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Interviewing…and Getting the Job: Tips for Success
See job opening/descriptionDecide to Apply/Prepare the application & cover letter Wait…
…waitThe Interview is scheduledAnd rescheduledHave the interviewWait ..and wait. And wait to hear backGet the offerNegotiateAccept the OfferStart!
Boost your on-line visibilityProfile on LinkedInTarget recruiters on TwitterFollow them and send insightful comment
Make use of campus Interviews and Job Fairs
Attend industry networking eventsNetwork with friends, Friends of Friends (FOFs), Friends of Parents (FOPs)..and ask for introductionGetting on a Recruiter’s RadarSlide4
Write a cover letter unique to each jobUse
key words in the job description
…especially the first few bullet points!Use the job description’s order of requirementsAnd match your accomplishments to the job requirementsDon’t think you must meet all requirements
Convey clearly and concisely what you bring
have someone read your letter and CV
The Job ApplicationSlide5
Lots of white space2 pages maximumList pubs and articles on separate sheet(s)
– BRIEF sentence of what you’re looking forInclude interests?Creates potential hook/talking pointShows what you value/where you invest your timeSome people can be turned off
Use action verbsAddressed, persuaded vs. discussedExecuted vs. organized
handledQuantify where possibleProject outcomesSavingsSales Employee recognition data
Your Résumé (2)Slide7
Phrases to avoidHard workerOut of the box SalaryReferences available on request
objective: it’s to get a job!!Be prepared for Black Holes when responding to website jobs! And even recruiters who call you!Your Résumé (3)Slide8
Make contact before sending your résuméUse LinkedIn, friends, friends of friendsEnd your cover letter with a promise of action –
and then do it!
“I will follow up with you in a few days….”Follow up quickly on all résumés you sendKeep a contact logIf you don’t hear: Follow up once or twice ..
Getting the InterviewSlide9
Research the companyWhat are their products? Who are their customers?
What are their values
?Read Annual ReportNews on GoogleTrade journalsCompany web sitePrepare questions – usually get to ask 2-3Prepare your elevator speech: 60 seconds MAX on why you want the jobBe ready to do in 30 seconds
Practice, so it’s smooth
Before the Interview:
Do Your HomeworkSlide10
50% of employers say they can tell in first 5 MINUTES if candidate is a good fitSmile!
– not too weak, not too strongPostureWalk tallSit up straightKeep feet on floorWomen: careful crossing legs if wearing skirt!Men: don’t spread out
Making a First ImpressionSlide11
Wear something that makes you feel GOOD, powerful, that you KNOW looks good on youNo dangly, noisy jewelry (for ex., 10 bracelets )
Shoes you can easily walk in
Light makeup No loud, clashing patterns (tie and shirt)Women: neither too low (neckline) nor too high (skirt)Ignore Casual Friday – be “dressed up”Cover up tattoos
Clothing: Key to Enhancing Your
Be on time: no excuses!If you’re not sure where you’re going, do a trial run
to learn travel time needed when interview is scheduled!
Treat the receptionist, secretary/admin with friendly professionalism and respect: they report what they see and hear!Say “Please” and ‘Thank you”Make eye contactSmile!SHUT OFF (not just silence) all electronics
No One Tells You
Hands in lap; loosely foldedOr place arms on chair arms: most powerful poseDo not tent your hands: shows arroganceDo not cross arms over your chest: not open to ideas
Don’t fidget (with hair, object on table, pen, etc.
)Take notes if you need something to do with your hands…..butAsk if OKMake sure you still look at interviewerWhat About My Hands?Slide14
Why is this position open? How long has it been open?Where is the person who previously did this job? If a new position: how was this work performed in the past?
How would you describe the culture?
What type of person succeeds here?How will my performance/success be measured?How do you identify and reward excellence?What are the 3 key obstacles/challenges I will face?Questions to AskSlide15
What is your history with the company?Why did you choose to work here? What keeps you here?What keeps you up at night?
What is your management style?
What do you foresee this dept. looking like in a year?What is the process and timeline for filling this position?When may I expect to hear from you about next steps?Do you have any final questions for me?ASK for the job!
Questions for Your BossSlide16
Tell me about yourselfHave 2-3 minute prepared blurbWhy do you want to work for us?A: values, type of customer
show you have researched the companyA: provide specifics about your value and what you can bringWhat are your weaknesses?A: Something I used to do!Or something I’m working on now, getting better atHow do you deal with difficult people?A: There are no difficult people, only different people. I try to figure out what makes them different
Questions You May Get:
Why should we hire you?A: I don’t know my competition, but here’s what I bring
..What didn't’t you like about your last job?A: DON’T say “Boss”; say, “no opportunity for advancement”How do you work under pressure?A: Fine, with objectives and timelines set; when changed, I adaptWhat are your salary expectations?A: Give/Verify current salary
Salary is part of a total package; I’m happy to discuss when we reach that stage
Questions You May Get (2)Slide18
If I asked your former employer/co-workers, what would they say about you?A: I hope you do…because they will tell you that I am committed, I’m a team player
.Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years? A: After researching the company and meeting you all, I want to have the opportunity to grow and develop here in this function or in other functions…Questions You May Get (3)Slide19
Give yourself1-2 seconds before answeringBreathe! Smile!Ask them to repeat the questionSay, that is a good question…
Don’t let them see you sweat –it’s often a tactic to see how your perform under pressureIf “group” interviewTry to sit where you’re not at a ping pong matchHostile Questions/InterviewersSlide20
Make sure you have all names – spelled correctly –
and correct titles of people you
interviewed withSend Thank You notesEmail OKHandwritten will make you stand outReference one specific thing you talked aboutReiterate why you are a good fit or why you want to work for the company or why you want the job
Follow up after 1-2 weeks
without being a pest: 2-3 times Max
After The InterviewSlide21
Clarify first 3 month’s expectationsNetwork, network, networkInside your departmentOutside your department
Don’t eat lunch alone!
LEARN/ READ: be a student of your industry, your company, the world in generalAsk for feedback…and listen/take notesYour First 90 DaysSlide22
Clarify expectations: What is expected and when?Will you have a 30 or 60 or 90 day review? Ask for it!How often will you meet?How does s/he like to be kept up to date?
In person? Phone VM? Email?
If you have questions….whom do you seek out in addition to your boss (or instead of?)First 90 Days with Your New BossSlide23
AttitudeLearning agility Willingness to keep learningCommunication skills
Adaptability/ResilienceEmotional IntelligenceWhat are Employers Looking For? SOFT SKILLSSlide24
What exactly does XYZ Company do?Who are your customers?Do you do background checks?What’s your benefits package?Can I work from home?
How soon can I expect a raise/promotion?
Questions You Should Never AskSlide25
You have to interview with many different peopleMultiple interviews over several weeks..or months
They’re blasé about the fact that people who were supposed to meet you are out for the day
… or never knew you were comingHostility/bad mouthing by one interviewer about another person or dept..Look around at people whom you don’t meetSense of energy? Or Frenzy?No access to the hiring manager after the interview
When to Run
Don’t be afraid of the F word: FailureIt’s a first job!Learn
and stayLearn…and goBe YourselfLife is shortFinal Thoughts