Interview Guidelines

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 you.
  • 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 your rationale.
  • 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.

Preparing for the Interview
During the Interview
Sample Interview Questions
Tips for Successful Telephone Interviews
Negative Factors

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