TIPS & RESOURCES
- TEAMWORK - Collaborate and share ideas, make progress for the greater good, not only yourself.
- VERBAL COMMUNICATION - Express your ideas clearly and confidently while speaking.
- MARKET AWARENESS - Completely understand your industry and what impacts/influences the company.
- SELF-MOTIVATED - Willing and able to complete tasks w/o having to be reminded/motivated externally.
- TIME MANAGEMENT - Manage time effectively, prioritizing tasks and able to work to deadlines.
- DATA ANALYSIS - Obtain information systematically to establish accurate facts and influence positive directions.
- TASK ORGANIZATION - Able to keep priorities in order, complete tasks, produce results and growth.
- WRITTEN COMMUNICATION - Able to express your thoughts clearly and eloquently in writing to others.
- PLANNING/SCHEDULING - Able to effectively plan/schedule collaboration and meetings.
- CALM CONFIDENCE - Utilize a glass-half-full mentality, improving morale and positive outcomes.
- Dress unprofessionally. Be clean and conservative in your attire and appearance.
- Arrive late to the interview. Be at least 10 minutes early.
- Speak unprofessionally. Avoid speaking negatively about previous employers, etc... or anyone at all for that matter. This will reflect negatively on your character and would not increase your chances of being hired for the position.
- "Pad" your qualifications. Honesty is the best policy, be sure you avoid overstating your actual qualifications. Should you do so, your employer will eventually discover your shortcomings upon employment.
- Talk too much or leave a question unanswered. Be sure you pay attention and listen carefully to the questions being asked. Once you are asked the question, answer it completely and avoid changing subjects. This shows the employer that you can follow instructions and pay attention to necessary details.
PRACTICE: Recite these in front of a mirror, or video yourself and watch.
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
- Why do you want to leave your current company?
- Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
- What can you offer us that someone else can not?
- What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- Are you willing to travel?
- Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
- Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
- What is your dream job?
- How did you hear about this position?
- What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
- Discuss your resume.
- Discuss your educational background.
- Describe yourself.
- Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
- Why should we hire you?
- Why are you looking for a new job?
- Would you work holidays/weekends?
- How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
- What are your salary requirements?
- Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
- Who are our competitors?
- What was your biggest failure?
- What motivates you?
- What’s your availability?
- Who’s your mentor?
- Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
- How do you handle pressure?
- What is the name of our CEO?
- What are your career goals?
- What gets you up in the morning?
- What would your direct reports say about you?
- What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
- If I called your boss right now and asked what you could improve on, what would they say?
- Are you a leader or a follower?
- What was the last book you’ve read for fun?
- What are your co-worker pet peeves?
- What are your hobbies?
- What is your favorite website?
- What makes you uncomfortable?
- What are some of your leadership experiences?
- How would you fire someone?
- What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
- Would you work 40+ hours a week?
- What questions haven’t I asked you?
- What questions do you have for me?
- What are the company's strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
- What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit?
- Could you explain your organizational structure?
- What do you most enjoy about your work with this company?
- Historically, what have the leadership trends been at [COMPANY] ? High or low turnover?
- How have various types of decisions been made?
- What are the various ways employees communicate with one another to carry out their work?
- What is the company's policy on providing seminars, workshops, and training so employees can maintain and/or improve their skills?
- What specific computer equipment and software do you use?
- How much opportunity is there to see the end result of my efforts?
- How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing career goals?
- How much opportunity will I have for decision-making in my first assignment?
- What is your organization's policy on transfers to other cities?
- Only discuss this when an offer has been made.
- If offer is made at the table, be very careful what your next spoken words are. Don't unintentionally say "OK" as a verbal receipt, which the employer could interpret as an offer acceptance. Better to reply: "Thank you for this offer, I respectfully ask for ____ hours/days to consider, then reply with my answer."
- Be sure to research salary & hiring trends for that industry or geographic area (aka: fair market value)
- Your personal experience plays a role in salary amount (# of previous exp., internships, knowledge, etc.)
