Job Interviewing

By Nick Kozisek

Preparing for the Interview

Research the company that you are applying at
  • Mission
  • Goals
  • Values
  • Benefits
Learn about your potential employer and interviewer

Rehearse common interview questions (see section 3)

Plan your route to the company

  • Delays
  • Traffic
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The Interview

Arrive 10-15 minutes early

Bring a copy of your resume

Shake hands with the employer

  • firm, not crushing

Make eye contact with the interviewer

Ask at least a couple questions when given the option

  • What are the responsibilities of this position?
  • What are the key challenges or problems of this position?
  • What aspect of this job would you like to see performed better?

Common Interview Questions

Tell me a little about yourself.

  • Don't talk about your personal life
  • Describe your work history
  • Relate to your your work experience and the company
What's your greatest strength?

  • Don't be boastful or modest
  • Choose something that would be interesting to the employer
  • Tailor your strength to the job
Why should we hire you?

  • Explain how the company can benefit by hiring you
  • Compare your strengths and weaknesses to the job description
  • Align your experiences with the company's needs

Why do you want to work here?

  • Show genuine interest in the job
  • Research the company's mission, goals, values, and benefits
  • Be honest- no flattery

What do you know about us?

  • Knowledge means effort, which means interest in the job
  • Utilize the company's website
  • Research the employer

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End of the Interview

Thank the interviewer for his/her time

Shake hands again

Send a thank you note to the employer

Dressing for the Interview

Dress formally
  • When in doubt, overdress
  • Nothing flamboyant

Dress according to the job

  • suit for business, work clothes for farming, etc.

What Not to Do in the Interview

Come too early or too late

Come unprepared

Dress casually

Avoid eye contact

Ask about wages and benefits