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Congratulations! You've landed an interview, now let's make the most of it. This course covers the following topics:

  • Interview performance: employed candidate versus in-transition candidate.
  • Roadmap to the hiring manager: Pre-interview networking - knowing what questions you'll be asked.
  • What are your questions for them?

Intro Video Transcript

Job Interview Skills – Online Training By John Kogan- CEO of Illumeo This is John Kogan. I’m the CEO of Illumeo the online community for Corporate Finance Accounting, Treasury and related Professionals. I’d like to welcome everyone to today’s webinar titled “Interview Skills” so, congratulations! You’ve landed an interview. Now let’s make the most of it. This webinar will cover the following topics: • Interview Performance • Employed candidate versus in-transition candidate • Road map to the hiring Manager (which covers pre interviewed networking) • Knowing what questions you’ll be asked • Determining what your questions will be Joining us this morning is Mark Richards – who’s the Finance Executive and creator of candidateschair.com Mark is currently helping Success Factors in an immigrated company they recently purchased in Minnesota, while Mark was the consultant CFO. Mark started off in public accounting twenty five years ago and has been in corporate finance roles for the past twenty years. His roles have included being CFO for six start-up companies, an SVP for the Royal Bank of Canada in their U.S. wealth management division and a Director of international finance firm House of Companies. Mark developed candidateschair.com after a job transition and has been chair of a local finance executive group in Minnesota for five years. The site has drawn visitors from over ninety countries, and over twenty five thousand copies of his job search tools have been downloaded from his site. Mark also has two of the most read blog posts ever on Illumeo. So, Mark, thanks so much for joining us here and why don’t I let you take it away. Mark: Thanks John, appreciate it. Welcome everybody. As John said, for me, I started my candidates chair after I had my own job transition. So everything that you see here is really based upon my experience and the experience of my fellow colleagues that I’ve met in my job transition and in my running a local networking chapter and in Minnesota I’ve probably met with a couple of hundred finance executives. So a lot of it is not just my experience, it’s kind of a collective view of all the things that I’ve learned and just put in one place. And it’s really from a perspective of someone that’s looking from the job and not so much from a recruiter or HR person, but kind of what we face day to day looking for work. And also, been working with John at Illumeo the last couple of years and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. So we have a series up there today also on Illumeo. You’ll see that there’s other job search series that we’ve done. That John and I have done together. So a lot of that relates to helping you set your expectations for search and different types of networking that you can do to help you land that job. And as John talked about today, these are very specific tactics on how to improve your interview skills. So, I’m going to talk about my Outline today. The first thing to talk about is your expectations. And when I talk about where you need to be, I’m really talking about being in control. All that’s being interviewed and those interviewed before, what you’ll often find is that people are picking up your resumes, you walking into their office, and so to me, after seeing that several times, I realized that I had a lot more control then I was prepared. And I don’t mean control in a bad way like I’m trying to do something unethical, it just allows me to make sure that I was able to take control and remember everything that I needed to deliver in that interview. So we’ll start there at the expectations and then we’ll move on to which I think is part of your prep work, is matching your skills to the job which is really kind of understanding yourself, the business and really getting down to what’s critical in the role. From there we’ll go into talking about the preparation of your network. Using your network to help fill in any of the gaps you’ve got, find out who you’re interviewing, then if possible start to spread your message inside your company before you even