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Interviewing Skills For Technical Jobs

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Engineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Interviewing Skills For Technical Jobs CLAIRE BENTON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ENGINEERING COOP CAREER SERVICES FALL 2009Engineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Objectives of an Interview  Allows you to convey important information about your qualifications for the position  Enables you to gain additional information about the position and employer  Helps the employer know if you have the skills, personality, and interest to do the job  Determine if you are seriously interested in the position being discussed/good fitEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Types of Interviews  Traditional  Behavioral/Story Telling  Case Engineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Types of interview questions  Credentials: What is your greatest strength  Experience: Tell me about your internship at organization name.  Behavior: Tell me about a time when you worked with a team to solve a problem.  Opinion: What do you think about our recent policy change of policy nameEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Methods of Interviews  In person Oncampus, Employer site visit  Telephone Video Conferencing Engineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Preparing for the Interview  Know yourself  Skills and interests that qualify you  Your values  Your short and long range goals  Know the employer  General understanding of the field  Information and key details about the position for which you are interviewing (specific and general)Engineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Ways to prepare information about yourself  Review your resume/history of accomplishments and achievements  Prepare a “30 second commercial”  Review sample interview questions and think about how you would answer themEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers So, tell me about yourself  The most common interview opener  Interviewer is looking for a brief introduction to who you are: what makes you interesting What are your unique activities or involvements Why are you interested in the position  Remember to keep your response natural and conversationalEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Tips for answering questions  Consider why the interviewer is asking this question  Expand answers, avoid yes and no…give details  Tie in strengths to jobs and activities  Weaknesses go full circle  If stumped, buy a minute or say, “ I am uncertain, but this is what I might do...”Engineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Think STORY, not EXAMPLE  Whether in a movie or book, a good story usually begins with a CONFLICT, PROBLEM, or CHALLENGE  A story starts at a specific moment in time  Stories don’t have to be about professional experience: School, sports, personal challenges, community service  Stories should include what student was feeling, doing, and thinking  Bring story all the way to the conclusionEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Answering behaviorbased questions Use the STAR technique SSituation TTask AAction RResultEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Tell me about a time when you… … worked with a team to solve a problem. Interviewee 1: “I did a lot of group work while working as a Peer Advisor.” Interviewee 2 Uses the STAR technique…Engineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Using the STAR technique… SSituation I work as a peer advisor in the Coop Career Services office with 5 other students. TTask We were asked to develop a creative way to promote the office to PhD students. AAction We sat down as a team in a roundtable discussion to brainstorm our ideas, and each member had a chance to contribute. RResult We used a combination of our ideas to develop a publicity campaign, which successfully increased PhD registrations by 10.Engineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers What is an interviewer looking for  Ability/Skills  Does the applicant have the ability to do the job  Does the applicant have the will to do the job  Personality/Fit  Will the applicant get along with others on the teamEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Questions for the interviewers  DO prepare questions to ask the interviewers  Demonstrates your level of interest  Avoid asking questions that are answered on the website, the job description, information sessions, etc.  Sample questionsEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Beyond the questions…  Communication style  Tone  Speed of speaking/Clarity  Body language  Posture  Eye contact  Fidgeting  Hand gesturesEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Beyond the questions…  Appearance  Interview dress  Grooming  Overall presentation  Motivation  Confidence  Interest  PreparednessEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Final suggestions…  Be on time  Be positive and enthusiastic  Maintain eye contact and a good posture (be aware of body language)  Do not take notes during interview  Follow up with thank you letters  SMILEEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Interview Success Factors  Verbal and written communication  Analytical, logical thinking and problem solving skills  Interest in job/field/employer  Interpersonal skills  Enthusiasm  Goals  Leadership skills  Confidence and professionalism FIT Engineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers The Three “P’s”  Polite  Patient  PersistentEngineering Coop Career Services 201 Carpenter Hall engcareercornell.edu 6072555006 www.engineering.cornell.edu/careers Questions
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