Being prepared for your interview will build your confidence, help you to tell your story, and highlight your qualifications and workforce skills.
Important Pointers for Your Interview
Before your Interview
- Research the organization. Learn all you can through personal contacts, written materials, and the internet.
- Practice what you might say with a practice interview. Practice giving a complete but concise story of an event and include key points, results, and outcomes.
- Organize the relevant materials you will want to take to the interview, for example extra copies of your resume, writing sample(s), transcript(s), or a list of references.
- Plan your interview attire ahead of time and try it on.
- Review your qualifications and the job description. Boost your confidence in your abilities to demonstrate to an interviewer that you are the one to hire.
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early to be on time for the interview.
During your Interview
- Relax—be yourself.
- Make good eye contact.
- Be honest about your skills and abilities.
- Show enthusiasm – let them know you are interested in what they do and have to offer.
- Listen carefully – take time to reflect before answering questions.
- Ask targeted questions; show you did your homework. Ask questions related to the position and the department.
- Emphasize your best qualities and what you could bring to the position in a positive manner.
- Finally, ask what the next step in the process is and when you could expect to hear from them.
After your Interview
- Send a thank you note reaffirming your interest in the position and provide any additional information you were unable to share in the interview.
- If you do not hear from them after a set time, phone or write to find out where they are in the hiring process.
- If you are offered the position, great! But before you accept, evaluate the terms of the job offer.
- If you are not selected, don’t be discouraged. Take the opportunity to evaluate your job search plan and make any needed revisions.