Interviews Be Personable and Prepared
Job Interviews • Getting an interview is the first sign of possible success in the job hiring process. • It can cause great anxiety which can be lessened if you are properly prepared. • Here are some suggestions that might help you through your interview: Employer to applicant: "In this job we need someone who is responsible. " Applicant: "I'm the one you want. On my last job, every time anything went wrong, they said I was responsible. "
Preparing for an Interview • Be clean and neat • Know where you’re going • Have a positive attitude • Know something about the company • Bring necessary paperwork/portfolio
Questions related to the company: • Why do you think you would like a job with our company? • What do you know about our company? • What interests you about the products and services we offer? • When are you available for work? – If you are currently employed be sure to show a consideration for your current employer. • What kind of salary do you need?
"Where did you receive your Questionstraining? " about your skills: • • What type of job interests you? "Yale. " Why did you choose this type of work? What training do you have? What are the qualities you feel name? " should be "Good, and what's your present in order for a person to be successful in this position? • What are your most outstanding qualities? "Yim Yohnson. " • Give examples when you have shown initiative.
Questions about past jobs: • What was your last job? • Why did you leave this job? • How often were you absent from your last job? • What have you learned from your past work experience? • Give an example of a situation which you experienced in your last position that had a strong impact on you.
Reaching the end of the job interview, the Human Resources person asked a young MBA fresh out of MIT, "And what starting salary were you looking for? " The candidate responded confidently, "In the neighborhood of $125, 000 a year, depending on the benefits package. " The HR person said, "Well, what would you say to a benefits package of 5 weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years -- say a red Corvette? " The graduate sat up, mouth agape and said, "Wow! Are you kidding? " And the interviewer responded, "Of course. . . but you started it!"
Questions about job preferences: • How important are wages to you? • Are you willing to move to another geographical location? • Do you like to work alone? in a group? • How do you feel about jobs that involve a lot of routine activities? • What are some of the obstacles that you find when involved in teamwork? • Are you willing to work overtime?
BBC News ‘Wrong Guy' is revealed The true identity of a man who was mistakenly interviewed on BBC News 24 has been revealed. Guy Goma, a graduate from the Congo, appeared on the news channel in place of an IT expert after a mix-up. But Mr. Goma, who was wrongly identified in the press as a taxi driver, was really at the BBC for a job interview. Mr. Goma said his appearance was "very stressful" and wondered why the questions were not related to the data support cleanser job he applied for. The mix-up occurred when a producer went to collect the expert from the wrong reception in BBC Television Centre in West London. May 16, 2006
Thinking Questions • Tell me about yourself – interested in, achievements, and what you’re looking for in a job. • What is you greatest strength – pick something that is relevant to the job you are applying for. • What are your weaknesses – take a negative and show it can be a positive for the position while still being honest. • What do you think your previous employer would list as an area where you need improvement – be honest but indicate the steps you are taking to improve the situation.
Thinking Questions Continued • Why do you want to work here – tell how your skills and career goals might contribute to the company. • Why should I hire you – show you are an asset to the company. • Have you ever had a problem on the job – assure the interviewer that if you ever have had a problem, you have learned from it and taken steps to ensure that it won’t happen again. • Do you have any questions – You SHOULD be ready with some questions directly related to the job.
Hypothetical Questions • Given the following situation, what would you do? This question varies depending on the type of employment sought. Prepare yourself with possible questions and answers related to the job.
Remember… • Above all else, be honest during an interview. Your prospective employer WILL find out if you have been misleading or untruthful. • Follow up an interview with a thank you letter. – Keeps your name fresh in the employers mind – Shows an extra effort