Interviewing For a Job Communication Applications Getting an interview Never be scared or embarrassed to ask for an application. Make sure you ask if they are hiring or just accepting applications. If you turn in an application and don’t hear from them within about 3 or 4 days call them. Getting the job Apply To More Than One Place Have A Professional Resume Call If You Don’t Hear From Them In 1 Week To Check The Status Of Your Application Resume The point of a resume is to get you an interview. Your resume should stand out and be memorable. Make sure your resume is free from grammatical and spelling errors. Getting the Interview - Chose the right time -Do a drive by of the business -See company culture - People watch - Find the location - Call your references References Before you put someone as a reference, make sure you tell them you are doing so that way they are expecting a phone call. Also make sure it is someone that thinks highly of you. Whenever possible include email addresses for your references. Before the Interview Research the company Prepare interview questions Do a mock interview Put clothes on that you are going to wear Getting ready What kind of clothes should I wear? What kind of jewelry should I wear? How should I do my hair? How should I do my make-up? Getting ready Dressing wrong. You make your greatest impact on the interviewer in the first 17 seconds - an impression you want to make powerfully positive. Dress right in a conservative suit, subdued colors, little jewelry (but real gold, or silver, or pearls), low heels (polished) and everything clean and neat. Hygiene includes combed hair, brushed teeth, deodorant and low-key scent. Check everything the night before, again before walking out the door and once again in the restroom just before the interview. Getting ready Getting ready Getting ready Getting ready Getting ready The NO NO’s Strong perfume/cologne Uncomfortable shoes Uncomfortable clothes Gum Crazy nails Have Bad breath What should I bring Portfolio Black leather Paper Pens Multiple copies of your resume What time should I get there? At least 15 minutes before COMMON MISTAKE: Arriving late. Get directions from the interviewer - or a map. Wear a watch and leave home early. If the worst happens and you can't make it on time, call the interviewer and arrange to reschedule. Once you have an Interview Make sure you are on time. Dress professional Make sure your hair is neatly groomed. Make sure you don’t wear a lot of jewelry. Make sure any tattoos or body piercing are not visible Leave cell phones and pagers at home, DON’T BRING THEM WITH YOU!!! Once you have an Interview What should I do when I’m waiting? Sign in with the secretary Look at objects around him/her Try to strike up a conversation Look at pictures/awards on the wall Read over your resume Relax DON’T Play zombie. OK, you're nervous. But you can still smile, right? And make eye contact, yes? Sit up, focus on the interviewer, and start responding. Enthusiasm is what the interviewer wants to see. Once you are in the interview Shake hands with a firm handshake. Be Confident in yourself. Make good eye contact. Sit up straight. Speak loudly and clearly You will have to think on your feet, so be ready. During the interview Watch your vocal pauses (“You know what I’m sayin’, ‘um, etc) Answer with extended answers. Don’t answer yes or no. Don’t fidget, calm down. Sit up straight The Interview So tell me about yourself… Not always what you say but how you say it Take a business card Look at the interviewers desk Always ask a question Write down names of everyone you meet After the interview Thank them for taking the time to speak with you. Let them know you are available if they need any further information from you. Shake their hand again. Follow Up Letter Overall…. Dress to Impress Assignment Pick a career and a position Structure your real resume You will have a mock interview 10 COMMON MISTAKES 1. Research failure. The interview is not the time for research. Find out the company's products and services, annual sales, structure and other key information from the Internet, the public library, professional magazines or from former employees. Show that you are interested in working for the prospective employer by demonstrating knowledge about the company. 10 COMMON MISTAKES 2. Can't articulate your own strengths and weaknesses. Only you can recognize your most valuable strengths and most hurtful weaknesses. Be able to specify your major strengths. Your weaknesses, if such must come up, should only be turned around to positives. 10 COMMON MISTAKES 3. Winging the interview. Practice! Get a friend, a list of interview questions and a tape recorder and conduct an interview rehearsal. Include a presentation or demonstration if that will be part of the real interview. Start with introducing yourself and go all through an interview to saying good-bye. Write out any answers you have difficulty with, and practice until your delivery is smooth (but not slick). 10 COMMON MISTAKES 4. Talk, Talk, Talk. Rambling, interrupting the interviewer and answering to a simple question with a fifteen-minute reply - all of these can be avoided if you've thought through and practiced what you want to communicate. Good answers are to the point and usually shorter. 10 COMMON MISTAKES 5. Failure to connect yourself to the job offered. The job description details the company's needs - you connect your experiences, your talents and your strengths to the description. It answers the essential reasons for the interview - "How my education/experience/talents/strengths fit your needs and why I can do this job for you." 10 COMMON MISTAKES 6. Not asking questions - and asking too many. Use your research to develop a set of questions that will tell you whether this is the job and the company for you. This will help you limit and focus your questions. But don't overpower the interviewer with questions about details that really won't count in the long run. 10 COMMON MISTAKES 7. Bad-mouth anyone. Not just your present employer, or former employer, or the competition. You don't want to look like a complainer. 10 COMMON MISTAKES 8. Asking about compensation and /or benefits too soon. Wait for the interviewer to bring up these issues - after the discussion of your qualifications and the company's needs and wants. 10 COMMON MISTAKES 9. Failure to ask for the job. When the interviewer indicates the interview is over, convey your interest in the job and ask what the next step is. 10 COMMON MISTAKES 10. Bungling the Salary Negotiation Process. Most experts agree that the all-important salary discussion should be brought up by someone from the hiring organization. Throughout the interview process, a candidate should focus on what he can bring to an organization, not what he can get out of it. A candidate should also have a realistic view of his worth to a company, enhanced by applicable work experience and other important skills, says Michael Kalinsky, president of management consulting company Empyrean Management Group. The End!