Interview Tips

What is an interview?

A two-way, formal conversation held for an employer to assess the candidacy of a job applicant and for an applicant to assess the job opportunity. Additionally, the employer sells the opportunity to the applicant and the applicant sells him/herself for the opening.

Preparing for the interview:

  • Conduct research on the position, organization and the field.
  • Know who you are, what you have to offer an employer and what you’re looking for.
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer and answers to questions that you may be asked.
  • Practice your interviewing skills.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume and your reference sheet with you.

What should I wear?

All applicants should look neat, clean and appropriate for the work environment they would like to enter. Further information is available in our office, in libraries and on-line.

What are some Dress for Success Websites?

What are some Dress for Success Books?

  • The New Professional Image: From Business Casual to the Ultimate Power Look by Susan Bixler
  • You Are What You Wear Published by William Thourlby
  • Your Executive Image by Victoria Seitz
  • What do all employers look for? Fit Competence Commitment
  • Interview Stages:1st Introduction2nd Information exchange3rd Closing

Interview Do’s and Dont's:

  • Do watch your nonverbal communication: smile, use strong eye contact and sit straight.
  • Do plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early and practice the commute.
  • Do send a follow-up thank-you letter.
  • Don’t chew gum, use vulgar language or engage in any other impolite behavior.
  • Don’t volunteer information about your private life.