The Successful Interview
research the company prior to any contact or interview.
the interview on an upbeat tempo; always be positive.
and think before you speak.
the interviewer do most of the talking, but keep up your end of the
ahead of time and ask appropriate job-related questions.
interest in the position. A good example of this is, “I am very
interested in this position and would like to pursue it further, what’s the
next step in your hiring process?”
your recruiter after the interview.
write a thank you letter. Reinforce your desire for the position.
face to face interviews:
a little early.
a professional, conservative or navy suit.
sure your hair is neat.
you are female, wear conservative make-up and jewelry.
good eye contact.
body language and voice tone. (Do not be obvious.)
not be afraid to sit on the edge of your seat. (Mirror your interviewer.)
paper and a pen to write down important points.
you want to be enthusiastic and personable.
business cards from everyone you meet so that you can follow up with a thank-you
you are not ready or are caught off guard ask to reschedule the phone interview.
sure to eliminate all background noise and distractions.
your space and have paper and pen to write down important points.
for the interview to be in the proper frame of mind.
it projects through the phone.
enthusiastic and personable.
down the questions asked to be sure you stay focused on the answer you want to
is the key…
prepared to answer the following questions:
me about yourself.
When you are asked this question, do not talk about personal issues, this is the
time to rehearse your resume. Make sure that you have written down your
responses prior to the interview so the words will come easily. Be precise
and succinct in your answers and do not go “on and on.” Be sure to
just answer the question at hand.
are you leaving your current position? An interview is not a good time to
discuss how miserable you are in your current position! Do not speak
negatively about your current employer. Further, do not say, “Well, I am
not even looking, some recruiter just called me.” That will convey lack
of interest and you will not get an offer and will waste time. Just inform
the employer you are looking for opportunity, which should be absolutely
did you leave all previous positions? Remember the interviewer is probing
for negative patterns. Make sure you are prepared to give reasons for
leaving that have to do with career progression and opportunity. If a
situation was beyond your control, say so, but be careful to cast a POSITIVE
light on the situation.
are your goals? Why? Whatever you do, have a goal. Be
confident about what you want for your future. People who excel know where
they are going and why. Work out a five and ten year plan and be able to
describe what you are doing to accomplish your goals. Very important:
Be extremely realistic about your goals.
are your strengths? Weakness? (The age-old question.) Never
give a true weakness, but turn a positive into a weakness. The interviewer
does not really want to know your weaknesses, but rather seeks to find out how
prepared you are for the interview. If you must give a weakness let the
interviewer know it is something in which you are working to improve
Additionally, tell them the steps you have taken to improve your performance in
that “weak” area.
kind of team player are you? Always “play-up” your team
playing abilities. Avoid phrases that convey you are better working solo.
Team players are in-vogue!
are you available?
Please tell your recruiter of circumstances hindering you from starting two
weeks after the final interview. Most of our clients expect a speedy start
date with occasional exception.
is the best way to manage you? Prepare for this question.
One answer could be: “Just give me an assignment and be there for
is your current salary? The first interview is not the time to outline
your salary expectations or to ask about benefits. The first interview is
just the time to get acquainted. If you are asked what you are making,
answer the question. However, if you are asked what kind of salary you are
looking for, your answer should be: I am sure that you are offering a fair
salary for this position; what is your salary range for this position? Do
not get all involved in salary, benefits and vacation discussions. This
can blow your chances to getting the job because you will look too concerned
about money, benefits and vacation.
Questions they may ask:
If you could make changes in your current department, what would you do? (For manager/director level positions)
should always ask questions!!! The best interviews are those in which the
interviewee asked lots of questions. Please perform extensive
research on the Internet regarding the company. Try to ask questions about
the business that makes the interviewer think. Show the interviewer you
have done your homework. Additional Questions are:
your homework on the company. Know all you can about the company you are
interviewing with. Suggestions: Visit satellite locations, ask
competitors, search out clients, speak with current or past employees.)
Make sure to get on the Internet and search for current press releases regarding
any strategic positioning of the company. Write down some excellent
business questions that you are curious about based upon information retrieved
on the net.
down the following:
did you meet/speak to? (Names and titles)
does the job entail?
are the first projects/biggest challenges?
can you do the job?
aspects of the interview went poorly? Why?
is the agreed-upon next step?
was said during the last few minutes of the interview?