Job & Grad School Interviews
A job interview is an evaluation of a prospective student or employee. This is the single most important element in job hunting. Without coming across successfully in an interview a candidate may never get a position. The résumé is what gets you an interview, the interview gets you the job!
The following tips have been provided for you in order to help you succeed at the interview:
- DO your research! Know everything you can about the employer and everyone that will interview you! Use the web and personal contacts to discover what you can about your potential employer. Remember – you are interviewing them as well!
- Conduct a Practice Interview…or three! Even professional ball players still practice and professional actors and dancers rehearse. The more you practice, the more you will feel confident during the interview.
- Be on time! Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview begins. Perform a test drive to the location if possible to determine the directions, traffic and time allotted to arrive there early.
- Dress for the Interview! Even if you will not wear a suit to work every day, it shows respect and that you are serious and prepared!
- Be pleasant and courteous when checking-in with the receptionist or anyone you meet! Why? They will most likely give feedback to the manager on what they thought of you once you have left the building.
- Smile! Greet everyone, women included, with a firm handshake – no dead fish handshakes nor do you want to crush their hand. Never chew gum and Sit up straight.
- Address the managers as Mr. or Ms. unless they ask you to call them by their first name.
- Do not sit until you are invited to sit, it shows respect for the manager's territory.
- Distract yourself by reviewing your résumé if the telephone rings.
- Do not be "all ears." You must ask questions and show your knowledge about the organization.
- Do not touch your face. It can mean that you are trying to hide.
- Do not tap your fingers, swing your foot, etc. It implies you are being threatened or are nervous.
- Do not argue about anything, even a sport.
- Be ready to answer all the possible questions given here. You should also have questions prepared for the interview.
Check your knowledge about an interview by taking the following quizzes:
**Remember: YOUR ATTITUDE separates winners from losers! Someone who is enthusiastic, motivated, and is excited to start to work will most likely obtain the job. Make sure you make good eye contact, ask questions, and show that you are not afraid to say that you really want that job.
- Last-Minute Checklist
- Commonly Asked Interview Questions
- Behavioral-Based Interview Questions
- Questions to Ask