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Interview Skills Seminar

An important aspect of the job search process is the interview. Unfortunately, many applicants are ill-prepared for a winning interview. While their resume or job application may show that they possess the desired skills for the job, the interview will focus on those intangibles (such as personality and style) that will help the employer decide whether or not they will fit into the company culture.

Most people have an anxious time before, during, and after their interviews: anxiety about how they’ll do, anxiety about how they’re doing, anxiety about how they did. An interview skills seminar will help job seekers in your community get a grip on their anxiety so they can actually enjoy the interview process and present themselves in the best possible light.

Your goal should be to help job seekers become viable candidates for available positions by educating them on how to be well-prepared throughout all phases of the job search process. During the seminar, participants will learn about the hiring forecast from employers, participate in question and answer sessions, and receive specific information on what the top local employers are looking for during the interview process. The workshop can be designed for all working ages and career paths, or may be targeted to those in a specific field.

Topics to be covered in your interview skills seminar may include the following.

  • Understanding Job Descriptions and Job Specifications
  • Interview Techniques
  • Competency-based Interviews
  • Interviewing Mistakes
  • Pre-interviewing Preparations
  • The Interview Process
  • Commonly Asked Questions
  • Post Interview Process

Having volunteers available to conduct mock interviews with participants following the training will help them to reinforce the skills they’ve just acquired. By helping members of your community to learn to present themselves with ease, you’re providing them with a much higher chance of getting the job they want.

For more information on planning an interview skills seminar, please visit:
http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/cdc/docs/interviewskillsppt.pdf
http://www.irsc.edu/uploadedFiles/CareerCenter/Interview-Skills-Workshop%281%29.pdf