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Acing the interview

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Acing the interview

  1. 1. Presented by: Isa Watanabe Center for Career Opportunities
  2. 2. OVERVIEW Purpose – What Are Interviews For? Attire – What to Wear Resume – Top Attributes Interview Structure Interview Question Types S.T.A.R Method Wrapping Up the Interview Interview Tips Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips
  3. 3. Purpose - What Are Interviews For? Your Goals: Showcase Skills, Accomplishments Learn about the Employer Create a Positive Impression Overview Purpose Employer’s Goals: Establish Rapport Learn about your Skills Introduce Organization Evaluate Fit Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips
  4. 4. Attire - What NOT to Wear Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips
  5. 5. Attire - What NOT to Wear Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Casual Clothing (e.g. Jeans and T-shirts) unless ‘casual’ is specifically stated Expensive jewelry Low-cut tops and other revealing clothing Sunglasses Very high heels Non-traditional colors (e.g. bright pink shoes)
  6. 6. Attire - What to Wear Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips
  7. 7. Attire - What to Wear Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Standard dark-colored suit, preferably black or dark grey Black formal shoes Any articles of clothing required for religious purposes are perfectly acceptable (the formal rule still applies, of course)
  8. 8. Resume – Top Attributes Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips
  9. 9. Interview Structure Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Opening/Small Talk Questions/Discussion about your background and experience Your turn to ask questions Closing/Wrap up Follow-up
  10. 10. Two Interview Question Types Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Traditional – Open-ended, situational, future oriented Behavioral – Specific questions about past behavior
  11. 11. Traditional, Open-Ended Questions Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Examples: Why did you choose this field?” “Tell me about yourself.” “One of your strengths/weaknesses?” “Why should we hire you?”
  12. 12. Behavioral Questions Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Examples: What has been your most challenging project and why? Give me an example of a time you worked on a team and… Someone wasn’t cooperating. You took charge of the situation. Your team did not meet it’s goals.
  13. 13. STAR Method Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Method of comprehensively responding to behavioral interview questions: Situation, Task, Action, Result Situatio n Task Result Action Behavioral interview response visual example
  14. 14. STAR Method – Example 1 Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Tell me about a time you took a leadership role on a project. S) During my sophomore year at Purdue I was appointed chairperson of the XYZ Committee at my residence hall. T) The committee was responsible for organizing a Women’s health fair to bring community resources within the reach of hall residents. A) I first led the group on an analysis of similar events that we wanted to see 300 attendees and representatives from 10 community organizations. I organized the committee into a marketing subgroup and a community outreach subgroup each responsible for achieving the afore-mentioned goals. R) In the end, the event was a great success. We had 500 attendees and representatives from 12 community groups. The fair was later chosen for the “event of the year” award amongst all residence hall events that year.
  15. 15. STAR Method – Example 2 Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Describe a time you went above the call of duty to achieve an outcome. S) When I arrived at XYZ company they were just beginning to launch a new product. T) I took the opportunity to recommend an online complement to the launch and offered to lead the project. A) I created a prototype web advertisement along with associated market data to demonstrate the need for the online complement. R) The director of marketing approved the concept, my team executed the advertisement, and sales in week one were 30 percent greater than forecasted without the complement.
  16. 16. STAR Method – Practice Questions Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Tell me about a time when you worked effectively in a team. What is one of the most challenging tasks you have faced and how did you handle it?
  17. 17. Wrapping Up the Interview Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Thank the interviewer Ask when you can expect to hear from the company (if appropriate) Ask for his/her business card Send a thank you email/card when you get home!
  18. 18. Tips Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Prepare questions ahead of time Don’t ask questions for which you should already know the answer. Ask questions to get them to sell the organization to you!
  19. 19. Need More Help? Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips Come to the Center for Career Opportunities, located at YONG 132 Our Services: Resume Drop-In Assistance 1 on 1 Career Counseling MyCCO (Job listings/On-campus) Career Advice Video Interview Stream Mock Interviews
  20. 20. Overview Purpose Attire Resume Structure Question Types STAR Method Wrapping Up Tips
  21. 21. Callouts January 22nd , 28th KRAN G018 at 6:00PM APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 10th 2014

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