Preparing for Your Interview

Being selected for an interview is an important milestone in your job search. Certainly you'll want to make the most of your time with hiring managers and decision makers. While it's completely normal to feel some nervousness, good solid preparation will help you maximize your confidence and minimize any anxiety. Here are some tips to help you navigate the interview process and make a great impression.

Know Yourself

  • Think about your accomplishments, strengths, and improvement opportunities.
  • Consider how you would be a good fit for the position.
  • Be ready to share your responses to the above items when appropriate interview questions arise.
  • Be able to explain how you contributed and supported your past employers.
  • Be ready to give specific examples of how you applied your strengths in a work situation.

Do Your Homework

  • Interviewers appreciate and respect candidates who come to the interview well-informed.
  • Learn as much as you can about the organization ahead of time.
  • Our website, the job posting and job description, and talking with current employees you may know will provide a wealth of information.
  • Familiarize yourself with the job duties and the qualifications for the position.

Practice Interviewing

  • Practice will help boost your comfort-level and confidence in an interview situation.
  • Enlist friends or family members to help you rehearse your responses to potential interview questions.
  • Research "Behavioral Job Interviews" and locate some sample interview questions to help you practice.

Plan & Prepare

  • If appropriate, gather some samples of your work to share during the interview.
  • Make a few extra copies of your resume to take to the interview.
  • Prepare some questions you want to ask at the interview.
  • Bring a notebook or portfolio with you. It is acceptable to jot down a few notes as the interviewer answers your questions.

Dress for Success

  • Professional dress is best for most interviews.
  • Avoid excessive jewelry, cologne and perfume, and tattoos should be covered.

During the Interview

  • Arrive a few minutes early.
  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Thank the interviewer for the opportunity to meet.
  • Express yourself in a pleasant and confident manner.
  • Be aware of your posture and make good eye contact, even if you are nervous.
  • Listen carefully to the questions asked to ensure you respond with the information requested.
  • Speak clearly and concisely.
  • Give thoughtful answers; don't answer too quickly.
  • Stay positive, and avoid being critical of other individuals or employers.
  • Don't assume you are the best candidate since you don't know your competition. Just give it your best effort, and be yourself!