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Reboot Camp Session 5: Interview Successfully

In a competitive job market, interviews are as much about enthusiasm and presentation as your applicable skills and relevant experience. You need to know what you want, how your experience applies, and how to present yourself in the best way possible. In this session, you will learn how hiring managers think, and how to impress them, as well as build your speaking and body language skills. We’ll also cover persuasive presentation – and what that entails – doing your research on the job and on the hiring manager, which questions to ask, how to practice your “story” in terms of many common questions interviewers ask, and effective ways to link your experiences directly to the opportunity at hand.

In a competitive job market, interviews are as much about enthusiasm and presentation as your applicable skills and relevant experience. You need to know what you want, how your experience applies, and how to present yourself in the best way possible. In this session, you will learn how hiring managers think, and how to impress them, as well as build your speaking and body language skills. We’ll also cover persuasive presentation – and what that entails – doing your research on the job and on the hiring manager, which questions to ask, how to practice your “story” in terms of many common questions interviewers ask, and effective ways to link your experiences directly to the opportunity at hand.

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  1. 1. ! Session 5:! Interview Confidently! ! presented by Robin Frank
  2. 2. Social Media ! I work with companies large and small to help them build and tune-up an engaging online presence. ! I’m known as a dynamic speaker and speak regularly at national conferences, companies, and events. Personal Branding! ! I help individuals in many fields create powerful personal brands.! ! My personal branding strategy is featured in the recent book “Digital Marketing” written by Larry Weber and endorsed by Reid Hoffman (Chairman, Founder/LinkedIn) and John Donahoe (CEO/ eBay). Reboot Camp! ! Innovative program to help Moms confidently re-enter the workforce after a break.! ! Six inspiring and pragmatic sessions cover topics from networking and interview skills to social media and personal branding, plus two hours of one-on-one coaching. Mom! ! Twin 8 Yr old boys! ! Live in Mill Valley Yours Truly
  3. 3. 1. Set Your Strategy 2. Tell Your Story 3. Create Your Presence 4. Network Effectively 5.Interview Confidently 6. Succeed On the Job Reboot Camp Sessions TODAY
  4. 4. • This presentation will be available to you online - which means you are free to listen without taking notes • We have 15 minutes for questions at the end • You also have 2 hours of one-on-one to use however you like Today’s Session
  5. 5. Let’s Dive In! 5
  6. 6. Top 5 Keys to Acing the Interview 1. Own your time off with confidence 2. Brush up on interviewing tips 3. Take time to prepare 4. Look and act confident 5. Professional social media use/ references 6
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  8. 8. Own Your Gap Time with Strength • Be professional, proud and - you weren’t “just” raising kids or “just” volunteering • Brush up on interviewing and resume skills - increase confidence • Find things you have done in your gap time that add to your skills 8
  9. 9. Rewrite Negative Self Talk • Three replacement statements • “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Wayne Dyer • Focus on positive experiences - Hardwiring Happiness 9
  10. 10. Talking About the Gap • It is OK to have a gap • What matters is how you explain it in your resume, cover letter and interview 10
  11. 11. Talking About the Gap • Talk about your time off - what did you oversee or coordinate - make it useful in some way • “I have been a stay at home mom for the past X years. During that time, I have been volunteering at a local food bank where I’ve overseen and coordinated several food drives • It was during that time I realized my passion for…. • I’ve been taking courses in …….” • Be concise - don’t give too much detail 11
  12. 12. Moms Make Desirable Employees • Experience, maturity and perspective • Resourceful and solutions oriented • Excellent time management skills • Adept people managers - with finely honed communication skills • Eager to get back to work 12
  13. 13. Be Positive and Enthusiastic • “Thats why I am excited to work for your company” ! • The most crucial message to deliver is how you are ready to return to work ! • Your enthusiasm can be one of the aspects that sets you aside from everyone else 13
  14. 14. Communicate Your Childcare Game Plan • Some employers have concerns that childcare could cause absences • Reassure your prospective employer that you have childcare worked out, including a backup plan 14
  15. 15. Interviewing - Brush Up on Tips for Success 15
  16. 16. Inside the Head of Your Interviewer 1. Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job? 2. Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company? 3. Will you fit into the team, culture and company? 16
  17. 17. Map Your Skills and Experience to the Job 17 • Look at the skills and experience required for the job • Map your skills and experience to those required • Prepare concrete examples of your skills in action and have these memorized so you can draw on them during the interview
  18. 18. Draw on These to Answer Intimidating, Open-Ended Questions • Always go back to key skills, expertise and experience when answering scary (and sometimes silly) questions about yourself • What are your greatest strengths / weaknesses? • What can you do for us that other candidates can’t • Why do you think you are right for this job? • What do you think the main challenges will be? 18
  19. 19. Stand Out From the Crowd • Practice • Your story - for re-entering the workforce and why you are interested in this job • Your personal brand pitch • Your answer to the “Tell Me About Yourself” question 19
  20. 20. Backup Your Enthusiasm with Research 20 • Of course you want the interviewer to know you can’t wait to join the company… BUT… • Nothing conveys this better than a demonstrated understanding of the company, its strategy, current performance, structure, market position and products
  21. 21. Your Bonus Homework • Google • Read the company's "FAQ" or "About Us" section • You will be reading the same things as other candidates • Also check out • 10-K filing for strengths and weaknesses which will inform what value you can bring • Annual Report - company direction/goals so you can align your answers • Press Releases - company image • Competitors - demonstrate you know them 21
  22. 22. Prepare Questions for the Interviewer • Prepare in advance based on your research ! • Pay attention throughout the interview, so you'll have questions related to what the hiring manager talked about 22
