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COMM 202 Tutorial 8T08 Wed 1 pm T09 Wed 2 pm

agendaEmployment InterviewInterview QuestionsA Message from Our SponsorAction Items

Course timelineInterviewingInterview Stream due Nov 25th @ 11:59 PMWhat to do when youve got the job!Interviews Nov 28th 29th, Dec 1st

Informational Interview due Dec 9th @ 11:59 PM

And then were done!

Employment interviews

Employment InterviewWhen: Nov 28th, 29th and Dec 1st Where: Birmingham break out roomsWhat you MUST bring: Resume Cover Letter Job Posting Padfolio Pen Research Notes

25% of your grade

The Interview Process Check in with reception in Birmingham Be early! Ideally about 10 minutes. If youre not there when the interviewer arrives, you will receive an automatic zero Interview is approximately 20 minutes long with one COMM 202 TA, BCC coach, or external consultant. Allot 30 minutes total! You can sign up for timeslots for interviews starting Nov 22nd @12:01 AM until Nov 24th @ 11:59 PM. You have the choice between a consultant or TA/coach Interview will consist of behavioural questions

Attire: Business Formal Dress pants or skirt with matching jacket Skirts should sit at or just above the knee Collared blouse or dress-material top tucked in or just below the waistline: tops should never hang below the hem of your jacket or show your stomach Dark pantyhose or tights when wearing skirts (winter) Flats or low-heeled shoes in leather or dress material Dress pants with matching jacket Button-up collared shirt paired with a tie: white, beige or light blue are safe Ties with colours and tones should match suit and shirt bold colours and patterns are acceptable Dress shoes in leather or dress materialIdentify as womenIdentify as men

Interview Questions

#1: Tell me about yourselfMost common interview questionCan be asked in many different ways: Walk me through your resume; Whats your story; So who is Sarah?Think about this one and practice!

#1: Tell me about yourselfKeep it to 2 minutes or lessBrand yourself - give them something to remember you bySound natural, not like youre reading off a script your interviewer can tell!Speak to your skills and accomplishmentsShow passionProvide a well-rounded picture

#1: Tell me about yourselfCommon ThemeGoal: Tell them a story that is unique to YOU to impress your interviewer

Not necessarily the only way to do it (provide an example)!11

#1: Tell me about yourselfThe BeginningThe SparkGrowing InterestYour FutureWhy are you here?IntroductionRealization that this is the right career for youYour formula and how it has helped lead you to this roleWhere you see yourself in 5, 10, even 20 years, or what you want to accomplish in your careerHow this position and this company ties into it all

Not necessarily the only way to do it (provide an example)!12

ExampleConnecting people and technology

#1: Tell me about yourselfGrading RubricI would consider you a strong candidate. (3pts.)I would like to interview you again. (2pts.)I would not consider you a top candidate. (1pts.)I would not hire you. (0pts.)TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

Does the student provide an overview of their skills,fit and desire for therole?The student provides a relevant story highlighting their passions, accomplishments, goals and fit to the organization in a concise manner (2mins orless)The studentprovides a story highlighting some but not all aspects in column one or answer waslonger than 2 minutesStudent provided a storythat is not concise and is more than 2 minutesStudent fails to answer the question or answer is not coherent and is longer than 2 minutes

#1: Tell me about yourselfActivity: Grab a partner and swap Tell me about yourself stories2.5 minutes for story telling + 1 minute for feedbackGoal: Convey the elements of the story in a logical way and experiment with finding your formula

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#1: Tell me about yourselfWhat did you like?What would you do differently?Any creative formulas?

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#2: What are your strengths?A way for the interviewer to tell if you know yourself and that you know you have what it takes to do the jobCan also be asked in different ways: What makes you a strong candidate for this job?; What skills can you bring to this job?; What do you consider your own keys to success? Prepare multiple strengths.There is no right answer: just good answers that can be backed up by experiences

#2: What Are your strengths? Grading RubricI would consider you a strong candidate. (3pts.)I would like to interview you again. (2pts.)I would not consider you a top candidate. (1pts.)I would not hire you. (0pts.)STRENGTHSIs the student able to convey their brand and relevant skills/strengths for the role?Studentis able to choose strengths relevant to the position, gives a strong examples and communicates conciselyStudentisable to choose strengths relevantto the position givesa strong example of execution but may lack link to the positionStudents strengthsmay be irrelevant to the position and/or lacks proof of execution or link to the job opportunityStudent fails to provide strengths and strengths are totally irrelevant to the position

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#3: What Are your weaknesses? Do not flip WEAKNESSES into STRENGTHS!

