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Interviews and Follow Up Email

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Jordan Youd

on 9 February 2017

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Transcript of Interviews and Follow Up Email

Week 5: Interviews and the Follow Up Letter
Interview Body Language
Follow Up/Thank You Letter
•Get firsthand, relevant information about the realities of working within a particular field, industry or position. This kind of information is not always available online or in print.
•Find out about career paths you did not know existed.
•Learn what it is like to work at a specific organization.
•Gain knowledge that can help you in writing your resume, interviewing for jobs in the field, and your other job search activities.

•Initiate a professional relationship and expand your network of contacts in a specific career field; meet people who may forward job leads to you in the future.
Benefits of Informational Interviews
Interview Questions
Informational Interviews
Interview Etiquette
Be Polite
Dress for the Occasion
Be Punctual
Learn to Listen
Be Knowledgeable
Appear Upbeat
Communicate Well
Avoid Interruptions
Show Appreciation
Address each person by their title (Dr., Mr., Ms.) and Last Name
There is a time in job hunting when you need to be assertive, but that is no excuse for not being polite.
Do you research and determine the level of attire you need
Is it always better to dress above than below
Know your route and build in extra time for delays
Arrive at least ten minutes early
Be present during the interview, and listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying.
Don't be afraid to listen to the question, then take a moment to formulate your answer
Appearing ignorant or disinterested in a prospective employer is a major lapse in etiquette
Showcase your knowledge of their company/organization
Do not let outside situations affect your demeanor
Maintain a positive attitude
Demonstrate this through:
good posture
Face to Face Communication
Telephone Communication
Email Communication
Turn off cell phone
Don't ever interrupt your interviewer
Acknowledge and thank the people you meet at networking events and job fairs.
In summary: Well-mannered job-seekers gain the edge in job-hunting
Job-hunting etiquette wins the hearts and minds of hiring managers
Have your references ready. Before you go to the interview, ask references if it's okay to use their names. Have their names and telephone numbers written down.

Come Prepared:
Bring a copy of your resume.
•Get tips about how to prepare for and enter a given career.
•Improve your communication skills and confidence speaking with professionals.
The interviewer wants you to present a recent challenge and situation in which you found yourself.
What did you have to achieve? The interviewer will be looking to see what you were trying to achieve from the situation.
What did you do? The interviewer will be looking for information on what you did, why you did it and what the alternatives were.
What was the outcome of your actions? What did you achieve through your actions and did you meet your objectives? What did you learn from this experience and have you used this learning since?
Interview Activity
Different kinds of letters:
Stresses Fit
Builds on Rapport
Demonstrate Understanding of a Job
Email or Post with 24 hours
Interview Sign Up Sheet
Week 6
Sign up and prepare for an interview time wither week 6 or 7
Write a Thank You Follow up Letter after the interview (send within 24 hours)
Dress the part
Tell us a little bit about yourself
Why do you want this job?
Why should we hire your?
Why do you want to work for this company?
What experience do you have that relates to this job?
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Tell about a successful experience you had on a job.
Why did you leave your last job?
Why do you want to leave your current job?
Tell about a problem you had at a job and what you did about it.
Tell about a mistake you made at work and what you would do differently.
What is your career plan?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Do you have any questions for us?
Seeks to Offer Further Information
Informational Interview Assignment due by the beginning of class Week 8.
Dear (Interviewers name). I really appreciate the opportunity to talk with you today about the (Job Title) job there at (Company Name). As you requested in the interview I have attached the names and contact information for my references. Please let me know if you need any further information from me. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks again.

Jordan Youd
(Phone Number)
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