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Candidate Interviewing

INTERVIEWING DOS AND DON'TS

Do:

  • Dress appropriately. Make your first impression a professional one.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early. Tardiness is never excusable.
  • Be professional. Smile, make eye contact and maintain good posture.
  • Answer the interviewer's questions as specifically as possible. Relate your skills and background to the position requirements throughout the interview.
  • Ask questions. An interview should be a mutual exchange of information, not a one-sided conversation.
  • Give your qualifications. Focus on accomplishments that are most pertinent to the job.
  • Anticipate tough questions. Prepare to turn perceived weaknesses into strengths.
  • Listen. Concentrate not only on the interviewer's words, but also on the tone of voice and body language. Once you understand how the interviewer thinks, pattern your answers accordingly and you will be able to establish a better rapport.

Don’t:

  • Answer vague questions such as, "Tell me about yourself." Ask the interviewer to clarify fuzzy questions by asking, "What specifically would you like to know?"
  • Interrupt the interviewer. If you don't listen, the interviewer won't either.
  • Be disrespectful. Don't smoke, chew gum or place anything on the interviewer's desk.
  • Be overly familiar, even if the interviewer is.
  • Wear any perfume or cologne. The anxiety of an interview intensifies fragrances, especially in closed offices.
  • Ramble. Long answers may make you sound apologetic or indecisive.
  • Lie about or embellish your background. Answer questions truthfully.
  • Express bitterness. Avoid derogatory remarks about present or former employers.

CLOSING THE INTERVIEW

If the interview goes well, express your interest by asking, "Do you have any questions of me? Any concerns about my ability to achieve your goals for this position?"
These are effective closing questions because they open the door for the hiring authority to be honest. If concerns exist, you may be able to dispel them, sell your strengths and end the interview on a positive note. Make sure you have thoroughly answered these questions: "Why are you interested in our company?" and "What can you offer?" 

Express appreciation for the interviewer's time and consideration.
Ask for the interviewer's business card so you can write a thank you letter as soon as possible.
Don't be discouraged if an offer is not made or a specific salary is not discussed. The interviewer may want to consult with colleagues or conduct other interviews before making a decision

Follow-up:

After your interview, it is critical to follow up. Immediately after the interview, write down key issues raised. Identify the qualifications the employer is seeking, and match these to your strengths.
A "thank you" letter should be written no later than 24 hours after the interview. Be sure to call your recruiter to discuss your interview and your next steps.