Interview Tips

Interviews are critical to the job search process; it is unlikely that you will get a job without one. Your interviewer is interested in what you can do for the company. Our objective is to provide the interviewer with reasons for hiring you.

 Preparing for the interview

 1. Anticipate what will happen.      Before considering how to be at our best in the interview situation, put yourself in the interviewer’s position, It will provide you with considerable insight on how to interview successfully.

  • What do you believe the interviewer is most interested in?
  • What will he or she be thinking about?
  • Why do you think you have been invited to interview?
  • What profile do you need to “draw” for the interviewer?

2. Research.  Further research the company, interviewer and job. 

  • Why is the job open? (Do you know, specifically, which job you are being interviewed for?)
  • How big is the company, and what is its primary business?
  • Who will you interview with and what are their titles?
  •  What is the company like to work for? Is it formal or informal? Relaxed or pressured? Is it friendly?

Use your network to research the company and the interviewer. Visit the site. Talk with the receptionist. Remember that our library and Chamber of Commerce are excellent resources.

3. Do a further self-assessment on yourself.  Re-think your skills, abilities, knowledge, interests, traits, values and accomplishments. Match them to what you know about the job. Consider the ones you want to highlight.

Pay particular attention to our accomplishments. You may want to prepare additional accomplishment statements which will provide evidence that you have the proven qualifications for the position. You have demonstrated these for previous employers, and you will do the same to our new boss.

 4. Prepare questions to ask the interviewer. Interviewing is a two-way street. By asking thoughtful questions, you communicate your interest and learn a lot about the job and company.

 Prepare a list of  “Great Questions You Can Ask An Interviewer”. Write out 2 or 3 in advance. Avoid asking a lot of questions about vacation time, coffee breaks, benefits and sick leave. It will appear that your main interest is yourself, not the employer.

 5. Prepare to answer questions that the interviewer will probably ask you. Prepare a list of “Great Responses To Interviewer’s Questions” list. Think through the best answers and write them down.

 6. Practice. It may seem awkward, but it is the best way to come across well in a interview. Practice your own “great responses” with others or in front of a mirror.

64 possible interview questions and suggested answers

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