Interview 101 Module 4
Interview Preparation • Know yourself first • Research the organization • Site awareness • Practice
Making a Great First Impression • Be open and confident • Balance talking and listening • Be positive • Be courteous and attentive Be on time Be yourself Present yourself appropriately Be an individual Smile
No. 1 Question Asked in Interviews “Please tell me about yourself.”
Questions to Know • How would you describe yourself? • How would your friends describe you? • How did you come to the decision to major in _____? • What steps did you take to make sure this was the right career decision for you? • What is the routine of a typical day like for you? • What do you see as your greatest strengths? • What do you see as your two greatest weaknesses (or areas for improvement)?
Questions to Know • Tell me a leadership role you have taken in any area. • Tell me about your experience related to your major. • Describe your computer experience and skills. • Describe your interpersonal skills with an example of a time when you demonstrated them. • Describe your experiences working independently and as a team member. • Please tell me about a time you worked effectively under pressure.
Questions to Know • Tell me a time when you were creative in solving problems. • Tell me about a time you handled a difficult situation/Tell me about a time when you had to overcome an obstacle in your life. • Tell me about a time you adapted to a difficult situation. • Tell me about a time you persuaded someone else to do things your way.
Questions to Know • Tell me about a time you were forced to make an unpopular decision. • Tell me about a time you had to deal with an irate (angry) customer, coworker, fellow classmate or boss. • Tell me about your ideal job. • Do you have any additional information about you that you would like me to know?
Best Questions to Ask the Interviewer • Company • Position’s history • Job responsibilities • Expectations • Follow-up • What are the next steps in the interview process? • How long before you make a decision?
After the Interview • Before you leave • Evaluate your experience • Send a thank you
Leadership Lessons Learned What is one thing you learned from this session? What is one thing you plan to implement or do differently based on what you learned?
References Your Guide to Employment: From Job Search to Job Success. Job Service North Dakota. Retrieved from www.experience.nd.gov/uploads/0/your_guide_to_employment9_7_12.pdf Smaaladen, J. & Knutson, C. (2016). Future Leaders and Mentors Engaging Society (FLAMES) Youth Leadership Program Student Guide to Interviewing (2017). NDSU Career Center. Retrieved from https://career.ndsu.edu/resources/?ctag%5B%5D=interviewing