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  1. 1. INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES & JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES K I E R A R O B E R T S , C A R E E R S E R V I C E S A DV I S O R K R O B E R T S @ C E N T R I Q . C O M 91 3 - 3 2 2 - 7 0 3 8
  2. 2. To GET an INTERVIEW: 1. Stay organized on your job search 2. Have a polished resume (make sure Career Services approved it) 3. Have a completed LinkedIn profile First Things First Optional: Cover Letter/Bio-Cover Sheet
  3. 3. What to do: • Set up accounts • Upload your resume • Set up keyword searches • Set job notifications to DAILY! • Do fresh searches too • Keep a list of all sites Suggested Job Boards: • www.Indeed.com • www.Dice.com • www.Glassdoor.com • www.LinkedIn.com • www.beyond.com Job Boards
  5. 5. Cool and quick Cover Letter alternatives! Templates in Career Services course. Bio - Cover Sheet
  6. 6. (Copy Your Resume Header Here) Date (4 Returns) Specific Person’s Name (if available) Company Name Street Address City, State, and Zip (2 Returns) Re: Job Title of Open Position (2 Returns) Dear Mr. or Ms. _______ (if unknown, use “Dear Hiring Manager”): (2 Returns) First Paragraph - Name of person who referred you, if relevant, as well as where you found the job opening. Briefly introduce yourself and your qualifications. Mention your particular interest in the company (best if related to a fact you found on their website). Second Paragraph - Support your introduction. Provide additional detail on your key strengths and how they specifically relate to the job description. Use specific keywords listed in the job ad. Don’t forget to mention your soft skills in addition to your technical skills. Third Paragraph - Close the Letter. Reiterate your interest in the position and company, but most importantly, make an action statement for how you will follow up on your application. It’s ok to ask for an interview! Sincerely, (4 Returns) Your Full Name (sign above for mailed or faxed letter) Attachment: Resume Traditional Cover Letter Outline
  7. 7. Dear Hiring Manager, I am submitting my resume for the Web Developer position posted by Kiera Roberts, at Centriq Training. Your need for an energetic and highly motivated team member caught my attention. This position is an excellent opportunity to contribute my newly acquired Development skills as listed in my enclosed resume. Through challenging leadership positions, I have developed a strong sense of responsibility, effective interpersonal skills and the ability to contribute to teamwork, even in high-pressure environments. My tasks in the workplace are planned, organized, and completed in the shortest, most efficient manner with great attention to detail. I am enthusiastic about this position and would like to meet with you to discuss my experience in relation to your needs further. Very Respectfully, Traditional Cover Letter Sample See Cover Letter outline in Career Services Course
  8. 8. Utilize Social Media! What Impression Does Your Profile Leave?
  9. 9. • Professional Photograph • Headline • Summary (elevator pitch) • Status Updates – • Centriq Training goes under “Education” NOT “Experience”. • Build your connections! A Professional Networking Site
  10. 10. Linkedin.com/in/CalebChristopher LinkedIn Profile Example
  11. 11. L I N K E D I N P R O ! Linkedin.com/in/calebageorge Standout on LinkedIn
  12. 12. Status Update Samples
  13. 13. • Pass an exam or get a new cert.? • Learn something new? • Find a great troubleshooting resource? • Complete a project? • Build a website, app or game? • Follow companies. • Like or forward a good post. • Congratulate someone on a new job. Get Active! Get Noticed! Utilize Social Media
  14. 14. Sample of Who’s Viewed Your Profile
  15. 15. Status Update – NO NO!!!
  16. 16. LinkedIn Photo Examples
  17. 17. Profile Photo No-No’s
  18. 18. To find THE BEST CANDIDATE for the job! The Employer’s Goal:
  19. 19. Interviewers are looking for answers to 3 questions… 1. CAN you do the job? • Do you have the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job? 2. WILL you do the job? • Will you show up on time and every day? • Will you stay on task? • Will you do your very best work? 3. Will you FIT in? • Will you fit with the current team? • Are you passionate about the company and what they do?
  20. 20. Screening Interview Most commonly conducted over the phone. Purpose: determine if you have the minimum skills for the position. Be sure to speak clearly and be in a quiet space where you can concentrate and not be interrupted. Types of Interviews Have: Your RESUME, RESEARCH & JOB DESCRIPTION on hand!
