Interview Guide
Be sure to develop an action plan to be confident. Believe in your abilities. Present yourself as the best candidate even as you enter the room. Make it a positive experience by following some basic guidelines:
  • Review and memorize employer information prior to any discussion
  • Dress in professional business attire (i.e., a suit for both men & women)
  • Wear comfortable business-style shoes as waiting lines can be long ............. don't chew gum
  • Have nice copies of your resume ready and other related information organized
  • Never bring family members. NO CHILDREN!
  • Orient yourself to the environment upon arrival
  • Observe how people approach tables and watch the flow of traffic in the room
  • Develop an interview plan, which includes taking a break to assure that you will look and feel your best
  • As you approach an employer, respect other people�s privacy as they complete their conversations
  • Conduct yourself professionally at all times. Remember that you are being watched even as you stand in line
  • Have a three-point agenda: know what you are looking for, what you can offer and what questions you will ask
  • Listen carefully and take conversational cues from the employer
  • Try to generate and maintain interest by smiling, responding to questions with specific and concise examples
  • Keep your voice lively and in a pleasant tone, using humor appropriately and avoiding clichés
  • Link qualifications (skills, abilities, experience) with the job/employer
  • Respond truthfully, while always painting a positive picture of yourself
  • Ask for employer information, application materials, and the interviewer's business card
  • Do not be surprised if the employer asks you to go online to complete an application and/or submit a resume
  • At the end of the interview, offer a handshake and express your appreciation using the interviewer's name
  • Walk away with confidence, remembering that you are still on stage
  • Don't forget to follow up with a "Thank You" letter