Interviewing Skills

By Tim Luzader

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

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    Allison Perna

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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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