Before, During and After an Interview
Tips for before, during and after the job interview.
Before the Interview
- Know why you are interested in the company and in the position that you are interviewing.
- Know the exact time, place and location of the interview. Find out how long it will take you to get there and what the parking situation is.
- Arrive early enough to allow yourself extra time to relax before the interview (about 10 minutes.)
- Dress appropriately; exhibit good grooming.
- Get a good night's sleep in order to be well rested and alert.
- Anticipate possible questions and practice answers to each of them.
- Prepare your questions to ask the interviewer.
- Carry a portfolio with you, including: extra copies of your resume, references or reference list, transcripts, certifications, samples of your work, pen/pencil, note pad, and your appointment calendar.
- Be enthusiastic; have an absolutely positive attitude.
- Make a good first impression. Introduce yourself to the secretary/receptionist and follow the instructions you are given.
During the Interview
- Greet the interviewer by name; address the interviewer by first name if invited to do so.
- Offer a firm handshake during introductions, try to match their style of shaking.
- Be aware of nonverbal behavior, make eye contact and control any nervous habits.
- Relax, be yourself and think of the interview as an exchange of information.
- Listen carefully to questions and give clear, concise answers.
- Ask questions regarding job-related issues that will provide you with helpful information and will demonstrate your knowledge of and interest in the position and in the organization.
- Inquire about follow-up procedures and thank the interviewer for his or her time.
After the Interview
- Write down everything you feel you handled right and wrong. Note any information you may need to include in your thank you letter. Use the interview as a learning experience.
- Always get the contact information of everyone involved in the interview process (name, address, title, email address). Ask the secretary/receptionist or ask for business cards.
- Send a thank you letter. Be sure to reiterate your interest in the position/organization.
- If you do not hear back from the employer within the prescribed time, make a follow up phone call to find out what the status of the search process is for the position you interviewed for.