•To tailor your resume for a specific job
•To be prepared before a scheduled interview
•To present yourself effectively at interviews
•To close an interview and follow up after
•GETTING THE JOB YOU WANT
•Writing an Effective Resume
•Types of Interview
A structured meeting between you and a
If asked to be interviewed, it
means that your resume has
been met with a degree of
THE CONTENT OF YOUR RESUME:
Address, telephone number, e-mail address
Achievements and awards
•Resume should have a clean, professional format
with a little style.
•Font size should not be too large/too small.
•Don’t choose non-standard fonts like Comic Sans
or Lucida Handwriting.
•Use more lists than sentences.
•Avoid going more than 1 or 2 pages.
• Employers are attempting to
determine if you are an
appropriate fit for the job.
• You decide if the
environment is right for you.
Create a professional
portfolio which will
A few extra copies of your
Samples of relevant
papers/projects, and letter of
Decide what to wear days
before the interview.
Being well-groomed and
having a good appearance is
• Necktie should be silk with a
• Dark shoes
• Dark socks
• Get a haircut, short hair
always fares best in
• No beards
• No rings other than
wedding rings/college rings
• No earrings
• Always wear a suit with
• Shoes with conservative
• Neutral bags
• If you should wear nail
polish, use clear/
• Minimal use of make up
• No more than one ring on
• One set of earrings only
• Well-groomed hairstyle
• Clean, trimmed finger nails
• Minimal cologne or
• Empty pockets- no bulges
or tinkling coins
• No gums, candy, or
• Light briefcase or
• No visible body piercing
BE ON TIME.
• Make sure where the interview
will be held.
• Always leave enough time
for the journey.
• Do plan to arrive about 10 minutes early.
Late arrival for the job interview is never excusable.
BE YOUR BEST SELF.
• Review your
background/accomplishments that may
fit the needs of the company.
• Don’t rely on your application/resume
doing the selling for you. No matter
how qualified you are for the
position, you will need to sell yourself
to the interviewer.
Do research on the company
by reviewing its corporate profile
and by reading some relevant
information through websites/
print materials. Find out the
specifics of the job you are
• You only have once chance
to make a good impression.
• Do greet the interviewer by
title and last name if you are
sure of the pronunciation.
• Do wait until you are
offered a chair before
• Maintain eye contact.
• Firm handshake.
Leaning forward – interest
Smiling – friendly
Nodding – attentive and alert
Eye contact – curious and
Crossed arms – defensive
Tapping feet – nervous/bored
Lack of eye contact
Leaning back - discomfort
• Turn off your cell phone before the start!
• Relax and be yourself
• Remember: FIRM handshake, eye contact, good
posture and a confident introduction of self
• If there are 2 or more interviewers, be sure to address
all the interviewers in the room when answering the
• Smile when appropriate
• Be honest
• Use concrete experiences to illustrate important
information about yourself
• Give complete answers and if you do not understand the
question, ask for clarification
• Avoid slang words during to impress the interviewer
• Strike a good balance
between speaking and listening
• Show understanding
with facial expressions
• When asked about your weaknesses or failures, mention
how you were able to handle the difficult situation, share
the lessons learned, and the improvement you would
• Don’t ask about the salary or benefits. Let the employer
begin the salary negotiation
• Don’t act desperate by telling the
interviewer that you are willing to
accept any job offered
• Before leaving an interview, ask what
the next steps would be.
• Tell me about yourself.
• Why are you interested in working for this company?
• What are your short and long range career goals?
• What are your strengths and weaknesses?
• Why should we hire you?
• Thinking like a job hunter
– Don’t try to control the entire interview
– Do not behave in a desperate manner
– Do not act self-centered: I want..I need..
I’m looking for..
– Do not sound like a job description
• Don’t go on it alone
– Tap networks/ask friends for some tips
– Mock interviews
• Be prepared to talk about yourself and your
• Master the art of storytelling
• Avoid filler words:
um, uh, yeah, yup, y’know, like, okay
• Avoid indecisive phrases:
I think, I guess, probably, pretty good
• Avoid long verbose answers
• Jingle pocket change, tap feet or finger, play
with hair, fold arms, use limp
handshake, mumble , interrupt, speak too fast or
• People decide about you in
the first 10 seconds
• You have to make a good
• Always ask insightful
• They’ll probably ask
questions designed to trip
• Try to focus on the message
you are conveying – not
how well you are doing
• Thank the interviewer for the time spent with
• Make some notes regarding some things
you’ve learned from the company
• Do try and get business cards from the
person you interviewed with
• Make a follow up call to know your status
• Take some time to reflect:
– How well did I do?
– What went well?
– What steps can I take next time to