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Practice Your Interview Technique

Think like the interviewer: What are they looking and listening for? What are you saying about yourself in each answer?

Try to anticipate the types of questions and employer is likely ti ask. Every interview will address the position description; therefore make sure you are familiar with what the position entails. Do some research on the company to determine what attitudes are important to their culture. The more yo know about the company headed into the interview, the better off you are.

Mock Interview Practice: warriorcareers.esu.edu

Interview Stages
Before Know your product Self-Assessment - Know your Values
Practice interview questions
Know the client Company Research
Job Description Knowledge
Know your purpose Why are you a good match?
During The first impression Arrive early
Professional appearance and dress
The introduction Handshake, first impression
The questions Interviewers questions
Your questions
After Thank the interviewer Write a thank-you letter to everyone involved in interview process
Follow-up Contact company with any additional information discussed in interview

Behavior Interviews

Behavior interviews are the most common, when answering questions, use the STAR approach.

One strategy for job-seekers preparing for behavioral interviews is to use the STAR Technique, as outlined below.

S - Situation or T- Task   Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.
A- Action   Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did -- not the efforts of the team. Don't tell what you might do, tell what you did.
R- Results   Results you achieved. What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?

How to Answer the Most Common Interview Questions.

Questions to Ask the Interviewer

  • What are the long term objectives of this position? If I have performed well, what would you have expected me to accomplish in a year?
  • Describe your ideal candidate for this position.
  • What are some of the difficult challenges in this position or with in your company?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement and how do I train for higher positions?
  • What is the company culture here and how has it developed?

 

Elevator Pitch
An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to spark interest in yourself. A good elevator pitch should last no longer than a short elevator ride of 20 to 30 seconds.

Example: Hi, my name is _____. I am a senior student at ESU concentrating in _____. Currently, I work at _____, where I developed strong (customer service, analytical, time management etc.) skills, and I am a member of _____ & _____ organizations, where I ave held a leadership role. After researching your company I learned that you have a current opening for a _____. This is the type of position I'd like to aspire to obtain upon my graduation this May. I noticed that the posting asked for _____ skills and my experience in _____ gave me the chance to develop those skills you desire. Do you think we can meet to explore the possibilities?

Just like customizing a resume for different jobs, your elevator pitch needs to do the same. You may have more than one elevator pitch to suit different contacts.

Telephone Interviews

Phone interviews are a key step in any job application process. In an effort to narrow down the amount of candidates, s company will often do multiple rounds of phone interviews. All preparation before the interview and follow-up after is the same as in person, but here is how to ace the interview.

  • Print out your resume! Have that and a copy of the job description sitting in front of you.
  • Make sure you are at a computer. Do not get distracted by it during the call, but it is a great time to have the company website pulled up and the ability to quickly get a piece of information if needed.
  • Give yourself plenty of time. If you schedule something too close after a phone interview and it runs long, you do not wan to have to give short answers in order to get off the phone. If the interview goes too long that probably means you are doing a great job! Leave a minimum of 30 minutes for each interview.
  • Dress like it is a face to face interview. Wearing at least business casual will give you the feel of an important interview and put you in the right mind-set. To succeed.
  • Smile! It helps! Smiling during your answers will give your voice a jolt of excitement and energy that can often be lost over the phone.

Once again, remember to send a note to your interviewer thanking them afterwards.

Interviewing Over Skype

When distance prohibits an in-person interview from taking place, Skype or other webcast interviews can be used instead. Here are a few tips to succeed:

Make sure to check all of your settings before the interview starts. Try video calling a friend beforehand to make sure everything works properly.

  • Suit up! Show the interviewer that you take the interview as seriously as you would if it were in person.
  • Be conscious of your surroundings, make sure it is a quiet location with an appropriate setting. The backdrop of your video should not be distracting.

Same as phone and in-person, always send a thank you as a followup!

Steps to Ace a Panel Interview

  1. Direct your attention to each person on the panel. Get each person’s name and ask for their business card. Look at each person as you introduce yourself. Look at everyone when you answer questions.
  2. Expect to repeat yourself simply because what is clear to one panel participant may need further clarification for another person. You may also find you are repeating information form earlier interviews.
  3. Find out who you’ll need to impress the most. Winning over the person most likely to reject you shows you have the ability to read the audience, as well as problem-solve on your feet.
  4. Be prepared for a least one “zinger question”. You can almost count on being asked a question that might not be posted to you in a 1:1 interview. Be prepared to answer numerous behavior-style questions.
  5. Thank all participants promptly at the conclusion of the interview and write thank you notes immediately. You have the advantage of having the interviews fresh in your mind, and will be appreciated for your promptness and attention to professional courtesy.

Once again, remember to send a note to your interviewer thanking them afterwards.

Tips for Handling a Coffee Interview

This is a way to meet a potential employee on a more casual basis to determine if there could be a role for the person in the company. For candidates, it’s a way to learn more about the company informally. Just coffee? No, it could be a step to a new job so take time to prepare.

  • Do your research on the company, mission, services and recent achievements.
  • Be ready to talk about yourself and what you are looking for and how you can add value to the company.
  • Ask questions about potential job openings, information and career advice
  • Dress is business casual wear
  • Bring several copies of your resume, a business card and a list of references.
  • Have a pad of paper and pen to take note
  • Try not to order food
  • Next step, reiterate your interest in moving forward in the hiring process

Once again, remember to send a note to your interviewer thanking them afterwards.

Thank You Letters

Send a thank you letter after every interview, and send one to each person who interviewed you. A thank you letter should be sent immediately following an interview; do not wait longer than 48 hours to send this correspondence.

Sample 1
Sample 2
Sample 3

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