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Interviewing 101

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on 10 October 2016

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Transcript of Interviewing 101

The Job Interview
The Interview
Top 5 Interview Questions
1.
What is your greatest strength and
weakness?
2.
Describe a difficult work situation /
project and how you overcame it.
3.
Why should we hire you?
4.
What are your goals for the future?
5.
Tell me about yourself
.


The 6th Question
If your maintenance lead or manager asked you to sign off on something you know was not repaired correctly or was not checked by you...what would you do and how would you handle it?
Hallmark Character
and Our Core Values
Plan Ahead
Role Play
Eye Contact
Be Positive
Adapt
Relate
Encourage
Do your homework! Research the company and the 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!
Once you have finished studying, begin role playing (rehearsing).

Ask common interview questions

Write down answers if it helps

Limit your answers to the info your new employer will want to know.
Maintain eye contact with your interviewer and be aware of your body language while interviewing (practice this during role playing).

Show you want the job by being truly interested.
Do NOT bash your last boss or complain about the company.

Do not talk negatively about your educational institution.

Make sure you put a positive spin on the reason you left.
Many of us usually don’t give much thought to how we communicate, but matching an interviewer’s communication style matters.

We all fluctuate from one communication to another depending on the situation

Be flexible and adapt to the interviewer's style
Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and his or her 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.
STRENGTHS
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.
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 with a positive spin
Non-Essential Skills
There is no right or wrong answer to questions like this...these are behavioral interview questions designed to discover how you handled certain situations. The logic behind these types of questions is that 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!
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
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 youself, 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.
Hallmark Character
Integrity
Dependable
Steward
Leader
Servant
Communicator
Agile
Keeping an "I" on the "E's"
E
xcellence
E
ffectiveness
E
fficiency
I
ntegrity
Questions?
Information provided by Fortune Personnel Consultants
Some content provided by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas
Remember our Hallmark character traits, our core values, and our mission...
1. Dress and appearance is very important!!!

2. Body language matters!!!

3. Always follow the rules of professional courtesy when attending job interviews.
Turn off your phone or put the ringer on silent.
No gum
Firm handshake

4. Thank everyone you meet during the interview.
ALWAYS thanks 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.



ADDITIONAL TIPS
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We change individual lives by developing superior skills, knowledge, and character,
hallmarked by excellence and integrity.
Our commitment is to be the preferred industry
provider of professional graduates pursuing professional careers.
We are dedicated to the
continuous search for effective, innovative, and leading edge educational opportunities

UNIVERSITY

HALLMARK

DEFINE YOUR GOALS!!!
By defining your goals, you can refine your job search for those jobs that suit your strengths and set you up for success in the long run
Examples of good responses include:
"My long-term goals involve growing with a company where my education, certifications, and experience can be applied to improve service levels while reducing expenses."
"After I have proven to be an effective staff member, I believe that I have the skills and abilities that would help me to be a successful leader here at _______."
"What is a typical career path for someone with my skills and experiences?"

If you can, 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.
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