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Getting Interview Ready!

Getting Interview Ready!

Author: Alyssa Mendoza


ASCA National Standards for Students
C:B2:3 Use employability and job readiness skills in internship, mentoring, shadowing and/or other work experience 

ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors 
M2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed. 

Presented by: Alyssa Mendoza

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Before your interview:

  1. Prepare by reading through the job description (requirements and responsibilities).
    1. You want be knowledgeable of the job you have applied for.
  2. Look over your cover letter and resume. 
    1. You should be able to give examples or explain any of the information that you have included on these documents. 
  3. Research interview questions.
    1. A simple google search can provide you with a list of sample interview questions that can help you prepare. 
  4. Prepare a short list of questions you can ask your potential future employer. 
    1. Do your research! Look into the company you have applied for and think of some questions you can ask your interviewer when you get an opportunity. Asking questions directly related to the company will show that you are interested and knowledgeable of the company. 
  5. Call the school counselor's office and make an appointment with you counselor to practice your skills through a Mock Interview
    1. This can be a great way to practice your skills and get feedback. 

What to do during your interview:

  1. Using nonverbal Communication 
  2. Dressing appropriately for the position and company
    1. Some companies may require more professional dress, while some have uniforms or more semi-professional. 
  3. Using active listening
    1. Make sure you are engaged and listening to the questions you are being asked! They can tell when you are not interested. 
  4. Not talking too much 
    1. Be concise when answering their questions and avoid rambling during your interview. 
  5. Not being too familiar 
    1. It's important to be excited about the position but you don't want to cross a line, remember to stay professional - this is not a place to share a story about your dog! 
  6. Using appropriate language 
    1. Your interviewer is looking for a professional, so please don't use slang during your interview. 
  7. Not being cocky
    1. Being confident and being cocky are very different things. Your attitude can be an important factor that plays into your interviewers decision making process. 
  8. Answering the questions 
    1. Make sure you are answering the questions completely. Avoid just saying "yes" or "no." Elaborate when you are responding, be specific and use appropriate examples. 
  9. Asking questions
    1. Asking questions shows you are interested in the company, ask for additional information on something shared during the interview or something you discovered while preparing and researching the company. 
  10. Not being desperate
    1. They know you want the job, so it is best to stay cool, calm, and collected! 

Big Question:

Click on link below and follow the instructions listed on the Google Forms to complete the assignment.