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Interviewing Prep

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Kelley Saussy

on 18 March 2013

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Getting Started Preparation Dress for Success The Interview Concluding the Interview Answering Questions Traditional Interview Questions
1. Tell me about yourself.
2. What are your career goals?
3. Why are you interested in this job/company?
4. What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
5. Why should we hire you? Know Yourself What are employers looking for? Interviewing Prep Business Professional Attire Required Arrive 10-15 minutes early!
Bring extra copies of your resume and reference page.
Follow the lead of the interviewer, mirror their non-verbal behavior.
Listen closely to the questions.
Never speak poorly of a former employer or colleague.
Avoid negative questions.
Relax. Be yourself. Be positive.
Have questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Reiterate your interest in the company
Thank the interviewer for their time and consideration
Determine appropriate follow-up
Get contact info from the interviewers (Business Cards)
Write a thank you note within 24 hours of the interview! Getting from the Interview to an Offer! Know the Company Know the Fit How long does it take an interviewer to make a decision about a candidate?

In what percentage of cases do you think that the decision changed by the end of the interview?

What percentage of your first impression is based on your appearance?

How much time do you think you should spend preparing for an interview? What is the purpose of an interview? WHAT you say. HOW you say it. Be able to market your specific skill sets as they relate to the position you are applying to. Communication
Customer Oriented Analytical
Goal Oriented
Research Resources for Research You need to be able to communicate how your skills, background, and knowledge base would be an asset to the position and company.

Base your responses on the information that you get from the job description and research. Clearly articulate your career goals
Demonstrate knowledge of the industry
Use specific examples of your work and success stories It will be obvious to the employer if you have not prepared for the interview
Be confident, not cocky in the delivery of your responses
Be aware of non verbal communication and mannerisms Kelley Whisnant Questions to Expect Behavioral-Based Questions
1. Give me an example of a time when you had to multitask or juggle several ongoing projects. How did you prioritize your tasks to meet your deadlines?
2. Tell me about a tough decision you made and describe the steps that got you to the point of deciding. Keep responses under 2 minutes.
Self-promote! If you don't, who will?
If you do not have a response prepared for the question asked, it is fine to say "Do you mind if I take a minute to think about that?"
Wait until the interviewer is finished asking the question before responding.
Make sure you answer all aspects of the question. How to answer:
Practice a 1 minute pitch to answer the first question.
Give specific past examples that reflect your accomplishments and portray you in a positive light.
Avoid talking about personal beliefs. How to answer:
STAR Approach
S - Describe the Situation.
T - Describe the Task performed.
A - What Action did you perform?
R - What was the end Result? Employers want to see that you are a good fit with their working environment, that you will transition into the position easily, that you are motivated to complete the job requirements, and that you would be committed to staying with their company. Bottom Line Questions to Ask Questions to NEVER Ask Prohibited Employment Questions No one should ever ask you about the following topics:
National Origin
Genetic Information What qualities do you look for in a candidate for this position?
What do you foresee being the biggest challenge for me in the first 3 months of working here?
What advice do you have for a new employee?
What do you love most about working for _____?
What does your timeline look like for this position? What is the salary for this position?
What are your benefits?
What other jobs can I do with my major here?
What do you do? Sample Thank You Note
Dear Ms. Jones,

Thank you for taking the time to interviewing me on Monday. I enjoyed meeting with you and appreciate the courtesy that you and your staff extended to me.

My interview experience was very positive. I look forward to talking with you further about your sales manager opening. XYZ Company is an impressive organization, and I am confident I can contribute to your on-going success.

Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions that you have. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,
John Doe Good Examples Follow-Up If you have not heard from the employer in the time frame that they have provided, you can send a follow-up e-mail. Hello Mrs. Jones,

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to check-in and make sure that you have everything that you need regarding my application materials. Please let me know if I can provide you with any additional information about my qualifications.

Best Regards,
John Doe Example: The University of Georgia Career Center
Clark Howell Hall - 2nd Floor

Walk-In Hours: M-F, 12-2pm ?
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