Interview Prep Tools
Take a virtual interview on the web. (provided by Monster.com)
Dress for Success
How to provide a positive first impression.
Top Skills Employers Seek
Find which of these you possess.
Before the Interview
- Write down the complete address of the location where the interview will be held.
- Know the name(s) of the person(s) with whom you are interviewing.
- Be punctual. Better yet, arrive 10-15 minutes early.
- Research the job and the company.
- Be prepared with questions to ask the interviewer(s).
- Dress appropriately.
- Come into the Career Center and practice your interviewing skills.
During the Interview
- Enter the interview confidently, walking straight and tall. Smile.
- Extend your hand for a firm handshake.
- Use good eye contact.
- Speak clearly; do not use slang or inappropriate language.
- Answer the questions truthfully, thoroughly, yet concisely.
- Avoid being negative; do not criticize past employers.
- At the end of the interview, obtain business cards (if possible) and thank the interviewer(s) for his/her/their time.
- Leave with a warm handshake and a smile.
After the Interview
- Immediately send a thank you note.
- Follow-up with a telephone call a week later if you have not heard from human resources.
Things to DO in an Interview
- Show up.
- Compliment the facilities and location of the office.
- Bring a well-polished resume and several letters of recommendation.
- Show up early and well-rested so you can be at the top of your game.
- Be polite, and refer to everyone as "sir" or "ma'am".
- Make sure to have eaten before your interview to avoid any embarrassing stomach noises.
- Leave yourself plenty of time to make sure that you get there early.
- Bring several extra copies of your resume just in case.
- Greet your prospective employer with a firm handshake.
- Discuss the extent of your education.
- Compile a list of former jobs and why you left them.
- Buy a new suit and try to look sharp.
- Try to impress the interviewers with your strong vocabulary.
Things to NOT DO in an Interview
- Call to let the interviewer know that this is your one phone call from County Jail, and could you reschedule for 15 to 20 years from now?
- Explain how the maintenance crew might need to visit the rest room once you're done in there.
- Bring "Fat Tony" from the old neighborhood who'll vouch for you as being a "good earner".
- Kidney-punch everyone and call them "jerk-wad" and "dork-face".
- Ask them if they wouldn't mind having the chef whip up half a rack of ribs.
- Ask if they wouldn't mind paying the cab driver who's been driving in circles all day because you had no idea how to find the place.
- Wear a pair of gold Hammer pants and a Christmas sweater with reindeer on it.
- Use words you don't know and say things like "I am a very combustible xenophobe."