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Interview Tips & Follow-Up. Sherry Pfaff-Doody Ayers Basement Systems. Interview Tips & Follow-Up. Focus on maintaining a professional image-before, during and after! Credibility/LinkedIn/Online Presence Attitude Interview Prep Interview Follow-Up. Waiting for that call or email?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Interview Tips & Follow-UpSherry Pfaff-DoodyAyers Basement Systems

1Interview Tips & Follow-UpFocus on maintaining a professional image-before, during and after!Credibility/LinkedIn/Online PresenceAttitudeInterview PrepInterview Follow-UpWaiting for that call or email?What email address do they have for you?Is it [email protected]@yahoo.comPhone numberIs it current?Phone etiquetteDo you have an appropriate voicemail set up?Who is answering your phone and how are they answering?Prep your family who may be answering your phoneSeems simple, but these things could be deal breakers!

Focus on Maintaining a Professional ImageThere are things you may be doing (or not doing) that are affecting your job search Always appear polishedDont air your financial mattersAlways assume potential employers or connections are watchingAvoid looking desperateIll take anythingIve applied for 200 jobsDont show up at every event

Focus on Maintaining a Professional ImageSocial Media Rule of ThumbAssume everyone can see everything!Dont advertise every interview you haveEmployers will find out-that is not a good thing for youAvoid making offensive commentsEvery time you post something, ask yourself, is this controversial? to make your decisionDont complain about people-exes, companies that rejected you, etc. Be unbiasedBut, its my rightSolution


LinkedIn- Recommendations and EndorsementsSomeone asked me to recommend them, should I?Would you put your reputation on the line?How about endorsements?What if someone called you and asked you about that endorsement?

AttitudeGet past the this is who I am, take it or leave it mentalityAvoid negativityNegativity=drama=unproductive workerAvoid being negativeAvoid surrounding yourself with negativityDONT complain about employers (or anyone for that matter!)Although it may be difficult, dont be negative after rejectionsLearn from experience & make improvementsDont place blame on employers/accountabilityInterview PreparationResearch CompanyGoals, history, mission/visionInterviewer(s)Position50 Most Frequently Asked QuestionsRead themPrepare answersWhat have you been doing since your last job?Why did you go through this training program?And dont say, Because Michigan Works paid for it

InterviewingWhat to take to the interview:Resume-extra copiesPortfolioNicely presentedJob description Note pad and ink pensQuestions-at least 5Confidence and a good attitude

Interview Mistakes to AvoidShowing up lateDiscussing personal problems or familyTalking about payOnly do this AFTER you have been offered the jobArguing or getting defensiveDont interrupt the interviewerInflating the truth/trying to sound like you are an expert at everything

Interview AttireDress properlyClean, professional clothingIncluding undershirtsNot too revealingAvoid too much jewelry & cologne/perfume(But do wear deodorant)Make sure your hair is dryFinish dressing before you arrive on company premises

Appropriate AttireInappropriate Attire

After the InterviewReflect on what you did well and what you can improve onSend a thank you note within 24 hoursSend to all interviewersAnd receptionist too Make a follow up callDont be annoyingBut dont skip this stepThere is a fine line

Remember, its a small world!

Contact Sherry [email protected]

@[email protected] Pfaff-Doody-Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance