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					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!