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Interview Preparation

Be Prepared

Prepare all necessary documents needed for the interview, such as your resume, cover letter, etc.

It is highly encouraged to bring along extra copies of your resume, transcript(s), and your references. Consider purchasing a leather portfolio to hold your documents and a pen and paper to record notes.

 


Dress Professionally

You only have one chance to make an impression…let’s make sure it is a great one

  • Suits/dresses: Conservative, in dark, neutral colors (navy, black, gray, or tan), skirt length just above knee, no mini skirts
  • Shirts/blouses: Simple, in soft colors and not revealing, Stay away from loud or bright fabric patterns
  • Socks: Calf-length, complementing the suit
  • Stockings: Skin tone or neutral color to match suit
  • Shoes: Polished, should match suit; low to medium heel
  • Ties: Silk, coordinated with suit
  • Handbag: Medium to small size
  • Jewelry: Limited accessories; small earrings

 


Anticipate the interview’s format

Ask questions beforehand such as: “With whom will I be meeting?” “How long should I plan to be at your office?” “Will the interview be face-to-face, telephone, or Zoom?” Knowing the format will help you prepare for the interview experience.

 


Research both the organization and the position

Learn as much about the organization and position you are applying for before the interview. Visit the organization’s website. Look up the company’s mission statement and goals to see how you may fit with the company’s goals and culture. Analyze the job description and try to match your experiences, interests, and abilities to the requirements for the position.

 


Know Yourself

Be prepared to discuss your strengths, weaknesses, education, work experiences, personal goals, and values. Read the job description thoroughly, anticipating questions that focus on your qualifications, the organization, and how the two fit together.

Questions you may be asked include:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Why should we hire you?

 


Ask Questions

The questions you ask will reveal much about your level of interest in the organization and your level of preparation for the interview. Make a list and ask questions that demonstrate a genuine interest in and knowledge of the organization and position.

Although every interview is unique… some suggested questions include:

  • What characteristics do you look for in a successful employee?
  • What are a few of the issues I will be expected to solve?
  • How will my success be measured?
  • If I may ask, what is your timetable for filling this current position?

 


Follow-up

Write a brief letter of thanks for the interview. In the letter you need to reiterate your interest in the position and briefly state why you are the best candidate. If you do not hear from anyone in a week, then call to express your continued interest in the position.

 


Ideas for a great interview

Be sure to:

  • Arrive early
  • Be neatly groomed
  • Dress professionally
  • Make eye contact
  • Give a firm handshake
  • Demonstrate good posture
  • Speak with confidence
  • Maintain interviewer’s pace, style of speech
  • Be polite
  • Answer questions directly
  • End interview with gratitude and enthusiasm about the job

Do not:

  • Arrive late without warning
  • Look shabby or disheveled
  • Wear obnoxious attire
  • Underdress
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Have a weak or overpowering handshake
  • Slouch or show bad posture
  • Speak too loudly or too softly
  • Wear fragrances (cologne or perfume)
  • Appear hyperactive or passive
  • Make answers too lengthy or brief
  • End interview without gratitude

 


Different types of interview questions

The most common type of interview question is “behavioral”. Behavioral questions attempt to determine how you might operate on the job. How you responded to past situations is of great interest to the interviewer in assessing your potential as an employee.

Examples of behavioral questions include:

  • Give me an example of a time when you had to juggle multiple tasks.
  • Tell me about a situation in which you solved a problem as a member of a group. What was your role?
  • Tell me about a problem you once had on the job. How did you go about resolving the problem?

Traditional Questions

Traditional questions include questions that clarify points on your resume, evaluate your accomplishments and goals, and assess your expectations of the organization. "Themes" also work into these questions, as well as many opportunities for you to showcase your strengths. Some traditional questions and themes include:

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Question: Why should I hire you?

Difficult Questions

Difficult questions are those that you are hoping they won’t ask. For instance, if your resume does not show continuous employment, you can expect to be asked to explain any gaps. In order to answer these questions, you will need to come to terms with the issue at hand, see the positive side of it, and demonstrate that you are eager to move on with your career.

 


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Check out this pdf to find a list of over 200 of the most common interview questions you may encounter.

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Schedule a practice interview with our of our staff by calling us 903.334.6707 or by requesting your appointment through Hire an Eagle powered by Handshake.

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Students may request a private interview room in our office suite. You may bring your own laptop or you may borrow one of ours. Appointments are based on availability. To inquire about room availability, please call us at 903.334.6707.

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