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Interviewing for a Job

An interview is an opportunity for you to learn more about a job, and for an employer to learn more about you and your qualifications.

During an Interview an Employer is trying to determine:
  • Are you qualified for the job?
  • Will you come to work every day and be on time?
  • Are you honest, hard-working and reliable?
  • Will you be easy to train and get along with other co-workers?
  • Will you stay for a reasonable length of time?
TIPS to Interview Well
  • Dress appropriately and wear clean clothes that fit properly.
  • Hair should be clean and styled.
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early.
  • Turn off and tuck away electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, etc.
  • Bring copies of your resume and references in a folder or binder.
  • Bring an ink pen and a legal note pad.
  • Be courteous and friendly to everyone you meet.
  • When you are introduced to the interviewer, shake hands firmly.
  • Wait to be asked to be seated.
  • Sit up straight, make eye contact and show interest.
  • Be professionally relaxed, confident, and respectful.
  • Emphasize that you are eager to learn and willing to work hard.
  • Show enthusiasm for the job.
  • Keep your answers to questions brief and positive.
  • At the end of the interview ask,
  • Thank the interviewer for the opportunity to interview for the job and shake hands.
  • If possible, get the interviewer’s business card. This will give you the information you need to write a thank you note.
Interview Don’ts
  • Don’t be late
  • Don’t bring anyone with you to the interviews
  • Don’t wear jeans
  • Don't wear flip flops
  • Don't wear t-shirts
  • Don't wear flashy clothes
  • Don't wear too much jewelry
  • Don't wear too much perfume/cologne
  • Don’t discuss religion or politics
  • Don’t give false information
  • Don’t ask the interviewer personal questions
  • Don’t say anything negative about a previous job or employer
  • Don’t bring a water bottle
  • Don't chew gum
  • Don't bring a backpack, over-sized purse or bag
  • Don’t ask about pay, vacations, bonuses, or holidays until you’re offered the job
Common Interview Questions
Before an interview, think of how you would answer the questions below. If possible, have someone play the part of the employer and role play the interview.
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What are your major strengths?  (Focus on strengths that will help you perform the job.  If you find this question difficult to answer, start off with - “I’ve been told that I have a talent for…”)
  • What are your major weaknesses? (Think of something that can be seen as a positive. Example: “I really enjoy meeting people and sometimes I spend more time than I should talking to customers.”)
  • Why did you leave your last job? (Be honest, brief and positive.)
  • What are your career plans?
  • Is there anything else you would like to tell about yourself?
  • Why should we hire you?
After the Interview
The day after your interview, write a thank you note. In this note, thank the interviewer for his/her time and again mention a few of the reasons why you would be a good choice for the job. Ask someone to proofread your thank you note to make sure that it is error free.

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