INTERVIEWING TIPS – During the Interview
· Make a good “first” impression.
o Arrive on time for the interview, at least fifteen minutes early.
o Introduce yourself making good eye-contact and a solid and firm handshake.
o Let the interviewers know how appreciative you are of the time they have made for you to present yourself and your background
for the job you’re interviewing for.
o SMILE! It shows just how confident you really are.
o Relax! You will not only feel at ease, but you’ll be putting your interviewers at ease also.
o Present yourself (characteristically) in the job you are interviewing for so that the interviewers can clearly see you in the position.
o KEEP IT REAL!
o Bring extra copies of your Resume with you.
o Dress appropriately for the interview to meet the organization’s dress code.
· Listening and Answering.*
o Listen carefully to the questions the interviewers are asking.
o Answer the interviewers’ questions with just enough information to answer their question and support your answers.
o Answer direct questions with direct answers; answer open-ended questions with the four-step model of behavioral interviewing.
If you learn how to answer in this manner, there will be no question asked that you cannot answer.
o Listen carefully to identify what the hiring manager’s concerns are, and what s/he needs someone to be able to do that is of concern.
o Answer interviewers’ questions that address the hiring managers needs and concerns.
o Use examples of your past experiences on- and off-the-job (within the past three years) to support your use of knowledge, skills,
o special abilities, and personal characteristics used successfully in the past that you will also use in the job you’re interviewing for.
o As a “rule of thumb,” spend no more than two minutes answering any question.
· Distinguish yourself from your competition.*
o Answer each question by demonstrating the level of knowledge, skills proficiency, important values, special abilities and personal
characteristics that you bring to carrying out the responsibilities of the job. This is what the interviewers are evaluating after you leave
o Stand out! Demonstrate clearly what you bring in addressing the most difficult challenges of the job. The hiring manager wants to
have confidence in knowing that you have what s/he is looking for.
· Asking the interviewers questions.
o Ask questions that support the level of knowledge, skills, abilities, values and personal characteristics that you bring to the job and that
the hiring manager needs.
o Ask questions that show the added value you bring to the job, not what’s in it for you.
o Ask questions that support your understanding of the manager’s needs and concerns and how you will address those in the job.
· Make a good “lasting” impression.
o It is the first and last impression you leave the interviewers with that they are likely to remember about you.
o Just as you started with a good “first” impression, acknowledge the interviewers again for taking time to meet and talk with you.
o Make good eye contact.
o Shake the interviewers hands.
o Let the interviewers know you will meet the immediate concerns or challenges of the job.
o Leave the room as confidently as you entered.
*An experienced career coach or counselor can help you identify and clarify your
strengths and areas for improvement and how to present these to show you are