Preparation is essential for effective interviewing. Before the interview:
- Reflect on how you can contribute to the purpose, goals and needs of the prospective employer.
- Know the purpose, services or products, and business needs of the prospective employer.
- Review the job description for additional details. Don't assume that you know what the job is based on the title. Jobs with identical titles can be very different.
- Prepare responses to behavioral interview questions (see list at right).
- Recall recent situations that show favorable behaviors or actions.
- Describe your actual behavior, and give specific examples and details.
- Dress for Success Interview Tips
The First Interview
- Dress conservatively and professionally
- Be on time or a little early
- Show interest and enthusiasm by asking the right questions. Some examples are:
- What are the most important responsibilities of this position?
- Why is this position available now?
- What are the organization's objectives for the future?
- What are the day-to-day challenges encountered in this position?
- What skills and qualifications would your ideal candidate possess?
- How are staff supervised and evaluated in your organization?
- Demonstrate how your skills and experiences can add value to organizational issues/challenges
- Postpone salary questions until you have a job offer
- After the interview, follow-up with the interviewer and provide additional information if requested
- Send a thank you note to re-assert your interest
- Telephone Interviewing Tips
The Second Interview
- Prepare by reflecting on what worked well in the first interview and where you could improve your responses and questions
- Bring concrete examples of work you would do if hired
- Develop a strategy to communicate your continuing interest