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APU General Interview Tips (Public)

Office of Career Services, Azusa Pacific University
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Julia Russell (Toothacre)

on 26 September 2014

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Transcript of APU General Interview Tips (Public)

INTERVIEWING 101
tips & strategies for successful interviews
INTERVIEWS
GROUP INTERVIEWS
PANEL INTERVIEWS
Directed Interviews
Follow set list of questions
Non-directed Interviews
Conversational format
TYPES OF
PREPARING
FOR THE INTERVIEW
Research!
Research!
Research!
Know yourself.
Know the position.
Know the company.
Clean & polished conservative dress shoes.

Well-groomed hairstyle.

Cleaned and trimmed fingernails.

Minimal cologne or perfume.

No visible body piercing beyond conservative ear piercings for women.

Well-brushed teeth and fresh breath.

No gum, candy, or other objects in your mouth.

Minimal jewelry.

No body odor.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
NON VERBAL
COMMUNICATION
Offer a firm handshake
SMILE!!
Give the appearance of controlled energy
Maintain pertinent humor
S
T
A
R
ITUATION
ASK
CTION
ESULT
Describe a specific event or situation
JOB | INTERNSHIP | VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP | ACADEMIC | ASSIGNMENT
Paint a picture
DESCRIBE
WHAT YOU DID
Focus on you & your role
Reference other people only when it enhances your part
Share the
OUTCOME
Was it positive?
What did you accomplish?
If it was negative, how would you change your actions in the future?
Interview
QUESTIONS
Tell me about yourself...

What are your strengths, weaknesses, preferences, etc.?

What would your former boss/supervisor say about you?

What are your goals? (In this position, in life, etc.)
COMMON QUESTIONS
Tell me about a time when...

What would you do if...?

What kind of challenges did you face in your last position?

Discribe a situation where...
BEHAVIORAL QUESTIONS
Pay attention to the job description!!
Prepare examples based for what they are seeking.
ASK THE EMPLOYER QUESTIONS!
Demonstrates a level of interest

Shows the employer you are interested in the company

Helps you evaluate the company
SAMPLE QUESTIONS
What is the most important trait you are looking for in a candidate?

What is your favorite part about working for this company?

What are the three greatest strengths/weaknesses of the company?
Ending the Interview
Express appreciation

Let them know you look forward to moving on in the process

Ask when you can expect a decision to be reached regarding further consideration








Shake hands, get a business card, if available

Follow-up with a hand-written thank you note
ADVICE:
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