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Interviewing Skills & Thank You Letter

STC Career & Employer Services

Melody Portillo

on 19 January 2017

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Transcript of Interviewing Skills & Thank You Letter

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Why do you think interviews are an important stage of any application?
To the attention of Mr Interviewer
Thank you for having me today at your office.

I look forward to working with you in the future.

Mr Interviewer,

Me Interviewee
Help me!
Meet the Staff
1. Before the interview

2. Getting to the interview

3. The interview itself

4. After the interview
1. Before the interview
- Print multiple copies of your most up to date resume

- Prepare for the interview by answering practice questions
(mock interview, web....)

- Do research on the company, on the interviewer and on the positions you are interested in

-Attend events to meet with companies you’re interested in and introduce yourself, ask questions at the end, stand out.
2. Getting to the interview
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early

- Check in at the front desk

- No phone

- Make eye contact and smile

- Look relaxed, even if your nerves are killing you inside

*other interview settings
What to wear?
3. The interview itself
i p s s
critical first contact

- firm handshake
- maintain good eye contact
- smile (but not too much)
Exchange of information:
questions and answers
"Name a time when you worked in a group and had to overcome something"
"What is your biggest weakness?"
"why should i hire you?"
"do you have any
questions for me?"
- what expectations do you have for this position?

- does your company offer any training or professional development?

- what is your interview process? what are the next stages?

- what does success in this position look like to you?
YES! (be prepared to ask)
The Exit
- firm handshake
- be thankful for their time
- ask for business card
- stop, think, and answer
- ask for clarification if you do not understand a question
- never answer YES/NO
- use specific past examples
- Situation, Action, Result
- Send a thank you letter to everyone you interviewed with
4. After the interview
"tell me about yourself"
"What is your style of leadership when placed in a group?"
"Why did you choose to study at South Texas College?"
"Describe a situation in which you had to handle a difficult and demanding patient? "
Mon.-Fri. 8AM-5PM
The Office of Career & Employer Services
South Texas College Office of Career & Employer Services
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