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Interviewing Tips

Types of Interviews

1. Traditional one-on-one
2. Phone
3. With several interviewers

To obtain the interview:

1. Fill out application completely and neatly (take on line questionnaires seriously)
2. Add/Upload your resume to application
3. Clean up your social network sites

Before the interview:

1. Note the name of the person who will beinterviewing you
2. Follow allother instructions (time, place, what to bring, etc.)
3. Research the company
4. Plan what to wear ahead of time (Business professional -- Clean and pressed
5. Have some prepared questions for the employer
6. Prepare and practice answers to possible questions
7. For certain jobs-prepare a portfolio representative of your best work
8. Be prepared to answer the question "Tell me about yourself"

Day of interview

1. Plan to arrive early
2. Turn off cell phone
3. While in reception area: Be polite, Take note of company displays, products, services, awards, etc.
4. Bring paper and pen to take notes

First contact with interviewer:

1. Address interviewer(s) by name
2. Have a firm handshake, eye contact and smile

During Interview:

1. Answering Questions:
Answer the question that was asked – it’s OK to ask them to repeat the question
Be honest and sincere
Give more than one word answers but don’t blabber on
Give examples to support answers
Use specifics and technical language (to show you can "talk the talk')
Don't "bad mouth" former supervisors or employers
All work experience is relevant and meaningful -even if "unpaid" or for a relative

2. Asking Questions:
a. Refer to your prepared list
b. If salary hasn’t been brought up, it is OK to ask how much the position is paid

3. Ending the Interview:
a. Ask when a decision is expected to be made
b. Listen to any follow up instructions (example: "you can call back in a week")
c. Let them know how to contact you
d. End with a firm hand shake and thank you

Follow Up

1. Follow instructions (For restaurant /retail jobs- Stop back in person during "slow hours")
2. Write a short thank you note
a. Handwritten or email communication
b. Add anything you forgot to mention in interview

2. If you don’t get the job:
a. It’s OK to be disappointed, but don't "beat yourself up"
b. Look at it as good practice for next interview
c. Reflect on what went well and what you need to improve upon

Mahoning County Career & Technical Center

7300 North Palmyra Rd., Canfield, OH 44406 • High School - 330-729-4000 • Adult Division - 330-729-4100

The MCCTC offers a group of passionate professionals ready to help you begin your career. Since 1972, MCCTC has provided thousands of students with the education to lead a successful career and life. Once enrolled in one of our diverse programs, your options and potential are limitless.

The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center offers adults an opportunity to start or advance in a career. MCCTC Adult Career Center offers Industry Credential Programs, professional development classes and other courses to put you on the right track.

Governing Board Members

  • Mr. Michael Stanko, President
  • Mrs. Marie Dockry, Vice-president
  • Mr. Ronald Shives, Board Member
  • Attorney David Engler, Board Member
  • Mr. Richard S. Scarsella, Board Member
  • Ms. Beth Donofrio, Board Member
  • Attorney Kathi McNabb-Welsh, Board Member

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