Real World Application:. Nailing an Interview. Amy Cuddy. Ted Talk: https:// www.youtube.com / watch?v =Ks-_Mh1QhMc. What do “THEY” want to know?. They want to know your history, your experience, your personality, your background… But what do they really want to know?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Nailing an Interview
Nailing an InterviewReal World Application:Amy Cuddy
Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMcWhat do THEY want to know?They want to know your history, your experience, your personality, your background
But what do they really want to know?
Will this person be an asset to my organization?You need to show them you will be.Step One: Dress to Impress
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Step One: What to wearThe rule of thumb is that you never want to dress below the dress code when interviewing, but dressing too far above it can also be bad it can signal that the person doesnt fit into the culture of the organization and fit is a big issue.My best advice is that you need to fit the part. Find out more about the dress code of the organization, and dress one step up. Step Two: The first impressionSmile, shake hands confidently, introduce yourself.
Be professional, and articulate.Hi! Im ________. I appreciate you meeting with me today.
And smile! Remember: you want to show them that youd be great to work with.Step Three: the documentsWhen going into an interview, you should have at least three things:Your resumeYour referencesA thank you note to write in afterwards.
Best to bring them in a folder or briefcase.
Step Four: The interviewTell me about yourself.Provide the stats first:Name, school, activities.THEN: tell the interviewer what would make you an asset to his/her organization.Im a great communicator, Im responsible, and Im a very hard worker. Would you like to hear more about any of thesestrengths?
Step Four: the interviewDiscussing your strengthsIts okay to talk yourself up!Just like writing an essay, its all about the supporting details and examples.What are your top strengths?Have ideas ready, and have examples to prove that you are these things!Make sure you tailor the description of your strengths to what the job is.LikeInterviewing at Anthropologie:What are your top strengths?Im passionate about helping people. As a nanny, Ive had to become comfortable with recognizing the needs of the kids and even their parents, almost before they even express them. [Brief example of when you did this.] I feel I could easily translate this ability to read people and meet them where theyre at to retail.
OrInterviewing for a Business Internship: What are your top strengths?I pride myself on my ability to problem solve. Ive always enjoyed recognizing an area that could use improvement and then figuring out the most efficient way to solve it. For example, when I worked on ASB in high-school, we had to. [brief example.] I also feel my experience playing sports has taught me to value being a team player.
The interview: discussing your weaknessesRemember: your goal is to show them that you will be an asset to their organization.Be honest about your weaknesses
but identify weaknesses that wont prevent you from being an asset to their organization.Consider these ahead of time!Identify a weakness thats either irrelevant to what youll be doingOR, identify a weakness that youve mostly overcome, and learned from.
If youre applying for a job with Portland Parks and RecYour weakness might be that you have a hard time working in a stationary environment; you can explain that you prefer to be up and moving.
Or, your weakness might be that you used to struggle with confidence. However, your experience re-modeling your uncles house has taught you that you can trust your abilities and instincts.Conflict resolution questions:Your interviewer will ask you some version of a conflict resolution question:Tell me about a time you encountered a problem and how you solved it.What would you do if you found out a co-worker was stealing?Describe a time you had to work with a difficult customer and how you handled it.
Conflict resolution questions:Bring it back to the examples.Come prepared with several examples you can share of instances when you had to resolve a conflict.Times that you failed and learned.Difficult people youve had to learn to work with.Times when youve been under pressure and rose to the occasion.In your interview, take the most applicable example and tweak it as is necessary it to best answer the question.The interview, cont.You should try to anticipate other questions they might ask, and prepare for them!http://glassdoor.comResearch the organizationAnd come with examples in mind of how you can PROVE you have the skills you describe!Step Five: Sealing the dealWhen the interview ends, theyll probably ask if you have any questions for them.YES! You DO have questions for them!Research the organization beforehand, and come with two or three questions that show youve done your research.This shows them you are already invested in their organization, committed to their interests, interested in what theyre doing, and proactive.
Step Five: end with a good handshake
Ta daaah!And ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS leave a thank you note!
One last thing Turn your cell phone offNo swearingSpeak in complete sentencesBe polite and respectfulShow up alone
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