Beginning of Class Writing: UWGB, “Interviewing Like a Professional”

During the first ten minutes of class, write a summary memo of the “Interviewing Like a Professional” document prepared by the Career Services office of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Of course, its content overlaps the previous reading, but it adds important insights. In addition to your summary, you can respond to this question, too: Considering some of the interview questions, how might you respond to some of them?

13 thoughts on “Beginning of Class Writing: UWGB, “Interviewing Like a Professional”

  1. Naveeda Akhtar

    TO: Dr. Jason Ellis

    FROM: Naveeda Akhtar

    DATE: October 5, 2015

    SUBJECT: “Interviewing Like a Professional”

    You have to be able to know the company and what they are expecting from you as an individual and what qualifications they would want as well as what skills you need to possess for that job. Also, you must know yourself well enough to basically sell yourself to the company and be able to tell them what you can bring to the company in order for them to want to hire you. You should also practice interviewing by creating scenarios with friends or family and get them to test you on how well you respond to interview questions along with how well you compose yourself during the interview to give off a cool, collected look.

    A question that the interviewer might ask is: why are you leaving your present position?
    I would answer this question by stating that I have done everything I needed to do at my current job and am now seeking a job that can challenge me further and advance me further in the retail business. Another question they might ask is: tell me about an experience you had in customer service that went badly and how did you handle it? I would answer this question by talking about a time when a customer called to see if an item was in stock and was told by one of my associates that it was. Therefore the customer came from somewhere like Long Island all the way to Brooklyn into the retail store I worked at, to realize that we did not have that merchandise. The customer gets mad and asks to speak with the supervisor which would be me, and I had to explain to the customer that there was a mistake made on behalf of my associate and that I would be more than willing to help them find either another item that was similar to the one they were looking for or help by calling the other locations to see if they had any in stock. The customer at the end thanked me for my assistance and proceeded out the door happy.

  2. Natasha95

    To:Prof. J Ellis

    From: Narayani Armstrong

    Date:October 05, 2015

    Subject:Interviewing like A Professional

    Interviewing like a Professional, shows that there are multiple ways a company can ask you for an interview. Such as a breakfast,lunch interview or Phone interview, Group interview. Many which you will have to help show that you’re better for the job than the following candidate. When being interviewed do not try to drift away in your thoughts, keep contacts with the fellow interviewer.And always try to not look like you’re nervous. When talking a phone interview have everything organized in place before hand. Do not rustle thru the papers or go run trying to catch a pen because that’s show the interviewer that you were not prepared. Always show up to the interview on time and do not rush. Make sure to greet the interviewer and be polite and always be respectful. Always dress professionally and by that it will show your level of respect to the company.

  3. ThaerT

    TO: Dr. Jason Ellis

    FROM: Thaer Tayeh

    DATE: October 5, 2015

    SUBJECT: “Interviewing Like a Professional”

    The article stresses on the importance of the interview and gives some clear advice on what to do to come off professional in the interview. The article breaks down step by step methods a job seeker can utilize to give him the upper hand among other job seekers. For one prepare for the interview, know yourself know what your skills and qualifications are. Practice asking yourself questions and take time to assess yourself. In order to give a good first impression the article suggests reviewing company information, printing out extra resumes, preparing your questions and dressing professionally. The article then jumps to the various types and formats of interviews such as screening interview, phone interview, follow up interview etc. It then breaks down the different stages of an interview- introducing yourself then sharing information, looking for key characteristics and finally asking questions yourself. Once an interview is concluded it is highly recommended that you write a thank you letter to the interviewer as soon as possible.

  4. simone216

    TO: Dr. Jason W. Ellis
    FROM: Anika Aarons
    DATE: October 5, 2015
    “Interviewing Like a Professional” document prepared by the Career Services office of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, further gives insight on how a successful interview should go. Highlighting on three main important tactics such as know yourself, know your interest, and lastly know the employer. Prepared in all three of these concepts can successfully help you any of the interview questions. Questions by the interviewer such as what motivates you to put forth your greatest effort? What is one of your weaknesses? By being confident in knowing myself , I would be able to comfortably answer these or any questions for example from any interviewer.

