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This webinar is an in-depth review of the interview process. Preparation is a key element to acing an interview. Learn the best approaches from the initial phone screen to the face-to-face meeting with the hiring manager. You will hear great answers to several standard questions, including the dreaded “Tell Me About Yourself”.

This webinar is an in-depth review of the interview process. Preparation is a key element to acing an interview. Learn the best approaches from the initial phone screen to the face-to-face meeting with the hiring manager. You will hear great answers to several standard questions, including the dreaded “Tell Me About Yourself”.


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  1. 1. Guide to a Winning Interview brought to you by Bruce A. Bennett Career Coach Corner February 7, 2023
  2. 2. 2 Introduction & Notes for Workshop Introduction MCWN Volunteer since 2010 & Contractor from 2018 Career Coach Corner Blogger & Presenter B² Discuss LinkedIn Podcaster General Notes for Today My contact info is on last slide Presentation file is on SlideShare Workshop is interactive, Q/A & Parking lot Follow up email will include link to deck and survey Social Media Revolution
  3. 3. 3 Outline for Workshop Today Interviewing Preparing by researching company & position Review the interview process Q & A examples Five toughest question videos Closing the interview General Do’s and Don’ts
  4. 4. 4 Goals for Workshop Goals Repeat strengths as STARs for interviewing Learn how to respond to Tell Me About Yourself Discover how to research employers & companies Know Thyself – Personal Intelligence
  5. 5. 5 Resources Available On-line http://www.illinoisworknet.com/
  6. 6. 6 Resources Available On-line
  7. 7. 7 How to Ace an Interview Self awareness Inventory your skills Strength Finder by Gallup - now CliftonStrengths SWOT analysis Preparation Select 3 to 5 of your key strengths Use a STAR to illustrate the skill to interviewer Research company and individuals Practice Scripted or bulleted answers Mirror or camera Family, friends or pets
  8. 8. 8 Strength Finder Report https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/home.aspx/
  9. 9. 9 Strength Finder Report
  10. 10. 10 Strength Finder Report
  11. 11. 11 Strength Finder Report
  12. 12. 12 SWOT Analysis
  13. 13. 13 Key Strengths - STARs or CARs Customer Service “Are you calling me a liar” story. Decision Making Our equipment in the garage appeared to be the source of the fire. Computer Software Adaptability Became the beta tester for new roll outs of proprietary programs for regional managers. Training Staff Coached and developed 22 direct reports into supervisory role positions.
  14. 14. 14 Key Strengths – STAR Approach Stories in the Job Interview  Crafting stories  Key Story Elements  Where to Find Stories  Practice, Improve, Practice, Improve  Sample Stories as Interview Answers Stories in the Job Interview.PDF
  15. 15. 15 Research Company and Position Research the company Google the company Company website, news, management team, etc. Mission statement and/or core values Check them on LinkedIn Research the position Use Indeed or other job boards for similar positions for key words or skills not covered in their posting Check salary.com to get range of compensation LinkedIn Research Search for interviewer(s) and company
  16. 16. 16 Research Company Exercise 7 Fundamental Things You MUST Research
  17. 17. 17 Interviewing Situations Prescreen Phone Interview Spur of the moment Prearranged for a scheduled time Determines your next step in the process Follow up with F2F interview Keep your resume on file F2F Interview Company location Job Fairs On Campus recruiting Video Interviews
  18. 18. 18 Phone Screen Interview Preparation Schedule the time rather than spur of the moment Locate to a distraction free environment No pets, no TV, no Radio, no computer Have your cell phone fully charged Take note of interviewer’s name Have work history and job description handy Relate the job’s and your key skills
  19. 19. 19 Phone Screen Interview Preparation Stand during the phone interview Smile while on the call Have a few questions ready for the interviewer, e.g. Is position new or replacing someone, i.e. budgeted? Next steps in the application process Avoid rambling and/or really long answers
  20. 20. 20 F2F Interviewing Preparation Prepare story examples that illustrate skills and capabilities Interview practice with family, friends, etc. Have work history and reference details ABCs of references Take several copies of resume Dress for interview Research the company and position Google, LinkedIn and/or Company’s webpage
