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Interviewing 101

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Interview Preparation Page

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. ”

Interview Preparation

Study our preparation tips for maximum impact during your interview!

Preparing for the Interview

Before you walk into any interview, you should know as much as possible about both the company and the position for which you’re interviewing. In today’s world of mass communication, there’s no excuse for lack of research. Your search consultant will be able to brief you on the company, but you should search the web or the library for additional information. After you’ve studied the company, write down a list of questions to ask the employer. Solid preparation demonstrates interest, enthusiasm, and intelligence. Its shows that you care enough to come prepared with well thought out questions. For example:

  • Why is this position available?
  • What are your goals for this position?
  • What obstacles must be overcome for the person in this position to succeed?
  • How will my performance be evaluated?
  • What opportunities are there for growth over the next 12 months? In the next five years?
  • What growth do you anticipate for your firm over the next 12 months?

Questions to Expect During the Interview

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Questions to Expect During the Interview

No one can predict the exact questions that an interviewer will ask, but your search consultant should be able to give you a good idea of the hiring authority’s personality, his or her typical interview demeanor, and a few important questions that the employer is likely to ask. To prepare, think about how you would answer the following questions:

  • “Tell me about yourself.” Keep your answer in the professional realm only. Review your past positions, your education and any other strengths that pertain to the job.
  • “What do you know about our organization?” If you’ve done your research correctly, you should have no problem answering this one. Be positive.
  • “Why are you interested in this position?” Relate how you feel your qualifications really match the requirements of the job. Also, express your desire to work for that company.
  • “What have been your most significant career accomplishments to date?” Select some recent accomplishments that relate to this position and its requirements.
  • “Describe a situation in which your work was criticized.” Focus on how you solved the situation, and let the interviewer know how you became a better person because of it.
  • “How would you describe your personality?”
  • “How do you perform under pressure?”
  • “What have you done to improve yourself over the past year?”
  • “What did you like least about your last position?”
  • “Why are you leaving your present company?”
  • “What is your ideal working environment?”
  • “How would your co-workers describe you?”
  • “What do you think of your boss?”
  • “Have you ever fired anyone? What was the situation, and how did you handle it?”
  • “Are you creative?”
  • “What are your goals in your career?”
  • “Where do you see yourself in two years?”
  • “Why should we hire you?”
  • “What kind of salary are you looking for?”
  • “What other types of jobs/companies are you considering?”

Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

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Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing


  • Arrive 15 minutes early. Late attendance is never excusable.
  • Clarify questions. Be sure you answered the questions the employer really asked.
  • Get the interviewer to describe the position and responsibilities early in the conversation so you can relate your skills and your background to the position throughout the interview.
  • Discuss your qualifications. Stress the accomplishments that are most pertinent to the job.
  • Conduct yourself professionally. Be aware of what your body language is saying. Smile, make eye contact, don’t slouch, and maintain your composure.
  • Anticipate difficult questions, and prepare in advance so you can turn apparent weaknesses into strengths.
  • Dress appropriately. Make your first impression a professional one.
  • Ask questions throughout the interview. An interview should be a mutual exchange of information, not a one-sided conversation.
  • Listen. This is probably the most important skill of all. By concentrating not only on the employer’s words, but also on the tone of his or her voice and body language, you will be able to pick up on the employer’s style. Once you understand how a hiring authority thinks, pattern your answers accordingly. You will be able to relate better to him or to her.


  • Answer vague questions. Rather than answering questions you think you hear, get the employer to be more specific and then respond.
  • Interrupt the employer. If you don’t have time to listen, then neither does the employer.
  • Smoke, chew gum, or place anything on the employer’s desk.
  • Be overly familiar, even if the employer is.
  • Wear heavy perfume or cologne.
  • Ramble. Long answers can make you sound apologetic or indecisive. On the other hand, don’t answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no.” Explain yourself in detail whenever possible.
  • Lie. Answer questions as truthfully as possible.
  • Make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers or companies.

Closing the Interview

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Closing the Interview

If you are sincerely interested in the position and are satisfied with the answers given, you should ask the interviewer if he/she feels that you are qualified for the position. This gives you another chance to review points that may need clarified. Illustrate confidence in your abilities and convince the interviewer that you are capable of handling the position successfully.

Ask for the job

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Ask for the job

Make a positive statement about the position. Emphasize that this is exactly the type of opportunity you’ve been looking for and would like to be offered the position. Ask when you should expect an answer. A typical conclusion might be:

“Thank you for this meeting, . I like what I’ve heard today and I’d like to join your team. I know I’d be an asset to you/your department because you need someone who can , and . As you know, I have (match your qualifications with the employer’s “hot buttons”). Before I leave, do you have any more questions about my background or qualifications or can I supply you with any more information? On a scale of 1 to 5, how do I compare to the other candidates you’ve interviewed? I can start as soon as you need me.” The farewell should also include a smile, direct eye contact, a firm but gentle handshake.

Following Up After the Interview

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Following Up After the Interview

When you get in your car, immediately write down key issues uncovered in the interview. Think of the qualifications the employer is seeking, and match your strengths to them. Then, call your employer recruiter. It is very important to convey your impressions of the position and the company. Let the recruiter know whether you are interested in the position or not and if there were questions you forgot to ask at the interview, express them at this time. Only after we get your feedback about the interview and the company do we contact the employer for theirs. And finally, we follow-up with you regarding the employer’s thoughts.

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