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Tips and Tricks
The interview is your opportunity to
convince an employer that you are the
right person for the job
As the interviewee
• Communicate information about yourself, your
experience and your abilities
• Seek further information about the position and the
• Evaluate the match between your needs and what the
For the interviewer
• Interview preparation - interest in and knowledge of
the industry, the position and the organization
• Communication skills - oral presentation skills and the
ability to interact with others
• Qualifications - academic, work, volunteer and other
• Leadership potential and teamwork - demonstrated
ability to work with others and to get others to work
For the interviewer
• Clear and realistic career goals - future plans and
awareness of career paths
• Self awareness - realistic appraisal of self
• Motivation and success potential - enthusiasm for the
position; demonstrated patterns of accomplishment
• Work ethic - acceptance of responsibility, ability to
keep commitments and attitude of the importance of
Types of Interviews
Interviews can take a variety of
formats. Familiarize yourself
with all of them
These are usually short interviews used to
screen for specific experience, skills and/or
Job offers do not come as a result of
• This type of interview can happen
unexpectedly or be planned.
• No matter how it occurs, you must answer the
questions effectively in order to move to the
Guidelines for a telephone interview:
1. If it is scheduled, make it for a time when you can
give 100% of your attention.
2. If it is not scheduled, and the timing is not
convenient, let the employer know. Ask if you can
call back at a more convenient time.
3. Take the call in a quiet place.
4. Jot down key points you want to make and
questions you want to ask ahead of time.
5. Keep a copy of your resume and the job description
• You and one interviewer.
• You may have individual interviews with
several members of an organization.
• You may be passed from one department or
manager to another.
• one-on-one interview taking place at each
• You are interviewed by a committee
• two to six members from several different
departments who have varying levels of
• It is important to make eye contact with each
• you and other interviewees are interviewed
• It gives the interviewer the opportunity to
screen many applicants at one time and also
provides an opportunity to observe group
Preparing for the Interview
verbal and nonverbal behaviors
knowledge of the organization ,and
your ability to relate to the interviewer will
create a positive impression.
Talking about your strengths and
accomplishments in a
straightforward, enthusiastic manner
Know the opportunity
Mission, customers, programs, staffing, new
products and services, acquisitions.
*organization’s website is a potential source for this
Organization and Position Research
1. What are the responsibilities of the position?
2. What skills are required?
3. What is the organizational structure of the
department/division to which the person in the position will
4. What products or services does it provide?
5. What population does it serve?
6. Who is the competition?
7. What are trends in this industry?
8. What is the future of the organization?
9. Are any new initiatives planned?
10. Have any new products or services been introduced
Prepare for interview questions
Standard Interview Questions
– Tell me/us about yourself.
– Why did you apply for this position?
– What are your major strengths?
– What are your weaknesses?
– What accomplishments are you most proud of in
– Do you have any questions?
Behavioral Interview Questions
• One of the most reliable ways for an
interviewer to predict how you will perform in
Is to hear about how you have performed in
common behavioral interview
• Tell me about a time when you demonstrated
your ability to……
Work effectively under pressure.
Handle a difficult situation with a co-worker.
Make an unpopular decision.
Be tolerant of an opinion that was different from yours.
Gain support for a new program.
Worked with others to complete a project.
overcome a major obstacle.
Prioritize the elements of a complicated project.
Situational Interview Questions
A marketing manager might be asked: “How
would you plan a new product or service
launch on campus?”
The interviewer may also present a hypothetical
situation for you to try and solve
The best way to prepare
• Thoroughly research the position and try to
anticipate interview questions.
• Review past experiences that reflect positively
on your behavior.
• Jot down ideas about each experience and
examine your role
• Select some challenging experiences
What maks you to crack the Interview
Before the interview
Choose industry-appropriate clothing in a classic
Know where the interview is located and how
long it will take to get there
Allow time for traffic, parking and last minute
distractions. Arrive at least 15 minutes early
Take two or three copies of your resume and
Turn off your cell phone!
During the interview
• Remember, your interview starts when you
enter the building.
• When you shake hands, include eye contact
and a smile.
• Handshakes should be firm but not aggressive;
try matching the grip of the interviewer.
Anticipate the unexpected
You may be asked an unexpected question; try
to determine why it is being asked.
“That’s a good question; I would like to take a
moment to think about it.”
Always conduct yourself as if you are
determined to get the job
Be aware of your non-verbal behavior
After the Interview
It is time to evaluate your interview and send a
follow-up thank you.
Evaluate your interview
• What questions were asked?
• What questions did you wish you had answered differently?
• Did you present your qualifications in the best manner
possible, giving appropriate examples as evidence?
• Did you emphasize how your skills are related to the role?
• Did you talk too much? Too little?
• What questions do you wish you had asked the interviewer?
• What changes can you make for your next interview?
“Is this the right job for
In today’s competitive job market, little
things such as writing thank you letters
can make a Big difference.