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The Art of Interviewing
Transcript of The Art of Interviewing
Top 5 Interview Questions
Research the company
Look at the website, read their mission and study open position.
Review your work experiences.
Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the company's needs.
Have your facts ready! Ensure you take multiple copies of your resume.
Once you have finished studying, begin role playing (rehearsing).
Ask yourself & research common interview questions
Write down answers if it helps
Limit your answers to the information your new employer will want to know.
Look at the following website:
Do NOT bash your last boss or complain about the company.
Do not talk negatively about your educational institution.
How to answer the "why did you leave your last job?"
ADAPT & RELATE
Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and his or her company. You will know how to do this because you have researched the company.
Focus on achievements relevant to the position.
Encourage the interviewer to share information about the company.
Demonstrate your interest!!! (refer to the research you did on the company before the interview process).
My greatest strength is my time management skills. They are excellent and I'm organized, efficient, and take pride in excelling at my work. If you have a challenge finding "strengths" utilize the Hallmark Character traits.
Analyze the key skills and strengths required for the position you are interviewing for and then come up with an honest shortcoming which is not essential for success in that job.
For example, if you are not very adept in public speaking, bring that to light but caveat it with a positive spin
3. Describe a difficult work situation /
project and how you overcame it.
There is no right or wrong answer to a question like this...these are BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS designed to discover how you handled certain situations. The
behind these types of questions is -
how you behaved in the past is a predictor of what you will do in the future
Give concrete examples of difficult situations that actually happened at work, then discuss what you did to solve the problem.
Always keep your answers positive!
4. Why should we hire you?
When an employer asks you, “Why should we hire you?” they are really asking, “What makes you the best fit for this position?” Your answer to this question should be a concise “sales pitch” that explains what you have to offer the employer.
The best way to respond is to give concrete examples of why your skills and accomplishments make you the best candidate for the job.
REFER BACK TO THE JOB LISTING:
Make a list of requirements and skills prior to the interview, match them to your skill set. Keep it brief--less than 2 minutes
5. What are your goals?
The best way to respond to the interview question is to refer to the position and the company you are interviewing with. Don't discuss your goals for returning to school or having a family, they are not relevant and could knock you out of contention for the job. Rather, you want to connect your answer to the job you are applying for. Examples of good responses include:
"My long-term goals involve growing with a company where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities, and contribute as much of value as I can."
"Once I gain additional experience, I would like to move on from a technical position to management.
In the XYZ Corporation, what is a typical career path for someone with my skills and experiences?"
1. Tell me about yourself?
Because it's such a common interview question, it's strange that more candidates don't spend the time to prepare for exactly how to answer it. Perhaps because the question seems so disarming and informal, we drop our guard and shift into ramble mode. Resist all temptation to do so.
Your interviewer is not looking for a 10-minute dissertation here. Instead, offer a razor sharp sentence or two that sets the stage for further discussion and sets you apart from your competitors.
Basically it should be a synopsis of yourself, a one or two sentence description of who you are, your biggest strength and the major benefit that a company will derive from this strength.
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1. Dress and appearance are very important! Dress for the job you want, not the one you are applying for.
2. Body language matters!
3. Maintain good eye contact.
3. Always follow the rules of professional courtesy when attending job interviews.
Turn off your phone.
Do not chew gum
4. Thank everyone you meet during the interview.
ALWAYS thank the interviewer before you leave, but you should also thank the receptionist, the assistant who brought you coffee, and any employees you met during the meeting. COLLECT BUSINESS CARDS
2. What is your greatest strength/weakness?
When you're asked what your greatest weakness is there are several different ways you can answer, including mentioning skills that aren't critical for the job, skills you have improved on, and turning a negative into a positive.
When speaking about your strengths, you can included time management, organization and the fact that you take pride in your work.
NOTE: Never forget your Hallmark Character traits.
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