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Job Interview Seminar W13

What do you do during a job interview?
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Interviewing Success Do not panic!
Answer the questions in accordance, do not change topic during your answer (Shows that you are not interested or don’t know how to answer the questions)
If you don’t understand the question, ask the interviewer back politely. Example: Am I correct to interpret your question this way?
DO NOT missed any questions asked. It shows that you are not paying attention. This is disrespectful to the interviewer!
Answer in proper and appropriate English. Try to use understandable words so as not to create misunderstandings. SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO RESPOND FAQS? Find out the structure of interview
Review the company’s website. Focus on staff bios, annual reports and information about company’s projects, vision and mission statements
Read at least a newspaper each day for any mention of the company
Asked anyone you know who has worked there
Plan your trip. (Will you be walking, driving, taking public transport) Map out your journey and add buffer time. Be early than late
Bring a notepad and the the co-op office phone number 416.287.7111
Bring your business cards
Get a good night sleep
Read through your resume and your application BEFORE the INTERVIEW Some questions that employers may ask:
Do you think that telling a “white lie” is ever justified “for the greater good”?
If things go wrong with a project, what obligation if any do you feel compelled to share with your boss?
If someone else has wronged you in some way, how do you deal with the situation?
Can you tell me about a recent situation where you had to share bad news with someone? How did you handle it?
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to make good on a commitment that you wished you hadn’t made?
These questions are considered ‘honest’ questions. Most likely they were asked to determine how honest you are. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTIONS? Things to consider..... DURING the INTERVIEW DURING the INTERVIEW DURING the INTERVIEW DURING the INTERVIEW Frequently asked questions and how to respond
Planning & Strategizing interview before stepping into interview room
Do’s before, during & after interview
Dress code
Small talk
Suggestions on how to respond to FAQs Agenda Professional Preparation Some questions that employers may ask:
How well did you do in school? If you had to do it over again, how would you have done it differently?
What do you wish they had taught you in school that they didn’t?
Do you consider yourself a smart person? If so, why?
What’s your general approach to problem-solving?
How would you describe your learning style?
What are some of your interests outside of work?
These questions are considered ‘smart’ questions. These were asked to determine your qualifications as well as your individual thinking and brain processing. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS DURING the INTERVIEW DURING INTERVIEW Show interest in both the company and the position
Try answer questions precisely
Talk about what you know and less about what you do not
Give examples/stories/learning
Keep and maintain eye contact with interviewer
Maintain a naturally alert head position; keep head up & eyes front at all times
Do not criticize your previous companies, bosses and so on
Consider several scenarios of interview
Avert your gaze from time to time to avoid the impression that you are staring
Relax with every breath During Interview Arrive early
Give a firm but not a crushing handshake
Be professional at all times
Be natural and be yourself During Interview
Mock Interview
With a Coordinator

