Workshops

Job Interviews

Objectives

All job searches involve interviews and your preparation for these can make or break your job search.  We’ll discuss the different types of interviews you might face during a job search, talk about the questions you’re likely to be asked (including both factual questions and behavioral questions), and how you should answer these questions.

Although it’s best to postpone this topic until the last part of the process, we’ll also cover the most common ways of negotiating salary and how you can maximize your outcome here while maintaining a good relationship with the company.

You’ll leave this course with the knowledge to prepare yourself for an interview, but bear in mind that this course is meant to prepare you for, not substitute, one-on-one practice, whether with us or with a friend or colleague.

 

Target audience

Job seekers in professional markets (finance, technology, consulting, and similar fields)

 

Prerequisites

  1. Please submit a copy of your latest resume.
  2. Please submit several job descriptions that represent the type of job you’re seeking.

 

Materials

No materials are required for this course.

 

Duration and expected time investment

The workshop is a half-day workshop.  A job search is a major commitment and the time it will take you to actually find a job will vary dramatically, possibly up to hundreds of hours for job seekers looking to enter a new industry or region, or to find a job at an executive level.

 

Cost

$400 per participant

 

Workshop topics

  1. Different types of interviews
    1. With HR / talent acquisition
    2. With an external recruiter
    3. With hiring manager
    4. Technical interviews
  2. Doing research on the company and the position
  3. Basic questions
    1. Tell me about your background
    2. Why this company?
    3. Why this role?
    4. Where do you see yourself in five years?
    5. Why do you want to leave your current employer?
    6. Why did you leave your previous employers?
    7. Why should we hire you?
  4. Behavioral questions
    1. Successes
    2. Failures
    3. Challenges or disagreements
    4. Leading a project
  5. Negotiating compensation
    1. When to engage in these
    2. Tactics
    3. Other forms of compensation (bonus, stock, vacation, pension/401k, tuition reimbursement, free meals, relocation, etc.)

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