Job Interview


Prior to the Interview

  • Research the company - What is their mission? Goals? Look at the company website, news articles or other resources to learn more about the company.
  • Invest in a professional outfit - Be sure that it fits you properly and is appropriate for the interview.
  • Determine the location of the interview - How long will it take to travel?: Where can you park? How much does it cost to park? If long distance, where can you lodge?
  • Arrive at the location in a timely manner - 10 minutes early.
  • Anticipate possible questions and prepare answers - PRACTICE answering questions!!
  • Build confidence by preparing for the interview.
  • Assess yourself - How can you be an asset or benefit to the company? What sets you apart from others in the same degree field?
  • Get a good night's rest.
  • Leave cell phone in car or shut it off.

During the Interview

  • It only takes seven seconds to make a first impression - Attitude and body language are key components.
  • The interview starts as soon as you arrive.
  • Treat all employees with respect. Sometimes, employees are asked for candidate feedback.
  • Enter the interview room with confidence.  Stand up straight, give a firm handshake and maintain good eye contact. Sit toward the front of your chair and lean forward slightly as you answer questions.
  • Focus on the interview.
  • Ask questions.  
  • Get business cards or contact information interviewers for follow-up information.
  • Avoid vocalized pauses - like, ya know, umm, uhh. Organize your thoughts before responding.
  • Avoid using jargon.
  • Avoid slang - This is a formal setting.
  • Avoid interrupting the interviewer - This can be viewed as rude.
  • Avoid asking about salary and benefits in the initial interview.
  • Be honest and be yourself.
  • Ask how the decision process will proceed.
  • Express your interest in the job.
  • If you are being reimbursed for travel expenses, ask what information they need to complete the process.
  • If you are offered the job at the close of the interview, ask if you can get the offer in writing and when they need your decision.

After the Interview

  • Follow up immediately, within 24 hours, with a thank you letter or email - reiterate your strengths to match the job requirements.
  • Offer to provide further information if needed.
  • Evaluate if the company and position match what you are seeking - make a list of pros and cons.

Types of Interviews 

  • Telephone
  • Behavior Based
  • Situational
  • Large Group Mingler
  • Several Rounds of Interviews
  • One-on-One Interview
  • Group Interview