Close friend/ mentor

Practice in front of a mirror Before interview Do not panic!
Answer the questions in accordance, do not change topic during your answer (Shows that you are not interested or don’t know how to answer the questions)
If you don’t understand the question, ask the interviewer back politely. Example: Am I correct to interpret your question this way?
DO NOT missed any questions asked. It shows that you are not paying attention. This is disrespectful to the interviewer!
Answer in proper and appropriate English. Try to use understandable words so as not to create misunderstandings. SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO RESPOND FAQS? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L3V5hg4QDE&feature=fvwrel FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html The least useful questions are hypothetical, such as "what would you do if...?" The better way to get a useful answer is to ask the behaviour "what have you done when....?" However, hypothetical questions can make sense if asking about something a person or organization has never experienced; the answer would at least exhibit the thought process. Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some examples of good questions (Continue):
What is the company's policy on providing seminars, workshops, and training so employees can keep up their skills or acquire new ones?
What particular computer equipment and software do you use? (If you are applying for IT base job positions)
What kind of work can I expect to be doing the first year?
What percentage of routine, detailed work will I encounter?
How much opportunity is there to see the end result of my efforts? (More to be asked during second interview onwards)
How and by whom will my performance be reviewed? Are there specific criteria upon which I would be evaluated? And how frequently is formal and informal review given to new employees?
How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing career goals?
I read on the company / organization / agency website that employees have recently done presentations at XX conference. Is that a typical opportunity in the job for which I am interviewing? Are there specific professional organizations employees have been encouraged to join?
How much opportunity will I have for decision-making in my first assignment?
Can you describe an ideal employee?
What is your organization's policy on transfers to other cities? Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some type of questions that CAN be asked:
intelligent and thoughtful and cordial
Questions that are open-ended and not to be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’
ask how things are done or have happened in the past, because current and past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour (Note: this is normally on operation wise based on the job you are applying for and not gossips!) Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some type of questions that SHOULD NOT be asked:
Dull questions that you could find in a web search
Questions that you have no interest in
Asking about your future salary Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html During normal circumstances, the interviewer will allow you to ask questions towards the end of the interview.
Be prepared to ask questions! (Shows that you are well-prepared)
Judgment by employers may be based on the questions you asked
Ensure that you asked the correct questions!
Asking WRONG questions may lead to bad impression from the employer Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
How well did you do in school? If you had to do it over again, how would you have done it differently?
What do you wish they had taught you in school that they didn’t?
Do you consider yourself a smart person? If so, why?
What’s your general approach to problem-solving?
How would you describe your learning style?
What are some of your interests outside of work?
These questions are considered ‘smart’ questions. These were asked to determine your qualifications as well as your individual thinking and brain processing. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
Are you satisfied with what you have accomplished in your life so far?
Where do you see yourself in three years?
What are your biggest personal goals? career goals?
Would you consider yourself a reader? What kinds of things do you like to read?
What was the last book you have read? What are you reading now?
How do you make sure that you follow-up on your assignments? Do you have a system?
How do you typically prepare for meetings?
These questions are considered ‘hungry’ questions. Most likely they were asked to determine how far your thinking is in terms of your own future. This will determine how much benefits you can bring to the company in the future. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
Do you think that telling a “white lie” is ever justified “for the greater good”?
If things go wrong with a project, what obligation if any do you feel compelled to share with your boss?
If someone else has wronged you in some way, how do you deal with the situation?
Can you tell me about a recent situation where you had to share bad news with someone? How did you handle it?
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to make good on a commitment that you wished you hadn’t made?
These questions are considered ‘honest’ questions. Most likely they were asked to determine how honest you are. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 3. Follow up actions
make a follow-up phone call to the interviewer on the fifth day after the interview. Let her know of your continued interest in the job and ask if there is any further information she needs from you. If she is not available when you call, leave that basic message on her voice mail. AFTER INTERVIEW 2. Write thank you letter/e-mail http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjMmYGNXoaI&feature=related
Example: AFTER INTERVIEW Thank the interviewer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN3de440npU AFTER INTERVIEW 3-Steps Approach
Thank the interviewer
Write thank you letter/e-mail
Follow up actions AFTER INTERVIEW Video time:
(Do’s and don’ts during an interview)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ucmfPOBV8 DURING INTERVIEW Find out the structure of interview
Look at the company’s website. Focus on staff bios, annual reports and information about company’s projects
Read at least a newspaper each day for any mention of the company
Asked anyone you know who has worked there
Plan your trip. (Will you be walking, driving, taking public transport) Map out your journey and add buffer time. Be early than late
Read through your CV & application letter BEFORE INTERVIEW Planning & Strategizing interview before stepping into interview room
Do’s before, during & after interview
Dress code
Frequently asked questions
Suggestions on how to respond to FAQs LESSON
Objectives Job Interview Professional Preparation Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html How many questions to ask?
There is no limit
Depends on what you need to know
Highly unlikely that you would enter an interview without at least three to five questions on your mind and prepared to articulate
Prioritize your questions based on the interview situation
Ask for information that matters most early for first interviews
Ask more probing questions during second interview
If is an all-day interview during which you are meeting with different groups and individuals? Ask questions that fit the roles of those individuals and groups (and ask one same question of all in order to compare responses!)
Know the nature of the organization and appropriate terminology Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some examples of good questions:
What are things your organization has done recently to show how it values its employees?
I read a news story about the possible opening of an office in Spokane. Knowing that a news article does not always capture the full story, I wondered what factors are under consideration for this decision. (Notice this isn't technically a question, but a series of statements showing your interest and inviting conversation.)
What are the organization's/company's strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
How does upper management view the role and importance of this department and this position?
What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit in?
Could you explain your organizational structure?
What do you most enjoy about your work with this organization / company / agency?
How have various types of decisions been made?
What are the various ways employees communicate with one another to carry out their work?
How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? By whom?
What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
Could you describe your company's management style and the type of employee who fits well with it? Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
How do you feel about this opportunity?
What work experiences have you had that prepare you to be successful in this position?
What do you see as your three greatest strengths?
What do you think is your biggest weakness?
How do you learn best? How would you describe your learning style?
You’ve obviously accomplished a great deal. To what do you attribute that success?
We all make mistakes. When you discover that you have made one, how do you handle it?
These questions are considered ‘humble’ questions. Most likely they were asked to determine how humble you are. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS2ik_UOzhE DRESS CODE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkj-xL0x2z0 DRESS CODE Try answering precisely to questions.
Talk more about what you know and less about what you don’t
Keep and maintain eye contact with interviewer
When asked “Do you have any questions?”, ask prepared questions
Maintain a naturally alert head position; keep head up & eyes front at all times
Do not criticize your previous companies, bosses and so on
Consider several scenarios of interview
Avert your gaze from time to time to avoid the impression that you are staring
Relax with every breath During Interview Be natural
Arrive early
Give a firm but not a crushing handshake
Be positive & professional. (Smile)
When you do not catch a question, do not stare at the interviewer. Smile & ask politely to repeat/ rephrase the question
When asked to tell about yourself, start talking fluently about your resume, what projects you have been involved in During Interview
Mock Interview
Close friend/ family member
Practice in front of a mirror