  23. 23. 10 Thoughtful Questions to Ask 1. What’s the most important goal the person in this role needs to accomplish in order to be successful? 2. What are the immediate priorities? 3. How will this skill be used on the job? 4. How will performance be measured? 5. Can you walk me through the organization chart? 6. What is the manager’s vision for the department and this role? 7. What is your/the manager’s leadership style? 8. How are decisions made at the company? What’s the appetite for change? What’s are the politics/ the intensity/the sophistication of the infrastructure? 9. How do you plan to deal with x? 10.What are some things your competitors are doing right that you need to copy? 23
  24. 24. 2 Minute Exercises to Calm You • You think you are calm but then your body gets nervous • Palms over eyes • Relaxes and relieves eye strain • Longer exhales • Relaxes and calms the sympathetic nervous system (fight & flight) 24
  25. 25. 7 Seconds to Make a First Impression • The moment that stranger sees you, his or her brain makes a thousand computations - Are you trustworthy, competent, likeable, confident? • These computations are made at lightning speed — making major decisions about one another in the first seven seconds of meeting • The human brain is hardwired in this way as a prehistoric survival mechanism – you can understand how to make those decisions work in your favor 25
  26. 26. Nonverbal Cues are Influential • First impressions are more heavily influenced by nonverbal cues than verbal cues • Studies have found that nonverbal cues have over four times the impact on the impression you make than anything you say 26
  27. 27. Wear the Right Outfit • Make sure you know what the dress code is for the office ! • Depends on industry, geographic location and time of year ! • Pinterest board: pinterest.com/robeen/ interview-outfits/ 27
  28. 28. Use Positive Body Language • Sit still, don’t fidget, good posture, arms open • Talk slowly, breathe deeply, smile • Enjoy yourself and make eye contact 28
  29. 29. Power Posing - Amy Cuddy • Your body language shapes who you are • Social psychologist - Amy Cuddy TED talk • Standing (or sitting) in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and may have an impact on our success • Fake it until you become it 29
  30. 30. Show You Fit In • Companies have different cultures, ways of behaving and working • Check Glassdoor - information about what it is like to work for different companies • Keep in mind the negativity bias for this site 30
  31. 31. Map the Company Culture to You • Map the culture of the company to your personality traits, style and behaviors and use it to answer questions: • How would you describe your work style? • How would your colleagues describe you? • What makes you fit into our company? • What makes you a good team member? 31
  32. 32. Build Rapport with Your Interviewer • Use LinkedIn, Google, and social profiles to get a fuller picture of the person • Try to find a point of mutual connection • More points of connection = stronger bonds 32
  33. 33. Give the Right Answer to the Weakness Question • Don’t give a cop-out answer • Be honest and give a real answer - something you’ve struggle with in a particular situation • Avoid deal breakers • Talk about your proactive attempts to overcome 33
  34. 34. If You Don’t Know the Answer • The interviewer just threw you a big curveball or asked you something and you draw a blank ! • Don’t. Freak. Out. ! • Don’t say I don’t know ! • Don’t make stuff up ! • Ask questions ! • Talk about how you would find the answer 34
  35. 35. Everyone is Busy • Demonstrate that you can hit the ground running, will have a minimal learning curve and help them solve their immediate problems • State this at the end of your interview and reiterate it in your thank you note 35
  36. 36. Have a Game Plan of What it Will Take to Be Successful On The Job • Be proactive - based on the job description and requirements, think through what it will take to be successful in the job • Create a list of items and put these items into a one-page “Game Plan” document with a brief explanation of each item • Example - Pharma Sales Rep • Products: Learn everything there is to know about the products I’ll be representing • Terminology: Learn all the appropriate medical terminology that customers will use during our discussions. Obtain recommendations from my manager on the best ways to gain this knowledge - reading articles, attending seminars, memorizing terminology and definitions, etc. • Sales territory: Learn my sales territory as well as history 36
  37. 37. The Interview is NOT Over Until You Walk Out the Door • Pay attention to your words and behavior as you leave • Be polite and on top of your game when you are making casual conversation on your way out, and be nice to the receptionist 37
  38. 38. Ask About Next Steps Before You Leave • When will you hear about their decision? • Then follow up - while it may not influence the outcome, it shows persistence and attention to detail 38
  39. 39. Your Personal Brand is a Big Deal 39 • Create a memorable and compelling personal brand, and keep it consistent across your emails, resume, phone calls, social profiles, networking and interviews • Manage your personal brand throughout your career
  40. 40. Have Recommendations Ready • Look at jobs you are interviewing for - map your skills to those required by the job and strategize • Which of your managers can speak to each skill? • Ask each person to discuss three skills - and provide those as a guideline • Ask them to include: How long they’ve worked with you, background on how they know you, description of the three skills you asked them to discuss, and at least one specific success example 40
  41. 41. The Intersection of Social Media and Your Job Search • Make Facebook private and accessible to your friends only • Update LinkedIn • Pinterest and Instagram - show your personality but watch what you post, your hashtags, and how the accounts are linked 41
  42. 42. Engage Social Media to Show Your Interest • Use Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram — whatever medium suits you best — to show that you are thinking about the industry and returning to work 42
  43. 43. You Are Going Back to Work Because You Want to Work • Do not talk about your problems - You need the job to pay off your student loans, etc. • The hiring manager does not want to hear about your 99 problems • You will be hired based on your qualifications, potential for success, and your fit with the culture - everything else will be secondary to those factors. 43
  44. 44. Thank You! 44 robeenf@gmail.com linkedin.com/in/robinfrank! robeenf.com GoRebootCamp.com slideshare.net/robeen pinterest.com/robeen

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