During Your Interview
The key to any interview is preparation, being prepared consists of researching the organization and the position in detail. However, being fully prepared requires understanding what will occur during your interview or the interview process
Make A Good Impression! First impressions can set the tone for the rest of the interview. When your interviewer comes into the waiting room and calls your name, walk toward that person with confidence, make eye contact, extend your hand for a handshake, and say, “Hello I’m (insert your name here).”
Some Additional Tips Include:
- Be on time! Even better, arrive 10 minutes early
- Do not chew gum or wear too much fragrance
- Turn off your cell phone
The Actual Interview The most common type of interviewing today is Behavioral Interviewing. This is a popular method where questions are based on the idea that past behavior best predicts future behavior. For example, if you have shown initiative in a class project, you are likely to show initiative when you are working. So if an employer was looking to hire a candidate with leadership skills they might ask “Tell me about a time you took on a leadership role.”
You should respond to these questions with a specific example where you have demonstrated the skill the interviewer is seeking and the "S.T.A.R." method is a useful approach to structure your response:
- S – Situation – describe the Situation you were in
- T – Task – illustrate the Task you needed to accomplish
- A – Action – explain the Action you took
- R – Results –and don’t forget to tell them the Results.
Remember that no matter what the question or interview format there are three key things that employers want to know:
- Are you capable of doing the job?
- Are you motivated to do the job?
- Are you a person they’ll like working with on their team?
Close the Sale! Don’t forget that once the interviewer has finished asking you questions the interview is NOT complete. Always finish your interviews by completing these three steps:
- Have questions about the position or organization that you prepared ahead of time (3-5)
- Obtain all interviewers’ business cards
- Express your interest and how you fit!