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYHn90zrYUI Before interview Do not panic!
Answer the questions in accordance, do not change topic during your answer (Shows that you are not interested or don’t know how to answer the questions)
If you don’t understand the question, ask the interviewer back politely. Example: Am I correct to interpret your question this way?
DO NOT missed any questions asked. It shows that you are not paying attention. This is disrespectful to the interviewer!
Answer in proper and appropriate English. Try to use understandable words so as not to create misunderstandings. SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO RESPOND FAQS? Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html How many questions to ask?
There is no limit
Depends on what you need to know
Highly unlikely that you would enter an interview without at least three to five questions on your mind and prepared to articulate
Prioritize your questions based on the interview situation
Ask for information that matters most early for first interviews
Ask more probing questions during second interview
If is an all-day interview during which you are meeting with different groups and individuals? Ask questions that fit the roles of those individuals and groups (and ask one same question of all in order to compare responses!)
Know the nature of the organization and appropriate terminology Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some examples of good questions:
What are things your organization has done recently to show how it values its employees?
I read a news story about the possible opening of an office in Spokane. Knowing that a news article does not always capture the full story, I wondered what factors are under consideration for this decision. (Notice this isn't technically a question, but a series of statements showing your interest and inviting conversation.)
What are the organization's/company's strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
How does upper management view the role and importance of this department and this position?
What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit in?
Could you explain your organizational structure?
What do you most enjoy about your work with this organization / company / agency?
How have various types of decisions been made?
What are the various ways employees communicate with one another to carry out their work?
How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? By whom?
What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
Could you describe your company's management style and the type of employee who fits well with it? Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some type of questions that CAN be asked:
intelligent and thoughtful and cordial
Questions that are open-ended and not to be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’
ask how things are done or have happened in the past, because current and past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour (Note: this is normally on operation wise based on the job you are applying for and not gossips!) Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some type of questions that SHOULD NOT be asked:
Dull questions that you could find in a web search
Questions that you have no interest in
Asking about your future salary Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html During normal circumstances, the interviewer will allow you to ask questions towards the end of the interview.
Be prepared to ask questions! (Shows that you are well-prepared)
Judgment by employers may be based on the questions you asked
Ensure that you asked the correct questions!
Asking WRONG questions may lead to bad impression from the employer Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
Are you satisfied with what you have accomplished in your life so far?
Where do you see yourself in three years?
What are your biggest personal goals? career goals?
Would you consider yourself a reader? What kinds of things do you like to read?
What was the last book you have read? What are you reading now?
How do you make sure that you follow-up on your assignments? Do you have a system?
How do you typically prepare for meetings?
These questions are considered ‘hungry’ questions. Most likely they were asked to determine how far your thinking is in terms of your own future. This will determine how much benefits you can bring to the company in the future. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
Do you think that telling a “white lie” is ever justified “for the greater good”?
If things go wrong with a project, what obligation if any do you feel compelled to share with your boss?
If someone else has wronged you in some way, how do you deal with the situation?
Can you tell me about a recent situation where you had to share bad news with someone? How did you handle it?
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to make good on a commitment that you wished you hadn’t made?
These questions are considered ‘honest’ questions. Most likely they were asked to determine how honest you are. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
How do you feel about this opportunity?
What work experiences have you had that prepare you to be successful in this position?
What do you see as your three greatest strengths?
What do you think is your biggest weakness?
How do you learn best? How would you describe your learning style?
You’ve obviously accomplished a great deal. To what do you attribute that success?
We all make mistakes. When you discover that you have made one, how do you handle it?
These questions are considered ‘humble’ questions. Most likely they were asked to determine how humble you are. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L3V5hg4QDE&feature=fvwrel FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS2ik_UOzhE DRESS CODE 3. Follow up actions
make a follow-up phone call to the interviewer on the fifth day after the interview. Let her know of your continued interest in the job and ask if there is any further information she needs from you. If she is not available when you call, leave that basic message on her voice mail. AFTER INTERVIEW Thank the interviewer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN3de440npU AFTER INTERVIEW 3-Steps Approach
Thank the interviewer
Write thank you letter/e-mail
Follow up actions AFTER INTERVIEW Video time:
(Do’s and don’ts during an interview)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ucmfPOBV8 DURING INTERVIEW Try answering precisely to questions.
Talk more about what you know and less about what you don’t
Keep and maintain eye contact with interviewer
When asked “Do you have any questions?”, ask prepared questions
Maintain a naturally alert head position; keep head up & eyes front at all times
Do not criticize your previous companies, bosses and so on
Consider several scenarios of interview
Avert your gaze from time to time to avoid the impression that you are staring
Relax with every breath During Interview Find out the structure of interview
Look at the company’s website. Focus on staff bios, annual reports and information about company’s projects
Read at least a newspaper each day for any mention of the company
Asked anyone you know who has worked there
Plan your trip. (Will you be walking, driving, taking public transport) Map out your journey and add buffer time. Be early than late
Read through your CV & application letter BEFORE INTERVIEW Planning & Strategizing interview before stepping into interview room
Do’s before, during & after interview
Dress code
Frequently asked questions
Suggestions on how to respond to FAQs LESSON
Objectives Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html The least useful questions are hypothetical, such as "what would you do if...?" The better way to get a useful answer is to ask the behaviour "what have you done when....?" However, hypothetical questions can make sense if asking about something a person or organization has never experienced; the answer would at least exhibit the thought process. Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some examples of good questions (Continue):
What is the company's policy on providing seminars, workshops, and training so employees can keep up their skills or acquire new ones?
What particular computer equipment and software do you use? (If you are applying for IT base job positions)
What kind of work can I expect to be doing the first year?
What percentage of routine, detailed work will I encounter?
How much opportunity is there to see the end result of my efforts? (More to be asked during second interview onwards)
How and by whom will my performance be reviewed? Are there specific criteria upon which I would be evaluated? And how frequently is formal and informal review given to new employees?
How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing career goals?
I read on the company / organization / agency website that employees have recently done presentations at XX conference. Is that a typical opportunity in the job for which I am interviewing? Are there specific professional organizations employees have been encouraged to join?
How much opportunity will I have for decision-making in my first assignment?
Can you describe an ideal employee?
What is your organization's policy on transfers to other cities? Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
How well did you do in school? If you had to do it over again, how would you have done it differently?
What do you wish they had taught you in school that they didn’t?
Do you consider yourself a smart person? If so, why?
What’s your general approach to problem-solving?
How would you describe your learning style?
What are some of your interests outside of work?
These questions are considered ‘smart’ questions. These were asked to determine your qualifications as well as your individual thinking and brain processing. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkj-xL0x2z0 DRESS CODE 2. Write thank you letter/e-mail http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjMmYGNXoaI&feature=related
Example: AFTER INTERVIEW Be natural
Arrive early
Give a firm but not a crushing handshake
Be positive & professional. (Smile)
When you do not catch a question, do not stare at the interviewer. Smile & ask politely to repeat/ rephrase the question
When asked to tell about yourself, start talking fluently about your resume, what projects you have been involved in During Interview
Mock Interview
Close friend/ family member
Practice in front of a mirror




