INTERVIEWING SKILLS Tim Connors ATT aspire mentoring academy

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INTERVIEWING SKILLS Tim Connors AT&T aspire mentoring academy March 2019

INTERVIEWING SKILLS Tim Connors AT&T aspire mentoring academy March 2019

GENERAL GUIDELINES • Arrive early • Make a great first impression • Ask questions,

GENERAL GUIDELINES • Arrive early • Make a great first impression • Ask questions, engage in polite conversation with everyone you meet • Greet them with a firm handshake, a warm smile, and look them in the eye • Turn your phone off! 2

GENERAL GUIDELINES (CONT’D) • Exude energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude • Come in

GENERAL GUIDELINES (CONT’D) • Exude energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude • Come in already knowing your strengths. • Be prepared to say why the job interests you • Ask a few questions about the job • Follow up immediately afterward – thank you note 3

PREPARE AHEAD • Don’t assume you’ll learn when you get there; be prepared! •

PREPARE AHEAD • Don’t assume you’ll learn when you get there; be prepared! • Check the company out (Google anyone? ) • Imagine the hiring manger talking to her boss: • • Why does she want to hire another person? What problem is she trying to solve? What is her pain point that you can address? What unconscious biases might she have? • Go over these conversations in your head a few times • Even practice with someone you trust 4

CONNECT WITH THE HIRING MANAGER • “I understand what you are up against” •

CONNECT WITH THE HIRING MANAGER • “I understand what you are up against” • Demonstrate that you know something about the job. • Describe how it would be if you worked there • Don’t spend time bragging about yourself 5

BE PREPARED TO TELL YOUR STORY • Your resume is a list of accomplishments,

BE PREPARED TO TELL YOUR STORY • Your resume is a list of accomplishments, and is static. • YOU are a living, breathing, demonstration of the wonderful person described in the resume. • Stories are more memorable, and our brains are more active when engaged in a story • • • Be prepared with your stories, which will be answers to their questions What happened? Why was it memorable? What did you do specifically? How was the situation better after you acted? 6

THANK YOU! Tim Connors https: //www. linkedin. com/in/timconnors/ https: //twitter. com/timciot

THANK YOU! Tim Connors https: //www. linkedin. com/in/timconnors/ https: //twitter. com/timciot