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Job Hunting Skills: Interview Process
Curriculum for Career, spring 2012
Career counselor Eric Carver
16.4.2012 1Urapalvelut/ Eric Carver
Curriculum for Career
Coursework available at Moodle: https://moodle.helsinki.fi/course/view.php?id=418 Course key: cfc2012s
To pass 1. course attendance
(you can miss only one session for a valid reason)
2. Information interview report (+ comment to other reports in Moodle) 3. CV 4. Journal on Career Planning course
DEADLINE for assignment 2. is April 11th. For 3-4. April 25.
Course journal (3 h)
Part 2 OPPORTUNITY AWARENESS
Part 3 FROM DECISION MAKING TO
ACTION PLANNING 3h
Part 4a JOB HUNTING SKILLS Application documents
Part 1 SELF-ASSESSMENT SKILLS
Part 4b JOB HUNTING SKILLS
Interview process 3h
Total 28 hours
CV (2 h)
Journal on Career Planning course
The purpose of reflective writing is to help you learn from a particular practical experience. It will help you to make connections between what you are taught in theory and what you need to do in practice. You reflect so that you can learn.
Reflective writing is: • your response to experiences, opinions, events or new information • your response to thoughts and feelings • a way of thinking to explore your learning • an opportunity to gain self-knowledge • a way to achieve clarity and better understanding of what you are learning • a way of making meaning out of what you study
Reflective writing is not: • just conveying information, instruction or argument • pure description, though there may be descriptive elements • straightforward decision or judgment (e.g. about whether something is right or wrong, good or bad) • a summary of course notes
Min. 2 pages.
Job Hunting Skills: Interview Process
FROM DECISION MAKING TO ACTION
The role of interview in job hunting and
Interview process and different forms
Preparing for a job interview
Tips for the interview
(formed from FSU Career Services –material)
What would you say if you met a person who could lead you
to your dream job and you had only 2-3 minutes to state your case?
Prepare to describe briefly:
Who are you? What is your background? What has been the focus of your studies? (major, minors & key topics or themes) How close are you to completing your degree? What other experience do you have (work, volunteer work, hobbies& activities)? What do you have to offer? What are you looking for? What are your future goals?
The role of the interview in recruiting process
The first step in any recruiting process is the analysis of needs for the particular position:
Required skills and knowledge? Valued personality traits, professional style & working methods? Suitable values, motivation and attitude?
Interview is the most effective way of evaluating your skills and your personality in relation to the particular position.
The focus is to find a suitable match.
Applicants with polished job interview skills might prevail over candidates with better applications and CV´s.
Individual interview – 1-3 interviewers Many interviewers Group interview Interview serial, where the interviewees change.
Open/ structured / semi-structured interview Pressure/Stress Interview / Situational Interview Simulations, problem solving exercises, group/team exercises
Interview method is selected to measure
suitability to the particular task!
Preparing for an interview
Why this job? Your motivation & goals?
Relevant knowledge & skills?
Substantial knowledge (academic skills)
Transferable skills (time management,
project management, presentation skills
General labor market skills (language
skills, communication skills, computer
skills, team work and social skills etc..)
Personal traits (learning and self-
development skills, stress management
skills, social skills, etc.)
Read the job ad one more time:
Skills required for the position?
What type of knowledge is appreciated?
What type of experience required?
What/Who are they looking for?
Good to know about the company:
Business idea/model or organizational purpose
Markets and clients, products and services
Organization size, amount of the employers
Latest news (major new projects etc.).
Warm up: creating trust, contact and the first impression
Update for application documents Education and experience
Professional/substantial knowledge, other skills
Organizational and professional topics
To the facts: towards more personal topics Expectation, motivation and understanding of the position
Self-concept = how you see yourself, and how you would fit to the company/organization, team, position etc.
Strengths, potentials, risks
Stress management, collaboration skills, leadership skills etc.
Conclusion: Hobbies, personal life, possible starting date, salary etc.
Form into groups of 3. Arrange 3 interviews. Rotate the roles:
10 minutes/ per interview Decide what task and organization
the interview is for.
Make notes and give feedback after each interview.
Preparing for an interview: practical help Think of the questions that you find difficult to answer and prepare yourself for those questions.
Dress code! Dress appropriately according to the position (rather too formal than informal)
Take your CV and references with you.
Be on time!
Think of your salary requirement.
Preparing for an interview: in practice
Do not interrupt. Do not judge anybody or anything.
Be honest. Do not pretend to understand the question.
Keep in mind the Finnish way of polite communication (listening, silence is ok, eye contact is good and expected…)
No grunting or lecturing. An optimum answer to a single question is from 20 seconds to two minutes.
Be active. Ask about the procedure and schedule, be prepared to say yes for the further interviews or tests
To conclude with: Express your motivation
Remember to thank the interviewer!
Level of detail
Described confidenceFind the
In hiding Please consider me, because I might be interested and have some experience.
Superhero slogans I am simply the best candidate. A born leader.
All over the place I am a dedicated, honest, competetive and able candidate because I have developed my organizational, social and academic skills in demanding, stressful and revarding positions – in the many challenges I have faced during…
Critical self-analysis My strenghts can be seen to arise from my studies, that have developed somewhat relevant expertice, with certain drawbacks and limitations…...
FIRST EXPRESSION IS A ONE TIME CHANCE!
Dress code, facial expression, eye contact, hand shake, smile, your body gesture – remember non- verbal communication.
Not the only criteria in decision making, but to change the first expression a lot of energy will be wasted from the interview.
Little nervousness is OK!
Being nervous is ok when it is not an obstacle for success
It shows that you are serious
Adrenaline can improve your concentration
Avoid nervousness that becomes an obstacle Prepare for the interview and concentrate
Relax and do imaginary exercises
Check the location before the interview
”Self-talk” and non-verbal communication
Positive vs. negative self-talk ”I can and I will, it is important…, I want to”.., vs. ”do I have to, I can not and will not”….
Control your self-talk at the interview: Don’t get carried away with it (”What was the question?”, ”Why did I say this?”)
Ask, if you do not understand the question Be nice to yourself, try to forget any mistakes, calm down and concentrate.
Be positive about yourself and your past
GOOD SELF-CONFIDENCE? Like professional athletics!
Sensitive or illegal questions