InterviewStream is an innovative learning tool that you can use to enhance your job interviewing skills and develop an edge over the competition. You will be able to simulate job interviews by responding to pre-recorded interview questions and practice both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. The site also includes an interviewing webinar and expert tips. Once you have created an account online, you can practice your interview skills from any web-accessible device with a webcam. You can select from hundreds of sample interview questions and review your performance online individually or with a Tulane Career Advisor. This system is available to Tulane students and alumni.
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Surveys from the National Association of Colleges and Employers show that employers seek candidates with the following skills:
Interview preparation begins long before you meet a company representative. In many ways, you have been preparing all your life by developing communication skills. The ability to communicate, to sell, and to market yourself are critical to getting the job offer, the primary purpose of a job interview.
Remember to come into our office for a mock interview! We can help you develop appropriate questions to ask, and define your answers to probable interview questions. We can also help polish your presentation, and practice interview steps to simply ease your nerves about your important day.
Know What You're Selling
Remember, in a job search, you are the only product. "You" are what you are selling. It is important that you:
You will be unable to answer questions about these areas if you haven't taken time to know yourself. It doesn't matter what your degree or major is, these job questions will still need to be answered. People who appear undecided seldom get good offers.
Researching an Employer
Simply signing up to interview with an employer will not lead to a successful interview. To be successful you must learn as much as you can beforehand about the employer and the opportunities being offered. You may want to research the following topics to become more familiar with the company:
The common method of researching a company today is visiting the company website. Make sure to use the Internet!
When employers interview on campus, most will hold an information session prior to the interview date. Attendance at these sessions is strongly advised and occasionally required by the employer if you plan to be interviewed. Some companies hold information sessions even if they do not plan to conduct on-campus interviews.
These sessions, required or not, are an invaluable resource to research specific employers. To see upcoming information sessions, view the upcoming calendar in your Wavelink account.
Typical Questions You May Be Asked
Expect questions that require thought on your part. Questions that start with how, what, or why such as:
And, of course, everyone's favorite opener, "Tell me a little about yourself."
Remember to look closely at your résumé. Listen to your own answers. The employer has the right to question you about anything you have said or written. You must be able to defend, justify or explain anything you say or write, so DON'T LIE. You may want to practice your answers, however. Any preparation is good preparation!
What Do I Need to Know About an Employer?
Typically, at the end of the interview, the employer will ask you "Do you have any questions for me?" The interview is still very much in progress and the questions you ask will reflect a great deal on your professionalism. It is always a good idea to prepare specific questions in advance.
LEARN FROM YOUR INTERVIEW!
Immediately take the time to evaluate your own performance. Did you present yourself well? What would you do differently if you had another chance? What questions did you have difficulty answering? Write these down, and prepare answers for when it comes up again.
Remember to write a short thank you letter to the interviewer within 2-3 days of the interview. Do so even if you have decided that you are no longer interested in the company. If any additional information is required of you, include it with the letter.
Many people use the classified ads as their sole job search technique. Unfortunately, statistics show that only 10-20% of jobs are ever published— that means that 80-90% of jobs remain hidden in the job market. For this reason, networking remains the number one job search strategy.
A network is an interconnected group of supporters who serve as resources for your job search and ultimately for your career. Some great network contacts might include people you meet at business and social meetings. These individuals can provide you with career information and advice. Students often hesitate to network because they feel awkward asking for help, but it should be an integral part of any job search. Though you might feel nervous when approaching a potential contact, networking is a skill that develops with practice, so don’t give up. Most people love to talk about themselves and about their jobs, and are willing to give realistic — and free — advice.
When speaking to a prospective network contact, make sure to be polite, professional and as eloquent as possible. But don't panic! This is much simpler than you might think. Read over the sample phone dialogue to get a feel for proper conversation etiquette, and for examples of what to expect.
It is important to use proper grammar and diction when writing a letter to a prospective contact. A poorly written letter sends the wrong first message. Read over the sample letter for ideas about how to write a meeting proposal to a possible contact.
Thank You Notes:
Remember to send a thank you note! Networking is a process which only works if developed over time. Send a thank you note to make sure that future correspondence with your new contact will be warmly welcomed.
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