Julie Youngblood is the co-founder of Dear Jane. She spoke at JC today. Dear Jane, is a ‘career advisement’ company. They’re like Lee Hecht Harrison, but, they work with individuals. Julie talked about interviewing. Here’s the ‘cliff’ notes.
Julie Youngblood – Dear Jane
Top 35 interview question handout, email email@example.com for handount / powerpoint
Dos and dont’s
How to close the deal
Types – phone, face 2 face, panel
Phone = intend 2 screen out
Face 2 face = multiple rounds
Panel = intentional pressure
Give a range on salary, try to defer
Interview – two way street
Always have work related questions
Don’t ask about how many days off
Anticipate questions -
What do you know about the comp?
Look at About us, executive bios, linkedin, pressroom as a way to generate questions
Conduct mock interviews b4 hand to make youreself more at ease
First impressions count, be ontime
Take pride that you got an interview
Arrive 10 minutes early
Be kind / professional to everyone you meet
Personal grooming Important
Turn off cell / don’t send text mags
Under dress – blownout
Bring extra copies of resume; have pen, paper to take notes
Know your resume in detail
Taboo interview topics, age, gender, kids – answer how? Why do you need to know? Don’t answer.
Dean’s take – go with the flow
Find common ground. Soccer dad.
Interviews don’t slouch, tap,
Don’t chew gum, don’t smoke, beware of scents, don’t fidget, be professional, be wary, don’t be yourself down
Interview do; have a positive upbeat attitude
Be confident / there’s a reason your there at the interview
Be sincre, be brief, let them lead
Take notes, get business cards
What”s your weakness, pick something your working on to improve
How do you close the deal?
Am I the sort of person your looking for?
What’s the next step, tell me about the hiring process, shows interest.
Send thank yous, take notes after the interview about what happened.