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Interview Tips

Today, many companies conduct initial phone interviews to help determine the best qualified candidates for job opportunities. Given this, it is important to make a great impression that leads you to an in-person interview and one step closer to landing the job. Download a copy of Interview Tips.

The following are some tips for what you want to do and what you want to avoid during phone interviews and those conducted in person:

Phone Interview - Do's

  • Prepare for the interview by compiling a list of your strengths, weaknesses, accomplishments and answers to typical questions.
  • Have your resume in front of you to refer to when speaking about your work experience.
  • Have a pen and paper available to take notes.
  • Be in a quiet place alone—turn off the radio, television and any other background noise that might be distracting.
  • Take a moment to think about the question, and, then, respond speaking slowly and clearly.
  • Smile during the phone interview to project a positive tone in your voice and your image.
  • Send a thank-you note after the phone interview to reiterate your interest in the position.

Phone Interview - Don'ts

  • Smoke, eat or chew gum or candy during the interview.
  • Ramble—make sure that your answers are direct and to the point.
  • Interrupt the interviewer when he or she is speaking.

In-person Interview - Do's

  • Prepare for the interview by researching the company and the people with whom you will be meeting.
  • Practice responding to typical interview questions and relating your answers to the company.
  • Be familiar with the job description, and focus on the competencies of the job when answering questions.
  • Dress appropriately for the job—when in doubt, wear a suit.
  • Bring several copies (including extra copies) of your resume with you to the interview.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to become relaxed and complete any forms, if necessary.
  • Know where you are going ahead of time and consider doing a test run.
  • Stay calm and take a few moments to think about the question before responding.
  • Ask for clarification if you are not sure what is being asked.
  • Always send a thank-you note to each person with whom you have interviewed to reiterate your interest in the position.

In-person Interview - Don'ts

  • Provide too much information—keep your answers short and to the point; however, make sure to fully answer the questions.
  • Bad-mouth former employers.