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYHn90zrYUI Before interview Job Interview Professional Preparation Do not panic!
Answer the questions in accordance, do not change topic during your answer (Shows that you are not interested or don’t know how to answer the questions)
If you don’t understand the question, ask the interviewer back politely. Example: Am I correct to interpret your question this way?
DO NOT missed any questions asked. It shows that you are not paying attention. This is disrespectful to the interviewer!
Answer in proper and appropriate English. Try to use understandable words so as not to create misunderstandings. SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO RESPOND FAQS? Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html The least useful questions are hypothetical, such as "what would you do if...?" The better way to get a useful answer is to ask the behaviour "what have you done when....?" However, hypothetical questions can make sense if asking about something a person or organization has never experienced; the answer would at least exhibit the thought process. Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html How many questions to ask?
There is no limit
Depends on what you need to know
Highly unlikely that you would enter an interview without at least three to five questions on your mind and prepared to articulate
Prioritize your questions based on the interview situation
Ask for information that matters most early for first interviews
Ask more probing questions during second interview
If is an all-day interview during which you are meeting with different groups and individuals? Ask questions that fit the roles of those individuals and groups (and ask one same question of all in order to compare responses!)
Know the nature of the organization and appropriate terminology Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some examples of good questions (Continue):
What is the company's policy on providing seminars, workshops, and training so employees can keep up their skills or acquire new ones?
What particular computer equipment and software do you use? (If you are applying for IT base job positions)
What kind of work can I expect to be doing the first year?
What percentage of routine, detailed work will I encounter?
How much opportunity is there to see the end result of my efforts? (More to be asked during second interview onwards)
How and by whom will my performance be reviewed? Are there specific criteria upon which I would be evaluated? And how frequently is formal and informal review given to new employees?
How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing career goals?
I read on the company / organization / agency website that employees have recently done presentations at XX conference. Is that a typical opportunity in the job for which I am interviewing? Are there specific professional organizations employees have been encouraged to join?
How much opportunity will I have for decision-making in my first assignment?
Can you describe an ideal employee?
What is your organization's policy on transfers to other cities? Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some type of questions that SHOULD NOT be asked:
Dull questions that you could find in a web search
Questions that you have no interest in
Asking about your future salary Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html During normal circumstances, the interviewer will allow you to ask questions towards the end of the interview.
Be prepared to ask questions! (Shows that you are well-prepared)
Judgment by employers may be based on the questions you asked
Ensure that you asked the correct questions!
Asking WRONG questions may lead to bad impression from the employer Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
Are you satisfied with what you have accomplished in your life so far?
Where do you see yourself in three years?
What are your biggest personal goals? career goals?
Would you consider yourself a reader? What kinds of things do you like to read?
What was the last book you have read? What are you reading now?
How do you make sure that you follow-up on your assignments? Do you have a system?
How do you typically prepare for meetings?
These questions are considered ‘hungry’ questions. Most likely they were asked to determine how far your thinking is in terms of your own future. This will determine how much benefits you can bring to the company in the future. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
Do you think that telling a “white lie” is ever justified “for the greater good”?
If things go wrong with a project, what obligation if any do you feel compelled to share with your boss?
If someone else has wronged you in some way, how do you deal with the situation?
Can you tell me about a recent situation where you had to share bad news with someone? How did you handle it?
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to make good on a commitment that you wished you hadn’t made?
These questions are considered ‘honest’ questions. Most likely they were asked to determine how honest you are. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
How do you feel about this opportunity?
What work experiences have you had that prepare you to be successful in this position?
What do you see as your three greatest strengths?
What do you think is your biggest weakness?
