Interview Basics

  1. Be certain of the time and place of the interview.
  2. Arrive for your appointment at least ten minutes early.
  3. Know the name, role, and level of responsibility of each individual with whom you are to meet.
  4. Take extra résumés, a list of references, samples of your work, and/or academic transcripts.
  5. If the interviewer offers his or her hand, return the handshake with a firm and dry grip.
  6. Do not chew gum or smoke.
  7. Wait for the interviewer to be seated or to offer you a chair before sitting. If there are several chairs to choose from, select the chair in which you can directly face the interviewer. If necessary, re-position your chair so you can establish rapport.
  8. Maintain eye contact without staring.
  9. Body language is important. Posture should be erect, relaxed, and open. Your hands should be used in a natural way that expresses animation, excitement, and interest. Facial expressions should convey your sincerity, and voice tone should be warm, well modulated, and relaxed.
  10. Keep the interviewer's attention; do not ramble or include trivia in your responses. Answer in complete sentences and avoid use of slang.
  11. The interviewer controls the flow of the conversation, but you control the content; gently lead the conversation to highlight your strengths.
  12. Do not ask about salary and benefits until the interviewer brings this up first in the conversation.
  13. If you need clarification of a question, ask for it.
  14. Use specific, concrete examples and refer to your accomplishments and strengths.
  15. Be prepared with your own questions.
  16. Always be courteous, sincere, and honest. Do not criticize or put down previous employers, colleagues, or supervisors. Provide positive examples focusing on your strengths.

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