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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Day of the Interview

Material to Bring to an Interview

As appropriate, you should have copies of the following with you at every interview: resume, transcript, references, portfolio, work sample, and performance evaluations from previous employers (if you have them). Make sure you can leave the copies with the interviewer because they will not have time to read them during the interview. Also bring a notepad and pen.

The Routine of an Interview

Most interviews can be divided into four major sections: the introduction, the employer sell, the candidate sell, and the closing.

During the “introduction” the employer will use the first few minutes of the interview, to create a comfortable, friendly environment so that a meaningful conversation can follow. A mutual topic of discussion such as the weather, sports, or a major news story, etc., will normally be pursued.

The "employer sell" will cover organizational structure, products or services, geographical location(s), specifics on the position under consideration, salary (usually not discussed during an initial interview), benefits, etc.

The "candidate sell" is the time spent answering questions about your goals and qualifications and demonstrating your communication skills.

During the "closing", both parties should indicate their level of interest in the other and understand what the next steps to be taken will be.

Contact Log

It is important to maintain current records of all your job search activities. Record all contact and address information for each organization to which you apply, updating the log with each follow-up call or letter, interview, etc. Accurate records can help to remind you about the current status of each job opportunity, as well as when a follow-up should be done.

Interview Ethics

Interview only when sincerely interested in a position with the employer.

Provide accurate information on your qualifications and interests. Never falsify data such as GPA, academic major, coursework completed or extracurricular activities on a resume or in an interview.

Notify the Cooperative Education and Career Services Office, at least 24 hours in advance, if you cannot make an on-campus interview or employer presentation.

Acknowledge invitations for on-site interviews promptly, whether you accept or reject them

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