Interview Tips

An interviewer has just one objective: to decide whether or not to make you a job offer. While the interviewer will examine your work history and educational background, your strengths and accomplishments will also be important criterion. He or she is also interested in evaluating your level of motivation, values, attitude and personality. In other words, to find out if you’re the right person for the job, what your potential is for promotion and whether or not you will fit into the company environment.

While it’s true that an interview is an important screening tool for companies, it also allows you to learn those things you need to know about the position and the company so that you can make an intelligent decision about the job. Always approach an interview focused on your objective: getting a job offer.

Know Yourself

  • Can you honestly visualize resigning from your current position? (See “Dealing With Counteroffers”)
  • What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
  • What are your short and long-term goals?
  • Evaluate yourself in terms of the position you seek?
  • Formulate responses by asking the question: “Why should they hire me?”
  • Remember that you’re there to sell yourself and secure a job offer.
  • Research the Company
  • Utilize the library to review annual reports, trade magazines and new paper articles.
  • The Internet offers a wealth of company information and industry statistics.
  • Know the company’s products and services.
  • Be prepared to tell the interviewer why their company is attractive to you.

Items to Bring to the Interview

  • References
  • Resume
  • Folder with paper & a pen
  • Questions for the interviewer
  • Your recruiters phone number so you can give immediate feedback

At the Interview:

  • Arrive no earlier than fifteen minutes before the interview and no later than five minutes before the interview.
  • Allow adequate time for traffic, parking etc.
  • Review your notes
  • Your appearance should be clean and appropriately dressed for the situation
  • Have good posture
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Turn off your cell phone before going in
  • Shake hands firmly
  • Maintain a high enthusiastic energy level
  • Be yourself
  • Have confidence
  • Do not interrupt
  • Ask job-relevant questions
  • Take notes

The Phone Interview

  • Talk directly into the mouthpiece
  • Avoid sitting in a hunched position
  • Establish a rapport at the beginning of the conversation
  • Pay attention to the interviewer’s voice patterns
  • Sound upbeat
  • Be a conversationalist
  • Handle any trick questions in stride