  21. 21. 21 F2F Interviewing Process Know the corporate culture Turn on positives, creative, am quick learner, relationship builder, etc. Eye contact Self on shoulder alter ego (good/bad angel) Personal branding - Portfolio Humor ok!?!? Ideal or dream job
  22. 22. 22 Video Interviewing Video Interviewing Background & Environment Practice recording on laptop or tablet https://www.myinterviewpractice.com/
  23. 23. 23 Video Interviewing Riveter Works video interviewing practice https://riveterworks.com/
  24. 24. 24 Video Interviewing HireVue On-line interviewing application https://www.hirevue.com/blog/how-to-take-a-hirevue-interview/
  25. 25. 25 Video Interviewing Zoom, Skype, Facetime Interviews Andrew LaCivita talks about Online interviewing
  26. 26. 26 Standard Questions What would former coworkers or manager say? What did you learn at your last job? What level of education did you achieve? What is your greatest strength? What have you been doing since being laid off? Why did you leave your last job or were you fired?
  27. 27. 27 Behavioral/Situational Type Questions Give me an example of how you set goals and achieve them. Teamwork is important to the position. Give me an example of your working with a team. Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure. How did you handle a difficult situation with a supervisor? Relate when you had to enforce a company policy that you did not agree with personally. Pamela Skilling Discusses Behavioral Questions
  28. 28. 28 F2F Interviewing Process
  29. 29. 29 Oddball Questions How much does the earth weigh? What would you expect to pay for the empty lot next to our company? How far away is Alpha Centuri? What animal or tree would you like to be? What kind of cookie would you like to be? What is your spirit animal? Who is your hero?
  30. 30. 30 Five Toughest Questions Videos “Tell me about yourself!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhWq1Q8uGg4&t=2s by John Heaney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmFuWmzeiDs by Pamela Skillings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCoqmcyHedA by Don Georgevich “What are your greatest weaknesses?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhTbeeUtWKs&t=3s by John Heaney “Why should we hire you?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx1_CZTdKAc&t=8s by John Heaney “Why do you want to work here?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g619eeLPSi0&t=81s by John Heaney “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRURxgW4eBE&t=3s by John Heaney
  31. 31. 31 LinkedIn Offers Interviewing Resource LinkedIn offers Interview Prep on the Jobs tab More features Skills Assessments & Resume Builder
  32. 32. 32 Interview Prep provides sample Q & A with video & tips LinkedIn Offers Interviewing Resource
  33. 33. 33 LinkedIn Offers Interviewing Resource Free accounts provide an answer framework
  34. 34. 34 Categories button offers additional questions LinkedIn Offers Interviewing Resource
  35. 35. 35 Lack of preparation, not knowing about company Getting name of company wrong Inappropriate language during the interview “Beating around the bush” regarding compensation expectations Needing to pull responses from candidate Candidate talking too much, long winded Not flexible with scheduling Ghosting during the process Source: C. Schroeder, Talent Acquisition Manager Interviewer Pet Peeves
  36. 36. 36 Do You Have Any Questions For Me? You better!! Be prepared with questions to ask the interviewer Interview Questions Hallmark Data Systems A printed list demonstrates your preparation and interest in the company and position Questions can range from evaluations to management style Is corporate culture another potential topic? How has Covid-19 affected the business?
  37. 37. 37 Interviewing Closing Suggestions John Heaney suggests to not ask these questions 10 Questions to Never Ask on a Job Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNW8u1yC4Bg 7 minutes Don Georgevich advises never ask these questions Never Ask These Questions in a Job Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPRG7_fXe_E 8 minutes
  38. 38. 38 Interviewing Closing Suggestions Closing statement? Elevator speech repeated with knowledge gained through the interview Express interest in the job, “I want the job!” Next steps in candidate selection process “May I have your business card?” Handshake, elbow or fist bump?
