Interview Skills. Overview. The interview is the most important part of the job search process. It’s the first opportunity to interact with a potential employer in person. This interaction will determine whether or not you will continue in selection process. Prepare prepare prepare!
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How you have handled a situation in the past tells a lot about how you will behave in the future. Can you guess which qualities or skills these questions attempt to assess?
Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision, but didn’t have all the information you needed.
What is the biggest mistake you’ve made?
What suggestions do you have for our company?
What is the most significant contribution you made to the company during your internship?
Have a firm handshake
Respond to questions emphatically
Smile – develop rapport
Maintain a positive attitude
Speak in a clear, strong voice
Make eye contact
Show openness and a willingness to learn
Be enthusiastic and energetic
Maintain a sense of humor
Be courteous, tactful, and polite
Be candid – show honesty and integrity
Be prepared for obvious questions
Focus on the future
Dress to impress
Ask for the job
Sit straight – and don’t fidgetInterview Do’s
Be overbearing, conceited
Be evasive or hedge questions
Condemn past employers
Show dislike for school or town
Emphasize who you know
Discuss controversial issues
Use slang and non-professional language
Try to control the interview
Cancel an interview
Be unwilling to start at the bottom
Express radical ideas
Question salary and benefits
Make assessments during the interview
Arrive too early (over 10 minutes)
Arrive too late (exact time of interview)
Wear large, flashy jewelry or too-short skirts
Wear heavy perfume
Forget to send a thank you note immediately!Interview Don’ts