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Intro to Interview Skills
Transcript of Intro to Interview Skills
How well do you present yourself?
“Citadel graduates [will be] capable of both
critical and creative thinking, have
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS,
[and will be able to] apply abstract concepts to concrete situations”
"Take risks! If you win, you will be happy. If you lose, you will be wise."
Can you take an issue and come to a workable and efficient solution?
Can you think of logical approaches to problems?
Can you sort through the pros and cons of different ideas?
Questions you are likely to be asked -
at some point in an interview -that seem like "softball" questions.
They want to know if you can SOLVE PROBLEMS
1. "Tell me about a time when something didn't go well. Why did it not go well? What was your part in the problem and/or solution?"
2. "Describe a time when you had difficulty communicating your thoughts clearly to an individual or group."
3. "Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with a student, a supervisor, or professor. What was it about? How was it resolved?"
4. "Tell me about a situation in which you had to work with several people to achieve a common goal."
WHAT DO HIRING MANAGERS REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHEN THEY ASK CERTAIN INTERVIEW QUESTIONS?
1. "Tell me about a time you
solved a difficult problem."
2. "Describe the most difficult decision you've made in the last 6 months."
3 . "Tell me about a time you took initiative to do something that needed to be done, (even though it wasn't really your responsibility)."
When the interviewer says "tell me about yourself," what she is really doing is checking to see if you're articulate and professional. The way you answer is as important as the things you say.
1. Keep your game face on; don't get too personal.
2. Give them the facts, not your life story.
3. Do your homework, know what they are looking for and design your answer accordingly.
4 .Ask questions and generate conversation. It's a two-way street.
Make a good 1st (and lasting) impression.
1. Clean up your Social Media page and online image.
2. Have multiple copies of your ERROR FREE resume ready.
3. Practice, Practice, Practice Interview (never let your first interview be your first interview).
4. Research! Know who is interviewing you and about the job.
5. Be 10 to 15 minutes early on the day of the interview.
6. Turn off your phone (have it in your pocket, but do not get it out once you enter the building).
7. Be polite and professional to everyone you see. You are being evaluated at all times.
Focus on the position for which you are interviewing. What are your strengths that will help you in the role?
Do not go on a tangent about something completely irrelevant to this job opening.
Think of actual "stories" (STAR technique) of accomplishments that are very similar to what this job requires.
Never ask - "What does your company do?"
Believe it or not, hiring managers say they get asked this question all the time. Before you go into your job interview, research what the company, institution or position is all about.
Then, come up with some specific ways you can help it do whatever it does better.
Interviews are all about effective communication
Interviews are all about effective communication
What am I supposed to communicate?
Most interviews are not intended to be tricky or scary. Most interviewers are hoping and praying YOU are the right candidate for the job.
Introductory interviews are just the tip of the iceberg-
they mean way more than what is on the surface!
We can help with this one !
Words from The Citadel's
They want to know about your Critical Thinking Skills
Interviews really are about getting to know you.
SUCCESS IS YOURS
DONT GET HUNG UP ON
They may not know what you mean.
Expect some hard/ strange questions
Think of the S.T.A.R. technique:
S- What SITUATION were you in?
T- What was the TASK at hand?
A- What ACTION did you take?
R- What was the RESULT?
Interviewers are usually LESS concerned about IF you can get a right answer, but more concerned about HOW you think through an issue...
What is your spirit animal?
Calculate the number of gumballs that will fit into a Boeing 747?
What are the 4 elements that make an airplane fly?
SAMPLE "WEIRD" QUESTIONS
Practice makes perfect
Big Interview is a FREE tool
for you to practice
1. Go to Career Center's
2. Click "Big Interview" logo
on left hand side
3. Login with Lesesne Gateway
4. Practice Interview
Interviews Gone Wrong.
The more you interview the better you get.
Don't be discouraged if you bomb! Use it as a learning experience.
"As is our confidence, so is our capacity."
Good eye contact
Nicely Groomed -
No sunglasses on head
Firm Handshake - Yes, ladies too!
Suit that fits
Good Body Language
Click on live link below for Big Interview!
1. The introduction
2. The "meaty part" of the interview (STAR)
3. The conclusion - "The Chick-fil-A" part
Think of an interview in three phases:
The introduction - softball questions - or are they?
The "meaty part" of the interview may use behavioral based interview questions
It is a good strategy to develop a group of core stories about yourself for this phase using the star technique
1. Have prepared, INTELLIGENT questions to ask your interviewer.
2. Ask about the followup process and when you'll hear from them.
3. Follow up with a personal letter & email to the interviewer.
THE FINAL PAHSE OF THE INTERVIEW - "The Chick-fil-A phase"
Tell me about yourself.
What makes you qualified for this position?
What do you know about us?