Handling the Interview

  1. Be on time or be a little early (5-10 minutes).

  2. Appearance: Dress neatly and comfortable. Don’t chew gum.

  3. Attitude: This represents a very important part of the interview; such as how you feel about yourself (work experience, social outlook, etc.) and the job. Try to be interested and enthusiastic, but don’t over-do it. Be alert. Look the interviewer in the eyes.

  4. Don’t talk too much or too little. If the interviewer is friendly do not mistake his/her behavior to mean an invitation to discuss personal issues.

  5. Remember: The job interview is an interaction between you and the interviewer. Do not let it become an interrogation! Ask questions when appropriate and ask the intelligently.

  6. Listen carefully to each question before giving an answer. Know what he/she is asking you. Ability to communicate is an important factor.

  7. Be aware of non-verbal behavior. How the interviewer is reacting to you and how you are reacting to him/her are equally important.

  8. Try to relate to past job experience as they relate to the current job. A good thing remember is to keep everything in the present – who you are today; the abilities you have now, etc.

  9. Look for openings, which allow you to stress your strong points.

  10. Be honest… but choose your truths carefully. Do not volunteer any negative information.

  11. On a problem question hit it, kill it! Do not let the interviewer pursue any negatives.

  12. Some questions relate to “probing”. You personal situation, your disposition, your motivation, interests, plans, etc. Do not share all your problems. This is a job interview, not a therapy session. EMPHASIZE THE POSITIVE.

  13. End the interview gracefully. Ask if there is anything the interviewer wants to know or anything she/he wants you to do (i.e., fill out an application, leave a resume, etc.)

  14. If the interviewer does not indicate when you will be notified, ask! Be sure to note the interviewer’s name, address and telephone.

  15. Thank the interviewer for his/her time, but don’t go overboard.

  16. Write a thank you note!


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