Interviewing Techniques

Interviewing Techniques

Interviewing Techniques Career Services, CBU Special Topics: Career Planning Definition of an Interview A formal gathering or meeting . . . To converse with, exchanging questions and answers . . . (Websters)

E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E E = EXAMINE WHO YOU ARE Self Assessment

Know your Transferable Skills What are your values and perspective on life? What type of environment makes you flourish? Go on a Treasure Hunt of who you are! Dont be a mystery to yourself! X= X MARKS THE SPOT! Have a ready response but not a rehearsed response!

Hiring managers are seeking: Authenticity Critical Thinking Skills Communication Skills Project your adaptability to fit in their work culture

C = COME PREPARED TO ANSWER 3 DIFFERENT TYPES OF INTERVIEWS Behavioral Basic premise is that past behavior is a good forecaster for future behavior Peer Group interviews are becoming more common also its about the fit Aptitude Hypothetical or actual, e.g., a writing sample, a marketing plan, or solving a computer programming crisis

H = HONE YOUR ENGLISH SKILLS Use informal but proper English Respond in complete sentences Dont try to impress by using highly technical terms unless it relates to the position pursued Practice articulating your responses A = ALWAYS RESEARCH THE COMPANYS WEB SITE Learn about companys profile

Type of business Company Culture formal or casual Locations local or national Potential for growth Vision long and short-term Mission Statement N = NEVER FORGET ABOUT THE NON-VERBAL INTERVIEW First impressions are

Miss Braywood, call 911 . . . Tell them weve got another case of interview burnout on our hands. - Tom Cheney very important Conservative, wellgroomed look is best Be on time Never, never chew gum Dont touch your face

Dont tap your pen G = GO WITH YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE INTERVIEWER Have 3 to 5 questions prepared Use a 3x5 card alleviate stress Never ask about salary, vacations, tuition reimbursement or holiday with pay Remember, this is an exchange E = ENTHUSIASM IS

INFECTIOUS! Sell yourself! Always have a ready smile and a willing hand Prepare a closing statement, summarizing your strengths and your desire to be a part of this team THANK YOU NOTES Regardless of the outcome, SMILE!

Fewer than of those interviewed send thank you notes Refer to the sample given in handout materials Write a thank you note to every interviewer within 24-48 hours REMEMBER . . . E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E Interviewing techniques are

developed skills Choose to make it a time of sharing dreams and goals Seize this adventure, and you will never be the same!

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