Job Interview Process

Helpful tips to succeed in interviews

Before the interview

What are some things you can do to prepare?

  • Research the company - Find major points that interest you so you can ask about them in the interview.
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer - Ask questions that reflect your interest in the company.
  • Practice with a friend - This can help if your nervous.
  • Anticipate questions from the interviewer - So you can answer smoothly and efficiently.

During the interview

How do you greet the employer?

  • Give a firm handshake and introduce yourself.

How early should you arrive?

  • A few minutes early but not over 15 minutes early.

What to bring?

  • Directions and contact info - You don't want to get lost and if something happens you can contact the employer.
  • Identification - You never know when someone will ask for photo identification.
  • Resume, References, and portfolio - So you can give them to the employer. (always bring extras)

What questions do I ask?

  • Ask specific questions about the job. So the employer can know your true interest in the job.

5 common interview questions and tips on how to answer them

Tell me about yourself.

  • Don't tell them about your hobbies and what you do on your free time. Tell them about your past experiences that relate to the job. (no more than one or two minutes)

What are your weaknesses?

  • Minimize your weakness and emphasize your strength. Focus on professional traits.

Why should we hire you?

  • Summarize your experience and show them how you will be an asset to their company.

What are your goals?

  • Talk about short term and intermediate goals. Don't overshoot you goals because they might think you won't stay at the job for long.

Why did you leave ( or are leaving) your job?

  • State your reason for leaving in a positive way and say something positive why you want to work at their company.

After the interview

Saying goodbye.

  • After the interview is over you can send a thank you card or a thank you email telling them that you appreciate the time they spent giving you the opportunity for an interview.

Interview don'ts
  • Don't make excuses take responsibility for your actions from another job.
  • Don't make negative comments about your previous employer or company.
  • Don't falsify application materials or answers to questions.
  • Don't act like you would take any job or are a desperate for employment.
  • Don't slouch or sit rigidly on your chair.