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Interview Skills Workshop

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Tracy Wilson

on 2 May 2013

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You have a job interview! Presented By:
Goodwill Industries Be Prepared Go On Your Own Go by yourself.
It's important that you speak for yourself and connect with the interviewer, without someones assistance.
Do not bring your children/family with you to the interview. Interview Clothing for Men Interview Clothing for Women Dress the "Part"
Dress according to the job you are applying for! If you are applying for Food Service or Manufacturing, nice khakis with a polo shirt will be fine.
If you are applying for Office Administration, wear "Office Attire" such as dressy slacks/skirts, a nice blouse and dress shoes that have closed toes.
If you are applying for an executive position, wear a dress suit, skirt, blouse and jacket. Prepare for the Interview Questions Identify your key strengths and think of examples of how you can demonstrate your ability to do the job successfully.
Review typical interview questions and answers. Practice your responses before you go. Ask a family member or friend to ask you some questions so you can practice your answers.
Be your unique self. You need to stand apart from the competition.
Interviewers do not want to hear the same answers to their questions such as how honest, dependable and reliable you are.
Tell them WHY YOU are honest, dependable, etc... "Tell Me About Yourself"
What Do You Say? Current and past work status and accomplishments.
Best working traits (perfect attendance, etc...) Future goals such as finding a good company to retire with...not personal future goals.
Elaborate on past work accomplishments.
Go into more details about YOURSELF! Good: "Tell Me About Yourself"
What Do You Say? Not Good: Every detail of your life.
Personal information such as how long you have been married, how many children you have, where you go to church, etc...
Saying negative things about other people or past employers.
How desperately you need money/benefits or want the job. Be able to explain why you would be a good fit for the job! Demonstrate your abilities to handle the position you are applying for by elaborating on past job experiences.
Remember: Companies are not looking for someone who is perfect; just someone who is willing to work hard, grow and learn. Strengths "I am passionate about helping others and like to work with the public."
"I am very detail oriented and great at multitasking".
"I am honest, dependable and have great attendance records from past employers".
"I am a quick learner and I am always eager to learn new things. Weaknesses Most people when asked what their weaknesses are want to answer with "I don't have one"; but we all do!

Turn all weaknesses into a positive such as:
"I sometimes have a problem with organization but I continue to work on this to become better organized." Be On Time! Arrive at the interview site a few minutes early (at least 10 minutes).
Do not show up an hour early just because you were in the area! Interviewers have other people on their schedule or may be busy doing other things.
If you're not sure where to go, get directions ahead of time. Take a test drive the day before to make sure you know what the company is and how long it will take you to get there.
If you don't have a drivers license or transportation, make sure you have a dependable ride.
At all costs, avoid being late. If you know you are going to be late, make sure you call the employer ahead of time to let them know in case they need to reschedule. It's essential to have good manners when interviewing.
Shake your interviewer's hand. Have a firm handshake at the beginning and at the end of the interview. Avoid the light, delicate handshake and the powerful controlling handshake.
Don't slouch in your chair.
Don't use slang or swear.
Be polite, positive and professional throughout the interview.
Never criticize a former employer or anyone else for that matter during an interview. Know Your Schedule Know what days and hours you are available to work.
Flexibility is definitely an asset because the more time you are available, the easier it is for the employer to set a work schedule.
Know how you are going to get to and from work if you don't drive.
Make sure you have adequate child care and a back up plan if your child gets sick and cant attend daycare. After The Interview Ask Questions!
Most people are so focused on getting the job, they forget to stop and think about important questions that should be asked after the interview.
Good Questions:
What would my job duties be?
How long would I need to train for this position? What is a typical day like?
How long have you been in business?
What is the future of this field of work such as opportunities for growth, transferable skills. After The Interview
Not So Good Questions:

How much money will I make? Only ask after you have been offered the job.
What are the benefits? Only ask after you have been offered the job.
Do I have to work on the weekends?
How many days can I be absent/late without getting in trouble?
When will I get a raise? Close With A Thank You
When you finish asking and answering questions, the interview isn't over yet. Always “Thank” the interviewer and close with a positive statement such as:
“I look forward to hearing from you soon”.
“I am very interested in working here.”
Mail a handwritten, short “Thank You” note to the interviewer. Example Thank You Letter:

Dear Mr. Jones,
Thank you for taking time to interview me for the Office Assistant position. It was a pleasure meeting you and I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Sincerely, Jane Smith

Good Luck! The more information you have in advance, the better impression you will make on the interviewer.
It is very important that you research information about the company you are interviewing with.
You will always make a good impression if you mention something positive about the company.
They will really be impressed that you have knowledge about what the company does, how long they have been in business, mission statement, etc...
Go online and Google the company name to find out as much information as you can. If you know someone who works there, ask questions! Don't just show up for the interview. Bring to the Interview Make a Good Impression Be Conservative! Would you wear to an interview? Would you wear this to an interview? Would you wear this to an interview? Would you wear to an interview? Remember, this is only for the interview. You will be told the dress code after you are offered the job.
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