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Interview Guide

Interview Guide



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1. Introduction
One of the most important things to remember about any job interview is that its main objective is toallow for an exchange of information between both parties (applicant and company), so that adetermination can be made as to how well the applicant fits the position/ company and/or vice-versa.As the applicant, you want to impress upon the employer how your background (i.e., education, previous employment/volunteer positions, extra-curricular and hobbies) matches the requirements of the position they are recruiting for. Your résumé will have given them some indication of how wellyou match, but during the interview you are expected to expand on this and be able to demonstratestrong communication skills. Your communication skills (oral, written and non-verbal) will beevaluated closely and are expected to be well practiced. Other skills critical to the position/companywill also be evaluated, so make sure you have done research on the position and the needs of theorganization.In the remaining sections of this guide you will find information to help you prepare for theinterview, dress for success, familiarize yourself with various interview formats, prepare yourself toask questions at the interview and to conduct proper follow-ups. The final two sections consist of sample questions and a resource listing.
CPC Interview Guide, Page 2 of 26
2. Preparing for the Interview
: try to get all pertinent data during phone call
 Names and titles of those interviewing you and their relationship to the position you areapplying for 
Location, time, type and duration of interview
Phone number and name of person to contact if a problem arises and you must reschedule or  be late for the interview
: your research on the position, company and industry
Review all company/position data; become familiar with the industry and the company’smajor competitors
Keep copies of the job postings/descriptions you have applied to for reference/preparation
: know the culture of the company
May not be obvious over the phone, but always a good idea to start formal and thenacclimatize yourself to the culture
Beware of “Casual Friday” syndrome – where you interview in full business attire but thecompany representatives are dressed down due to special circumstances
Knowing an insider can really help here; but as a minimum, try to read company literatureand/or check with the CPC
: pack properly
 No backpacks or bulky purses – your image should be that of a professional and not a student
Your briefcase or portfolio should include:
Paper (spiral pad) and pen/pencil
Copy of job description, résumé, cover letter, list of references
Address, directions, telephone number and name of contact
 Name of person/people you will be meeting
Business cards
Change for parking meter, breath mints, tissues
Shoes in a bag (weather dependent)
: follow business etiquette
Your handshake should be firm, with two or three “pumps” and no ancillary movements(e.g., shoulder/arm grasping, two hand cupping)
In the initial meeting, let the interviewer offer their hand first; after the interview, offer your hand first to show you are thankful that they took the time to meet with you
Let the interviewer “lead” you to your seat – remember, you are their guest
 No slouching in chair; sit with the base of your back touching the back of the chair 
Turn off any pagers/cell phones; never be the cause for interruption during the interview
Behave professionally with everyone you encounter – until you are offered the position,every time you meet someone from the company you are essentially being interviewed
CPC Interview Guide, Page 3 of 26

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