Job Interview Process

Emily Broadwell

Before the Interview

There are a lot of things you should do to prepare for your job interview.

  1. Research the company for information you can use when either answering or asking questions at the interview
  2. Think through the answers to questions that you might be asked
  3. Think of good questions to ask that will express your interest and initiative
  4. Always practice what you might say, though don't sound to rehearsed for the real thing

5 Common Interview Questions

Questions you should be ready to answer before they ask.

  1. Tell me a little about yourself?- Give work experience and accomplishments with examples. They don't want to hear about your personal life like what movies you like to watch
  2. Why should we hire you?- Give reasons for how you would be perfect for the company using information you gathered from your research and examples from past experience.
  3. What is your greatest weakness?- State something that you have been having trouble on and what you are doing to overcome that weakness.
  4. What is your greatest strength?- Pick something that the company values in their employees but don't sound boastful
  5. Why do you want to work here?- Find something that you like the company is either involved in or agree with their goals and values.

Dress For the Interview

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During the Interview

Many things can go wrong during this portion, here's what you can do to make the interview go smoothly.

  1. Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake while making eye contact
  2. Relax and be yourself
  3. Bring a hard copy of your resume, cover letter, and list of references with you
  4. Ask questions at the end!
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After the Interview

How did you do? Tips on what to do after the interview.

  1. Send a thank you email within 24 hours of the interview
  2. If you haven't been contacted by the deadline, send a quick email or call in case they forgot or got busy
  3. Be polite, brief, and positive
  4. Don't draw attention to what you did wrong
  5. Ask for feed back

Interview Definite Don'ts

  1. Freezing up- It gives the impression that you are not confident and can't handle the job that they are asking you to do.
  2. Dominating- The opposite of freezing up. Long monologue speeches will not guarantee you the job.
  3. Talking bad about past bosses or anyone- This shows you don't have the work social skills to communicate and get a long correctly with the people you have or may work with.
  4. Don't focus on the benefits- Though it is something you would want to know before taking the job, remember that an interview doesn't mean you have the job, though you are free to ask when the job is offered to you.