  39. 39. 39 Interview Do’s Bring a notebook to take notes Press your clothes and shine shoes Be aware of your body posture Turn off your phone Be friendly with everyone you meet Smile
  40. 40. 40 Interview Don’ts Do not be too early or late Do not answer cell phone or texts Do not wear perfume or cologne Do not disparage previous employer/boss Do not leave your notebook at home Do not cross your arms Do not answer with simple yes or no Do not fidget
  41. 41. 41 Post Interview Suggestions Debrief yourself Keep a journal of interview questions & answers Rate your answers to learn from interview to interview Thank you letter Personal thank you card best or email is acceptable Follow up with phone call Lastly, remember the Challenging interview https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2xhxte
  42. 42. 42 Simple Thank You Letter Template Hallmark Data Systems Attn: Julie Jones, HR Manager Phone: 847-999-9999 Web: http://www.halldata.com/ Dear Ms. Jones, I wanted to thank you for your time and consideration for the Senior Client Relationship Manager position. Our discussion about my experience and the position clarified how much this job is a great match with my background. My extensive management, operations, client service, and relationship building experience would benefit Hallmark Data Systems. I look forward to progressing to the next step in the candidate selection process. Thank you, Bruce
  43. 43. 43 High Performance Interviewing by David King and Jim Starkey Another Interviewing Resource
  44. 44. 44 Presentation Video Resources Social Media Revolution - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k_G_h41ZaQ Paul Cameron - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvAHjpKR9rg Andy LaCivita - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05WWE0Afz1k Pamela Skillings - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH3DaeJSwy4 Bill Burnett - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G3aixm2C6LHzub6wNNHy7QwbUEgrj9Rz/view?usp=sh aring
  45. 45. 45 Additional Video Resources Madeline Mann When is your job interview - Timing is Everything! Andrew LaCivita The Best Answer to "What's Your Expected Salary?" Madeline Mann - Self Made Millennial How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions Sample Answers Professor Heather Austin 7 Job Interview Red Flags LinkedIn Learning https://opportunity.linkedin.com/prepare-for-interview
  46. 46. 46 Success Stories Jackie L. – Financial Industry Attended workshops, one on one coaching and received job offer Kenya B. – Financial Industry Incorporated resume & job description scanning to get offered job Cheryl W. – Accounting Professional Attended webinars and offered a position Tom W. – Customer Service Professional Attended workshops and was hired after three interviews Michael B. – Marketing Incorporated my recommendations from workshops I want to add your name to the list!
  47. 47. 47 McHenry County Workforce Facebook
  48. 48. 48 McHenry County Workforce Facebook
  49. 49. 49 McHenry County Workforce Network February Calendar of Events & Services Personalized Job Search Assistance Services To sign up, request the professional directly by email Mock Interviews 60 minute sessions February 13 & 27 9:30 – 10:30 Kraig Roberts Email: mcwnkraig@gmail.com
  50. 50. 50 Upcoming Webinar Events Plainfield Area Public Library LinkedIn Strategies for Job Seekers Wednesday February 15, 2023 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm LinkedIn for Your Job Search Monday February 20, 2023 from 10:00am to 12:00pm LinkedIn Strategic Guidelines Monday February 27, 2023 from 10:00am to 12:00pm Resumes, Cover Letters and Applying Online Wednesday March 1, 2023 from 10:00am to 12:00pm NTS Job Club - Boost Your Job Search by Volunteering Wednesday March 8, 2023 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  51. 51. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn Bruce A. Bennett Mobile: 815-302-9552 Email: BABennett73@gmail.com LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bruceabennett Career Coach Corner Blog: http://bruce73.wordpress.com/ https://bruce73.wordpress.com/upcoming-presentations/ Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/b-squared-linkedin