Interviewing Skills

By Tim Luzader

Center for Career Opportunities, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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    Shabnam Ghotbi

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    This lecture was very informative and helpful for those who are looking for a job. The speaker provides well organized items that we must consider. He talks about the prior things that must me done before the interview like having enough sleep, dressing appropriately and having a small meal before the interview. Then he specifically focusses on the behaviors during the meeting. He emphasizes on the facial gestures that how they can be very effective to make a good impression on the interviewer. Finally, it's essential to follow up after the interview. It's better to send them a thank you letter and keeping contact with that company. 

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    Parikha Mehrotra

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    The presentation gives you a step by step approach to follow for an interview. The speaker not only talks about job interviews but about information interview in general.
    Firstly, the speaker talks about what should be done prior to an interview- anticipating questions about what might be asked, highlights the importance of making a good first impression, researching about the organization of interest, for instance through career wiki.
    The second part of the presentation is about the "Day of Interview". It talks about some of the things to do on the day of your interview that might seem obvious but are quite crucial, such as getting good sleep, dressing appropriately etc. Apart from this, the speaker talks about the nuances of one's behavior which could make or break your chances of getting the job.
     

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    Bharath Asuri Mukundan

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    INTERVIEWING SKILLS BY TIM LUZADER

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    Bharath Asuri Mukundan (PUID:0029979690) 

    This lecture on “Interviewing skills” by Tim Luzader is about how to prepare ourselves for an interview.

    The speaker starts off very interestingly by asking students to write down 2 questions.

    1. Hope to learn about interview
    2. What would be toughest to be asked about

    The main essence of this lecture discusses about

    • Things to do prior to the interview
    • Things to be done on the day of the interview
    • Things to do during the interview
    • Things to do after the interview

    PRIOR TO THE INTERVIEW:

    First and foremost is to establish our objective to the interviewer. Creating a good first impression is very important. It will help us have a good conversation during the interview process especially with someone we might work with in future.

    There are different types of interviews. Interviewing for information is one of those types. The main purpose of such interviews is to learn more about the company or to know more about what is happening in the industry in your particular field. It could also be about the interviewer and why he is working in that particular company/field.

    The Second thing is researching about organization. This is one of the important things to do prior to the interview. Career wiki is a place where there is plethora of resources about different companies and their work in the industry in the past few years. It is basically a coordination between CCO, career services and libraries

    Knowing about the company prior to the interview will give you a head start to impress and makes you stand out as a candidate. It is also necessary to anticipate questions. Anything on the resume is fair game. It is not acceptable to tell the employer that it has been a long time since I was involved in this so I kind of forgot. There is a section in CCO booklet where Questions asked by employers and questions to ask employers are available for practice.

    CCO express also provides a feature namely Role play interview. It is one of the ways to have a practice interview which could help us crack the original interview. The software allows you to be interviewed by someone and also records through a webcam which could be later played back and help us correct our mistakes

    DAY OF INTERVIEW:

    First thing is to have Good sleep and good breakfast before we start to the interview. Secondly, dress to make a strong first impression. There are videos in Career spots: interview dress for men CCO express which helps us to learn about how to dress to an interview. It need not be too fancy that it is a distraction, but needs to make a good impression about us. More than just dress there are other non-verbal activities which need to be right. For example, sitting straight instead of being too relaxed or too serious and frowning. These are express points to help us sound professional with good decorum thereby translating to good impression about us.

    The speaker in this video, Tim Luzader (or should I say Cruzader :P) gives good example on what to do and what not to do during the interview. For example, Good handshake. A firm and strong handshake with eye contact projects confidence and interest.  Another important thing is to show up a little early and mentally prepare to expect surprises

    DURING THE INTERVIEW:

    Introduce yourself confidently: a good handshake with a smile can go a long way. Speaking clearly is one the main things which can project a good first impression. It is very important to answer questions by giving personal examples. This presents the evidence that you have really worked in that field and also an evidence to a particular skill. Especially technical attributes certainly are to be answered by giving personal example as evidences. The speaker then follows up with a good exercise to practice for improving our performance by asking students to consider their peer as the interview and complete the task.

