The Successful Interview

If you're lucky enough to be selected for an interview, make it your opportunity to convince the employer that you are the right person for the position.

Create a Good First Impression                                 

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your interview time. 
  • Be sure you know where the location of the interview (do a test drive the night before is you are unsure how long it will take you). 
  • Be confident.
  • Body language and non-verbals can speak louder than your words.
  • Shake hands.
  • Smile when you meet the interviewer.
  • Maintain eye contact at all times.
  • Walk and stand straight; don’t slouch.
  • Keep an open posture; crossed arms can give the impression that you’re on the defensive.
  • Use appropriate gestures when speaking.
  • Your interview starts when you pull into the parking lot. You never know who is watching. Be courteous to everyone you meet!
  • Make sure you have copies of your resume to hand out
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Your appearance is important, check the details:
    -Clothing free from wrinkles
    -Shoes polished
    -Hair neatly in place.
    -Present a well-groomed appearance.
    -Dress in conservative, traditional business appropriate attire.

During the Interview:

  • Make sure to research the organization before your interview and share what you've learned, and what makes you a good fit for the company.
  • Give specific examples when answering questions.
  • Think about your accomplishments.
  • Speak clearly, confident, and at a reasonable pace. 
  • Answer questions clearly and with correct grammar so that you are understood.
  • Be careful not to use "um", "like", "you know" a lot.   
  • Speak with enthusiasm and conviction to convince the interviewer that you have the determination to do the job better than anyone else.  
  • Don’t speak about inappropriate or personal information.  
  • Most important - tell the truth!
  • This is your time to sell yourself.
  • Ask questions:            
    -Have a few questions to ask about the company or the job
    -What is a typical day like in this position?
    -What does it take to be successful in this position?
    -What are you looking for in the person who fills this position?
    -What is the next step in the interview process?
  • Take notes

After the Interview

  • Thank the interviewer.
  • Follow up with a thank you card or letter, and reaffirm your interest in the job.
  • Be patient while the decisions are made.
  • Follow up with a phone call if you have not heard from the interviewer within the time frame that they communicated to you, to check in and ask any questions you may have.

Have you ever had an interview?  How did it go?  What were you most worried about? Share with us below.