  5. reazul20

    TO: Prof. Ellis
    FROM: Reazul Hassan
    DATE: 10/05/2015
    SUBJECT: “Interview like a Professional”

    In the reading “Interviewing like a Professional”, the author talks about the purpose of the interviewer and where the interviewee falls. As the interviewee you have to know yourself, you must practice make the best first impressions as you can. You should also know the employer that you are applying to and also know what your field of your interest is. You must be presentable in the sense of appearance, mean you must dress etiquette. You should be able to evaluate yourself in terms of performance.

  6. Yamilex De La Rosa

    TO: Jason W. Ellis
    FROM: Yamilex De La Rosa
    DATE: 5 October 2015
    SUBJECT: interviewing like a professional

    Interviews are very important and how a huge impact on whether or not someone is going to get the job position of not. Before going to any interview the person should make sure that they prepare his or herself for the questions that they may or may not be asked. The person should know certain things about themselves and the company that they are interviewing for. Since first impressions have a huge impact on whether the interviewer can see you working for their business you should always look and feel confident, and dress professionally. there are many interviews that may happen either lunch/dinner interview, group interviews,and or phone interviews just make sure to be prepared. practicing before the interview is very helpful especially when it comes to the different approaches the interviewer may give you such as directive, stress, non-directive, case study, and/or behavior based interviews. when it comes to interviews stay calm and focused!

  7. Mereoni

    TO: Professor Jason Ellis
    FROM: Mereoni Rabukawaqa
    DATE: 5 October 2015
    SUBJECT: Interviewing Like A Professional

    In this article, the Career Services office of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay provides some invaluable advice on how to undertake and follow up on one of the most daunting stages of seeking employment – the interview. The most important take-away of this document, and a recurring theme in nearly all the articles we have read and discussed, was that preparation is essential! Preparation to know yourself in anticipation of personal interview questions, preparation to know the employer and the position you’re applying for to make yourself prove valuable through your knowledge of what is expected and how you can contribute to the company, even preparation for how you physically appear. The article is advisory and means to inspire confidence in the reader by breaking down the interviewing process down enough to help the reader anticipate different kinds of interviewing scenarios- from lunch interviews, to group interviews, to over-the-phone interviews- and questions that can be expected. For an earlier assignment, I had prepared for an internship as a mechanical engineer at The Boeing Company. With my anticipation of being asked a question such as: “What are your career goals for the next five years?” – I could now be prepared to answer that I plan to get my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering within the next 2 years and then use that degree and the invaluable experience I could potentially gain working as an intern at Boeing to one day return as a full-time employee.

  8. Christopher Navarrete

    TO: Jason W. Ellis
    FROM: Christopher Navarrete
    DATE: October 5, 2015
    SUBJECT: “Interviewing Like a Professional”

    The document “Interviewing like a Professional” describes how to conduct yourself properly in an interview. For example, one part explains how first impressions are very important. What you say and how you look can influence what the interview thinks of you. Because of this, the document suggests that you dress professionally (no flashy colors, styles etc.) and review the company’s job description and history thoroughly among others. The document also talks about how you must approach an interview. Some important things you must do is arrive early, use a firm handshake, and maintain good eye contact.

    I would answer the questions that may be asked with as much confidence and clarity as possible. For example, when speaking about myself, I would proudly explain how my life experiences have lead me to this point in time by giving a few specific details. However it is important to not sound overconfident as it can come off as arrogant. As for a question that asks about my strengths and weaknesses, I would highlight my best and worst skills with certainty so the interviewer realizes I do know myself.

  9. George Gordon

    To: Jason W. Ellis
    From: George Gordon
    Subject: Beginning of Class Writing
    Date: October 5th, 2015

    The article discusses interviews and how you plan, prepare, and conduct yourself during one. Basically, you need to know yourself and be able to sell yourself during an interview, as well as, knowing the company you are applying for. You should be able to come up with questions to ask the interview about the company as well, if you don’t, it will seem as if you are interested in the company or job. First impressions are essential, make sure that every aspect of yourself is professional. You need to be prepared for different types of interviews, such as, phone, group and food interviews. Each will present you with a different situation and are designed to test you and see if you can handle yourself during these situations.You should be prepared for the styles of interviews as well. Some may give you a plethora of questions, others will give unusual or challenging questions and some might want specific examples to the qualifications in your resume. It’s key to be prepared and not let either of these tactics knock you off guard. After the interview, remember to send in a thank you letter.