- Negotiate more than salary alone. Other negotiating points include, but are not limited to:
- 401(k) contributions
- administrative assistants
- attendance at conventions
- casual dress
- cell phone
- certain software
- certification reimbursement
- child day care
- comp time off
- company car
- corporate housing
- deferred compensation
- disability and life insurance
- first-class travel
- general education
- health club/gym or fitness membership
- Internet access
- medical and dental coverage
- office (vs. cubicle) space
- paid holidays
- paid sick leave
- relocation benefits
- specific training
- stock grants
- stock options
- travel per diem
- tuition reimbursement
- wellness days
THE PROCESS (use as guide/learning tool only, each situation is different)
- Offer made by employer. (usually in writing)
- Take/ask for at least 24 hours to consider offer.
- Accept initial offer or submit counter-offer (in writing)
- IF COUNTER-OFFER: Research and include valid reasons why you deserve higher counter-offer
- Research salary & hiring trends for that industry or geographic area
- Consider benefits other than salary alone. (listed above)
1 – Thank you
2 – Personal Note/connection
3 – Future Statement
OUTLINE APPLIED – SAMPLE EMAIL:
Good Afternoon Mr. Rollins,
1 – Thank you for the engaged conversation today, I enjoyed getting to know both yourself and Promedica in greater detail.
2 – Knowing that Promedica cares so intently about their clients and patients means a great deal to me. Especially the “Helping Hand” program, dedicating resources and aid to children makes a potential career with Promedica much more meaningful. This is the type of company I wish to engage with.
3 – I will be completing the online application as instructed and hope to speak with you again in person about my potential employment. Should you require additional information, I’m happy to provide this.
Thank you for this opportunity Mr. Rollins, I truly appreciate it.
BGSU College of Business
3 STEPS TO FOLLOW:
Get to know your potential employer.
- Employer 101. Educate yourself on the company you are interviewing for. What goods/services/products do they provide/make? What is the company history? Where do they conduct business? What other industries are they linked to? Why is it important to know this? Speaking to an employer about their own company shows them:
- You have a vested interest in the company; you want to make a commitment to be there.
- You are resourceful and professional.
- You are a self-starter and show good initiative
- You have a grasp on the industry and the company’s role in it.
- You have a vested interest in the company; you want to make a commitment to be there.
- Are you connected? If you networked through a friend, family member, etc. to get this interview, be sure to touch-base with that person and discuss the interview and position. Be sure to mention your networked friend during the interview.
- Resume, Cover Letter, References, Portfolio... Be sure to ask what you need to bring with you to the interview.
2. THE INTERVIEW
It’s just a conversation.
- Dress professional. It’s always better to be overdressed for an interview, rather than underdressed. Business suits, ties, be well-groomed and shaven, etc..., be presentable and look sharp!
- Don’t worry, be happy. Smile, relax and show enthusiasm, this shows the employer you are excited about this potential opportunity.
- Resume, Cover Letter, References, Portfolio... Be sure to always bring an extra copy of your resume with you to the interview.
- Honesty is the best policy. Have you been asking yourself over and over... "What if I give the wrong answer?"... well, don’t worry yourself. All you can do is be honest in your answers. Employers know if you’re trying too hard and you come across awkward during the interview if you do so. So don’t worry about giving the "right" or "wrong" answer, just give the answer you know naturally.
- Stand tall. Have confidence in yourself! Go into the interview with the mind-set that you are a potential asset to the company and they would be fortunate to have you. Do so not in an arrogant manner, but rather a persona that shows the employer you have the pride and drive in yourself to perform well and be proud of your results.
- Show interest, write it down.
- What about... Be sure to have questions prepared to ask those interviewing you. What do you ask? Well, what would you like to know about? Benefits? The company’s future? Advancement opportunities? Time off?
- Thank you. Be sure to thank all those involved with the interview for their time and consideration on your behalf.
Follow-up within 24 hours.
- What happens now? Be sure to take notes during the interview. Ask your interviewer (if they have not already given you this information) what the next steps are. Will they contact you? Are there any other steps you need to complete in the application process? Be sure you do not leave the interview with any unanswered questions.
- Thank you. Be sure to send a follow-up letter (or make a follow-up phone call) thanking the company for their time and consideration on your behalf.
- Homework? If the employer gave you any tasks to complete post-interview (completing forms, drug-testing, etc.) that must be completed, be sure to complete these tasks ASAP. If you have questions, do not make assumptions, ask the employer.