Job Interview Tips

So you have an interview?

Congratulations, your resume did a fabulous job!

Now, no matter where you went to school, no matter what your GPA is, no matter how much experience you have, no matter who you know, - if you aren't able to interview successfully, you won't get the job -.

This section contains free interview advice, including interview techniques, interview questions that interviewers may ask you, questions you may want to ask the interviewer, panel interview and group interview tests.

We will teach you how to handle interviews and hopefully improve your interview technique to improve your chances of being the successful candidate that lands that all-important second interview.

An interview gives you the opportunity to showcase your qualifications to an employer, so it pays to be well prepared. The following information provides some helpful hints:

Preparation

  • Learn about the organization.
  • Review your resume.
  • Have a specific job or jobs in mind.
  • Review your qualifications for the job.
  • Prepare answers to broad questions about yourself.
  • Arrive before the scheduled time of your interview.
  • Practice an interview with a friend or relative.

Personal appearance

  • Be well groomed.
  • Do not chew gum or smoke.
  • Dress appropriately.

The interview

  • Relax and answer each question concisely.
  • Use good manners.
  • Respond promptly.
  • Learn the name of your interviewer and greet him or her with a firm handshake.
  • Use proper English - avoid slang.
  • Use body language to show interest.
  • Be cooperative and enthusiastic.
  • Ask questions about the position and the organization, but avoid questions whose answers can easily be found on the company Web site. Also avoid asking questions about salary and benefits unless a job offer is made.
  • Thank the interviewer when you leave and, as a follow-up, in writing.

Test

(if employer gives one):

  • Listen closely to instructions.
  • Write legibly and clearly.
  • Read each question carefully.
  • Budget your time wisely and don’t dwell on one question.

Information to bring to an interview

  • Social Security card.
  • Government-issued identification (driver’s license).
  • Resume. Although not all employers require applicants to bring a résumé, you should be able to furnish the interviewer information about your education, training, and previous employment.
  • References. Employers typically require three references. Get permission before using anyone as a reference. Make sure that they will give you a good reference. Try to avoid using relatives as references.
  • Transcripts. Employers may require an official copy of transcripts to verify grades, coursework, dates of attendance, and highest grade completed or degree awarded.

Job Interview Tips

Job interview questions

Job interview questions

Be prepared for your interview checking up these job interview questions. You can rehearse your answers and anticipate your interviewer. Practice some of them at home with some friend, specially the "Tell me about yourself" question.

Before the job interview

Before the job interview

Before the interview you have to make a research about the company and the position you're applying for. In this section you will find some tips about what to do before an interview to make sure everything goes properly.

During the job interview

During the job interview

There are certain factors to keep in mind during a job interview. Take this suggestions and adapt them to your case and the type of job you are applying for. Remember you have to give a good impression to your employer.

After the job interview

After the job interview

It is advisable to make a follow up and send thank you notes to the people you have met in the company. If the interview went well, your thank you notes will reinforce the good impression they have about you and will give you an extra opportunity as you will be even more noticed among the crowd.

Thank you letter template

Thank you letter template

The thank you note or thank you letter will help you to get noticed and will distinguish you from other applicants as this letter is rarely sent. Be confident about this letter and send it to every person you have met during your interview. Use the suggested template for your letter; you can modify it according to your needs.