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Transcript of INTERVIEW ROADMAP
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
DURING THE INTERVIEW
Always send thank you notes after the interview - handwritten instead of via email, unless a hiring decision will be made within 48 hours.
THANK YOU NOTES
Plan Ahead: Drive the route the day before
Allow extra travel time for traffic
Arrive APPROXIMATELY 5-10 minutes early
Many interviews, especially those in the first round, may be via phone or Skype.
Employers may also request a Skype (or phone) interview when the candidate is long-distance, thus saving on travel expenses.
Step #1: Research
Step 2: Attire
Step 3: Travel
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
A Smile & Positivity!
Pen & Notebook (paper)
Questions for Interviewer
Presentation or Sample Work (if applicable)
Copies of Resume
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
Preferably flats or 1-inch heels
No jacket or blazer
Ill-fitting suit jacket
Too much shirt cuff
Pants are too short
Shoes don't match suit
Distracting shirt pattern
FIVE of these are not appropriate for a traditional interview. Can you find them?
ONE MORE THING...
Let's hope none of the 59% of employers who've encountered this behavior are chiclephobes.
If you can't say something nice, don't say
anything at all.
This square is the best square out of all the squares ... and obviously you should know it.
Close to 70% of employers have seen this behavior in an interview? Okay ... well, whatever.
These holes in my jeans are just extra pockets.
"Hello? ... No, I'm totally in the middle of something. I'll call you after, okay?"
What question often is the first asked in an interview?
Tell Me About Yourself
Your major & why you chose it, year in school, and long-term career goals
Qualities/experiences relevant to the job
for the position
Which of the following should you leave out of your "Tell Me About Yourself" answer?
I am a sophomore kinesiology major
and plan to attend an athletic training masters program after I complete my undergraduate degree. I grew up playing sports at my neighborhood community center and realize the tremendous importance it has on shaping the character of children who use it. I very much would like to continue building on my experience in this area through an internship with your organization.
What is Your Greatest Weakness?
The trick is to be honest and stay positive. Give examples of ways you're working to overcome your weakness.
Can you describe a time when you had to solve a problem in an innovative or creative way or in a manner that hadn't previously been tried?
We have ten other applicants just as (or more) qualified than you.
Why should we hire you?
Use the opportunity to describe your specific strengths and unique skills.
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
If you have an interview committee, write down their names (or obtain them from a company website) and send the thank you note with a personalized message for each.
Mail them within 24 hours to make sure they arrive in a timely fashion.
63% of hiring decisions are made within the first 4.3 minutes of an interview.
Community Organization is looking for a part-time intern with our local chapter.
We're specifically looking for candidates who are:
Great interpersonal communicators
Based on the internship, which experience would you prepare to describe?
A. Filing experience from your summer job
B. A group class project
C. Attending meetings for a campus
A. Your major
B. Why you chose your major
C. Why you're interested in the position
D. Basic information about your family
You should already have appropriate prepared questions based on your prior research.
Which question should you NOT ask the interviewer?
A. What is the starting salary for this position?
B. What is your next step in the hiring process?
C. How did you get started with this company?
D. Could you describe a typical day in this position?
POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TO ASK:
What would a typical day be like for someone in this position?
What type of person are you looking for?
How much travel is required?
What opportunities for advancement exist?
Is there any reason I am not one of your top candidates? (This gives you an opportunity to address any concerns they have.)
How would I be evaluated in the position?
What would make me successful in this role? Are there opportunities for training, mentoring, etc.?
Could you describe the remaining process of this search?
Arkansas Union Suite 607
Before you leave, please complete a quick survey!
U of A CDC @UARK.CDC
University of Arkansas Career Development Center (CDC)
Advertising revenue was falling off for my college newspaper,
The Arkansas Traveler
, and several long-term advertisers were not renewing their contracts.
My goal was to generate new ideas, materials, and incentives that would result in at least a 10% increase in advertisers from the previous year.
I designed a new promotional packet to go with the rate sheet and compared the benefits of our circulation with other ad media in the area.
We signed contracts with 11 former advertisers for daily ads. We increased new advertisers by 16% over the same period last year.
Sources: careerbuilder.com; wm.edu (College of William & Mary Career Center); career.uark.edu (UA CDC); myjobhelper.com; levityuniversity.com; Undercover Rec; previous UA CDC interviewing presentation, Erica Estes, editor.
What do you need to know before a job offer is made?
What are my salary expectations? How much do people generally make for this job in this geographic location?
What is the cost of living in the geographic location?
What do I need to make to sustain my personal budget?
How do I stall appropriately and professionally?
Check , , or (if you didn't before the interview) to calculate salary ranges for jobs in specific geographic areas.
Use a Cost of Living Calculator, available at , , or to compare the cost of living between cities.
A budgeting worksheet (like the free version at kiplinger.com) can help determine your expenses and sources of income.
"I'm interested in the job and company. The initial salary is not as important to me as the opportunity."
"I've done some research and will consider a reasonable offer."
"Please provide me a salary range for this type of job with your company."
If that doesn't work, you may try to redirect the conversation by asking about other parts of the compensation package (benefits, holidays, vacation, etc.)
And if all else fails, you may decide to tell them the salary RANGE you expect.
Keep in mind that some salaries absolutely are not negotiable!
Call to schedule a mock interview!