Career Coach, Judy Hay, an expert in the area of employability, gave a presentation Monday to a full room of Business Skills students on the secrets of job interviewing. According to Ms. Hay, the key to successful interviewing is to be prepared.
Employability Skills student Rocio Saldano, together with her classmates, Karla Saldano, Eloisa Saldano, Maria Prudencio, Thang Luu, Jennie Do, A. Duran and Elizaveta Dolzhenkova, presented Ms. Hay with a special Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education. A special thank you to Karla Saldano, Eloisa Saldano and Thang Luu who further supported the event by volunteering to distribute the presenter’s handouts throughout the presentation.
Ms. Hay explained that preparation for an interview includes three parts: before, during and after the interview.
I. Before the interview…
- Research the company you are interviewing with. Find out the company’s news, the kind of business they operate, and their guiding principles.
- Be organized during the job search process. Keep an alphabetized binder with all your job applications and company research. Carry it with you. This way, if one of the companies that you applied to should call you for an interview, you will have the information about the company at your fingertips.
- Practice answering possible interview questions.
- Practice your 30 Second Commercial.
- Practice, practice, practice.
II. During the interview…
- Dress conservatively.
- Make certain that your shoes are polished.
- Don’t wear perfume or cologne.
- Keep your cell phone in the car. Women, keep your purse in the car.
- Bring a folder with copies of your resume, a notebook, and a pen.
- Be prepared to ask questions about the company.
III. After the interview…
- When you get back to your car, write down what you thought you did right. Don’t focus on the things you didn’t do right.
- Write a hand written thank you note to thank the people for the opportunity to interview for the job. Send it the same day of the interview.
An expert in the area of employability, Judy is a senior career coach with extensive experience in for profit and non profit environments. She has taught job search and career transition at University of California Irvine, Extension, Cerritos College, and Laguna/Capistrano ROP. Her expertise includes marketing materials such as resumes, cover letters and broadcast letters, interviewing, and using Internet resources. She currently works in Outplacement, assisting recently laid off workers.