Interview for Success
- Know yourself – Be able to apply your skills, interests, strengths and goals to the job you’re applying for
- Include concrete, quantifiable data in your responses – include measurable data when possible
- Keep your answers brief and concise
- Be prepared to articulate your key strengths and explain how your strengths can benefit the organization
- Prepare five or more success stories – make a list of your skills/accomplishments
- Put yourself on their team – demonstrate that you are thinking as a member of the team and would fit in.
- Image is often as important as content – nonverbal gestures and physical appearance are highly influential
- Ask the employer questions – come prepared with 7-10 questions, don’t ask about salary and benefits
- Research the organization, its products and its competitors before your interview
- Be able to answer why you want to work for the organization and what value you can bring - Sell yourself!
SKILLS EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR IN CANDIDATES:
- Written & Verbal Communication
- Interpersonal Skills
- Teamwork/Leadership Skills
- Analytical Skills
KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DIFFERENT TYPES OF INTERVIEWS
- Typically a short in-person or phone interview, usually 30 minutes or less to assess whether a follow-up interview is worthwhile
Group Interview (when there is more than one person interviewing you) -
- Pay equal attention to all interviewers
- Pay the most attention to the person who has asked the question, but shift your gaze briefly to others
- Do not try to assess which person is the most senior and to focus all of your attention on that person
- The hallmark of consulting interviews; the case will involve a short presentation of a business problem followed by a discussion where you will be asked how you would approach the problem.
- Visit TCCS for more information and help in preparing for case interviews.
- Questions that seek demonstrated examples of behavior from past experience and concentrate on job related functions. – these pull from what you have actually done in the past
- Open-ended questions are asked, which require more than a YES or NO response. These questions begin with “Tell me….”, “Describe a time…..”, “When…
For more information on Behavioral Interviews, go to Preparing for Behavior Interviews