Interviewing Boot Camp

Photo 57 (2)Day 1 – Introduction
The interviewing process, for most people, is perceived as one of the most dreaded but necessary steps to employment. Therefore, permit me to extend an open invitation to you. Join me in discussing some of the basics of Interviewing Techniques Boot Camp style!

The objective is to be able to take something of value with you as we go through this training discussion together. During the next five days of Boot Camp, we will review some common and not so common techniques that are sure to make you think, smile and guide you in making more appropriate interview choices for the future!

Day 2 – Research
If you can’t describe your knowledge, skills and abilities, (or KSA’s), the employer will automatically assume you don’t have any!

Skills identification plays a major role in the ability to pull off a successful interview. You must know who you are and what you bring to the table before the interview starts. Research you, the company and the realities of disability disclosure well beforehand.

Day 3 – Marketing
Believe it or not, your applications, cover letters, resumes, references and thank you notes are all a part of your “marketing plan.” Each piece is a reflection of professionalism and how well you can follow traditional directions. Use social media to further enhance your online footprint without sacrificing professional accountability. Each piece of your marketing toolkit serves a separate and unique purpose. Learn how to use the tools you create to network your way to employment.

Day 4 – Questions?
The main purpose of the interview is to determine fit and ultimately get the job offer. You should be able to respond to questions without hesitation while being tactful. Remember to have several questions readily available to help make mature employment decisions. Today, there are several types of interview styles in existence. Learn about some of the most common styles and expectations that go along with them.

Day 5 – Final Tips
When you were a child you were taught “manners” by your original trainers – parents, grandparents or caregivers. Current business etiquette norms have evolved from your training way back then. Salary negotiations depend on KSA’s and the ability to research current labor market guidelines before the interview. The way you dress says a lot about you. Make sure your personal brand is a reflection of your personal best. Never forget to follow-up with a thank you note!

Consider joining me for all five days of Boot Camp. If there are any questions or comments along the way, post them down below in the “Comments” section and I’ll be happy to respond. Until tomorrow, see you here on BlogForce!

Disclaimer: The following Interviewing strategies and tips are by no means all-inclusive. The process of Interviewing can be both complex and limitless. Use this training as a catalyst to get you motivated, excited and moving in the right direction!

Frieda Carmouche is a member of the Regional Navigator team specializing in training, educating and assisting employers, and career center staff throughout the Gulf Coast with community resources, outreach events and technical support in assisting job seekers with disabilities. A native Houstonian with a love of training and development, Frieda has been employed by Workforce Solutions for over 16 years.



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