Beginning of Class Writing: “Employment Interviewing”

During the first ten minutes of class, write a summary memo of today’s reading: “Employment Interviewing,” Specifically, what are some of the strategies it suggests for successful interviews? What kinds of situations and types of interviews might you encounter? How do you prepare differently for each?

12 thoughts on “Beginning of Class Writing: “Employment Interviewing”

  1. George Gordon

    To: Jason W. Ellis
    From: George Gordon
    Date: September 30th, 2015
    Subject: Employment Interviewing Memo

    Some interviews are done to narrow down the search from a big pool of applicants, others can be done to see which candidates are worth the position and others can be be done over telephone or video conference.Everything depends on which type of interview you will have to participate in. One of the things stated to do for interviews is to make sure you go in prepared. You should do research of the company so that you can be knowledgeable of it, think of questions that may be asked to you, think of any questions you can ask of the company itself and make sure you dress appropriately. A key thing is to make a good first impression, so if you are nervous, it would be good to rehearse the interview with someone to better prepare yourself. Writing a thank you letter is also a good way to follow up with the interview as it keeps that good impression of yourself.

  2. Robert Smith

    To: Professor Jason Ellis

    From:Robert Smith

    Date: 09/30/15

    Subject: Employment Interviewing

    This reading was focused on how to prepare you for an interview. Preparing for an interview and preparing a resume seem to have many similarities. For example, you must research information for the interview. Like preparing a resume, knowing the information will help you understand what the job is looking for, and you can prepare responses based on what you have researched. You must try to learn about the company’s goals and the company’s values, and through that you could match the company’s needs. Preparation also involves how you will sell yourself, like in a resume, so it should be fitting that you practice describing yourself. Some questions you should ask yourself are: How would you describe yourself, what are your hobbies, what are your strengths and weaknesses, and even “why do you want to work for this company”? Even if you are fully prepared mentally, it is also good to prepare physically as well, such that your outward appearance represents professionalism and cleanliness. First impressions are very important, so it is good that you do dress professionally. Another thing you want to make sure of, is that when you are scheduled for the interview, make sure that you are ON TIME. It would look very unprofessional on your part if you were to be late to an interview to give YOU the opportunity of getting the job that YOU want. It could possibly ruin your chances of getting the job entirely if you are late, so try to make sure you plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before your interview starts.

  3. Natasha95

    To: Prof. J Ellis

    From:Narayani Natasha Armstrong

    Date: September 30,2015

    Topic:Employment and Interviewing

    So in this article of the Employment Interview, we basically have a chance to prove ourselves on why we are right for this specific job. In order for us to do this we will have to present ourselves with the proper questions the company will ask us. Basic questions such as why you deserve to work here and what are your short term goals and how can you help improve this company. Basic questions that we will have to answer and eb unique. We should always have a background history of the company we will go for an interview for. They will want to know if you are the right candidate for the job. Everything falls under first impression. In order for us to that we will have to be dressed in a professional way so that they will know we are serious about this job. Another step is to be polite and be respectful. Show that you want to be here, and that it’s not just a passing time to get the job and get paid. Be yourself and being able to talk to the interviewer is a big nervous wreck but the more comfortable you get that’s how they know that you might be able to get the job, having a good communication and answering the questions specifically on how they expect you to answer it.

  4. Yamilex De La Rosa

    TO: Jason W. Ellis

    FROM: Yamilex De La Rosa

    DATE: 30 September 2015

    SUBJECT: Employment interviewing

    It is recommended to research the company that will be interviewing and to practice describing yourself. When going to an interview dress professionally, looking the part would always help the interviewer seeing you in the near future as an employer. Being punctual to an interview is very important and always try to arrive at least 5-15 minutes early to prepare yourself. During the interview be as straightforward with your answers possible in a polite manner. And always try to ask questions even if they are minor just to show that you are interested and what you know about your future position at that company. Not all interviews are in person some are over the telephone and make sure to never put the employer on hold and to always have a great attitude because that can determine whether or not you will get the opportunity to receive the second interview or the job. And send thank you letters two days after the interview to show them that you are thankful for their time and the opportunity they have given you.

  5. Naveeda Akhtar

    TO: Dr. Jason Ellis

    FROM: Naveeda Akhtar

    DATE: September 30, 2015

    SUBJECT: “Employment Interviewing”

    Some strategies for successful interviews is to prepare beforehand what you are going to say and how you will go about it. The best ways to prepare are to do research, practice describing yourself and the reason why you should get the job, and you must dress professionally. On the day of the interview, you should have gotten plenty of sleep from the night before, follow the same daily routine you do everyday. Also, bring a pen, paper and copies of your resume, application, and/or references to the job interview. Then you must make a good impression on everybody working there and be very polite. Respond to questions providing detailed and specific explanations, avoid vague responses, as well as ask questions to the interviewer.

    There are also many types of interviews besides face-to-face interviews such as a telephone interview. Even in a telephone interview, you must speak clearly and listen attentively, you must act as if you were in a face-to face interview. You must be respectful and project enthusiasm even over the phone.

  6. simone216

    TO : Dr. Jason W. Ellis
    FROM : Anika Aarons
    SUBJECT: “Employment Interviewing”
    DATE: September 30, 2015

    The article “Employment Interviewing” by Olivia Crosby , gives insight on the do’s and don’ts on a job interview. Explaining that in oppose to your application and resume the interview process, is what ultimately matters the most. Interviews examines the applicants ability for working under pressure, confidence, time management, communication, and your performance overall all at once. There are numerous types of intervies, such as group interviews, phone interviews, screening interviews, and second or third interviews. There are many different ways to help you prepare for interviews, such as practice have someone give you a mock interview, and research the company by learning background information about the job to prove interest. This article also makes many suggestions such as arrive ten to fifteen minutes early, dress professionally, and bring a briefcase so that your organized.

