Informative Speech Outline
Hopefully, we will be achieving one of our major goals in life soon….graduating from college. All the tests, papers, and projects will be over. What a relief! Although we will no longer have to worry about grades, we will have to worry about something even more important….getting a job. It will determine our future, how we live…where we live…and whether or not we are happy with what we do. Therefore, we need to know how to interview for a job. Thesis Statement – The four steps in preparing for a job interview are researching the company, analyzing and preparing yourself, anticipating questions and answers, and preparing everything you need the night before the interview.
II. BODY SECTION 1
A. Before you go on a job interview, it's important to find out as much as you can about the company. That way you'll be prepared both to answer interview questions and to ask the interviewer questions. You will also be able to find out whether the company and the company culture are a good fit for you. B. Take some time, in advance, to use the Internet to discover as much information as you can about the company. Visit the company web site; review the company mission statement and company history, products and services, management, as well as information about the company culture. This information is usually available in the About Us section of the site. C. LinkedIn company profiles are a good way to find more information on a company you're interested in. You'll be able see your connections at the company, new hires, promotions, jobs posted, related companies, and company statistics. Take a look at your interviewer's profile to get insight into their job and their background. D. Like the company on Facebook and follow it on Twitter. You'll find information you may not have found otherwise. E. Search both Google and Google News for the company name. F. If you have a connection that will help you find inside information, use it. Do you know someone who works there? Ask them if they can help. If you're a college graduate, ask your Career Office if they can give you a list of alumni who work there. Then email, send a message, or call and ask for assistance.
BODY SECTION 2
A. Now that you know how to thoroughly research a company that you’re interviewing for, you must thoroughly analyze and prepare yourself. Even if you know all the answers to all the questions, you still need to have the following verbal communication skills if you want to impress an interviewer:
• Listen carefully to what is being asked before you answer a question. • Don't interrupt the interviewer.
• Let the interviewer lead the interview.
• Speak clearly.
• Use proper grammar.
• Don't be afraid to ask for clarification if you don't understand a question. It may be more embarrassing to speculate and give an inappropriate answer. • Answer concisely.
• Don't exaggerate.
B. CollegeJournal reports that, according to some studies, "Body language comprises 55% of the force of any response, whereas the verbal content only provides 7%, and paralanguage, or the intonation -- pauses and sighs given when answering -- represents 38% of the emphasis." As you can see, nonverbal communication is as important, or even more important than, verbal communication. The evaluation of your nonverbal communication will start as soon as you walk into the company's lobby and continue until the interview is finished. • Make eye contact with the interviewer for a few seconds at a time. • Smile and nod (at appropriate times) when the interviewer is talking, but, don't overdo it.
• Don't laugh unless the interviewer does first.
• Be polite and keep an even tone to your speech.
• Don't be too loud or too quiet.
• Don't slouch.
• Do relax and lean forward a little towards the interviewer so you appear interested and...