    AFTER THE INTERVIEW:

    It is totally fine to ask for business card or contact information of the interviewer after the interview. If we are refused, it is important to get some information on how to contact them for follow up interview or emails. Sometimes a follow up email/ handwritten letter with a Thank you note will help us stand out among other candidates.

    A lot of people actually forget this step. It is extremely important to actually follow up after the interview. It gives us another opportunity to throw more details about us to the company that we might have missed during the interview.

    The speaker then concludes providing the information that there are exercises and videos about how to prepare ourselves for the interview in CCO express.

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    Roland N Green

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Tim's presentation brought to light new information about the interviewing and application process that I had not considered. While there were some aspects of his presentation that were fairly intuitive, I felt that others would directly help me.

    One particular point that he made was getting yourself videotaped in a mock-interview. I have, in the past, been conscious of my use of body language when I talk which may appear distracting. I am sure there are other body language related details that that would be brought to my attention if I did this.

    Another point made in the video that I enjoyed was the specifics about facial movements. While I had thought about posture and body language, I had not really consider facial expressions (besides ones clearly not appropriate during an interview) to be that important in an interview.

    One key part of the presentation that I feel could have been improved is the section on surprises. While Tim mentions that you may be interviewed by multiple people when you arrive, other interview-surprises are not mentioned, which may helpful for reference.
     

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    Yeshani Wijesekara

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    I liked the speaker Tim Luzader. He was funny and conveyed information in a conversational tone and with lots of anecdotes. It was an engaging seminar.

    I also liked the flow of the seminar. It had a good structure. He talked about elements to pay attention to before/during and after interviews and also about following up on an interview.

    The content was informational as well. Something new I learnt was the extent to which we can use Career Wiki. I always have trouble when it comes to addressing cover letters and as he mentioned, now I know I can use this source to do research to find out exactly who may be reading the letter. SWAT in CareerWiki, and Career Spots were two more resources I learned about. I liked how the speaker talks about how we should make a good first impression. Who knew eyebrows could tell a story! Another, was the part he talked about following up on an interview. The importance of writing thank you notes – email or handwritten notes through snail mail. It was good to learn about what to include in them.

    Although there was a lot of good information, the information provided was not very new. And some information was outdated. Purdue CCO’s location is one of them. And I liked how the speaker talked about preparing for the interview and how to behave before/during the interview like the handshake and wearing proper attire. However, because a lot of time was spent on emphasizing the importance of elements such as a handshake, or a good breakfast he did not have time to focus on things that I think may be more critical in an interview such as an elevator pitch. It would have been nice to learn about what to include in an elevator pitch and how to structure them so that it’s short as well as sweet.

    Overall the seminar was somewhat educational. The speaker was very engaging. However, the content can be improved by adding more information that as graduate students we may need in an interview and eliminating the things most of us already know.

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    Pushyami Rachapudi

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    Content:

    This was an informative seminar on interviewing skills. I find it very helpful as a student who will be applying for jobs. The speaker talks about four stages of interview preparation. Things to do prior the interview, on the day of the interview, during the interview and follow up. Most of the suggestions are very common but few caught my attention. I really like "anticipate questions",  "researching the company" and "expect surprises". Non verbal communication is very simple but important concept in making good first impressions.  The speaker explained various ways to show professionalism in various contexts from dressing to interviews over lunch. It was very informative. 

    As a grad student at Purdue, I have utilized CCO services such as resume review, but was unaware of things such as career wiki. I highly recommend this seminar to new students at purdue, to know all the kinds of services offered by CCO and to prepare well in advance to any kind of interviews.

    The most interesting part was the follow up. I learned that follow up shows interest of the candidate and is also polite to send a thank you or a short email after the interview. Although I am concerned if the snail mail still holds as the video is almost eight years old.

    Delivery:

    I like the logical flow of the presentation. The content was well organized and the speaker made great transitions from one topic to other. The story part had a lot of unnecessary information which deviates from the point the speaker is making, but in essence its a good presentation. 