  21. 21.  Most common type of interview.  Typically conducted by the HR Manager or the Department Manager.  Phone / skype / one-way face-to-face One-On-One Interview Types of Interviews
  22. 22. Peer Group Interview Panel Interview  Most common for second interviews.  Conducted by various departments. (example: Department Head, Team Lead, HR Manager, etc.) Conducted to introduce you to your potential co- workers. Purpose is usually to see if you are a good “fit” with the current work environment. Could occur as a “job shadow” experience. Types of Interviews
  23. 23.  Dress as if it was face-to-face.  Tech glitches? Stay calm! (Do a trial run ahead of time if you can!)  Be aware of your environment  Show personality and SMILE! or Video Interviews  Look into the camera to “make eye-contact”.  Know ahead of time who is calling who!
  24. 24. Bring: • THREE copies of your resume. • TWO copies of your reference sheet. • Copy of questions to ask interviewer. • Portfolio with pen and note paper. Be Prepared!
  25. 25.  Business professional dress is appropriate and normally expected at ALL interviews.  Dark business suits are best and the most powerful choice. Navy Gray/Charcoal Neutrals! Interview Attire Looking the Part
  26. 26. Go see Nicole in Student Services! Where to Find Interview Attire
  27. 27. Reasons to Get Fitted!
  28. 28.  Dark business suit, white or pale button down, collared dress shirt with coordinating tie.  Dark dress socks (NO WHITE)  Minimal jewelry NO EARRINGS! (watch and wedding band are okay)  Neatly trimmed haircut, if hair is long pull back into a neat pony tail.  Clean shaven face, if beard or mustache make sure it is neatly trimmed.  Clean hands and fingernails. Men’s Attire
  29. 29. Once you have the job, check out the company culture and dress code. If your beard, long hair, tattoos or piercings are common place among your co- workers then go for it!
  30. 30.  Dark business suits (skirt or pants) are always the most appropriate choice. Colors: Navy and Gray/Charcoal. If your suit includes a skirt, make sure it is no shorter than just above the knee.  Button down shirt or blouse/shell underneath suit jacket. Low cut tops are not appropriate. Try to stay away from very bright or wildly patterned shirts.  Dark leather heels (low to mid height-not above 3”)  Conservative/simple jewelry.  Classic, tasteful make up.  Neat hands and fingernails.  Classic hairstyle (worn up or down, as long as it is neat) Women’s Attire
  31. 31. Examples of Interview Attire
  32. 32.  Think professional, conservative and color coordinated.  Make sure your clothing has been dry cleaned, is neatly pressed, pet hair free and lint free.  If you have visible tattoos, make EVERY effort to cover these up (either with your clothing or tattoo concealer).  If you have visible body piercings, remove them for the interview.  Make sure you DO NOT SMELL! (body odor, cigarette smoke, alcohol, or too much perfume/cologne). General Rules of Interview Attire
  33. 33.  Dermablend – Macys and Ulta  Kat Von Dee – Sephora  Sally Hansen – Air Brush Legs (Lotion) Ulta, Walmart, Drugstores Tattoo Cover Up Options
  34. 34.  Plan out your interview attire and have it ready to go for your interview. You do not want to feel rushed or lose confidence because of hurrying.  Remove your suit coat while you are driving to avoid wrinkling. (hang it up)  If you have a second or third interview with the same company, you may absolutely wear the same suit…try changing accessories (different shirt/tie, add a scarf, etc.) Reminders…
  35. 35. REMINDER: The interview begins before you even enter the building!  Know exactly where you are going. (plan to arrive in the parking lot at least 20 minutes early)  Fresh breath is crucial, eat some breath mints during your drive (NO GUM during your interview!!!)  Attempt to use the restroom upon entering the building. Double check your appearance. Interview Etiquette
  36. 36. INSIDE TIP! Stay up with Engaging in casual conversation is important!
  37. 37.  Business Handshake – A firm grip is extremely important.  Friendly Greeting – Smile, relax and try to talk about an ice breaker such as the weather.  Display Proper Posture – Sit as far back in your chair as possible.  Build Rapport – Have high level eye contact, nod when interviewer speaks, lean forward slightly while listening.  Control Nervous Jitters – Rest your hands in your lap, do not tap your feet or shake your leg, etc. Less movement = More power! Body Language
  38. 38. YOU LOOK THE PART… NOW TALK THE PART! Familiarize yourself with: • Products/Services • Business stage…Are they growing? • Years in business. • Size, location, number of employees. • Types of customers. • Competitors Research the Company!
