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Interview Skills

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on 16 July 2014

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Transcript of Interview Skills

Interview Skills
Outline
Interview Types
Interview Preparation & Tips
Common Mistakes
Managing Stress
Difficult Questions
Post Interview
Quiz!
How long does it take for an interviewer to eliminate a
prospective candidate
90 seconds
What is the most common mistake job seekers make during interviews
No knowledge of the company
Which ones worse a weak handshake or failing to make eye contact?
Eye contact 67%
Handshake 26%
Your Experience
Whats the strangest question you've been asked?
What is the best interview experience?
Interview Types
Structured vs Unstructured
Group Interview vs Panel Interview
Phone Interview & video conference
Situational Interviews & behavioural
Unstructured
Structured
Casual Environment
Questions based on applicant
Open to bias

Professional/Office
Same set of questions
Reduces bias
Group
Panel Interview
In a room with a other candidates
Individually interviewed by multiple people
Phone Interview
Used to pre-screen the applicant
Situational & Behavioural Interviews
Used to see how candidates act in certain situations and how they deal with pressure
Situational is hypothetical - how would you react

Behavioural is based on events that already happened
Interview Tips
Preparation
Practice
Participate
Positive
Preparation
Know ...
1) YOURSELF
what are your assets & qualities that fit the description

2) ORGANIZATION
research their values, mission, success

3)YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
from past work, relate them to the current role
Preparation
Star Method for behavioural interviews

Situation
Task
Action
Results
Think of situation that had a positive outcome
Describe the actions you took in logical sequence
Describe the task or problem
What were the results of you actions -
Quantify if possible
Behavioural question examples
Describe a specific situation in which you solved a problem or took charge of a problem

Give an example of something you created or built

Recount a time when you achieved a goal and how you reached it

Describe a situation where you made a mistake and how you solved it

How have you handled a difficult situation with a coworker

Practice
Rehearse star stories
Memorize your selling points - DO NOT memorize word for word
Develop key points you want to convey
Practice in front of a mirror or with a family member/friend
Participate
Build rapport with the interviewer
Smile. Shake hands. Keep eye contact.
sit up straight & lean forward to show interest
Speak clearly & manage your pace
Avoid rambling
Observe the style of the interviewer & mirror their approach


Be Positive
boost your confidence
before the interview stand with your hands on your hips
pretend you're your confident friend
get your head in a positive mind set
remember why you got called in in the first place
Common Interview mistakes
Difficult questions
Video Conferencing
Used as a prescreen or for distance interviews
Most Common
Non-Verbal
Mistakes:
Weak hand shake
No eye contact
Bad posture
Lack of smile

Common interview mistakes behavioural
Most Common Behavioural Mistakes:
Poor grammar
Over explaining why you lost your last job
Failing to ask for the job
Too much concentration on what you want
Lacking humour or personality

Managing Stress
Be positive
Research the company and the position you are applying for before the interview
Get lots of rest before the interview
Try to keep your schedule clear before the interview.
Practice anticipated interview questions

Tell Me about yourself?
What is your biggest weakness?
Why should I hire you?
Aren't you overqualified for this position?
Can you tell me about a situation where your work was criticized?
Who has inspired you in your life and why
Post interview
Self-reflection
Send a thank-you letter/email
Add the interviewer on LinkedIn
Follow-up after interview
Have a business card!
Follow instructions if the interviewer wants you to do more after the interview
Send references if needed
Accept rejection with positive attitude
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