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The job interview: Basics

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Arlene Tuang

on 8 December 2010

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Industry Project:Job Interview Basics Before the Interview: You have a job interview, great! Now what? Company Research
Organisational Structure
Names of individuals holding key positions
Be prepared to demonstrate how your education and experience match the desired qualifications
Have a separate piece of paper with questions you may want to ask the employer at your interview

•Company’ website
•Google them.
•Business directories
•See if there is an Annual report
•Trade publications
"The interview is not a test!" During the interview, determine the 50-50 rule In answering the employer's questions, observe the twenty-second to two-minute rule Determine to be seen as part of the solution, not part of the problem Bring evidence if you can Walk your talk 5 Basic Questions you need to pay attention to 1. Why are you here?
2. What can you do for us?
3. What kind of person are you?
4. What distinguishes you from nineteen or nine hundred other people
applying for this job?
5. Can I afford you? 5 Questions you may have for the employer 1. What does the job involve?
2. What are the skills a top employee in this job would have to have?
3. Are these kinds of people I would like to work with or not? (you observe this)
4. If we like each other and both want to work together, can I persuade them that there is something unique about me that makes me different from all the other applicants? Demonstrate this. More examples Bolles R. N 2010 What color is your parachute: A practical manual for job-hunters and career-changer, Ten Speed press, U.S.

Walsh, R 2007, The Complete Job Search Book for College Students. 3rd Ed, Adams Media, Avon, U.S.A. Format your answers using the following structure
What you did
Why you did it
What did you learn
Interviews Do's and Don'ts During the Interview References Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here?
Are lateral or rotational job moves available?
What are the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of this job?
Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position?

Source: http://www.quintcareers.com/asking_interview_questions.html mix speaking and listening equally don’t spend more than 2 minutes answering a question Focus on what you will do: be seen as “a resource broker not a job beggar”, a problem
solver to help with the businesses problems Career Portfolio! Always, always send a thank you note most don’t ACTIVITY: Refer to Handout: Interview skills using STAR method in Blackboard
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