  39. 39.  Company Website (Blogs, Press Releases)  KC Business Journal  LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Glassdoor.com  Google Where Do I Research?
  40. 40. Develop & Memorize YOUR Elevator Pitch! An elevator pitch is a one minute summary that focuses on your past experience (transferable skills), training, and positively explains your reason for transitioning to a new career. Tell them what’s in it for them. This is your chance! Make a POSITIVE and MEMORABLE impression by planning ahead! Elevator Pitch
  41. 41. INSIDE TIP! Ensure a smooth and confident start to all of your interviews by… MASTERING YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH! This is the answer to: “So, tell me a little bit about yourself.” You can also use your Elevator Pitch at job fairs and at networking events. Elevator Pitch
  42. 42. Traditional – • What is your greatest strength? • What is your greatest weakness? • Why do you want to work here? Behavioral – (Past behaviors predict future behaviors.) • The interviewer is seeking PROOF of your skills. Answer using PAR method: Describe the “Problem”, “Action” you took, and “Result”. Critical Thinking Skills – • The interviewer is looking to see how you would go about solving a difficult problem. Types of Interview Questions
  43. 43. Try and determine what type of information an employer is looking to receive with their questions. For example, if an employer asked if you have children, you may deduce that they want to know if you’d be missing work often to care for them. You might simply answer that you have no problems meeting the requirements of the position’s attendance requirements. How Should You React?
  44. 44. Answer Questions Appropriately: • Each question asked by the interviewer is designed to tell him/her something about you. • Before you answer each question, think about the following: 1. What is the reason for this question? 2. What is the most appropriate answer? 3. How can I reply in a positive manner? Interviewers easily remember negative responses, so ALWAYS KEEP IT POSITIVE! Keep It Positive!
  45. 45. • If you are unclear as to what the interviewer is asking ask them to repeat the question. • If you are drawing a blank, be honest. Tell the interviewer you are having trouble coming up with an example and you need a moment to think about it. • If you are still stuck, ask to come back to that question later. • Do not resort to stumbling or rambling to come up with an answer. Unsure How To Answer??
  46. 46. INSIDE TIP! Q: What if you do not know the answer to a technical question??? A: Tell them everything you DO KNOW. Then you can explain what you would do to find the rest of the answer. *Have 3 resources you can name that you use to research unknown topics/questions.
  47. 47. 1. Prepare answers for common and tough questions ahead of time! 2. Review the questions and answers until you are comfortable and confident. 3. Have someone you know interview you. See lists of questions in Canvas General, Behavioral, and Technical. Common Interview Questions
  48. 48. Tricky questions… Unstable job history or negative employment situations. Examples of what might be asked: • Why is your job history choppy? • Why did you leave your last job? • Were you fired from any of your previous jobs? Do not provide this information unless YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT AVOID IT! Always think about how the interviewer will view your answers. Negative Employment Situations
  49. 49. DO NOT LIE! Instead, focus on what you learned from the situation. Example: “I lost interest in that line of work and it showed. That situation allowed me to pursue my true interest, which is technology.” • DO NOT make excuses. • DO NOT speak negatively about a past employer. • DO NOT provide sob stories about what took you from one place of employment to another. Negative Employment Situations
  50. 50. $$Money Talk$$ Be prepared with a salary range prior to the interview. Resouces: www.salary.com, www.glassdoor.com, www.payscale.com, Career Services. Do not wing it. NEVER bring up money, salary or benefits without the employer opening up the subject first. Tricky Questions
  51. 51. If you are forced to provide numbers… The employers asks, “What is your salary range?” Or “What type of salary are you looking for?” Give the employer a RANGE and not a solid number. If the question is asked on an application, you may also answer with “negotiable”.
  52. 52. SALARY EXPECTATIONS Full-Stack Web Developers If asked your salary range tell them between $40,000 - $50,000/year NOTE - Our grads avg. over $42,000/year for their first job. Once you start gaining experience you can move up VERY quickly so the most important thing is to start getting experience ASAP! Remember there are more things to consider than money! Ask yourself these questions when considering a job offer:  Is this a good “foot-in-the-door” op?  Are there ops for additional training?  What’s your commute?  Will you be exposed to various technologies/languages?  What about benefits? Medical, Dental 401K employer match, bonuses, flexible hours, work from home ops…
  53. 53. ASK QUESTIONS!
