Interview Tips

Job interviews are full of pressure to speak well, look great and impress.  Perform with grace using the following interview tips.

How to sell yourself in an Interview

Learn as much as possible about the position, the company, and the interviewers themselves.  The more detailed information you have about he company and the position, the better prepared and more interested you look.  Go to the library and visit the company's web site.
Employers want someone who wants to work for them.  Demonstrate this by:

  1. PREPARING QUESTIONS.  No matter how thorough the employer is in the interview, you must ask questions.  This demonstrates interest and thinking ability.
  2. ASKING, "WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?"  Tell the employer you were intrigued prior to the interview and are now even more.
  3. EMPHASIZING AREAS OF YOUR BACKGROUND.  Think of specific examples that demonstrate this.  Sell yourself and your abilities through play back.

How you perform in a job interview is a preview to how you will perform on the job. Show employers what a catch you are with a top-notch interview performance. Here are some tips:

  • Timing
    Arrive 10 - 15 minutes early. Allow for unexpected delays—traffic jams, parking difficulties, etc.
  • Interview attitude
    Maintain a friendly demeanor. Be gracious and respectful to everyone you meet, from the receptionist to the interviewer to everyone in between.
  • Strategic positioning
    Only sit once the interviewer offers you a chair or is seated. Select a seat directly opposite the interviewer.
  • The eyes
    Look at the interviewer. Direct eye contact demonstrates confidence and sincerity.
  • Eliminate irritation factors
    Keep nervous habits in check (pen clicking, pencil tapping, foot swinging, knuckle cracking, etc.). Never smoke, chew gum or drink coffee.
  • Don’t get personal
    Limit the amount of personal information you provide. It is not pertinent to the job or the interview process.
  • Ask questions
    When asked if you have questions, get final questions answered while demonstrating your knowledge of the organization and enthusiasm for the job.
  • Highlight strengths, not weaknesses
    If asked about a skill or process unknown to you, answer positively about a similar skill or process that you have experience in and your capability to learn.
  • Collect business cards
    This helps you remember names and be able to follow up with a thank-you note.
  • Express interest
    End the interview by letting the employer know you are interested in the job and would like to be selected.

Commonly Asked Questions

Below is a list of commonly asked questions in an interview.  Consider carefully how you would answer:

  1. Why are you willing to leave your current employer?
  2. What do you know about this position and company?  Why are you interested?
  3. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  4. How do you feel about your current supervisor?
  5. What are your strengths?
  6. What are your weaknesses?
  7. What are currently looking for in salary?  Why?
  8. What information is important to you in making a decision about this job change?
  9. What questions do you plan to ask the employer either about this job, company, or other things?
  10. Who have you learned the most from?  What was it?  Why was it important?
  11. What could be improved in your boss?
  12. What do you like about your current boss?
  13. When are you available to start?
  14. What would you change here?