Interview Time Is Show Time

Want to tell a potential employer that you’re creative? A problem solver? Flexible? Instead of describing yourself as a “self-starter,” tell a story about how you took action when you saw an issue that needed to be fixed. Don’t say you are “flexible”—tell the hiring manager about a change in your job (or schoolwork demands) and what you did to deal with the change.

Well-worn phrases won’t help you get the job, but concrete examples will!

 ​Don't say

The story you need to tell

​Highly qualified

Highlight your accomplishments in previous jobs.  Emphasize your specific skills and note any certifications you have earned.

​Hard worker

Explain exactly how you've gone the extra mile for your job.  For instance, did you regularly meet tough deadlines, handle a high volume of projects, or tackle tasks outside your job description?

​Team player

Provide examples of how you worked with colleagues or individuals in other departments to meet an objective or complete a project.

​Problem Solver

Highlight a difficult situation you encountered and how you handled it.

​Flexible

​Describe how you responded to a major change at work (or in your schoolwork) or dealt with the unpredictable aspects of your job.

​People person

​Can you offer examples of your strong communication skills?  Can you describe how you've worked with co-workers and customers?

​Self-starter

What can you contribute immediately to the company or to the department you work in?  Describe how you took action when you saw an issue that needed to be fixed.

    Interview Rubric:

     

    Excellent interview:  You should get a job offer! Average interview:  you could get called back, but it is not certain. Interviewing skills need significant improvement:  You would not get this job.
    First Impressions

    Your appearance is professional; you are wearing a business suit. You greet and shake hands with your interviewer correctly. Your conversation is enthusiastic and engaging.

    ​You look nice, but you do not wear a suit. Your greeting is appropriate, but you forget to shake hands with your interviewer. Your conversation is enthusiastic and engaging.
    Your attire is unprofessional: You wear jeans or shorts to the interview. You do not greet or shake hands with your interviewer. Your conversation is not energetic.
    Interview Content
    You are knowledgeable about the organization and position. You display poise and confidence. You relate your skills to the job very well.
    You are knowledgeable about the position, but not about the organization. You display adequate confidence in your answers. You state your skills, but do not adequately relate them to the job.
    You are not knowledgeable about the position or organization. You are not confident in answering questions about yourself. You do not state the skills you have to do the job.
    Interview Skills/Techniques
    You have excellent eye contact with your interviewer (without staring). Your language and grammar are appropriate. (No use of "um".) You speak at the correct speed.
    You have adequate eye contact with your interviewer. Your language and grammar are adequate. You use "um" and other inappropriate terms, but not enough to disrupt the interview. You speak a little too quickly or too slowly.
    You look at the floor or ceiling when speaking. Your grammar and language are inappropriate. You speak too quickly or too slowly.
    Closing
    You successfully convey your interest in the position. You ask appropriate questions. You thank the interviewer.
    You convey some interest in the position. You are not prepared to ask questions. You thank the interviewer.
    You do not show any interest in the position. You do not ask any questions. You do not thank the interviewer.
     
    by Amy Diepenbrock. Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder. www.naceweb.org.
     

    Mock Interview

    Want a chance to test your skills in a realistic and informative session?  We can help you with that!
    Please contact Career Services to make an appointment to set up a Mock Interview at (920) 923-8097 or emailing careerservices@marianuniversity.edu

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