Educación y Empresa

miércoles, diciembre 05, 2007

Career managements: tips and insights


Introduction

In this week I received a newsletter from Duke University, regarding to MBA programs and admissions process, and I read this notes about interviews. I thought that are important tips for everybody and I would like to share with you.

If you would like to see further information, you can go to:

http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/mba/daytime/newsletter/1107/index.html

Article

Sheryle Dirks, Director of The Duke MBA Career Management Center, has identified three of the toughest interview questions for students to answer well. The following tips are excerpted from the internal CMC Newsletter, CMC Digest. In this excerpt, Sheryle provides tips for students as they prepare for upcoming interviews both on and off campus.

Interview Question #1: Tell me about yourself.


T
his is a question students are asked in almost every interview, but it is one that is surprisingly difficult to answer well. If you think of a thirty-minute interview as a product advertisement, what do you say in the opening two minutes to capture the listener's attention and make him/her believe that this is a candidate worth interviewing?

Rather than simply walking through the chronology of your life and career, find a way to work in three themes that you will highlight during the conversation. Labeling these "buckets" for the interviewer in your opening makes it easier to remember them and also sets up your stories as proof points for these themes.

Interview Question #2: Why are you interested in the company / this job?

The common mistake that candidates make in regard to this question is to focus upon their own interests and needs in answering this question. What the company wants to know is how you will add value and if you will be a good fit on their team. Some important characteristics of a good answer to the question include:

What skills and abilities will allow you to add value;
Why you are passionate about the company;
Why you are a good fit with the organization and the industry
The research that you have done through networking and other avenues will allow you to get beyond generic responses and demonstrate both enthusiasm and insight.

Interview Question #3: Why should I hire you?

This is often the last question in an interview and can be masked in a broader query such as, "Is there anything else you'd like to ask/discuss/tell me?"

Don't be afraid to ask for the job! Of course, this needs to be done in a style and tone that is sincere and natural for you. If you're not an intuitive seller, this will take some practice. Even saying, "I would like to express my sincere interest in being selected for second-round interviews" is far better than letting the opportunity slip by. At the same time, don't tell a company that it's your top choice if it is not, as that strategy only burns bridges if your later actions are inconsistent with such a strong statement.

Pick the three most compelling elements about your candidacy, summarize them in order of importance to the company, and reference the proof points that you have used to back up these claims throughout the interview. Especially if you used this approach in your introduction, those three themes will be even more compelling.

If this question is not asked directly, make every effort to find an opportunity at the end of the interview to give a strong closing summary and statement about why you're the right person for the job.

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1 Comments:

  • Ok, esto es demasiado útil! Yasé a dódne tengo que recurrir cuando tenga una entrevista. Tengo que fajarme a buscar posgrados ahora!

    Besos!

    By Blogger Corina, at 3:03 a. m.  

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