Interviewing Tips

Prior to the interview

  • When scheduling the interview, obtain the following information:
    • Time, date and location of interview.
    • The name(s) and title(s) of the interviewer(s).
  • Arrive at the interview at least five minutes early. You never should be late for an interview.
  • Dress in business attire. Interviews maybe conducted electronically, by phone, or by video conference.
  • Bring a copy of your updated resume for your own reference.

Assess your skills and abilities:

  • What is important to me in a job?
  • What are my strengths?
  • What are my achievements? Accomplishments?
  • How does my education and work history relate to this position?
  • Do I work well in a team setting or do I prefer to work alone?
  • What problem solving skills do I have?
  • Do I perform better in a structured or unstructured environment?

Research the organization, department and/or the position.

  • Review the Web site, if applicable. What are the goals and the values?
  • Talk to others who work for the organization or are in a similar position.

Determine whether your interests, experience, abilities and goals match the job you are applying.

  • Review the job posting to ensure that your education and experience meet the minimum requirements specified in the job posting.
  • Review the job posting to identify specific technical skills (job-specific skills needed to do the job, such as typing, operating certain equipment, etc.) and behavior-based skills (performance/behaviors in providing customer service or how you would respond to a given circumstance).

During an interview

  • Be positive. Provide specific examples.
  • Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question.
  • Refer to notes you’ve prepared, if necessary.
  • Expect the interviewer(s) to take notes as you respond.
  • Ask when you can expect to hear the decision. The process may take several weeks due to the large number of applications, scheduling considerations, conducting the interviews and selecting the candidate.
  • Thank the interviewer(s).

After an interview

  • It is always appropriate for you to send follow-up communication after the interview, especially if you are interested in the position. This should consist of a brief note of thanks – either handwritten or typewritten, indicating your continued interest in the position and thanking the interviewers for the opportunity to meet with him or her.
  • Remain positive.