get there. Then we’ll go into what I think is the heart of the interviewing process which are the question, and these are both questions that you’ll ask and questions that you’ll answer, and this to me is probably where if you invest time in this, this is where you’ll really stand out from other candidates. Talk about interviewing strategies once you actually get in there and then lastly coming up with a strong finish for yourself, and I make this coloration between dating and job search which we can talk about when we get to it. Then, there’s always something that doesn’t go right and what’s the best approach if something doesn’t go well in your interview and how to fix that. Discussion Outline: Interview Expectations: • Where you need to be • What you own • Define an outcome Match Skills to Job: • Understand Yourself • Understand Business • What’s critical to Role Preparation with Network: • Fill in the Blanks • Interviewers • Deliver your Message Questions to Ask and Answer: • Match Yourself • Clarify the Role • What’s important Interview Strategy: • Housekeeping • Questions • Close it Down Strong Finish (for you): • Dating and Job Search • Clarify Error • Thanks Hiring Manager (Interview: Googling a Question) So let’s start with... I think its interviewing people that are like Googling the questions, I see people don’t Google answers they Google questions and so, if you take an interview from a Hiring Manager’s perspective, the first thing that they look at from a candidate is:  Can He/ She help succeed? And they don’t say this in an anarchistic way but the reality is they’re looking to have somebody on their team to make them successful. They’re looking to have someone take some of the stress off them or handle some of the issues that they’ve got in the company. So the first thing they’re always looking at is: “Can this person help me succeed?” Then they look for:  Do you have the skills that I don’t have time to teach you? So what are the skills that they want right off the back? They’re going to be looking for very specific things because usually there is some sort of issues that needs to get managed right off the back and so they’re trying to think about:  What are the skills that are absolutely critical to me? And then lastly, when I look at people you know, they say I’m looking for a finance person that has a lot of experience with the Sales Team. So, that’s the type of things that people are talking about, I’m looking for somebody that has a specific type of experience. They don’t look for “I want someone with 3-5 years and a degree in Public Accounting.” That’s not what they want. What they want is someone that can work with the Sales Team. And lastly, they just think about:  Will He / She fit around here? So they’re trying to get a sense of your cultural hit. So, as they’re looking that’s the questions that they have. You: (Personality and cultural background) What you want to offer in return is:  What’s your promise  Skills that support the promise  Experiences that developed your skills And when I look at your set, really the first method you want to give in your promise is “What’s the promise and what you bring to that company.” So for example if you had to say: “In addition to all my typical finance work, I have worked with over a hundred clients during Pricing, Client Calls etc... so I’m great layered on in between Sales and Finance. So that’s what the Hiring Managers are looking for. That’s the promise that you bring, sure you’ve got lots of other finance experience but you want to bring that promise to match up as best you can with what the Hiring Manager is looking for and underneath your promise, that’s where you start to talk about what your skills are and the basis to support it and lastly, What were the experiences that developed those skills? And those are, your skills and experience are what support your promise and then lastly as you share, you talk about what your personality is and your management style, your work style and kind of, where have you worked? Have you work in family owned business? Because you know that’s different than a publicly owned or a very small company or a large company, whatever it is those are the things that you’ll share. So, if you start here, these are the things that the Hiring Manager is looking for. It really provides a good background for where we’re going to go and where you should be studying when you think about how you want to approach an interview.

