Interviews

You got an interview—congratulations! Now prepare to land the position. To get started…

Do:

  • Dress to positively impress.
  • Research the organization thoroughly.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early.
  • Be courteous to the receptionist and everyone you meet.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume and references, a pen and paper in a padfolio.
  • Smile. Wait until invited to be seated.
  • Be ready for “Tell me about yourself.” This is your opportunity to present yourself. Why do you want THIS position?
  • Be prepared for behavior-based interviews with specific examples of your skills.
  • Sell yourself by sharing not only WHAT you’ve done, but also HOW WELL you’ve done it!
  • Close the interview! Ask questions which reflect your research, including the hiring timeline and follow-up. Express your genuine interest in the position.
  • Send a thank you note immediately following your interview.

Don’t:

  • Talk too much.
  • Chew gum or bring beverages.
  • Tell “hard luck” stories or make negative comments about former employers.
  • Inquire about salary, benefits or vacations until an offer has been made.
  • Accept an offer on the spot. A response in 24 hours is appropriate.

Three steps for interviewing

Step 1 | Step 2 | Step 3

Resources

Phone Interviews
Dinner Etiquette
InterviewStream