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The Job Interview

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The most important part of interviewing is to always ask yourself before you go into an interview what you want this person to know about you. And always request a recommendation for someone else that you might contact in the field after the interview, according to PRSSA.

Call the secretary and get directions to the interview and ask approximately how long it will take to get there. Arrive fifteen minutes early, review notes and introduce yourself five minutes early.

Consider the questions at the end of this section and decide how you would respond to each. Do not try to sound perfect because then the interviewer is left wondering what you have not told him or her. Your responses should accurately reflect who you are: your ambition, motivation, dedication and integrity. The more you personalize your answers, the more you will stand out from the other interviewees.

After the interview, make a list of pros and cons about the job. Attach your notes to the information you have on the company. This may help in making a decision later. Always send a thank you letter afterwards thanking the interviewer for his or her time and consideration.

A good interviewee:

  • Is nice to the secretary.
  • Is honest and straight-forward.
  • Practices interviewing as much as possible.
  • Adapts to the person he or she is meeting with.
  • Is brief and to the point.
  • Is dressed professionally.
  • Maintains good posture.
  • Uses natural gestures.
  • Maintains eye contact.
  • Never interrupts.
  • Expects the unexpected.
  • Never asks about pay.
  • Is always on time.
  • Communicates clearly.
  • Is up on current events.
  • Is considerate of the interviewer's time.
  • Shows that he or she is interested in the job.
  • Has a positive attitude.
  • Elaborates on all answers.
  • Practices a solid handshake.
  • Never asks for a job.
  • Has a focus, even if he or she does not know what to do with the future yet.
  • Appears in demand and selective, but is cautious of sounding over-confident.

 

Questions you may be asked:

 

  • What do you want to do?
  • Where do you want to be in five years?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What can you do for me/or the company?
  • What motivates you?
  • What has been your biggest challenge?
  • What has been your biggest accomplishment?
  • What has been your biggest failure?
  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • What are you interested in?
  • What are you good at?
  • Can you work under pressure?

 

Questions you may ask:

 

  • Ask the interviewer about his or her history with the company
  • How is the working environment/hours/people?
  • What does the interviewer like about his or her job?
  • Ask about the opportunities that would be available to you in the future, if you were hired
  • Ask advice on the best strategy for new people