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    Emily Bartusiak

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    This video did not contain a lot of novel information.  There was a lot of basic information, such as “eat a good breakfast before an interview”, “get there early”, and “don’t order the most expensive dinner item.”  The most valuable takeaway from this video was information about the resources at the CCO.  I have utilized many of these resources throughout my undergraduate career at Purdue, including resume reviews and statement of purpose reviews.  I also utilize the career portal and upload my resume to it.  However, I did not realize that there is even more resources that I can utilize!  For example, there is a lot of data that the CCO has about companies that you can review before the interview.  Some of the information is even SWAT analyses!  They also have videos about different topics, such as how to dress for an interview.  The video for women was conducted by Macy’s, so I bet it is a high quality one!  One other interesting anecdote about this session is the salt and pepper “interview” at dinner.  One company supposedly hired individuals based on when they used salt and pepper at dinner, which highlights the importance of never letting your guard down during an interview. 

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    Mustafa Abdallah

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    This talk was discussing the four essential stages to concentrate to increase your chances during interview: a) Prior to interview , b) The day of interview, c) During the interview and d) After interview.

    First, "Prior to Interview stage": the speaker states main points in that stage which are: Detecting your objective from the interview, learning and doing research about the company and about your field, establishing your network(e.g. attending career fairs and knowing interview pattern of this company, knowing culture of that company and their values).

    Second, "The day of interview stage": speaker gives a lot of advises to increase your concentration. For example, sleeping well, Dressing well (i.e. they take good  first impression) ,eating good breakfast (i.e. nutritious stuff) and arriving little bit early to be prepared for any surprises.

    Third, "During Interview stage": speaker explains the main key points to follow during your interview with recruiters. For instance, Introducing yourself effectively with confident manner, Speaking clearly, giving examples to authenticate your answers. He makes an interactive task to illustrate this(e.g. What is your weak points? question).

    Finally, "Following the interview stage": speaker states some methods to keep connections and to know their decision. As an example, asking for a business card of recruiters, saying thank you after the interview, asking about further steps after interview and sending mail or letter to them.

    In summary, the talk  was very effective and gave a lot of effective points and procedures to follow before, during and after the interview to make you more good candidate for job by following these procedures.

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    Jialiang Yu

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    The speaker talked about things need to do prior to the interview, things to do during the interview, and finally talked about things to follow up after the interview. 

    The most part that impressed me most is the useful tools such as JobWiki and PurdueCCO introduced in the presentation. The speaker introduced several useful features of CCO Express which surely help me prepare better for the interview.I went through JobWiki, and found there are a lot of job opportunities on the website listed in JobWiki. 

    The speaker's suggestion about eye contact and firm handshake are good first impressions to interviewers. There are more things need to prepare before the interview and after the interview. I really learned something I did not know before.

    The detailed speak gave by the speaker is really helpful in job seeking. I think I'll do better in the next interview.

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    Min Teng

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    This seminar is good to show some advice for on-site interview. Formal dressing, decent non-verbal behavior and speaking style can be quite useful.

    But still I would like to see some of the most difficult questions and some sample questions.For example question like what is your most noticeable weakness for this job position and I am not sure how to answer such question without showing some negative impression toward hiring manager. In addition, I would like to see some typical "bad" answers for such problem during interview.

    Also there is concern like what questions should be asked during interview.For example, if it's an interview for summer internship program, I would like to know if questions like the possibility for return offer and possible salary should be included as questions to hiring manger. Examples of some "bad" questions can also be quiet useful.   

     

        

     

     

     

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    Allison Perna

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    The speaker had a very clear organization to the presentation that helped convey major points. He ordered the talk sequentially for each step of the interview process. This is very helpful for students when we plan out our strategy. I find that a sequential grouping of information for something that is indeed sequential is better compared to how this talk was done in class with a themed Jeopardy-style game. The speaker did a good job explaining resources available to students, as he did this year, too. Perhaps a good middle ground would be Jeopardy with sequential categories instead of themed ones, or another game all together. 

    I only gave 3 stars because while answering questions he seemed to never fully answer questions. Instead of saying, "it's important to be thoughtful," explaining general mentalities to have, specific questions/topics to keep in mind, really anything that goes into further detail would be much more helpful. There weren't any points that seemed useless for a general audience, but most points could have a mix of details and "big picture" descriptions for students to keep in mind while interviewing. 

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    Pranay Banerjee

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    This seminar was different than what one usually finds online in several aspects. The presenter, Mr. Luzader, has a plethora of experience from which he recalls important indicators that differentiate a good candidate from a better one. Right at the onset of the seminar, he categorizes his comments into 4 different chronological sections with respect to the interview date and then goes into detail of what one should/shouldn't do in each section.

