Interview Tips

Research and preparation

  • Research and learn about the organization.
  • Analyze the job description to have a clear understanding of the position.
  • Assemble copies of your resume and references. Bring only exhibits or samples if requested to do so.
  • Compile a few questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Know and be able to express your goals, interests and abilities as it relates to the job.
  • Practice your interview presentation.
  • Familiarize yourself with the interview process and location of the interview.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early for your interview.
  • Silence or turn off cell phone and other devices.

 

During the interview

  • Sell yourself. Emphasize the positive and focus on your strengths and skills.
  • Be honest. Never exaggerate.
  • Be aware of your non-verbal communication. Use proper grammar and articulate well.
  • Follow the interviewer’s lead and don’t interrupt. Respond with thought and clarity, and be prepared to explain.
  • Feel free to ask for clarification to a question.
  • Refrain from snubbing any former employer, colleague, teacher, supervisor, or institution.
  • Don’t be embarrassed by any nervousness – it shows that you are serious about the quality of your interview.
  • Post Interview: Send a thank you note to the supervisor, reiterating your interest in the job.

 

What the interviewer is seeking

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Adaptability and flexibility. Are you willing to change with the organization?
  • Leadership skills.
  • Maturity and a positive, professional, team-player attitude.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Well-rounded work experience.
  • Initiative, ambition, and motivation – Ideal employees know when to take action without prodding by management.
  • Dependability and a strong work ethic.
  • Consistent questions and answers. Make sure your answers do not contradict each other.

 

Interview appearance/attire

  • Clean and neat hair, hands, and nails.
  • Cover visible tattoos.
  • Modest cosmetics: little or no perfume or cologne.
  • Stick with tailored, well-fitted, conservative attire:
    • Navy, dark gray, and black suits
    • White or solid colored shirts
    • Dark socks or stockings; belt when applicable
    • Black or brown clean, closed-toe business shoes
    • Neatly pressed, lint-free clothes
    • Jewelry-less is more