Job Interview Tips

By Rebecca Peterson

Before the Interview

  • Research the company
  • Know where you have to go and the name of your interviewer
  • Compare your skills to the qualification of the job
  • Think of responses
  • Plan what to wear
  • Gather the items you are going to bring
  • Arrive 5-15 minuets early
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5 Things to Research before your Job Interview

During the Interview

  • Be on time
  • Introduce yourself
  • Firm handshake
  • Leave items in your car including your phone
  • Don't fidget
  • Have nice body language
  • Positive and friendly attitude
  • Positive tone of voice
  • Be honest
Mistakes to avoid during a job interview - Job interview tips

5 Common Interview Questions and Tips on How to Answer

  • Why do you want this job?

Be passionate about the skills you can apply the area of work environment and tie in why you would love working there.

  • What are your greatest strengths?

Be honest but target your strengths most targeted at the job you're applying for.

  • Tell me challenge or conflict you faced and how you dealt with it.

Your interviewer wants to know how you deal with sure to focus on how you handled the situation professionally and productively and ideally closing with a happy ending like how you came to a resolution or compromise.

  • Tell me about yourself.

State 2-3 accomplishments and skills and give prior experiences

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08 common Interview question and answers - Job Interview Skills

After the Interview

  • Ask questions/clarification
  • Ask if the employer has any questions for you
  • Thank the interviewer for their time and attention
  • Firm handshake
  • Send a thank you letter
  • Ask if it is all right to call the interviewer for followup in 3- 5 days
  • If the job offered right away ask if you can think about and contact them in a day
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Calling after an Interview: Follow Up with a Phone Call after Interviews

Dress for the Interview


  • Suit (solid color - navy or dark grey)
  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase


  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

How to Dress For Every Job Interview!

Interview Don'ts

  • Don't make excuses for the past. Take responsibility.
  • Don't make negative comments
  • Don't chew gum, touch your hair or face, or adjust your clothing
  • Don't treat the interviewer casually
  • Don't falsify application materials or answers to interview questions
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Interview Dos and Don'ts