Nailing the Interview - GEAR UP Workshop

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  • What is an interview?Interview EtiquetteInterview StructureChecklistMock Interview
  • What is an interview?

    A formal method of exchanging information between people.Exchange of information must be relevant to the position in which the person is applying.Communication

    Skills

    Social SkillsAnalytical AbilitiesExperiences
  • CANDIDATE

    Clarify responsibilities of positionDetermine if you can/will do the jobDetermine fit

    INTERVIEWER

    Evaluate candidate based on qualifications and employer needsDetermine fit

    PURPOSE OF THE INTERVIEW

  • Leadership Roles

    What Should You Anticipate Talking About?

    Personal Growth

    Values

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Strengths

    Interests

    Achievements

    Work Experience

    Performance

    Weaknesses

    Hobbies

    Self-analysis

    Special Skills

  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS

    LAST

    A LIFETIME

    Interview Etiquette

  • Well-tailored suit

    Navy blue, charcoal grey, black

    Long-sleeve shirt

    Button-down

    Solid color (White or light blue)

    Tie

    Small print or solid color

    Dress for Success:

    Socks Dark solid or small patternShoes Wing tip or loafers Leather

    Men

  • Well tailored suit

    Navy blue, charcoal grey, black

    Blouse

    Tailored

    Cotton, silk

    Color to match suit, nothing too loud

    Dress for Success:

    Shoes Flats or medium heel No peep-toe

    Women

  • Hygiene

    Keep hair nice and neat

    Nails should be cleaned and manicured

    Avoid perfume or cologne

    Dress for Success:

    All

    Wear jewelry that flatters, not overpowers Be cautious of tattoos and piercings Professional looking briefcase or purse NO backpacks!
  • The IntroductionThe Question & Answer SessionThe SellThe Close

    Whether a panel interview or one-to-one, interviews generally consist of four parts:

    STRUCTURE

  • Establish rapport Begins as soon as you walk in to the building First impressions are developed and initial judgments are created Attention is going to be paid to your mannerisms Pitch: who you are; what you can contribute; where you want to be; and how you plan to assist in company growth

    THE INTRODUCTION: GETTING TO

    KNOW YOU

  • Draw from your experiences: academic, professional, and volunteer Know whats on your resume Evaluation of your ability to communicate and ability to relate Measure of self-confidence, level of motivation, and goals Opportunity for you to set the tone for the remainder of the interview

    QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: ARE YOU QUALIFIED?

  • Most critical part of interview Tie past experiences to needs of company Differentiate yourself by directing the employer to your strengths Interviewer is going to assess whether your qualifications and skills match their needs

    THE SELL:

    ARE YOU WHO WE NEED?

  • Revisit your pitch to remind the interviewer(s) why you are the best person for the job Final questions are asked by both the interviewer and the interviewee Thank the interviewer(s) for the meeting Ask for follow-up instructions Seal the interview with a firm handshake

    THE CLOSE:

    LEAVE A SOLID FINAL IMPRESSION

  • ^

    Your

    Preparing for the Interview

  • INTERVIEW CHECKLIST:

    PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW

    Prepare copies of your resume and other materialsProof of certificationPortfolioReference lettersResearch, research, research, learn about the school /companyView commonly asked interview questions for positionCreate a list of questions to ask the interviewerWear professional attireDisplay confidence and a positive and professional attitudeArrive on time, preferably 10-15 minutes early
  • 10 Tips for Answering Questions

    Avoid one word answersUse proper terminologyDont ramble Answer the question being askedAlign your answers with the companys missionTie in past experiences with future experiencesSubstantiate your answers with examples of successDont give the answer you think the interviewer wants to hearBe honestBreathe
  • INTERVIEW CHECKLIST:

    DURING THE INTERVIEW

    Be conscious of your mannerisms and dispositionLet your personality shineMaintain eye contactListenSell yourself as a match by being prepared to speakLeadership roles you may have heldVolunteer experienceInquire about next stepsRemember to follow up with a thank you note
  • http://www.career.unm.edu/forms/interview_dress.pdf

    http://my.fit.edu/ncsbiprojects/Interviewingskillsworkshop.pdf

    http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/imprintcenter-628647-interview-skills/

    http://www.career.unm.edu/forms/interview_dress.pdf