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

8 CoursesManaging Your Career

  1. Why You Need to Compete in Your Career
  2. What is The Road Map to Career Success?
  3. Career Branding: Create Your Personal Marketing Plan To Advance Your Career Goals
  4. Building A Great Corporate Resume
  5. Interview Essentials and Resume Writing Course
  6. Job Interview Skills Training
  7. Insider Secrets For How You Attract And Keep Recruiters Coming Back To Your Linkedin Profile
  8. Succession Planning

Learning Objectives

  • Discover best practices in preparing for an interview.
  • Recognize what to do and what not to do during an interview.
  • Discover how to effectively close the deal after an interview.

62 Reviews (185 ratings)Reviews

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Anonymous Author
Provided a practical overview and very helpful things to think about in preparation for an interview. The course works for first time interviews, interviews throughout a career, as well as transition roles.
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Member's Profile
This is a great course for helping in interviewing for a job or even being the interviewer. I learned a lot about how to get through an interview and would recommend this to all of my coworkers.
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I like how the presenter discussed the topic based on his and others experiences. It is very informative. The course provides the interviewees a blue print on how to conduct an interview process.
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Anonymous Author
It was very organized and informative. Most would benefit from it. I will refer to it often as it was full of a lot of interesting tips and pointers. Question/Answer session at end was great.
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There is some very good, very concisely put information here about prep, networking, and most importantly *having a productive conversation*. Very powerful and helpful stuff.
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Anonymous Author
The course is very informative however the audio was not too clear. The speaker and the facilitator gave so many useful insights for the interviewer and interviewee.
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Member's Profile
I liked the info about starting out the interview letting the interviewer know you have questions and asking them how they would like to proceed. Great tip!
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Member's Profile
I really enjoyed this course. It helped me brush up and be ready if I need to interview again in the future. It also helped with my communication skills.
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Very helpful refresher. I would've been nice if the audio was better quality. It sounded as if the presenter was speaking through a speaker phone.
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It was a good course, but the exam questions were confusing. Seemed there were more than one right answer on some of the questions.
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This was very informative. I have been having a hard time as the interviewer what are the expectations from the other side.
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Pretty good perspective and summary on the steps of the interview process, and how to make it go well for both parties.
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Anonymous Author
It's nice to get valuable input from someone on this side of the fence. The audio could have been a little cleaner.
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Anonymous Author
Good tips on interviewing. It is important to stay up to date on these. You never know when you may need them!
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I took this course right before I had an interview and it definitely helped me feel more confident.
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Anonymous Author
The presenter shared really good and practical tips that make a lot of sense and are easy to apply.
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Member's Profile
This was a great course. While the audio was not great, the content and speaker were very good.
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Very practical suggestions for interview. I learned a few new techniques to bring to the table.
Member's Profile
Good course but the audio was difficult to hear. No other Illumeo courses were like this.
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Member's Profile
Great advice that could be easily applied to any interview, whether internal or external.
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Anonymous Author
Good refresher with some suggestions that make sense even for a seasoned interviewee.
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The course was very informative, but the audio quality was less than desirable.
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Member's Profile
This course on interviewing skills was very well rounded in content and advise
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Anonymous Author
Good Information. Any person seeking employment or wants to change employers.
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Member's Profile
An excellent and succinct review on what you need to do to nail an interview.
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Anonymous Author
very insightful. Good point about the employed and in-transit candidate.
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Member's Profile
Excellent bullet points and clarity of thoughts while presenting
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Anonymous Author
Very good information to begin a transition process. thanks
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Member's Profile
would like to hear more real life examples to tough questions
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Member's Profile
Basic interview preparation course with focuses on process.
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Anonymous Author
Good resource. Will come back to this again for pointers.
5
Anonymous Author
A great course for persons seeking that interview edge
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Member's Profile
Very practical tips on how to prepare for an interview
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Anonymous Author
Quality of the audio isn't as good as other courses.
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Member's Profile
This should be required for recent college grads.
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Thank you very much Mark! Very engaging indeed!
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Anonymous Author
Excellent course organization and good points!
5
Anonymous Author
Good course on best practices interviewing.
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Member's Profile
Very good for the prospective interviewee.
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Anonymous Author
Great course. Would recommend to others.
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Member's Profile
very practical and helpful. Thank you!
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Anonymous Author
Good tips for the interview process.
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Anonymous Author
Not too rushed and very informative.
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Good content. Poor audio quality.
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Anonymous Author
Very informative and concise.
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Parts were very hard to hear.
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Great course! Very informative.
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Anonymous Author
Instructor had good examples.
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Anonymous Author
Useful hints on interviewing
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Good common sense advice
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Speaker did a nice job.
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Some audio difficulty
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This course is great
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Good refresher!
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Anonymous Author
Very helpful
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Very helpful!
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good course
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Anonymous Author
Great tips!
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Anonymous Author
Informative
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Anonymous Author
Good tips.
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Good
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Anonymous Author
Fine

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
The Interview Process
  5:45Interview Expectations and Matching Your Skills to the Job
  9:24Network Preparation and Asking/Answering Questions
  11:50Interview Strategy and a Strong Finish
Conclusion
  8:35Where You Want to Land and Q&A
Continuous Play
  59:10Job Interview Skills Training
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Job Interview Skills Training
  PDFJob Interview Skills Training Glossary/Index
REVIEW & TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM