Communication Interviewing Tips Information Packet

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1 Communication Interviewing Tips Estrella Romero, PhD Assistant Professor/Communication Studies Estrella.romero@rcc.edu I. Two Types of Interviews students might experience: a. College Entrance Interviews: Interviews with prospective colleges/universities to determine admission. b. Internship/Job Interviews: Internships are usually for college credit and are a requirement to graduate. Some are paid, and they are meant to allow you to get “real-life” experience in your field/major. II. BEFORE THE INTERVIEW a. Do your homework!!! Research i. College Entrance: The school, the faculty, the programs, the cost, time/years to complete, the jobs graduates obtain, their accreditation. ii. Internships/Jobs: The company (its competitors), history, locations, philosophy, mission, different jobs, their clients! b. Prepare your portfolio. Bring spare copies. This should always be printed on resume paper. Your portfolio should include the following: i. Cover Letter ii. Resume iii. References (these should be individuals who can speak to your work ethic/performance. Do not include close relatives…former instructors, coaches, bosses, supervisors are best. iv. Honors/Awards (in work or school) v. Showcase of your work (if applicable). For example, design sketches for someone seeking a fashion design position. c. Check your social networks! According to Tiffany Hsu of the 2011 LA Times article, “ Facebook, Twitter play role in college admissions ” many college admission counselors as well as companies are checking applicants’ social network pages. d. Research who may be interviewing you (Google search etc.) e. Practice sample questions (See Sample Questions) f. What if, I’ve never had a job before? Never underestimate the power of volunteering, this shows that you give back to your community and can use this to respond to interview questions. You don’t even have to dedicate lots of hours, even 10 hours/month is better than nothing and will give you experience in working with others.
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2 g. What if I have been fired from my previous job? I would recommend that you NOT include this on your resume and/or even bring up in the interview (if you can avoid it). h. What if I have a tarnished background/record? Be truthful and be prepared to explain how you have learned from past mistakes and overcome adversity. However, be aware that many companies do not hire individuals with a recent felony on his/her record. You might want to investigate this before you apply. If you have any court documents indicating you are off “probation” etc. Bring these to your interview. You might also want to bring to light WOTC (Work Opportunity Tax Credit) for the employer if you fit into one of the designated categories (See WOTC Handout). i.
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course COM 9 taught by Professor Estrellaromero during the Fall '11 term at Riverside Community College.

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