Being prepared for your interview can make the difference between landing the position and walking away without a job. In today's competitive job market, you must differentiate yourself from other candidates. Research the company website before your interview and practice answering common interview questions. Gain confidence by knowing the proper steps to take before, during and after your interview.
Interviews give a hiring manager the chance to determine if you are a good fit for the position and the organization. It is also a chance for you to decide if the job and the company are a good match for you. A number of different types of interviews are possible, including the phone or screening interview, face-to-face interview, group interview, full-day interview, behavioral interview, panel interview and follow-up interview. Try to find out what type of interview you can expect so you will feel comfortable with the situation.
Every interview is unique, but here are a few steps to follow:
- Greet the interviewer.
- Offer additional copies of your resume if there are multiple interviewers. Have work samples, reference lists and other materials ready in case you need them.
- Answer questions honestly, clearly, professionally and succinctly.
- Ask questions about the job and the company.
- Leave on a good note. Thank the interviewer, communicate your interest and discuss next steps.
- Send a thank-you note.
Review the additional articles, videos and checklists attached to this resource and you can be well prepared for your next interview.
If you have questions about the interview process or any aspect of your job search, check out the Employment Readiness lifecycle stage of MySECO or call a career coach at 800-342-9647.