does happen, it is perfectly acceptable to ask them to clarify or repeat the question. You can say something like, "Sorry, I want to make sure I understand your question, are you saying... (or) would you mind repeating that please." This will serve you much better than saying "huh?" or "what?"
Regardless of the outcome, it is important to evaluate your interview performance. Ask yourself questions like these:
How prepared were you for the interview
How were your answers? Did you support your claims with evidence?
How was your body language?
Were you feeling confident? Why or why not?
Where you dressed appropriately
How well did your qualifications match the position?
What did you do well?
In what areas could you stand to improve? Evaluation Asking yourself these questions will help you learn from your interview so that you can do even better on the next interview! May the force be with you.
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