Most common; do you have the skills, knowledge, abilities, and motivation.
Tips: Sell your strengths; ask what problems the supervisor is facing and then suggest
strategies to resolve the issues.
Social setting; how well do you handle yourself in a dining situation.
- Select your food carefully (light, healthy, easy to eat); not spaghetti; eat gracefully.
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Used to determine if you meet minimum requirements (in person, by phone, or by video). Often by HR personnel with a written test.
Performed by three or more department representatives with questions from their interests and expertise.
Tips: Respond directly to the person asking the question while maintaining eye contact with the group; send thank-you cards to each.
Interviewed by potential co-workers to determine if you will fit in.
Tips: Be agreeable and approachable; don’t appear to have all the answers.
Longer; sometimes 1 or 2 days; on-site; combination of the above.
Tips: Switch your focus from emphasizing your strengths to selling yourself as a well-balanced package; listen carefully and dispel any underlying concerns; show you have done your research and are able to make a dedicated contribution.
- Do your research
- Practice good communication skills
- Be prompt and prepared
- Act professionally and be enthusiastic
- Ask for a business card for following up with a thank-you card
- Review the process and your performance
- Evaluate job choice
Job Choices (2004). National Association of Colleges and Employers, pages 40 and 42.