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Natural Sci Capstone Interviewing

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Joshua Bench

on 27 October 2017

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Transcript of Natural Sci Capstone Interviewing

Successful Interviewing

Will You Be Prepared?
Very often the difference between the person hired and the person rejected is not who is the better candidate but who is better prepared for the interview.
What will interviewers ask?
Spend some time constructing and practicing answers to more common questions, but avoid trying to anticipate the "oddballs"
Behavior Based Questions *
"Your past behavior is the best predictor of your future performance." Use the STAR acronym to answer these sometimes tricky questions.

The Big Day
- Being nervous is normal
- Directions and parking
- Be on time
- How should you dress?

Content and Delivery
Examples of Behavioral Questions
Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.

What Are Your Questions?
- Prepare questions in advance and take them with you on note cards or in your folder
Understand the Position and Organization
InterviewStream via Handshake
Mock Interviews in Career Services
Learn about common Q's
Career events

When prepping on paper: Bullet points, not paragraphs!
Know Yourself and Your Résumé
Be ready to talk (in-depth) about your experiences
Be ready for questions about you
Know what will make you nervous and how to overcome
First Impression
Make a positive first impression!
- Thank them for having you
- Look like you want to be there
- Give a firm handshake
- Maintain appropriate eye contact
- Treat everyone with equal respect

Some interviews won't allow you to bring anything in with you - ask ahead!

- Listen - acknowledge - pause & think - answer
- Caught off-guard? "That's a ____ (interesting/tough/great) question"
- Can ask for clarification, or ask them to restate
- "Does that answer your question?"
Stay Positive
- Acknowledge weaknesses or failures but don’t dwell on them
- Show that you can self-assess and improve
- Some questions make it easy to be negative
Ex. What did you like least about your last boss?
- How could you answer this?

Avoid Cliches
"I'm a people person"
"I'm a hard-worker"
"I just like to help people"
"I'm a team player"

What does "hard work look like in your experience?
How/who do you like to help?
And if these things are true of you, give the interviewers evidence
Use Examples
What to-the-minute experiences have you had in:

- Fieldwork
- Volunteer work
- Research
- Employment
- Class / lab
- Campus or community involvement
- Athletics
- Personal life

Remember, they are asking the same questions of everyone, so examples are how they will remember you

Very common
- Tell us about yourself...
- What are your goals/interests?
- Why do you want this job?
- Why do you want to be a doc/PA/dentist etc.?
- Why do you want to work for this organization?
- Why do you want to attend our program/school?

Very common
- What are your strengths?
- What are some areas in which you need improvement?
- Tell us about a time that you failed...
- Tell us what you have learned about yourself from your experience in [something specific from resume]...
T - Task
What was the issue and/or what were you trying to achieve? Don't generalize!
A - Action
What action did you take? Focus on your own efforts!
Some general questions you might ask...
Pitfalls to avoid...
What distinguishes this organization or program from others?

What qualities do they look for in candidates?

What are the goals for the organization over the next 3-5 years?

Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Analyze the job posting
Scour the company's website
Read online reviews - indeed.com
Talk to faculty and staff
S - Situation
R - Results and Reflection
* Questions that try to access what you have done - and, they hope, what you would do - in a given situation.
The context:
When and Where
What were the results? What did you take from the experience?
Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it.

Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.

Salary questions
Specific questions which could be answered using their website
"No, I don't have any questions"
- Always send a thank you letter or email as soon as possible following your interview
- See Career Services web page for sample letters

Contact: jbench@uwlax.edu
- If they do not tell you, ask when they expect to notify candidates of their decision
- For employment interviews, ask about training, supervision, evaluation
- Ask the interviewer about their own background and perceptions of the organization
- Try to tailor a few of your questions to the organization and position, and how you might fit
- If they answered your questions, ask a follow up or clarification question

Teamwork / Cooperation
Customer Orientation
Creativity / Innovation
Flexibility / Adaptability to Change / Continuous Learning
Leadership / Initiative
Supports Diversity and Understands Diversity Issues
Honesty / Fairness / Integrity / Trust
Planning / Organization / Goal Setting
Problem Solving / Judgment / Stress Management
Making Effective Decisions
Communicate Effectively
Behavioral Questions: Common Topics
When have you dealt with these topics, or seen professionals in your field deal with them?
During which experiences have you developed these skills/characteristics (school, work, athletics, etc.)?
Body Language
When asked to share interview behaviors that they disliked, hiring managers named the following (via SHRM):

Failing to make eye contact (cited by 67 percent of respondents)
Failing to smile (39 percent)
Playing with something on the table (33 percent)
Having bad posture (30 percent)
Fidgeting too much in their seats (30 percent)
Crossing their arms over their chests (29 percent)
Playing with their hair or touching their faces (27 percent)
Having a weak handshake (21 percent)
Using too many hand gestures (11 percent)
Having a handshake that was too strong (7 percent)
2018: Feb. 2nd
2018: March 27th
Or for grad school - learn about the program and what they are looking for in a student and professional
All common to college students, but not all the same...
Tell me about a time when you failed.
Please give us an example of a time when you had to deal with conflict.
Different Types of Interviews
Online (ex. CASPR)
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