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#3: What are your weaknesses?A way for the interviewer to see if you are able to identify weaknesses and have a plan in place to improve themTalk about weaknesses that weaknesses that would not impair you from doing the job you are applying for well. Prepare multiple!

#3: What are your weaknesses?Bad weaknesses:Im such a perfectionistToo detail-orientedOver-achieverI work too hard sometimes

#3: What Are your weaknesses? Grading RubricI would consider you a strong candidate. (3pts.)I would like to interview you again. (2pts.)I would not consider you a top candidate. (1pts.)I would not hire you. (0pts.)WEAKNESSESIs the student able to exhibit self-awareness and resilience in discussing past failures/weaknesses?Student is able to choose a developmental area not key to the function of the position and share how they overcame the situation, the lesson learned andaction planmovingforward whiledemonstrating self-reflectionand resilience Student is able to choose a developmental area not key to the function of the position and share how they overcame the situation howeverisnot able to articulate the Lesson learned or action plan moving forward and/or student chooses clich answers Studenteither chooses a skill essential to the positionor was not able to clearly convey the lesson and/or their actionplan for moving forward; student was unable to provide a weakness Student fails to provide a clear answer and isnt able to demonstrate any weaknesses clearly

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#4: Tell me about a time whenSTARL

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Wild Card QuestionSTARL

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#5: Wild Card QuestionIndustry or job specific, or just a pleasant surprise!A way for the interviewer to gauge your interest and knowledge of the position and industryTest your ability to communicate clearlyShows the interviewer how you think

#5: Wild Card QuestionGrading RubricI would consider you a strong candidate. (3pts.)I would like to interview you again. (2pts.)I would not consider you a top candidate. (1pts.)I would not hire you. (0pts.)WILD CARD QUESTION

Does the student provide an overview of their skills,fit and desire for therole?Student aces every opportunity to differentiate themselves during the interview: e.g., they offer a credible, logically organized, and concise answer for every question.Student handles some opportunities to differentiate themselves during the interview: e.g., they offer credible and/or logically organized and/or concise answers for many questions.They misstoo many opportunities to differentiate themselves during interview: e.g., they offer widelyvarying answersin terms of credibility and/or logical organization and/orconcisenessStudent fails to provide a clear answer or doesnt attempt to answer

FINANCEWHAT ARE THE THREE WAYS TO VALUE A COMPANY?PITCH ME A STOCKSO MANY CURVEBALLSACCOUNTINGWHY DO YOU WANT TO PURSUE YOUR CPA?WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK FOR X FIRM?WALK ME THROUGH AN ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CYCLE? MANAGEMENT CONSULTINGHOW MANY WORDS ARE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES?WHAT ARE YOUR 5 WEAKNESSES? TELL ME ANOTHER AND ANOTHERCASESMARKETINGHOW WOULD YOU INCREASE SALES OF X PRODUCT BY X%?SELL ME THIS PENTLOGWHAT WOULD YOU DO TO INCREASE OUR PRODUCTIVITY?HOW MANY CHAIRS ARE IN SAUDER?HUMAN RESOURCESHOW SHOULD WE CHANGE OUR HIRING PROCESS?HOW WOULD YOU FIRE ME IF YOU HAD TO DO IT RIGHT NOW?RANDOM QUESTIONS OR SCENARIOSWOULD YOU RATHER GO SKY DIVING OR SCUBA DIVING AND WHY?HOW WOULD YOU DIVIDE A CAKE INTO 8 EQUAL PIECES WITH ONLY 3 KNIFE CUTS? [ROLE PLAYING A DECISION MAKING SITUATION]TELL ME ABOUT SOME NEWS YOU HAVE READ RECENTLY AND HOW IT RELATES TO THIS JOB?

Common Questions by Industry

#6: Do you have any questions?Answer: YA YOU DO! Opportunity to turn it into a conversationAvoid asking questions you could find the answer to on GoogleAn example of a good question: What specific traits and qualities to you look for in a successful candidate? listen to what they say and link it back to you if it appliesDo not ask something that has already been addressed in the interviewAlways safe to get them talking about themselves maybe ask something directly related to their job/industry

Any concerns you have about me?28

Last step: Closing the Interview

Any concerns you have about me?29

Follow up!Send an email or handwritten cardReference the interview something you want to emphasize or something unsaid that you wanted them to

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