Interviewing Tips Provided by Nova Carden Electronics Engineer NSWC Crane
Keys to Interviewing Well • Make a Good First Impression • Answer Questions Effectively • Show Genuine Interest in the Position
First Impressions • 30 Seconds • Something to keep in mind • “The interviewer already knows you’re capable of doing the job. You need to convince them that you WILL do the job.”
More about that first impression • Be Confident – Not arrogant • Be armed with knowledge • Be GENUINELY friendly to EVERYBODY • Share credit and accept blame • Remember: Everybody has to start somewhere
How To Make a Good First Impression • Hygiene • Wear Comfortable Clothes • Turn off your phone!!! • Smile • Allow the Interviewer to Set the Tone • Try not to talk to fast
What not to do • Poor Handshake • Talking too much • Talking negatively about past employers • Treating the receptionist rudely • Verbal Ticks (“um” “like” “you know”) • Too much/Too Little Eye Contact
Answer Questions Effectively • S – situation (describe it) • H – hindrances (identify them) • A – action (explain what YOU did) • R – results (discuss them) • E – evaluate (what did you learn?)
Frequently Asked Questions • “What are your strengths?” • Provide examples of it positively affecting your work. • Stay away from standard characteristics • “What are your weaknesses?” • Cite a lack of experience in an area largely unnecessary to the job you’d be performing.
Frequently Asked Questions • “Why are you interested in working here?” • Focus on job responsibilities • Stay away from $ and the commute as reasons • “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” • Actually, “What will you be doing for ME in 5 years.” • This answer is different for everyone in every circumstance • Pros and Cons to answering this question
Show Genuine Interest in the Position • “Is this candidate likely to accept the position if it is offered?” • Demonstrate that you have researched organization or industry. • Ask questions about the job, the organization, the services, and products. Show interest in job responsibilities.
Show Genuine Interest in the Position • “Is this candidate likely to accept the position if it is offered?” • Try to figure out where your responsibilities will fit into the overall picture. • Ask questions about the area – after all, you’ll be living there! • Ask about the recruiting timeline. • If contact info is offered, follow up!
Asking Questions • Ask about the most important aspects of a successful candidate. Confirm that you fit the profile. • Ask about what your first project would be. • Ask how your performance will be assessed. • DON’T ask about salary, benefits, lunch hours, or what time you go home. • DON’T ask how soon you’ll have a chance to advance.
Recap • First Impressions • SHARE • Frequently Asked Questions • Key Themes • Demonstrating Interest in Position • Questions to Ask • Questions NOT to Ask