    Having been at Purdue for a while now, I was amazed at how limited my knowledge was about CCO and the online resources that it provides for job search. Tools like CareerWiki and Perfect Interview are very informative and clutter-free. After completing this seminar, I logged into myCCO and checked out CareerWiki based on the type of companies I'm interested in. It is so refreshing to find all types of information (company business/financial news, international hiring policy, region specific contact information, SWOT data, company culture etc) at one place. One doesn't have to open numerous websites to search for this information. For me, the tutorial-like approach to CareerWiki was the best part of this seminar.

    I was really intrigued by the type of  follow-up communication suggested in this seminar. Until I heard Mr. Luzader speak about sending hand-written thank you letters to the interviewer, I would have never have thought of doing so. It is such a unique idea to send a personally written letter to the interviewer so that he/she remembers you. I will surely try that.

    Lastly, I will take note of the non-verbal communication during an interview as suggested in this seminar. I admire how candidly Mr. Luzader mentioned about expecting surprises and being ready to backup every word written on the resume. 

    I would highly recommend every graduate or even undergraduate student to watch this seminar as everyone (even the most ardent job seeker) will find something to takeaway from this video.

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    Weifeng Xiong

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    This seminar is very useful for the fresh graduate who is currently active for finding jobs. It presents clear stages about how you should prepare an upcoming interview. Especially for the company you really interested in, the speaker mentioned several details such as you should do research about the company, the organization, who is the interviewer, and etc. Those details are very important that they can really impress the interviewers, but we might not pay enough attention regarding to them.

    The speaker discussed about several tips before, after, and during the interview process. I learnt a lot from the suggestion for the non-verbal things. Although the eye contact, hand shaking things seems to be negligible, they will play a major role to reflect your personality. There's one other interest thing about how to follow up after the interview, the speakers go through it in details and gave us clear suggestions.

    This seminar also shows several useful resources that Purdue CCO support to students. For example, the job wiki, and the mock interview opportunity offers great chance for students to be prepared. Overall, the presenter did a very good job, this is a valuable seminar for me.

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    Sofía Nicole Cerdas

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    This presentation provided very interest insight into the interview process, as well as helpful recommendations on how to approach something that might appear daunting to students looking for their first job or research position. The presentation introduces the need to reflect on how interviews are conducted, what interviewers seek, and how to approach difficulties that one might encounter during the interview process. 

    The presentation is organized excellently into three sections; what to do before, during, and after the interview, and gives very good points on what is helpful for each. For the first section, the presenter describes how to approach an interview based on its type and purpose, gives tips such as avoiding using interviews with companies as practice, and offers insight into common complaints from companies and their observations of what might be improved; primarily, how the lack of knowledge about a company, its organization and its goals can be perceived as a lack of interest in the position. He also introduces students to the career wiki, a useful resource. Suggestions are made for preparation, such as common questions asked, the purpose behind them and the importance of practicing beforehand. The second section deals mainly with the importance of personal presentation and first impressions during the actual interview; how posture, clothes, verbal ticks and nonverbal cues can improve the chances of leaving a good impression and obtaining the job. Finally, he stresses the importance of following through on the interview, how it can make you stand out as only 3% of people follow up on their potential employers, and recommendations on how to approach them in a polite, respectful and memorable way.

    In terms of presentation, the lecture is delivered in an easy to follow tone and speed, and as mentioned before, very cleanly organized into sections. I found the details useful and engaging, and believe this is an excellent resource for students to use.

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    Yafei Mao

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    This presentation is extremely helpful to students who are currently looking for jobs and those do not know how to answer interview questions.

    The speaker presented in a chronological order: he started from things need to do prior to the interview, things to do during the interview, and finally talked about things to follow up after the interview. This made his presentation well organized and easy to follow. Moreover, I found this presentation very attractive because the speaker interacted with the audience very often. His questions and jokes were enlightening.

