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SCC’s Interviewing Basics gives job-seekers upper hand

SCCs Interviewing Basics gives job-seekers upper hand

Students who completed the Career Center’s workshop on the basic principles of interviewing March 10 left armed with skills and strategies aimed at increasing the odds for a successful employment interview.

The workshop, Interviewing Basics was hosted by the Career Center and led by ARISE graduate intern Lauren Kramp in the Learning Resource Center.

According to Kramp, interviewers decide whether they want to hire someone in the first five minutes of meeting, spending the rest of the interview confirming their decision.

“I encourage [students] to come to the Career Center, and we can help them with the job search process,” Kramp said enthusiastically.

Kramp prompts students to make a one-on-one appointment for a ‘mock interview’ at the Career Center.

Even if you don’t get the job you interviewed for, it is good practice for next time, Kramp said. She encourages job seekers to stay positive.

Outlined below are Kramp’s tips for more successful interviews.

• Research the company, especially its website; familiarize yourself with what the company does
• Have a professional email address and voicemail greeting
• Visit the business before the interview; notice parking and office attire
• Confirm the location, time of interview, interviewer’s name and expected interview length
• Allow at least 15 minutes buffer time for any traffic delays

• Arrive early
• Dress in a clean cut and professional style, know the culture of the office and dress accordingly
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• Carry a small briefcase, portfolio or handbag instead of a backpack
• Use a firm handshake in introductions
• Use good manners and be courteous to everyone you meet

• Turn off your cell phone
• Bring copies of your resume, reference page, notes, and questions you want to ask
• Ask questions that demonstrate your knowledge and interest in the company
• Maintain good eye contact, confidence, enthusiasm, speaking up (not mumbling) and judicious use of smiles

• “Tell me about yourself,” known as “the elevator question,” a commonly posed prompt. Focus on your education and experience.
• “What got you interested in this field?” Give the interviewer a good anecdote about what led you to seek an interview.
• “Why should we hire you?” Describe your valuable qualities.
• “Why do you want to work here?” Refer to your prior research of the company.
• “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” For weaknesses, describe something you are working to get better at, picking something that won’t keep you from doing the job you are applying for. For your strengths, give a story or example that illustrates your abilities and positive attitude.
• For anecdotal responses, remember the acronym “STAR,” Situation-Task-Actions-Result; or what happened, what did you have to do, what did you do and how did that lead to a positive ending.

Interviewing Basics takes place again Thursday, May 1, noon-1 p.m. in LRC 105.

Stop by the Career Center for more information or call (916) 558-2384. The Career Center is located in the Counseling Center in RN 147 and is open Monday –Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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