2 Tips for a Successful Interview Purpose of an InterviewPreparing for an interviewDressing to IMPRESSDuring the InterviewAfter the InterviewHelpful Hints
3 What is the Purpose of an Interview? The interview is likely your first face-to-face contact with a potential employerGood first impressions are crucialOpportunity for employer to meet and see how well spoken you are and to learn about you.
4 Preparing for an Interview DO YOUR HOMEWORKBecause of its importance, interviewing requires advance preparationResearch the company with whom you are interviewingHistoryServices and productsCompetitorsLocationsNew productsPractice basic interview questions
5 Dress the part What you wear creates an impression on the interviewer Conservative dress is always appropriate, no matter what the dress code of the organizationIf you look professional, you will feel professional – this adds to your professional presenceSee handout for specifics
6 During the Interview Arrive 10 minutes early to the interview Strut your stuffYour entrance and the way you carry yourself can influence the image you projectHold your head up, do not slump“The person who has confidence indicates this by a strong stride, a friendly smile, good posture, and a genuine sense of energy.”Believe – and project – that you have a reason to be there
7 During an Interview Be Professional- remember your soft skills Listen to the entire question before answeringRespond appropriately and conciselyBe prepared but not rehearsedIt’s okay to pause- be comfortable with silenceFocus on what you can bring to the companyBE SPECIFIC and make yourself standoutBe aware of your nonverbal language!!!
8 Interview Do’s and Don’ts Interviewing 101 Handout
9 Practice makes perfect Students study for tests, runners train for marathons, actors rehearse lines – interviewing is no differentBy practicing for your interviews, you will be better prepared and appear more confident and in control, thus increasing your professional presence
10 After the Interview Thank the interviewer Get a business card Ask what the next step isWRITE A THANK YOU NOTE