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Job Interview Preparation

Job interview skills for college students.

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Transcript of Job Interview Preparation

BEFORE
THE
INTERVIEW
"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
- Seneca
THE CALL
You receive a call from the employer inviting you for an interview.
Make sure you collect this information before hanging up:
Who am I speaking with?
Who will I be interviewing with? (name & title)
What will the format be? (panel, one on one, group)
Where is it located? (address, building number, office number, phone number, parking?)
When? (date and time, duration)
Why? (position)

RESEARCH
THE
EMPLOYER
Interviewers
Mission & History
Size & Locations
Products & Services
Customers
Recent News
Competitors
Industry
Salary
Use STAR Method (Situation-Task-Action-Results) when answering interview questions
Prepare your “30 Second Commercial”
30
Tell a story (If you ask my former boss, she would say . . . )
Prepare Answers to Standard Questions
Practice your interview skills in a Mock Interview or record your answers and review them.
ANALYZE
THE JOB
DESCRIPTION
Know and understand the job responsibilities.
Identify the required qualifications.
Have concrete
examples
of how you have
demonstrated
that you have the skills and
qualifications
they are looking for.
PRACTICE
THE
INTERVIEW
QUESTIONS
Strengths
Motivation
Fit
Employers want to get answers to three underlying questions:
Can We Tolerate Working With You?
Can You Do the Job?
Will You Love the Job?
Use STAR Method (Situation-Task-Action-Results) when answering interview questions
Prepare your “30 Second Commercial”
30
Prepare Answers to Standard Questions
Practice your interview skills in a Mock Interview or record your answers and review them.
Prepare answers to standard interview questions.
Tell a story (If you ask my former boss, she would say . . . )
PREPARE
QUESTIONS FOR
THE EMPLOYER
Preparing for the Interview
DURING
THE
INTERVIEW
"Talent will get you in the door, but character will keep you in the room."
Day of the Interview
Ask questions to demonstrate your knowledge about the company and determine if it is a good fit for you:
What qualities are you looking for in the person you are hoping to hire?
What scope is there for personal development at your company?
If I am hired, how would my performance be evaluated?

CREATE
A LIST OF
TALKING POINTS
Write down a list of things that you want to make sure that you
bring up in the interview.

PRINT
RESUME
Print
several copies
of your resume on nice resume paper and have them in a
portfolio or folder
with a note pad.
Preparing yourself
DRESS
BUSINESS
PROFESSIONAL
Conservative
Two-piece Suit
in neutral color such as navy, gray or black
White or light colored long sleeve
dress shirt
Coordinating tie with a
simple pattern
or solid color
Comfortable, polished
dress shoes

Men
Conservative
Two-piece Suit
(Knee-length Skirt or Pants)
Neutral color
such as navy, gray or black
White or light colored
blouse
(not low cut or sheer)
Comfortable, polished
dress shoes
with
low heel
and
closed toe
Natural tone or sheet black pantyhose
Women
GROOM
YOURSELF
Men
Fresh haircut or neatly trimmed
No facial hair or neatly trimmed
Women
Hair neatly styled, out of the face
Hair
Make-up, Jewelry, Fingernails
Natural looking subtle make-up
Avoid flashy & distracting accessories
Neat, clean, and trimmed fingernails
Natural or neutral nail color
Personal Hygiene
Brushed and fresh breath
Freshly showered
Use deodorant
Little to none perfume/cologne
AFTER
THE
INTERVIEW
"If you are persistent you will get it. If you are consistent you will keep it."
Follow-up
ARRIVE
EARLY
Google Maps address (double check it with GPS and Apple Maps)
Know how long it takes to get there
If possible drive the route in advance and scope out the location for parking and building location.

Arrive the interview site 5-15 min early.
ACT
PROFESSIONALLY
Relax, Breathe and Smile
Turn phone off
Have Portfolio or folder with copies of your resume
Maintain eye contact
HANDSHAKE
NICE and FIRM
Ask questions such as how he/she came to work for the company
Comment on any family photos showing children or locations that may relate you
During the Interview
BUILD
RAPPORT
Small talk allows the interviewer to get a better feel for your personality
Establish small talk with your interviewer(s)
HAVE
A CONVERSATION
Never slight
a former employer or colleague
Give
concrete examples
of your
skills and qualifications
Open up and
be yourself
Show passion
, enthusiasm and confidence
Follow the lead
of the interviewer
Be concise
in your answers
BE AWARE
OF NONVERBAL
COMMUNICATION
Your posture, facial expressions, body language and hand gestures reveal information about you.
Keep both feet on the floor and sit up straight
Sit still and do not shake legs
Rest your hands on your knees until you need to make a gesture
Lean a bit forward when sitting
Do not cross your arms
Do not crack your knuckles
Do not put your hands in the pockets
Do not invade the interviewer's space
ASK
QUESTIONS
Don’t’ say I don’t have any questions

Don’t ask about salary or benefits
Asking questions to the interviewer shows interest.
Ask what is
the next step in the hiring process
or when should you expect to hear back from them
Inquire about the
work environment
,
training and supervision
, and
professional development
opportunities
At the End of the Interview
WRITE
A THANK YOU NOTE
COLLECT
BUSINESS CARDS
Get Business Cards from everyone you interview with
Let them know you want the job
Thank you
Re-iterate why you would be the best fit for the job.
Revisit topics of conversation
Thank them for the opportunity

Send a thank you note within 24-48 hours.
MAKE
A PHONE CALL
If you haven’t heard back within the time-frame stated, follow up with a phone call to check on the status of your application.
Reflect
EVALUATE
YOUR PERFORMANCE
Reflect on how you did and revise your answers for future interviews.
How well did I present my qualifications?
Were my examples clear?
How can I improve my performance?

Career
Development
Center

Presentation Series
Interviewing Skills
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
Location: Landon Student Union - 205
Phone: 305-899-4010
Email: careercenter@barry.edu
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