The Careers Powered By English series English Interview Skills Session 6 of 9 By Lado Management Consultants Adrian OвЂ™Donnell How to prepare for an interview Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Attire Selling Yourself What to do Stress Anticipating questions Preparing questions to ask 7. Routine of the interview 1.Attire (Dressing for the Interview) вЂњKeeping your clothes well pressed will keep you from looking hard pressed!вЂќ Men and Women вЂў Conservative & neat clothes вЂў Empty pockets вЂў Clean & well-groomed hairstyle Men вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Silk Necktie with a conservative pattern Dark shoes (black lace-ups), clean & polished Dark (black) socks Short hairstyle No earrings No heavy cologne Women вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Suit with jacket Business-like shoes Conservative hosiery at or near skin colour. Conservative make-up No heavy perfume Only one set of earrings 2.Selling Yourself Introduce yourself with a smile and a firm handshake. Maintain good eye contact. Selling Yourself Show what you want to do for the company (2-3 minutes sell yourself). Selling Yourself Show interest Selling Yourself Positive answers Selling Yourself Ask the interviewer prepared questions Selling Yourself Initiate the next step Selling Yourself Ask for the interviewerвЂ™s business card 3.What to Do вЂў Arrive 10-15 minutes early вЂў Review employer research information вЂў Have pen and paper What to Do вЂў Be enthusiastic вЂў Listen carefully to the interviewerвЂ™s complete question before responding вЂў Pause before answering difficult questions What to Do вЂў Keep going even if you think you have made a mistake вЂў Carry extra resumes, references etc in a portfolio. вЂў Unless asked to, do not discuss salaries and benefits 4.Stress Tips for handling stress вЂў Know what to expect вЂў Be prepared вЂў Focus on performance Stress вЂў Prepare your answers вЂў Have a routine вЂў Keep your perspective 5.Anticipating Questions Focus on вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Your skills Your working style Your ability to work well with others How well you handle authority Your analytical skills 6.Preparing Questions To Ask Ask Questions Why? - indicates that your job search has been well thought out. - shows thorough research and preparation. Questions to Ask пѓ� Questions to which you want an answer. пѓ� Questions that reveal the depth of your research and your interest in the job. Sample questions: вЂў How and when will my performance be evaluated on this job? How is success measured in this department / organization? вЂў What will my typical day be like? Sample Questions вЂў What is the number one priority of the person who accepts this job? вЂў What are your expectations for new hires within their first three to six months on the job? The first year? Sample questions: вЂў Who would be my supervisor? To whom would I report? вЂў What happened to the last person who had this job? Sample Questions вЂў What might I expect to be doing over the next three to five years? вЂў Are lateral or rotational job moves available to provide broader experience? Questions NOT to ask вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў What does your company do? Are you (the interviewer) married? Can you guarantee I will still have a job a year from now? The job description mentions weekend work. Would I really have to do that? How can you determine my qualifications in a short interview? How am I as a candidate? More questions NOT to ask вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Do I get to keep the frequent flyer miles from my trips? Would anyone notice if I came in late and left early? What is the zodiac sign of your company's president? How many (particular ethnic group) do you have working here? Day of the Interview Material to Bring to an Interview Resume, transcript, references, portfolio, work sample, and performance evaluations from previous employers. Notepad and pen. 7.The Routine of the Interview 1. 2. 3. 4. Introduction Employer sell Candidate sell Closing The Routine of the Interview 1. Introduction create a comfortable, friendly environment. A light topic such as the weather, sports, or a major news story, etc. The Routine of the Interview 2. Employer sell cover organizational structure, products or services, location(s), specifics on the position, salary (usually not during an initial interview), benefits, etc. The Routine of the Interview 3. Candidate sell answering questions about your goals and qualifications and demonstrating your communication skills. The Routine of the Interview 4. Closing both parties should indicate their level of interest in the other and understand what the next steps to be taken will be.