  54. 54. Develop 10 or more strong questions before your interview. Plan to ask a MINIMUM of four questions at the end of the interview. Have “Good” Questions to Ask the Interviewer!
  55. 55. Can you describe what my typical day would look like? Examples of Questions
  56. 56. What types of projects will I be working on, and with whom will I be working?
  57. 57. • What technologies does your company use, and which would I be working with? • What are the common attributes of your top performers? • What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60-90 days? Examples of Questions
  58. 58. • What do you like most about working for this company? • How would you describe the company’s culture? • What distinguishes this company from its competitors? • What are the one or two things that really drive results for the company? • What is the next step in the interview process? Additional Examples
  59. 59. Never ask.. • About pay, time off or benefits. • “What does your company do?” • “Do you do background checks?” • About their drug testing policy. • “How long before I can have your job?” Questions NOT to Ask
  60. 60. Finish on a High Note!  When you have asked your questions, be sure the last question is: “What will be the next step in the interview process?”  Ask for a business card.  Thank the interviewer(s) for their time. “Thank you for your time today. I am excited about this position and your company. I look forward to hearing from you soon.” • Offer a firm handshake, a smile and say another thank you! Ending the Interview
  61. 61. Now What? 1. When you get to your car, write down everything you want to recall from the interview (answers to your questions, things you noticed, names of the people you met). 2. When you get home, start writing your “Thank You” note. This is a MUST!!! After the Interview
  62. 62. • Hiring manager’s name. • Position title. • Something specific about the interview or important items discussed. • Reinforce your interest in the position, restate your value to their organization, and emphasize why YOU are the ideal candidate for this job! Follow Up – Thank You Things to include in your thank you.
  63. 63. • Express your appreciation for the opportunity to interview with them. • Your recognition of the next steps in the hiring process. • Your contact information. Send via email within 24 hours of the interview. Follow Up – Thank You Things to include in your thank you.
  64. 64. I GOT A JOB!!!
  65. 65. Mind Your Moods Work on Timing Smell Good; Look Good Accept Constructive Criticism Non-Verbal Communication is Key Social Awareness & Work Etiquette
  66. 66. When you grumble, stew, or frown, everyone around you has to walk on eggshells for fear that you’re going to blow. You would hate being around someone like that, so manage your moodiness. Everyone has bad moods; what differentiates adults from children is our ability to exercise impulse control and articulate how we feel. Anger has no place at work, so PUT on a happy face! Mind Your Moods
  67. 67. An insensitive person is someone who’s clueless about how his/her behavior affects others. Try to be aware of what’s going on with the person you’re talking to. If she seems busy, distracted, or upset, ask if this is a good time to talk. Even if you think what you have to say is important, forcing her to listen on your terms won’t get your message across effectively. Work on Timing
  68. 68. If coworkers avoid you, there may be a good reason. You may have bad breath or (gasp!) body odor. Even if you showered today, you may still have a noticeable odor if you’re wearing unwashed clothes. Remember that we can’t smell ourselves very well. Good grooming and good hygiene make a good impression. Poor personal-care habits tend to alienate others. Smell Good; Look Good
  69. 69. When a coworker or supervisor offers a suggestion about how you might do something differently, don’t snap at him/her or get defensive. Keep quiet, take a breath, and try to really listen to what she’s saying. Use it as an opportunity to learn and grow, and own up to your mistakes. Accept Constructive Criticism
  70. 70. You send lots of messages to others through your tone, volume, expression, and body language–not just your words. Do you look interested when others speak, or distracted and impatient? When you speak, do you give others their personal space or lean into theirs and speak too loud? Pay attention when people make comments such as, “You look angry,” or “You seem stressed out.” NonVerbal Communication is Key
  71. 71. Please Don’t forget to…Use Your Resources! Remember, anything related to helping you GET A JOB is located in your Career Services Course… • Resumes • Cover Letters • Interview Prep • Networking (#1 way to get a job!!) • Job Search Strategies, etc!
  72. 72. QUESTIONS?