INTERVIEW INITIATION Presenting the Perfect Professional
INTERVIEW TOPICS Purpose Preparation-Before the Interview The Interview: Questions? Follow Up-After the Interview
Purpose DETERMINING YOUR FUTURE The Interview – An Assessment of You: Gathers Information Beyond the Resume Provides Face to Face Personal Interaction Demonstrates Intrapersonal Communication Skills The Interviewer wants to know: Do you have the skills and traits that are critical to success on the job? How have you demonstrated those skills and traits in specific situations, events or experiences you have encountered? Determines Your Future
PREPARATION Self Assessment and Presentation
IDENTIFYING WHO YOU ARE Self Assessment Exercise List Three Adjectives To Describe YOU Provide three experiences, scenarios or
examples to support each adjective Create a Self-Infomercial-Summary of YOU PROVIDES AMUNITION FOR YOUR INTERVIEW
Required Research Know the Company/Hospital/Organization Visit the Website Read the Mission Statement Look up the Interviewer-Know Who You Are Meeting Understand the Job Posting Review Scenarios the Position may Encounter Highlight Your Strengths Applicable to that Position Plan Your Route-Know Where You Are Going
Your physical presentation Wear Professional & Conservative Business Suit Clean, Pressed, Unrevealing Clothing (Conservative Colors) Polished Shoes
Minimize Accessories – Professional Jewelry Professional Grooming Neat, Trimmed Hair and Nails Do NOT use strong perfume/cologne Conservative Makeup Cover Tattoos
What to Bring Pad folio with Tablet and Pen Copies of Cover Letter & Resume Reference Sheet (Recommend 3) List of Pre-prepared Questions No Big Purse/Bag Turn Cell Phone OFF Hide Keys/Phones/Money in a Pocket or Small Hand Bag
The interview Ensuring Successful Interaction
Make a Good Impression Arrive a Few Minutes Early Smile Introduce Yourself/Reason for Visit with
Confidence Offer a Strong Handshake Use Good Eye Contact Initiate Conversation/Reveal Personality Demonstrate Interest and Enthusiasm
Questions to Expect Defining Questions-Answers Who Are YOU ? Tell me about yourself. Why are you interested in this position/organization? Strengths/Weaknesses Goals (Short-Term/Long-Term) Employment Experiences/History Practice Your “Self-Infommercial”
Situational/Behavioral Questions Responses Demonstrate Skills and Strengths See Handout for Examples
To Prepare, Identify Past: Challenges/Successes Conflicts/Resolutions Projects Completed Survived Failures Multi-Task Examples
ILLEGAL QUESTIONS Questions Related to the Following are Not Legal
Questions You Should Ask Be Prepared to Ask Questions Create Opportunity to Align your background with Desired Candidate: Tell me what you are looking for in this candidate? What are your expectations for this position? Demonstrate Knowledge of the Organization What do you like about working here? What are your favorite/worse aspects of your position?
More ?s You could Ask Present Industry Understanding/Professional Perspective One challenge this industry faces is…What do YOU think the greatest challenge is? Seek Time Frame Information When do you expect to fill this position? When should I expect to hear back from you?
Concluding the interview Whatâ€™s Next?
Exiting the Interview Offer Additional Information/References Express Gratitude Gather Business Cards Confirm Expected Follow up: When?
What? Second Interview? Hiring Response?
APPROPRIATE FOLLOWUP Evaluate Your Performance & Interview Experience Jot Down Specifics for Future Reference List Why You would or would not work there Send a Formal Thank You Note ASAP (email is fine) Mention a Specific Detail About Your Interview Stress and Emphasis Your Fit for the Position-Be Specific Outline a Next Step-Be Sure to Follow Through
GET THE JOB!
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