Parts of the Interview
Introduction: Breaking the ice
- Greet with firm handshake
- Maintain eye contact and good posture. Be aware of what your body language communicates.
- Demonstrate confidence
- Follow employer’s lead as to how the interview will proceed
- Kindly refuse offers of food or drink (accept water if offered)
- Answer questions in ways that will reveal your strengths. Demonstrate what you can do for them, not what they can do for you. Give examples of skills even if they don’t ask for them.
- Take responsibility for the past while focusing on the future, but do not volunteer negative information.
- Make every answer relate to the position.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the company. “Why do you want to work for us?”
- Be enthusiastic about the position and your interest in working for the employer.
- Think before you answer and take your time (speak slowly).
- Ask for clarification of questions if needed.
- Be brief. Be truthful.
- Be positive about former/current employer if asked.
- Follow the employer’s lead that interview is ending.
- Close on an upbeat statement. Reiterate what you have to offer, why you are a good match, and how you make a good fit for the position and the business.
- Get business cards from everyone you meet.
- Ask about next steps and when they plan to make a decision.
Debriefing: After the interview:
- Critique your performance; what went well and what could be improved next time?
- Send thank you letters within 24 hours to everyone who interviewed you.
- Follow up with additional info as requested to show your initiative (e.g., info you found on the internet about something that came up during the interview).