What is an interview?
A two-way, formal conversation held for an employer to assess the candidacy of a job applicant and for an applicant to assess the job opportunity. Additionally, the employer sells the opportunity to the applicant and the applicant sells him/herself for the opening.
Preparing for the interview:-
- Conduct research on the position, organization and the field.
- Know who you are, what you have to offer an employer and what you’re looking for.
- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer and answers to questions that you may be asked.
- Practice your interviewing skills.
- Bring extra copies of your resume and your reference sheet with you.
What should I wear?
All applicants should look neat, clean and appropriate for the work environment they would like to enter. Further information is available in our office, in libraries and on-line.
What are some Dress for Success Websites?
What are some Dress for Success Books?
- The New Professional Image: From Business Casual to the Ultimate Power Look by Susan Bixler
- You Are What You Wear Published by William Thourlby
- Your Executive Image by Victoria Seitz
- What do all employers look for? Fit Competence Commitment
- Interview Stages:1st Introduction2nd Information exchange3rd Closing
Interview Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do watch your nonverbal communication: smile, use strong eye contact and sit straight.
- Do plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early and practice the commute.
- Do send a follow-up thank-you letter.
- Don’t chew gum, use vulgar language or engage in any other impolite behavior.
- Don’t volunteer information about your private life.