How do you learn best? How would you describe your learning style?
You’ve obviously accomplished a great deal. To what do you attribute that success?
We all make mistakes. When you discover that you have made one, how do you handle it?
These questions are considered ‘humble’ questions. Most likely they were asked to determine how humble you are. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L3V5hg4QDE&feature=fvwrel FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 3. Follow up actions
make a follow-up phone call to the interviewer on the fifth day after the interview. Let her know of your continued interest in the job and ask if there is any further information she needs from you. If she is not available when you call, leave that basic message on her voice mail. AFTER INTERVIEW 2. Write thank you letter/e-mail http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjMmYGNXoaI&feature=related
Example: AFTER INTERVIEW Thank the interviewer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN3de440npU AFTER INTERVIEW Video time:
(Do’s and don’ts during an interview)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ucmfPOBV8 DURING INTERVIEW Be natural
Arrive early
Give a firm but not a crushing handshake
Be positive & professional. (Smile)
When you do not catch a question, do not stare at the interviewer. Smile & ask politely to repeat/ rephrase the question
When asked to tell about yourself, start talking fluently about your resume, what projects you have been involved in During Interview Find out the structure of interview
Look at the company’s website. Focus on staff bios, annual reports and information about company’s projects
Read at least a newspaper each day for any mention of the company
Asked anyone you know who has worked there
Plan your trip. (Will you be walking, driving, taking public transport) Map out your journey and add buffer time. Be early than late
Read through your CV & application letter BEFORE INTERVIEW Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some examples of good questions:
What are things your organization has done recently to show how it values its employees?
I read a news story about the possible opening of an office in Spokane. Knowing that a news article does not always capture the full story, I wondered what factors are under consideration for this decision. (Notice this isn't technically a question, but a series of statements showing your interest and inviting conversation.)
What are the organization's/company's strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
How does upper management view the role and importance of this department and this position?
What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit in?
Could you explain your organizational structure?
What do you most enjoy about your work with this organization / company / agency?
How have various types of decisions been made?
What are the various ways employees communicate with one another to carry out their work?
How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? By whom?
What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
Could you describe your company's management style and the type of employee who fits well with it? Questions to ask during first interview Source: http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AskQuestions.html Some type of questions that CAN be asked:
intelligent and thoughtful and cordial
Questions that are open-ended and not to be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’
ask how things are done or have happened in the past, because current and past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour (Note: this is normally on operation wise based on the job you are applying for and not gossips!) Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/25-questions-to-ask-in-the-first-interview.html Some questions that employers may ask:
How well did you do in school? If you had to do it over again, how would you have done it differently?
What do you wish they had taught you in school that they didn’t?
Do you consider yourself a smart person? If so, why?
What’s your general approach to problem-solving?
How would you describe your learning style?
What are some of your interests outside of work?
These questions are considered ‘smart’ questions. These were asked to determine your qualifications as well as your individual thinking and brain processing. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS2ik_UOzhE DRESS CODE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkj-xL0x2z0 DRESS CODE 3-Steps Approach
Thank the interviewer
Write thank you letter/e-mail
Follow up actions AFTER INTERVIEW Planning & Strategizing interview before stepping into interview room
Do’s before, during & after interview
Dress code
Frequently asked questions
Suggestions on how to respond to FAQs LESSON
Objectives Job Interview Professional Preparation Try answering precisely to questions.
Talk more about what you know and less about what you don’t
Keep and maintain eye contact with interviewer
When asked “Do you have any questions?”, ask prepared questions
Maintain a naturally alert head position; keep head up & eyes front at all times
Do not criticize your previous companies, bosses and so on
Consider several scenarios of interview
Avert your gaze from time to time to avoid the impression that you are staring
Relax with every breath During Interview
Mock Interview
Close friend/ family member
Practice in front of a mirror




