Interview Coach

PREPARATION BEFORE THE INTERVIEW

  • Know the Interviewer’s Name & Position, travel time and location of the interview
  • Research information on the Company (history, media, employee benefits, etc.) in advance
  • Prepare a list of references (4 professional, 1 personal) for the interview
  • Review the job description for duties and requirements
  • Review your resume and identify your past work experiences that closely match the requirements for the position for which you are being considered (Note: you should be prepared to answer questions about your resume without referring back to it.)
  • Prepare your clothes and make sure they are clean, neatly pressed and appropriate.

Grooming Tips:
Make sure your hair is well groomed and that your make-up is subtle, if applicable.

Men: Wear a suit with a dress shirt, tie and dress shoes.

Women: Wear a suit or blouse with a jacket, a skirt (hemline no more than 3” above knee) with low to medium heels (2”max) with nylons/stockings.

PREPARATION DURING THE INTERVIEW

Prepare yourself to answer very specific questions such as:

  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself (verbalize your skills, work style and work experience).
  2. Describe four new things you learned on your last job (focus on training, certifications or new skills acquired while in a position).
  3. Tell me why we should hire you for this position (focus on attributes and skills that you can bring to the company—this is why knowing about the company is a must).
  4. Tell me about your ideal work environment (Be careful, make sure it mirrors the work environment you will be working in if hired by the company).
  5. Tell me about a work place where you were promoted or your job changed while you were there (focus on why you were promoted and your accomplishment or how you adapted).
  6. Tell me about a work situation where you had to resolve a conflict (Be very concise and speak briefly about the conflict and your role in its resolution).
  7. When will you be available to begin work (Be specific)

The interviewer can choose to include any person within the company to be a part of your evaluation process. Being well-prepared should reduce the stress that accompanies the interview experience. Remember to stand and shake hands whenever meeting or greeting an individual. Always make eye contact, smile and address the individual in a formal manner. Upon introduction, try to repeat the interviewer’s name at some point in the interview to demonstrate your attentiveness to details.

Watch your body language; experts believe that certain movements can convey a positive or negative self-image of a person.

Employers use non-verbal clues to validate information you verbalize to them during the interview. For example:

  • Throat Clearing or Nail Chewing = Nervousness, uncertainty
  • Finger Pointing/Crossing Arms = Assertiveness
  • Sitting with arms and legs open = Broad-mindedness
  • Weak, limp handshake or turning body slightly away from speaker = Lack of interest
  • Leaning slightly forward or facing speaker directly = Eagerness
  • Rolling of eyes or Rubbing of eyes = Denial
  • Nodding of head = Considerate
  • Holding of hand in front of mouth = Awkwardness
  • Stroking of chin = Contemplation


FOLLOW-UP AFTER THE INTERVIEW

Always thank the interviewer (s) for their time and ask for a business card if they did not present you with one during the initial greeting. If interested, express your interest. Ask them about the next step in process. Be sure to follow up with a thank you letter. In some instances, email is appropriate.