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Transcript of Interviewing
work well in teams, especially with different people
understand how technology is used in real world
write & speak well
analyze a problem to develop solutions
be creative & innovative in solving problems
apply knowledge & skills in new settings
understand numbers & statistics
strong sense of ethics & integrity
Top Things Employers Look for in New College Graduates
Purpose of an Interview
Can the employer see you in the job?
SEEK further information about the position and the organization
How do I get the job?
5. "Well, I Goggled myself this morning, and here's what I
What to wear?...Get a suit!
Interview only with employers for which you are interested in working
If an employer offers to reimburse interview expenses, request reimbursement of only reasonable and legitimate expenses incurred in the recruitment process
Respond to employers promptly
Notify employers promptly of an acceptance, non-acceptance or withdrawal from the recruiting process, including if you accept another offer
Preparing for an Interview
What to wear?...Get a suit!
What does interviewing ulimately come down to?
Present yourself professionally
Dress the part
Practice body language
Shake it like you mean it
Practice and prepare to give great answers
Give concise yet comprehensive answers
Incorporate concrete & quantifiable examples/data
Prepare success stories
COMMUNICATE information about yourself, experience, and abilities
CONVINCE an employer that you are the right person for the job
EVALUATE the match between your needs and what the job offers
Know the rules
What is my strategy? Use these 3 steps
Be on time
Research the company, product lines & competitors
What are my responsibilities?
Interviewing Pro Secrets:
Ask Good Questions
Almost every interview will end with "Do you have any questions?"...Always have questions
Prepare several questions that show-off your research
Prepare enough questions that if some are covered in the interview, you still have something to ask
Do not ask questions you can easily find the answer to through research
Use your questions to show your long-term interest in and fit with the company
Research the Interviewer, Not just the Company
"Find out who is interviewing you so that you can do some basic research about them, particularly their background and specialist area. For example, are they independently recognized as an expert in their particular practice area? What recent commentary have they made about the firm, its clients or factors that might affect your recruitment? What influence will this person have on you and the role that you are applying for? You need to stand out at the interview (in a positive way) and the research you do can easily set you apart from the rest and inform your answer to the interview questions. The more prepared you are, the less nervous you will feel."
--Graham de Guise, HR Director at TLT Solutions
Tell a Compelling Story with Details
Use the S.T.A.R. Technique. This works especially well for behavioral types questions.
Speak the Company's and Industry's Language (Accurately)
"Go to the employer's website and take a look at the language they use and try to weave these words into your application. It demonstrates that you have an understanding of the business and are more aligned to its core values."
--Sophie Milliken, Manager, Graduate Recruitment, John Lewis
6. "My passion is..."
1. "I can summarize who I am in three words."
2. "The quotation I live my life by is..."
3. My personal philosophy is..."
4. "People who know me best say that I'm..."
Use good sense
Remember that your actions throughout the job search are a proxy for how you will act on the job
Provide accurate information
Adhere to schedules
Accept an offer of employment in good faith
You will get this question more than any other
Make clear why you are in that chair on that day interviewing for that job
Relate specific experience and credentials to the position and company
Express your commitment to the company or department's mission
Avoid a chronological biography if you can
You are a nice, normal human being who is pleasant to be around
Avoid these things
Overscheduling yourself (more than 2 interviews on 1 day is probably more than you can do well)
Bringing anyone else to the interview with you
Sitting down before the interviewer invites you to do so or sits down himself/herself
Calling the interviewer by their first name unless invited to do so
Putting anything on or reading anything on the interviewer's desk--it's an invasion of personal space
If you are invited to a meal: ordering alcohol, ordering the most expensive item on the menu, or selecting items that are not easy to eat while talking
What to bring with you
Extra copies of your resume on resume paper
Business cards (not necessary, sometimes helpful)
Transcript(s) (a copy is fine)
List of references
Samples of your work
Certifications, licenses, and other credential documents
Letters of recommendation
Appointment calendar (electronic or paper)
Driver's license or ID
List of pertinent questions*
Pen and notepad*
List your top 10 selling points, with at least 1 example
Go through your resume line-by-line, literally. Why is each item included? What stories can you tell from each?
Know Thy Potential Employer
Research to find out as much as you can about the company
Google "employer" and "interview questions," to find sites like glassdoor.com, where interviewees share questions they were asked by specific employers and/or job type
Identify common interview questions
Practice answering likely interview questions
Practice answering questions out loud
"Tell Me about Yourself"
7. "When I was seven years old, I always wanted to be..."
8. "If Hollywood made a movie about my life, it would be
9. "Can I show you, instead of tell you?"
10. "The compliment people give me most frequently is..."
Suited for Success:
Preparing for the Interview
The outfits below may be nice looking, but not for an interview. Why?
Remember, err on the side of dressing conservatively for an interview.
Write a thank you
to each person you interviewed with
within 24 hours
by email or regular mail
Phone and Skype Interviews
Use a secure connection, use a landline if possible, for phone interviews.
Have the following in front of you: your top selling points, info about the company.
Dress professionally, don't get too comfortable.
Find a quiet space. For skype interviews, make sure your background looks nice.
Smile (you can hear it even on the phone). Look into the camera, not the screen.
think clearly on complex problems
You'll be asked the following four questions using Interviewstream.
Pretend you are interviewing with the company you wrote your cover letter for.
Plan on each of your first three answers being
about two minutes
in length. Be natural and
don't read off your notes
. Have about three questions prepared for your last question.
Tell me about yourself. (Rembember, this is your long elevator pitch.)
Talk about one strength and one weakness that you possess.
Tell me about a recent problem you encountered and how you came to the solution (use the
method to answer).
Do you have any questions about our company? Again, you are interviewing with the company you wrote your cover letter.