The impression you make during the interview can be just as
important as the qualifications you list on your resume.
- Bring a folder with several copies of
your resume and references to the interview, as well as paper and a
pen for taking notes.
- Dressing nicely and presenting a neat
appearance shows respect for the interviewer and the
- Plan to arrive at the building at
least 10 minutes early to allow time for minor delays and finding
the correct office.
- Carry the name and phone number of
the recruiter or hiring manager with you in case you encounter a
more serious delay. Calling to apologize as soon as you know you're
going to be late demonstrates your respect for their
- A firm, but not crushing, handshake
makes a great first impression.
- Maintain good posture, eye contact,
and a pleasant facial expression.
- If the call is unscheduled and the
timing is bad, ask if you can reschedule rather than trying to
- Treat the phone conversation
seriously, just as you would a face-to-face
- Have your resume and cover letter in
front of you for easy reference.
- Jot down a few notes about skills and
experiences you want to emphasize.
- Stand up, or at least sit up straight
at a table or desk, and smile.
Common Interview Questions
- Tell me about yourself. Have a brief
engaging answer prepared that highlights your previous
- How would you describe your work
style? Be specific and back up your statements with brief real-life
- Why are you interested in this job?
Present the reasons you think you would be a good match for the job
- Where do you see yourself in five
years? Interviewers want to get an idea of your goals, ambition,
drive and direction.
- How would your past experience
translate into success in this job? This is an opportunity to
explain why you can do the job well.
- Why do you want to leave your current
job? Be sure not to bad-mouth your current or previous employer.
This is a great chance to talk about your goals and readiness for
- What can you do for us that other
candidates can't? Have a response prepared that emphasizes your
enthusiasm for the job and any relevant and special skills you may
- Be polite and friendly in your
answers to questions. Be concise without being curt.
- Be truthful. If you don't have a
particular skill, just say so. Lies can come back to haunt you
- Choose your words carefully. Avoid
using too much slang and saying "uh" and "um"