Arrive 5-10 minutes in advance of your interview. Take a few minutes to freshen up, compose yourself, and gather your thoughts.
Be conscious of body language:
Begin the interview with a solid handshake. Sit tall with your shoulders back, not stiff, and head erect. Sitting up properly
makes you appear visually strong and interested in what’s going on. Avoid
intimidating gestures such as stabbing with a nger or winking. Maintain
eye contact and don’t take notes during the interview. Also, don’t forget to smile.
Enunciating and putting forth the best possible image is
important. Avoid llers such as “um” and “you know.” Use your voice effec
tively and positively. Answer questions with condence and clarity. Make a
conscious effort to slow down your speaking tempo. Speak in declarative sentences and be as direct as possible.
Listen to the questions:
Answer questions directly and take time to think before answering, but do not digress or talk too long. If an interviewer asks a vague question, do not struggle and make a lame attempt to provide an answer. Rather, ask the interviewer to repeat or clarify the question. If it still isn’t clear, don’t be afraid to say you don’t understand what is being asked.
Ask intelligent, pertinent questions:
Always have questions prepared. These should relate to the employer, the interviewer, and the position for which you are applying. You can avoid painful silences by being prepared with questions and having done your research on the employer.Remember that it is not generally a good idea to ask about salary or ben-
ets during an initial interview.
Be prepared to talk about grades:
Discuss them honestly and realistically.
Highlight qualities that may not be reected in your GPA. Mention specic
accomplishments that demonstrate your skills. If appropriate, talk about circumstances that might have contributed to a lower grade point in a given semester.
Be yourself: Personality is important.
Relax and try to convey con
-dence, sincerity, and maturity. Inject any relevant information about yourself that has not been covered, but which you feel is important to mention. If a potential employer has agreed to interview you, you have already im-pressed that employer with your credentials. You must then establish a personal rapport with the interviewer. Show some life and enthusiasm.
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