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Interviewing skills guide

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Ethical issues and standards of conduct

Types of interviews and locations

Your skills and demeanor

Prepare for questions

Practice

After your interviews


 

ETHICAL ISSUES AND STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

Fundamental issue pertaining to interviews: If you are granted an interview and you accept the invitation: ATTEND.

No-showing for an interview is considered one of the most unacceptable and discourteous behaviors that can be exhibited in a job search.

Career Services Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy for Students.

Integrity, honesty, conduct and behavior in your job search

 

TYPES OF INTERVIEWS AND LOCATION

Typical interview format

Behavioral interviewing

Telephone interviews

Safety issues (we're not kidding!)

On-site interviews

Interview expenses for on-site interviews

Case interviews:

AcetheCase.com site offers free advice on handling case interviews, often used by consulting firms. [Career Services does not endorse any product for sale.]

Glassdoor's top 25 oddball interview questions include case interview questions and discussions of various answers and logic used.

Psychometric tests:

Used by some employers to attempt to measure attributes like intelligence, aptitude and personality; used to gain insight into how candidates work with others, handle stress, and cope with the intellectual demands of the job. PsychometricTests.com
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YOUR SKILLS AND DEMEANOR

Handshakes

Interview attire

Interview DOs & DON'Ts

Business Insider: 7 things you should never do... interview

Dining Etiquette

Body language, non-verbals

 

PREPARE FOR QUESTIONS

You worked hard to get an interview (resumes, cover letters, phone calls, contacts).
Competition is steeper now that candidates have been screened to just those eligible for interviews.

Employer information sessions - held by employers prior to interviews

Sample / typical interview questions

Sample questions for teaching candidates

Researching employers — why and how

Questions to ask the employer

Responding to salary questions | don't be taken by surprise

 

PRACTICE

Practice Interviews:

The Mock Interview Program: In person, at Career Services

Interview Stream: Web-based practice interview program, unlimited time, use

 

AFTER YOUR INTERVIEWS

After your interviews | follow up | thank-you letters

 

Practice Interviews:

Mock Interview Program: Limited appointments.

Interview Stream: 24/7/365 unlimited.

QUICK TIPS FOR INTERVIEW SUCCESS:

Thorough prep and appropriate behavior...:

Show up on time and prepared to discuss the job, the organization and how you fit.

Dress appropriately and have impeccable grooming. An interview is a formal meeting.

Have an excellent handshake.

Be honest.

Focus on what you can do for the employer, not on what the employer can do for you.

Look, act and speak like an intelligent, thoughtful, pleasant person.

Be confident, but not arrogant. Don't assume you have the job in the bag just because you were offered an interview or because people are nice to you.

Remember that listening is the most important communication skill.

Present your strengths. Don't apologize for what you don't have. If asked to discuss weaknesses, be prepared.

Express thanks in person to everyone you meet, and afterward send thanks in writing.

Follow the Golden Rule.

 

EMPLOYER'S interview tips for students (PDF)!
Published by Career Services with permission from Eastman.

MORE OFFSITE RESOURCES:

Interview articles: CareerBuilder.com