• An interview is a conversation between two or more
people where questions are asked by the interviewer
to elicit facts or statements from the interviewee.
Interviews are a standard part of qualitative research.
They are also used in journalism and media reporting
(see Interview (journalism) and in various
Use your notes/resume
Introduce yourself clearly and directly
Modulate your voice
Eliminate any distractions
Interact as a team player
Keep an eye on the interviewer
Eye contact with each person
More eye contact with questioner
Patience and calm
Make good eye contact
Match their “style”
Remember body language
Usually only 30 minutes
Extra “face time”
Portfolio with resume and recommendations
Be polite to everyone!
Be punctual (15 minutes early)
Two or more interviews
Tour may be included
Lunch may be included
Based on previous activities
Requires specific examples
e.g. interpersonal skills
"Describe a time you had to work with someone you didn't like."
e.g. leadership skills
“Give me a time when you motivated others.”
• Remain calm and tactful
• De-personalize the process
• Example Questions
• "(deep sigh) Well, if that's the best answer you can give ...
(shakes head) Okay, what about this one ...?"
• "How do you feel this interview is going?"
Two way discussion
No perfect answer
Problem solving and creativity
Not only technical but interpersonal
Follow interviewer’s lead
Show social know-how
Avoid messy food