OCN 750 Class #13: April 10Interviewing • Interviewing 101 • Mock interviewing • Upcoming assignments/classes Questions? Announcements? Michele?
Assignment due today • Job ad of interest to you • Cover letter specific to that job ad
Interviewing 101 • Pre-interview preparation • How to dress • The interview • Follow-up References: Brent Fujinaka, Manoa Career Center http://career-advice.monster.com/job-interview/careers.aspx
Pre-Interview:Responding to the Interview Invitation • Respond promptly and professionally • Be flexible and cooperative • Follow all instructions carefully Goal: To make a positive first impression. Tip: Keep a job application summary sheet (and keep it handy).
Aloha! Thank you for your application to the C-MORE Scholars Program. To further explore whether you will be a "good fit" to the program, we would like to schedule a Skype interview with you. If you're not already on Skype, you can join free of charge.The interview will last about 20-30 minutes. Interviews will be held on 5/14, 5/15 and 5/16 at the following times: 10 am, 10:30 am, 11 am, 11:30 am, 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm. Please let us know1) your Skype name2) your top 3 choices of interview times Aloha,Jessica Ayau and Barbara BrunoC-MORE Scholars Program
Aloha Jessica and Barbara, Could I please interview: 5/15 @ 11:00am? My skype name is xx Mahalo, xx
Pre-Interview: Reflection How does this opportunity fit with your • Qualifications • Current position/status • Career goals • Lifestyle What questions do you have? (write them down!) Consider keeping a job application journal
Pre-Interview: Research • Review organization’s websites and publications • Google the organization • Get salary information • Research your interviewers Goal: Come to interview prepared; Convey strong interest to interviewers
Plan what you will wear • Neat, clean, pressed • Classic and conservative • Proper fit • Closed shoes • Avoid perfume/cologne Goal: Give a professional appearance.
Men • Pressed Pants • Local: Aloha shirts for academic/non-profit • Mainland/downtown: Jacket and tie • Avoid leather jackets • Match belt and socks to shoes Women • Pants or knee-length skirt/dress • Jacket (or at least covered shoulders) • Avoid loud, low-cut or frilly blouses • Minimal jewelry & make-up • Neutral hosiery
On the Day • Bring job ad, application materials and several CVs • Bring pen and note paper • Arrive 10 minutes early • Be courteous and professional to everybody • Shut off cell phone • Watch your body language • Observe other people’s body language
Interview Goals Your Goals • To advance to next step in the recruiting process • To determine whether this job is right for you Employer Goals • To find the right person for the job • To sell the company’s strengths
What do employers generally look for in prospective employees? • Pair up • Take 2 minutes to come up with at least 5 transferable skills or personality characteristics
A Typical Interview • Warm-up • Employer(s) questions • Applicant questions • Wrap-up
Warm-Up • Introductions • Handshake(s) • Small Talk • Transition to Employer Questions Message: I am courteous, socially skilled and enthusiastic about the position
How To Answer Questions • Take notes during questions • Think before answering • Be clear and concise • Use specific examples • Avoid cliches or canned answers Message: I am articulate, confident and stand out from other applicants
Skills and Accomplishments questions • Describe how you meet the job qualifications. • What is your research specialization? • What is your greatest ….? • How would you rate your skills in ….? • Have you ever.…? Message: I am highly qualified and competent (and can be trained)
“Right Fit” questions • Why are you interested in this position? • Why do you want to work for our ……? • What can you bring to our ….? • How are you hoping to grow in this position? • What is your ideal work environment? • Why should we hire you? Message: I am the right person for the job.
Behavioral questions STAR S – situation T – task/role A – action R – results Tell me about a time when you … • impressed your boss • disagreed with your boss • were creative in solving a problem • worked effectively with a difficult individual • worked with people whose backgrounds differed from your own background Message: I am high value, low maintenance
Applicant Questions • Bring at least 2 appropriate questions • Don’t ask dumb questions
Questions NOTto ask • What is the salary? • When can I expect a raise or promotion? • How many others are you interviewing? • Is there an inside candidate? • What is your flextime policy?
Illegal and Inappropriate Questions* • Religion • Politics • Height/Weight • Arrests • Health • Military discharge • Marital status/Spouse • Children/Pregnancy • Age • Race/Nationality • Citizenship/Birth Place • Gender-specific *unless you volunteer the information
At the end of the interview • Ask if you answered all of their questions • Restate your interest in the position (if true) • Thank your interviewers for their time • Shake everyone’s hand
Post-interview Follow Up • Send a thank you note promptly • Update your job summary spreadsheet • Consider keeping a journal • Reflect on how it went • Write down tough questions they asked • Include names of interviewers
Remember…… • Always be honest • Focus on your strengths • You’ll get better with practice & reflection • It’s fine to (gently) ask for feedback • Interviews over lunch or dinners are not social occasions.
Questions? Then Break Next: Mock Interviewing
Mock interviews • Pair up with a partner & discuss job applications • Review interview questions (handout): • As interviewer: select 4 questions (include 1 behavioral) • As interviewee: plan 1 question to ask about your job • 10 min. per interview, then switch (2:15; 2:25) • “Warm-up” (hand shake, etc), then questions • Take notes • If interviewer: feedback for partner (handout) • If interviewee: make notes of what you said • 2:35 pm: discuss with each other, then whole class
Upcoming assignments & classes Next week (4/17): • Teaching Philosophy • Upload online profile; email us the link • Looking ahead (4/24 & 5/1): • Class projects: • Presentation (8 minutes max, plus time for questions) • Reflection #4 (TBA; due on day you don’t present) • Course evaluation: • 4/24 departmental eval • 5/1 our eval