How to Prepare for and Conduct Yourself in an Interview to Be Hired, for a Promotion, and Pursuing a Project
Join two-time former IECA President, Dr. David T. Williams, as he outlines the secrets to a successful interview—from preparation to answering the tough questions. Based on his over 40 years of interviewing and sitting on local and national selection panels, he will demonstrate tested-and-proven tips that you can employ to win your next interview. This experience includes being on both interview panels as well as making presentations to interview panels.
In this workshop, Dr. Williams will walk you through his common-sense strategies for successfully interviewing and winning projects and job positions. We'll start our discussion with a look at how to thoroughly research the interviewing entity, obtain interesting tidbits about the entity and how to effectively use them, gain knowledge about the interview panelists - their tendencies and likes, check out the interview environment/location layout, assure a smooth and attention getting entrance and introduction of the team, how to strategically place your team in the interview room, how to use this knowledge to enhance your presentation and make yourself and your team stand out.
Dr. Williams will then outline how to best manage the flow of your interview and delivery to optimize your timing and message. This includes strategies on "handing the baton" as each person presents their portion of the interview, how to interact with each other and the interview panel, hints on how to demonstrate that your team is a cohesive unit, show that the team has a strong and competent leader, and suggestions on how to get the team's message to the interview panel.
We'll also examine some of the common pitfalls that invariably show up in presentations, how to gracefully handle them, and discuss tips on how to best field and answer difficult questions confidently and thoroughly. Dr. Williams will offer some advice on how to elegantly end the interview and follow up with persistence (without being a pest). Finally, we'll delve into some of the common self-destructive blunders that major companies and candidates have committed based upon Dr. Williams' observations, culminating in a long list of what not to do in order to be successful in your pursuit.
The material introduced is meant to present a pathway showing major considerations for preparation for an interview, in an interview and common pitfalls. The audience is encouraged to develop their own interview style that he/she is comfortable with but maintain the overall structure and essence given in this workshop.