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Interview Tip Sheet

Interview Tip Sheet

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Published by: Yashish Mareachealee on Apr 07, 2012
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SPECIAL EDITION: THE INTERVIEW

THE STRUCTURE OF THE INTERVIEW
Average interview will last approximately 30 minutes. Five minutes of small talk to begin. Fifteen/twenty minutes of discussion about the position or organization. Specific questions regarding education, experience and interests will be addressed during this time. REMINDER – Body language is very important; show your interest and enthusiasm with your posture. Five minutes for you to address your questions about the job. Come prepared with at least 5 – 7 questions and ask 3. Five minutes for conclusion and small talk. Remember, you are still being interviewed.

TAKING THE EDGE OFF THE INTERVIEW – THE PRE-INTERVIEW CHECKLIST
Name & Title of the person that you are meeting. Exact Address and location of the organization. Bring references (name, title, phone number and email address). Extra copies of your resume for the interviewer(s). Prepare Interview Clothes the night before the interview. No ironing on the day of! Know your strengths and offset your weaknesses. Research Notes about the company and position. Relate your skills to the job description. Go over potential questions that may be addressed and practice your answers. List of points and questions that you want to address during the interview

DURING THE INTERVIEW
Stay calm! Arrive about 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time, compose yourself, take a few deep breaths and relax. This will greatly improve your performance and help make a positive first impression. During the interview, you will be judged by your presentation skills and how effectively you communicate. Make frequent eye contact, smile, don’t fidget, and dress appropriately. Before you answer each question, take a moment to compose yourself and think about what skills the interviewer is really looking for. Ask for clarification if you are unsure what a question means. Make sure you send a thank you note after the interview. This is also an opportunity for you to clarify or add to anything you said in the interview, and to re-state your interest.

HELPFUL TIP:
In all types of interviews, the interviewer will give you a chance to ask some of your own questions. Ask thoughtful, intelligent questions that reflect how in-depth your company research has been. It also gives an opportunity to articulate why you are the best person for the position. Never answer “no” if you are asked if you have any questions.
Plan, Experience, Achieve! University of Windsor, Centre for Career Education, www.cce.uwindsor.ca

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