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30 Second Infomercial Checklist for an Interview

Interviews can be daunting especially when you do not know how to approach employers - the key is to be prepared. Here are some recommendations. When you meet a representative at a career fair you should greet them with a firm handshake and a smile. You should begin with a 30 second introductory script that you have prepared and practiced ahead of time.

Here is a sample format you can follow:

• 5 seconds: Personal information, degree, year, major

• 5 seconds: Why you are here and the type of opportunities or information you are seeking

• 5 seconds: Experience (work, internship, volunteering)

• 5 seconds: Accomplishments – work, classroom, activities and organizations

• 10 seconds: Knowledge of the company

Do your research before the interview so you are knowledgeable about the company. This will also ensure that after your introduction you can ask the employer a captivating question, e.g.. Can you tell me more about the new product you are developing? Or can you give me more details about your management training program? This will allow you to engage the employer in conversation. Sample Script

Hello. My name is Barbara Moore and I am a graduate of triOS College, Hamilton Campus,with a diploma in Accounting and Payroll. I noticed on your website that you have openings for XXX and I am interested in a position in this capacity. Last summer I had an internship with XXX where I was able to participate in XXX. The most interesting project that I worked on was about XXX. I have been following your company’s progress in Toronto and have read various pieces about it in The Spectator and The Toronto Star. Could you tell me more about the proposed expansion to Hamilton the new training program you are offering to new employees?

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Today is June 5, 2013 Hi. My name is Chantelle Alvey. I am currently a student at trIOS College, I am taking Honours Business Administration and will be graduating in January 2014. I have a diploma in Paralegal studies from trIOS College, I graduated that program in January 2013. I am looking to start a career in business that will challenge me and give me opportunities to develop personally as well as bring new ideas to the company that gives me this opportunity. I have interned with City Housing Hamilton. This experience gave me an opportunity to work with tenants to solve any issues they may have had regarding maintenance or rent payments. It was a very positive experience. Not only do I have working knowledge of the entire Microsoft Office package, Simply Accounting, Quickbooks, AccPac, and PCLaw, but I am also proficient in many areas of law.