    Useful tools such as JobWiki and PurdueCCO were introduced during the presentation. The speaker demonstrated several great features of CCO Express in detail. I was convinced that these tools would help me become better prepared for the interview questions. I will definitely sign up an CCO account and use its Perfect Interview software to practice more. Besides, I agree with the speaker that anticipating questions from the resume would be a great idea. I also agree that a good eye contact and a firm handshake would leave good first impressions to interviewers. The speaker not only explained things need to do but also mentioned things not to do. Every point he made was clearly explained so I learned a lot.  

    Overall, this is a very informative presentation, and I would highly recommend it. However, it would be better if the power point slides could be provided.

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    Rasika Kalwit

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I found this seminar particularly useful as I am currently going through the process of being interviewed by companies I am interested in. Purdue provides great CCO resources that are very useful in job hunting process but most of the students are unaware of them. I do agree with the presenter, you need to be prepared about the company profile before interviewing with them. Also the whole interview process was explained in a good manner. Also all the important aspects such as introduction, handshake, dressing, different interview styles such as interview over lunch are discussed. The follow up after interview is something I personally dread about. This seminar cleared some of my doubts regarding follow up procedure.  Simple things such as contacting the company official can lead to better opportunities. But this needs to be done in professional environment. Overall, the seminar is informative and I can certainly benefit from tips discussed in this.

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    Man Chung Chim

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    The seminar covered interviewing skills and remarks in an organized manner, starting with preparation "prior to the interview", which took most of the airtime, then "during the interview", and lastly "following up the interview". That really teaches me to be active in the interview instead of passively waiting for the calls from interviewers.

    Significant time has been spent on CCO resources online for assisting the preparation of the interview, which is good but the video was blur and I couldn't see any details in that part.

    The presenter has done a great job in explaining interviewing skills into details, it would be even better if he can use a powerpoint to highlight key messages.

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    Sarvesh Vijay Pradhan

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    This was an informative and value adding seminar on preparing for an interview. I enjoyed the speakers method of presentation, it was engaging and I did learn a few new things despite reading and attending similar interview preparation guides. I had an interview recently and few of the things mentioned could have improved my performance.

    The speaker gave relevant links to CCO resources that were very useful. I especially recommend the Career Wiki. The information there is spot on and was a replica of what my interviewer told me during a monologue about the company.

    Dressing for the interview is an important point. But it is possible that you might be over dressed for the interview, especially when you interview for companies on the west vs east coast. My personal experience is that one should inquire with your contact at the company as to what would be suitable attire and dress one tier above that standard.

    "Authenticate your answers with personal experiences" is a gem of an interview technique. It seems obvious. This is my key take away from this seminar.

    "Interview over lunch or breakfast. Pick food that is comfortable to eat." Yes, this is important. Most interviews have you speaking the most, the food that you pick should be easy to eat and not require a significant portion of your thought process to consume. Also, having a way to follow up after the interview is critical to success, but difficult to remember in the heat of the interview process. I did not think it was okay to get contact details if a business card is not shared, but I liked how the request was phrased.


    Towards the end the speaker suggests a more forward approach of contacting the company official yourself to schedule an interview. This was an interesting approach. I can see how it can result in a "This person is really interested in the company". I personally thought this route could go horribly wrong if the person is upset with your forward behaviour. But maybe it is something I might consider later in my career when I am more established.

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    Gang Yang

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Since I am looking for a job, this seminar is very helpful. Although I also took one with same topic in this semester, I still enjoyed it very much. It has a different organization than this semester's interview skill seminar. I liked the jeopardy game style seminar given in Fall 2015 that has more interaction. However, this seminar has an advantage--it contains more information. The information is also better organized and in chronological order. For starters, it is probably the better choice since it tells more and has a clear logical flow to follow.

    I highly recommend to watch this even if you have already took one similar in your semester. Even if much information is overlapped in both seminars in my experience and most probably be the case for later semesters, it is still very helpful to refresh memories. It also helps to identify more important parts--the parts both seminars emphasize. The speaker is also very humorous so you would not feel bored by hearing same topics again.

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    Naif S Almakhdhub

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    An informative seminar! I liked how the presenter went into detail even about the handshake, interview during a meal,etc. Also emphasizing on interviewing companies someone is interested in, making sure you have an answer to questions you do not like to be asked.

    I did not know about the resources available about the companies, many thanks for pointing that out. 

    To me this was one of the most informative talks I listened to about interviews, I have no complaints! (I liked the funny story about his name also :) )

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