Career Services - The Interview

Career Services - The Interview

It's Showtime...The Interview



  • Research, research, research!
  • Know the organization's major products/services.
  • Chain of command.
  • Appropriate salary ranges.
  • Job requirements of the position you are applying for.
  • Know your strengths.
  • Your long- and short-term goals
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask.
  • Confirm date, time and place of interview.


  • Dress appropriately; good grooming
  • Be on time (five minutes early)
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Be pleasant and courteous.
  • No nervous habits (tapping foot, smoking, etc).
  • Allow interviewer to take the lead in questioning.
  • Select words carefully - take a few seconds to prepare an answer, and then respond.
  • Avoid slang.
  • Do not criticize past employer.
  • Maintain a positive attitude - no negatives.
  • Attempt to limit responses to 60 seconds each.
  • Attend to non-verbal cues.
  • Tell what you do well.
  • Say 'thank you'.


  • Make notes soon after leaving the interview.
  • Follow up with contacts.
  • Consider changes for future interviews.