Have prepared questions to ask
andhints/tips to yourself written down when yougo into an interview. You can also takenotes while the interviewer is talking anddevelop additional questions frominformation you learn in the interview.
If you need to take a moment to think of your best answer, do so.
Interviewersappreciate a well-informed answer versus arushed response that does not answer thequestion.
Provide detail in your answers.
A“yes” or “no” will not do. Use the STAR Method discussed later.
Look over sample interview questionsin advance
and formulate how you wouldanswer each one.
Be prepared with documentation.
Many employers ask for a transcript and/or an application. Be sure to bring the mostupdated copies with you to the interview.
Always be professional
, even if youknow the interviewer on a personal level.This includes when writing thank youletters/e-mails.
The Basics of Successful Interviewing
Before the Interview
Know yourself and your goals
--communication of your skills, talents,interests, past successes, and settings inwhich you thrive allows the interviewer toassess your overall communication abilitiesand suitability for the opening/company.
Know the employer and the position
--knowledge of a company's corporateclimate, financial stability, product/service,size, and reputation allows you to presentyour compatibility with the company.Knowledge about the position, includingqualifications and duties, can be researched by reading the job description and lookingon the company’s Web site under their careers section. Refer to Chapter 5 to findmore information on how to research potential employers.
Anticipate tough questions and haveanswers prepared
--remaining cool under pressure is crucial in any work environment.Your ability to handle stress in the interviewcan demonstrate your ability to handle stresson the job.
--first impressionsaffect your chances of communicatingeffectively. A well-groomed, conservativeappearance, consistent with the work environment, demonstrates your compatibility with the company and assistsin developing a rapport with the interviewer.
--you will have theopportunity to get a small picture of theoperation. You will appear eager and prepared!
During the Interview
--compatibility is a two-waystreet. If you feel you must put on an act to please the interviewer, it is unlikely that agood match exists.
--you need not offer negativeinformation. When it does come up, befactual and do not offer excuses. Relatelessons you learned as a result of pastfailures to demonstrate your maturity and judgment.
--answering theinterviewer's questions effectively dependsentirely upon your ability to hear thequestion. You must be prepared to addressthe issues raised in your interview as well asspecific questions.
Speak clearly and make good eyecontact
--assessment of your composure,confidence, and oral communication skills isenhanced when you can meet theinterviewer eye-to-eye and express yourself clearly in the interview.
Stress your compatibility with the job/company and your ability to do well
--the interviewer will be interested in concreteexamples of specific strengths, skills, or