  7. ThaerT

    TO: Jason W. Ellis

    FROM: Thaer Tayeh

    DATE: 30 September 2015

    SUBJECT: Employment interviewing

    “Interviews are an opportunity to show you are an enthusiastic worker who would do a job well.”
    In this article Olivia Crosby gives a guideline to job seekers on what to expect on an interview and how to prepare for it. She speaks about how to prepare for the interview such as researching the company and the position you are being interviewed for as well as dressing right for the part, looking neat and professional. The article speaks of the importance of first impressions , that the interview arrives once you get there and how you present yourself from the moment you walk in the building is leaving an impression. When on the interview be sure to answer questions professionally and try to be flexible if there is talk of salary. Crosby encourages job seekers to ask questions at the end of the interview, use that as your opportunity to learn more about your potential position. The article also mentions on how an interviewee’s appearance during an interview may not even be important as there are different types of interviews such as phone interviews that has no face to face interactions.

  8. Ryan

    TO: Professor Jason Ellis
    FROM: Ryan Doherty
    DATE: 09/12/15
    SUBJECT: Employment Interviewing

    The Interviewing is considered to be the hardest part of the job seeking process. Some common strategies for interviews include Following a normal routine, practice interviews with friends or family members, researching the employer, and taking the opportunity to ask the interview questions about company. The types of interviews you may encounter are screening interviews, second and third interviews, telephone interviews, video interviews, and mirco interviews at job fairs. For any type of in person interview or video interview make sure you have a neat and professional appearance. In all types of interview speak in a confident and professional manner. During a job fair treat every conversation with a possible employer as an interview.

  9. valentina

    TO: Jason W. Ellis

    FROM: Valentina Pineda

    DATE: September 30 2015

    SUBJECT: “Employment interviewing” summary

    This article talks about how to successfully Interview during a job application process. There are many different kinds of interviews such as in person interviews to further narrow search, telephone interviews and/or video conference interviews. But for all of this types of employment interviews an applicant should know some basic interviewing skills to be successful. The three key points highlighted are what should be done before, during and after an interview. Preparation is a key component of interviewing, the applicant should take their time researching about the company; things like what are their goals and values and think of ways in which their qualifications match the company goals. An applicant should also practice describing themselves and characteristics that he/she will bring to the company examples of these qualities are encouraged to be used from previous work experiences. Doing mock interviews with other people also help an applicant build confidence for the actual interview. During an interview the applicant should be dressed professional and arrive on time. It is advised that the applicant brings a pen and paper to an interview to write any important information given. The applicant should always be polite, smile and thank the employer for their time during an interview. After a job interview the applicant should always follow up with a thank you letter. the format that is shown in the article is very useful and shows how to properly write this thank you letter.

  10. reazul20

    TO: Prof. Ellis
    FROM: Reazul Hassan
    DATE: 9/30/15
    SUBJECT: Resume and Application

    The article “Employment” talks about the adequacies of going to an interview. The strategies that are presented in the reading are, being on time, practicing describing yourself, dress professionally, properly responding to questions and making the best first impressions as possible. I would run into all sorts of interview such as for tech companies or even just research laboratories. The way i would prepare for any interview is to be myself and fully understand internally where I stand as person and how i can apply myself to any given situation the best way possible. And of course stay sharp.

  11. Christopher Navarrete

    TO: Jason W. Ellis

    FROM: Christopher Navarrete

    DATE: September 30, 2015

    SUBJECT: “Employment Interviewing”

    Olivia Crosby lists some important strategies on how to be successful in interviews. She first suggests to be prepared; this is achieved by doing research, practicing, and dressing appropriately. Being prepared shows enthusiasm, and appearing enthusiastic conveys to the interviewer how much you want the job. However for some jobs, you should view how others dress at the job as being overdressed or under dressed may show the wrong message.

    Crosby also discusses several situations that may be encountered in interviews. For example, interviewers may ask questions regarding your hobbies, interests, weaknesses, or any curve-ball questions. It is suggested to answer all questions with positive responses.

  12. Yulduz Saidinova

    TO: Dr. Jason W. Ellis

    FROM: Yulduz Saidinova

    DATE: September 30, 2015

    SUBJECT: Employment interviewing

    This article was about interviews, how to be successful at it. Interviews are very important. Any job that we apply, weather it is big corporation or small store or boutique we need to pass the interview. Only resumes and cover letters are not enough. First step is after making our resume is to research about the company that we are applying. It is important because if you show that you know something about the company, history of it or the way they manage business or any information about the place. It will leave good impression on interviewer that you are interested in this job. Every company wants to hire person that will be dedicated to their job and to their companies. Also we have to dress properly and prepare for the interview. We have to practice to describe ourselves. We have to know what we want, and answer them clearly and excellent way. If we doubt ourselves of course person that interviewing you will doubt also. Responding to a questions also play big role. Not only we have to answer, we also have to ask questions about salaries and shift or anything you need to know that is important. There are different type of interview such as over the phone or through webcam. If it is over the phone make sure there are no noises around you and don’t put them on hold or make them wait. Web camera interviews are almost real time, we have to be dressed well just like we are going to real interview. Make sure we are in a good spot not in a messy room, and make sure your camera is set up good. For different type of interview we have to prepare. Maybe you never had experience over the phone interview. Just research if you are not sure. We always have to be prepared for any type of interview. Because our future may be dependent on that interview. And make sure send thank you letters after each interview.

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