Interview Tips

Interviews are your chance to sell yourself and your abilities. They also give you an opportunity to determine if the job and the company are a good fit for you. Here are some simple guidelines to help you describe your work experience and reflect your personality in the best light.

Before the Interview

  • Research the company and understand the job requirements
  • Practice answering frequently asked questions such as:
    • Tell me about yourself
    • Why did you leave your last job?
    • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
    • Why should I hire you?
  • Make a list of questions you would like to ask during the interview
  • Bring 3-5 copies of your up-to-date resume
  • Bring a pen and notepad to jot down any notes during the interview
  • Dress professionally and appropriately for the interview
  • Verify the address and best route to the interview location – be sure to arrive early

During the Interview

  • Shake hands firmly, maintain eye contact
  • Ask questions to create a dialogue and show your interest in the position
  • Listen carefully, answer questions with a smile; give honest, direct answers
  • Mention accomplishments that fit the job
  • Ask what the next steps are in the interview process
  • Thank the interviewer and restate your interest in the position

After the Interview

  • Send a thank you note and include a follow-up response to one of the key interview questions – you can modify or expand on one of your answers