During the Interview
The interview is an opportunity for you to communicate your abilities and to evaluate the job that you are seeking. Likewise, the interview is an opportunity for the employer to communicate a description of the position and to evaluate your abilities in light of it. For a successful interview follow these tips:
- Don't rely on your application or resume to do the selling for
- Look a prospective in the eye while speaking.
- Follow the interviewer's leads.
- Make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer
in a factual, sincere manner.
- Stress all work-related achievements.
- Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the
job you are discussing. Never close the door on an opportunity.
- Always show enthusiasm. If you are interested in the opportunity,
enthusiastic feedback can enhance your chances of being further
considered. If you are not interested, your responsiveness will
demonstrate your professionalism.
- Always bring extra copies of your resume.
- Do not chew gum or candy.
- Never answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no." Give an
adequate explanation or details whenever possible.
- Don't lie. Answer questions truthfully and frankly.
- Never make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers.
When explaining your reason for leaving or wanting to leave, limit
your comments to only what's necessary to adequately communicate
- Avoid over-answering questions.
- Don't inquire about salary, vacation, bonuses, retirement, etc,
on the initial interview unless you are sure the employer is interested
in hiring you. If the interviewer asks you what salary you desire,
indicate what you've earned, but that you're more interested in
opportunity than in a specific salary.
- Always send a thank you letter following the interview. The
letter should express your gratitude, thanking the interviewer
for their time and the opportunity to interview for the position.
Again, if interested, express in the letter a sincere interest
in the position and a desire to speak further about the position.