Know How to Interview

Are you ready to interview? Once you have been selected for a job interview, it's important that you create the right impression.  Preparation is your best tactic in easing any stress or nervousness you may be feeling. Learn about the varieties of interviewing types you may encounter such as telephone and informational interviews. Practice the interviewing questions below, learn about interview etiquette, technique and more! 

Let's begin with a three step process:

  1. A good cover letter will invite an Employer to review your resume.
  2. A well written resume will entice an Employer to call you in for an interview!
  3. A good interview will land you the job!!

 

Begin here to understand this process in detail by covering the following important topics:

Interview Etiquette
Interview Techniques
Interview Types
Interview Questions
Employer Questions
During the Interview
After the Interview

Interview Etiquette
- There is such a thing as 'first impressions', here is how you can be prepared:
  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. You might need to fill out paperwork before the interview.
  • Address Interviewer with "Mr." or "Mrs." Last Name, unless directed to do otherwise
  • Be polite to Receptionist with introduction and inquiries.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Bring extra copies of resume and references, as well as licenses and certifications that may be required for the job.
Interview Techniques
- There are several factors to be considered when preparing for an interview:
  • Let the Employer talk in the beginning. You listen. The longer the Employer talks in the beginning, the more you will learn about the Organization and give you time to formulate responses and possible questions.
  • Concentrate on giving examples of your accomplishments. Accomplishments can demonstrate your potential.
  • Be able to explain any statements included in your resume, such as accomplishments or job duties. Use your resume to predict any questions you may be asked!
  • Find out if the Employer has a presence on 'LinkedIn.com', 'Facebook.com' or 'Twitter.com'.
Interview Types
- Here's a couple of interviewing formats you may have

 The Telephone Interview - Here's information that will enlighten you on some of the basics of telephone interviewing, as well as a 30-Second Pitch designed to make the most impact of limited time.
Informational Interviewing

Interview Questions
- Review the following interview questions, prepare by practicing your questions out loud and with your Career Counselor. 
  • Tell me about yourself. What are your career goals?
  • Why are you interested in our company/organization/position?
  • What are your major strengths/weaknesses?
  • What qualifies you for this position?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to go the extra mile.
  • Describe a situation where a misunderstanding occurred; what did you learn from it?
  • Take me through a situation where you had to get more information to solve a problem.
  • How do you determine success?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Why did you choose this career field?
  • What kinds of people do you find difficult to work with?

To look at more interview questions and suggested answers and tips, click here:  Interview Questions & Answer Guidelines (pdf)

Remember at the end of the interview
The Employer may ask if you have questions for them. Having prepared questions shows your interest, that you researched the Organization and are truly interested in working for them....

Employer Questions
-Demonstrate Interest in the Employer and their Organization

•How would you describe the duties of the job?
•How will my performance be supervised and evaluated?
•What are the opportunities for advancement?
•Is there a formal training period and if so, how long does it last?
•What is your company’s policy of promoting from within?
•What is the next step in the hiring process?

During the Interview
-No fail tips for great interview stamina and energy:
  • Display confidence. Shake hands firmly, but only if a hand is offered to you first.
  • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Let the interviewer start the conversation.
  • Listen carefully. Give honest, direct answers.
  • Accept all questions with a smile, even the hard ones.
  • Think about your answers in your head before you talk.  If you don't understand a question, ask to hear it again or be explained. You don't have to rush, but you don't want to appear indecisive
After the Interview
-The job interview is not over when you leave the meeting. You have one more chance to impress the employer. Follow up the interview with a thank-you letter.
Send a thank-you letter or note to each person who interviewed you. Your letter should have these main ideas:
  • Thank them for their time.
  • Say you are interested in working for them.
  • Briefly say why you are qualified for the job.
  • Give any information that you forgot to say in the interview.
  • Add a final "thank you" for the chance to interview.
  • Say how you plan to follow up.

*If you told the interviewers that you would give them added information, make sure that you do. Keep track of when you said you would contact this employer to find out if you were hired. Don't forget to make that contact.

 

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