Tuesday, December 07, 2021 Gerald Moore/Workforce Development Team

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The holiday season is underway, and though you might have been successful in securing a seasonal gig, you may find yourself wondering what the next employment opportunity will be once all the mistletoe and eggnog is gone. Maybe you are looking for something more permanent or hoping that the seasonal gig will turn into a full-fledged, long-term job. Perhaps you are updating your resume’ with the temporary gig’s information to improve your chances for that next job. This is a great time to hone the skills used when applying for a job. For instance, you should take an honest inventory of your interview skills. How well do you interview? Do you understand why the employer asks the type of questions that are presented to you in an interview? Are you looking for tips to improve upon your interviewing skills?

We have a quick and easy way that you can build upon your skills, acquire some great job knowledge from the experts, and then receive a certificate of completion in the process. Check out one of our popular databases – LinkedIn Learning – for a vast slate of online courses and videos that will provide you with useful tips that you can use to be successful in interviewing.

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Here is a small list of the 100+ online courses and videos that you can find inside LinkedIn Learning on interviewing skills.

Mastering Common Interview Questions 

Description: Preparing for an interview can be daunting. Learn how to master the top 10 most common interview questions you'll encounter when looking for a new job. The tips provided in this course will help you craft authentic answers that showcase your experience and your enthusiasm for an organization. For each question, career coach Valerie Sutton explains why the interviewer is asking it and then provides you with the best response. She also provides advice for tailoring your answer to entry-level or midcareer roles. In each chapter, we provide role-playing scenarios to illustrate the questions—and answers—in action.


Interviewing Techniques 

Successful hiring means successful interviewing. The right techniques can attract the best talent—while eliminating bias and emotion from the process. With a new generation of candidates on the horizon, it’s a great time to refresh your interview skills. In this course, expert recruiter Barbara Bruno highlights practical strategies for planning and conducting job interviews. Barbara explains how to determine the purpose of the interview, set interview expectations up front, and ask effective questions. She also teaches you how to conduct different types of interviews—including screening, courtesy, and panel

interviews—and evaluate and select the best candidate. Plus, learn how to improve the candidate’s experience, stay in touch with new hires, and connect and network with future talent.

Creating Great First Impressions 

First impressions matter. Whether you're walking into a meeting, interview, or negotiation, you need to know how to instantly build rapport. Luckily, the ability to make a lasting first impression isn't an innate skill; there's actually a science to it. In this course, Vanessa Van Edwards—lead investigator at Science of People, a human behavior research lab—shares research-backed strategies that can help you make the first few seconds of any interaction count. Vanessa dives into the body language that is essential to an engaging first impression, the vocal cues that help you sound confident both in person and on the phone, and the best opening lines for sparking a great conversation. Plus, get tips for changing dull small talk into a lively and memorable conversation.

Expert Tips for Mastering Common Interview Questions 

There are certain questions that interviewer’s volley at nearly all interviewees—regardless of the position or industry—in an attempt to get a read on their personality and potential. Whether you're vying for a gig as an IT specialist or sales manager, you'll likely be asked about your strengths and weaknesses, your leadership style, and other basic professional attributes. In this collection of bite-sized videos, get expert tips that can help you confidently tackle these and other common questions—and, ultimately, ace your next job interview. Plus, get insights on how to dress for your interview, project confidence with your body language, negotiate your salary, and more.

Video Interview Tips

Video interviews are an important part of today's recruiting process. Love them or hate them, they're not going away. This course teaches job seekers like you how to ace your next video interview. Learn why companies use video interviews and the difference between one-way and interactive video interviews. Instructor Jenny Foss—of the popular career site JobJenny.com—also shows how to set up your environment and leverage the technology to put your best foot forward. Plus, find out how to practice for a video interview before the big day, so you’re comfortable and confident in front of the camera.

Job Searching, Interviewing, and Negotiating Salary

Whatever you trained for in college, your instructors probably left out the most important piece—how to look for and land a job. In this course, learn how to treat your job search as an ongoing work in progress by leveraging purpose alignment strategies, interview techniques, and salary negotiation tactics. Get practical insights from actor Bryan Cranston, author and speaker Simon O. Sinek, and other top experts. Along the way, discover how to integrate their tips with your existing strengths. Upon wrapping up this course, you’ll be equipped with strategies for boosting your confidence, negotiation skills, risk-tolerance, and more.


Be sure to check out the following video titles in LinkedIn Learning to get great interviewing tips as well:

Tips for Remote Interviewing 

Six Tips for Better Body Language 

Preparing for the Interview 

A Few Tips for After the Interview

Post-Interview Tips 

Pretty soon you will be on your way to mastering the skills of job interviewing.

With a little bit of practice and self-patience, you will be ready to take on the next steps in your future career. If you would like more information about how to apply for jobs online, assistance in finding resources, tips on how to get the job-hunting process started or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by email, chat, or text. Remember, you are not alone.