  10. kary

    TO: Professor. Ellis
    FROM: Kary Martinez
    SUBJECT: Interviewing Like A Professional

    Interviewing like a professional basically talks about all the important subjects of a professional interview. Providing helpful tips to be prepare on things that could potentially be asked and questions that should not be brought up on the first Interview. I have learned about the different ways someone can be interview specially now with all the technology. This reading can definitely help anyone seeking a job because most of the time we don’t know what is expected to us. First Impressions are very Important for an Interview and it will impact the choice they make when it comes to picking the right candidate. It’s all about practice, knowing yourself, knowing the company, knowing what might be expected from the interviewer.

  11. Albert H

    TO: Jason W. Ellis

    FROM: Albert Hemmings

    DATE: October 5, 2015

    SUBJECT: Interview like a professional

    This article gave us very important tips on how to get and conduct an interview as professionally as possible. When planning and preparing for an interview, you have to know yourself, know your field of interest, know your employer, and know the position for which you have applied. When you find out the answers to all of these things, getting the interview will be a smoother and easier process. When you get the interview it is important to look your best because first impressions matter. It will also helps to practice by letting someone you know interview you by asking you questions that the interviewer will ask you. This will help you ease the nerves so that you will be more confident and answering the questions more smoothly when it matters.

  12. valentina

    TO: Dr. Jason Ellis

    FROM: Valentina Pineda

    DATE: October 5, 2015

    SUBJECT: “Interviewing Like a Professional” summary

    This article provides a very detailed description of how to successfully interview for a job. Similarly as our last reading this article provides us on how to properly prepare, practice and impress in an interview. There are three types of interviews such as screening interviews, follow up or second interview and a final interview. As all these interviews are slightly different an applicant must show the same preparedness and professionalism in each. this article does provide with more in detail of possible interview questions and how to properly answer them.
    One possible question can be: Have you had any work experiences related to this position?. I would answer the question by stating that I have not had any work experience in my field of expertise since I am a recent college graduate. But I will also explain how other experience have prepared me for the job such as my internship in which I learned how to work in a professional environment and performed tasks similar as their job description. I would add that I am willing to learn from senior staff in my position and would collaborate with my knowledge in the field.

  13. Yulduz Saidinova

    TO: Dr. Jason W. Ellis

    FROM: Yulduz Saidinova

    DATE: October 5, 2015

    SUBJECT: “Interviewing like a professional”

    This article is about interviews just like the previous one but this one gives more information. First thing is we have to know ourselves. We have to know our skills, abilities, experience, and our goals. Next step is know our field of interest. Employer will ask you question such as why you interested in this job, why you selected this particular field and all. We have to be ready for this questions. Also we have to know the employer, like the previous article we need to research and gather informations about employer. If they see you know more informations about them it shows that you are interested in that job. We have to always practice, if you confident about yourself then most likely interview will be success. Also appearance plays big role. We cannot walk in in shorts or caps, we need to have formal outfit. We can buy one and use to for many interviews.
    There are different type of interviews. There are phone interview, lunch or dinner interview, group interview or through camera interview. We have take extra step and learn more about them before we take the interview. If you never done group interview search about it, learn the techniques and prepare yourself. Also interviews can be directive, stress, behaviour, non directive or case study. We have to be prepared. Ten minute research may get us the job. Whoever puts more effort will benefit from it.
    This article is very helpful and informative. Because it gives so many information about interview, and how to prepare for them. For interview question “What is one of your weakness?” you can say it is your honesty. You are always honest and when you see a mistake of some other employee, even if it is your friend you will tell about it to your manager. “What makes you angry?” if this question comes up when you applying for customer service field job you may answer like seeing customers being not helped or seeing workers being lazy and not wanting to help customers or coworkers. Any question that given we have to give meaningful answer. Otherwise we will not be successful at our interviews.

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