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYHn90zrYUI Before interview Difficult Questions Effective Answers When asked to talk about yourself
Thou must know thyself!!
Speak fluently about your resume
What projects have you been involved in?
Are you short and long term goals in line with the position?
What your friends say about you?
What value can you bring to the position?
If you do not hear or understand a question, smile and ask politely to repeat/rephrase the question Your examples... How do you manage relationships?

Why should we hire you, when others have the same skill set as you?

Tell me about a situation when you performed extraordinarily well?

How would you rate your ability to learn new things?

any other questions ? Understanding Employers Would they and their clients want to work with you?

What are they really looking for in each question?

Your clarity improves their understanding

How is the interviewer responding?

Above all they want you to do well! The STAR Format S=Situation

T=Task

A=Action

R= Result Questions to ask the interviewer Question NOT to ask at the end of the interview Some questions that CAN be asked:
Intelligent and thoughtful and cordial
Questions that are open-ended and cannot be answered by 'yes' or 'no'

Remember.....
Be prepared to ask questions
Judgement by employers may be based on the questions you ask
Asking the RIGHT questions may lead to a positive last impression on the employer Dull questions that you probably could have found out on your web search
Salary related questions
"What is a typical day like?"
"What is the culture like?" DURING the INTERVIEW Small Talk Tips Listen more than you talk

Stick to safe topics

Make it work for you

To be interesting, look interested Government v. Corporate

Panels

Interview with HR staff BEFORE the INTERVIEW BEFORE the INTERVIEW
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