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COMM 202

COMM 202tutorial 8: employment interviews

agendaemployment interviewinterview Q&Amy take action items

where are we at?

Week 12Week 14

tutorial: interview questions

interview stream due (Nov. 25th @ 11:59PM)

lecture: when youve got the job!

interviews (Nov. 28th to Dec 1st)

Week 13

informational interview assignment(Dec. 9th @ 11:59PM)

employment interviewwhen: November 28th, 29th, December 1st

what to bring:resumecover letterjob descriptionpadfoliopenresearch notes

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employment interviewthe interview:

check in with reception in Birmingham

BE EARLY! ideally about 10 minutes, if youre not there when the interviewer arrives, you will receive an automatic zero

interview is approximately 20 minutes long with one COMM 202 team member/coach or external consultant (allot 30 minutes total).

you can sign up for timeslots for interviews starting Nov 22nd at 12:01 am until Nov 24th midnight. You can choose between a consultant or TA/coach

interview will consist of behavioural questions

employment interviewdress to impress & dress for success

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interview Q&A

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Q1: tell me about yourselfmost common question to be asked during an interview

can be asked in different ways

PRACTICE!

Q1: tell me about yourselfkeep it under 2 minutes

brand yourself give them something to remember you by

sound natural not like youre reading off a script!

speak to your skills and accomplishments

show passion

provide a well-rounded picture

Q1: tell me about yourselftelling YOUR story

Find a common theme in your experiences

the goal: tell them a story that no one else can replicate and impress them in the first 2 minutes

Q1: tell me about yourselftelling YOUR story

introduction

realization that this is the right career for you

your formula and how it has helped lead you to this role

where you see yourself

how this position ties into it all

growing interestthe sparkyour futurethe beginningwhy you are here

Q1: tell me about yourselfmy formula

++Adaptabilityimmigrating to Canada & watching my parents build a new homemusical theatre and navigating work experiences in universitywho I choose to surround myself with

Q1: tell me about yourselfrubric

Q1: tell me about yourselfactivity: grab a partner and swap tell me about yourself stories

2.5 minutes story telling; 1 minute feedback

goal: convey the elements of the story in a logical way and experiment with finding your formula

Q2: what are your strengthsway for the interviewer to tell if you know yourself and that you know you have what it takes to do the job

can also be asked in different ways! prepare multiple strengths

there is no right answer just good answers and bad answers

Q2: what are your strengthsrubric

Q3: what are your weaknessesdo not flip WEAKNESSESintoSTRENGTHS!

Q3: what are your weaknessesdo not flip WEAKNESSESintoSTRENGTHS!

Q3: what are your weaknessesway for the interviewer to see if you are able to identify weaknesses and have a plan in place to improve them

talk about weaknesses that would not impair you from doing the job you are applying for well. again, prepare multiple!

Q3: what are your weaknesses Im such a perfectionist Too detail-oriented Over-achiever I work too hard sometimes

Q3: what are your weaknessesrubric

Q4: tell me about a time whenSTARSITUATIONACTIONTASKRESULTwhat position and where were you?what was the challenge you faced?what did YOU do and how did you do it?what was the accomplishment and the impact?+ LINK back to job and why the story is relevant

Q5: wild card questionindustry / job specific or a surprise!

way for the interviewer to gauge your interest and knowledge of the position and industry

test your ability to communicate clearly

shows the interviewer how you think

Q5: wild card question

Q5: wild card questionsrubric

Q5: wild card questionsFINANCEWHAT ARE THE THREE WAYS TO VALUE A COMPANY?PITCH ME A STOCKSO MANY CURVEBALLSACCOUNTINGWHY DO YOU WANT TO PURSUE YOUR CPA?WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK FOR X FIRM?WALK ME THROUGH AN ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CYCLE? MANAGEMENT CONSULTINGHOW MANY WORDS ARE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES?WHAT ARE YOUR 5 WEAKNESSES? TELL ME ANOTHER AND ANOTHERCASESMARKETINGHOW WOULD YOU INCREASE SALES OF X PRODUCT BY X%?SELL ME THIS PENTLOGWHAT WOULD YOU DO TO INCREASE OUR PRODUCTIVITY?HOW MANY CHAIRS ARE IN SAUDER?HUMAN RESOURCESHOW SHOULD WE CHANGE OUR HIRING PROCESS?HOW WOULD YOU FIRE ME IF YOU HAD TO DO IT RIGHT NOW?RANDOM QUESTIONS OR SCENARIOSWOULD YOU RATHER GO SKY DIVING OR SCUBA DIVING AND WHY?HOW WOULD YOU DIVIDE A CAKE INTO 8 EQUAL PIECES WITH ONLY 3 KNIFE CUTS? [ROLE PLAYING A DECISION MAKING SITUATION]TELL ME ABOUT SOME NEWS YOU HAVE READ RECENTLY AND HOW IT RELATES TO THIS JOB?

do you have any questions?always have at least 2 questions!

avoid asking questions you could find the answer to on Google

do not ask something that has already been addressed in the interview

always safe to get them talking about themselves maybe ask something directly related to their job/industry

closing the interview

THANK themreiterate your INTERESTend with a HANDSHAKEask for their BUSINESS CARDAsk if you can CALL to follow-upUse their NAME

follow upsend an email or handwritten card reference the interview something you want to emphasize or something unsaid that you want them to knowreiterate your interest in the positionthank them for the opportunity againreference an answer they gave you to one of your end of interview questionsif you interviewed with multiple people make sure the follow-up is personalized to each person

tips& smile

tipsguide the conversation to where you are comfortable

answer the darn question

smile & nod

differentiate yourself

bring the energy into the room!

my thoughts

action itemsinterview stream is due on November 25th @ 11:59PM

employment interviews are on Nov. 28th, 29th, Dec. 1st

informational interview is due on December 9th@ 11:59PM on turnitin

next week is lecture

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