Things to consider when you are preparing for an interview: 

Appearance

  • Dress for success – Wear business attire. Solid colors, black, navy and brown are best. Wear a pant/skirt with a matching jacket if available.
  • Be sure your nails are well groomed. 
  • Check your shoes for scuffs. 
  • Wear appropriate jewelry for an interview – conservative is best. 
  • Be sure your make-up is applied for day-wear and the neckline is appropriate for a professional business interview. 
  • Have hair neat and pulled back if long. 
  • Visit the restroom before the interview or in between interviews if it is an all day process. 

Communication

  • Make good eye contact at all times during your introduction and during the interview. 
  • Take this opportunity to sell yourself—keep focused and do not let any information you hear during the interview affect your “game face”. 
  • Use common sense—be aware of the audience and surroundings from the moment you walk in the door until you leave. 
  • Listen to each question carefully and ask them to repeat the question if you need clarification. 
  • Demonstrate good body language—don’t fidget or tap your foot, appear positive and enthusiastic. 
  • Get business cards or contact information from everyone you meet. 
  • Do not come across as overconfident; it could come across as cocky. Be humble when appropriate but do not be afraid to brag on yourself.
  • Do not make up an answer, or let on that you have greater skill in an area than you do. 
  • Be sure to turn off your mobile phone during the interview. 
  • Be sure to have a back and forth conversation during the interview. Listen when appropriate and answer questions thoroughly. 
  • Do not chew gum during the interview. 
  • Do not speak negatively about your current or former company including bosses, peers, company culture, etc.
  • Write a handwritten thank you note as soon as you return home from the interview.
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Below are common questions you may come across in the interview process. We recommend you read through the questions and prepare your responses. You may even want to enlist a friend to facilitate a mock interview with the below questions.

  • Tell me about yourself? Your answer should be no more than two to three minutes. Be clear, concise and logical in your delivery. Pick a specific starting point, and if possible illustrate positives and accomplishments.

  • What has motivated you to seek another position? You want to be positive in your response about your current company and company leadership. Whatever your answer, be truthful but positive. One answer could be, “My current company has taken a turn in their business strategy. Their strategy no longer aligns with my goals and philosophy. Be prepared to answer a follow up question of what your goals and philosophy are. 

  • What are your most significant strengths? Be prepared with at least three specific strengths. You will want to give examples of the strengths with specific examples and quantifiable accomplishments. Discuss strengths that would be applicable to the open position. 

  • What weak areas do you have in your current position? Provide areas that you have identified and been working on to improve. You can actually turn it into a positive by going back to one of your strengths that assist you in limiting your weak areas. 

  • What do you like or dislike most about your current position? Be careful with your answer, specifically in the things you dislike. The interviewer is probing to see if there are potential obstacles with their open position. Instead, utilize this as an opportunity to talk about learned skills, challenges and areas of personal growth in your current position. 

  • What career accomplishment are you most proud of? This is an important answer. Your past performance and accomplishments are the best indicator of future performance! Prepare an answer that goes into each component that factored into, and lead to, the accomplishment and end result. Talk about the details and your personal involvement if it was a team accomplishment. End with how the accomplishment impacted the organization or business unit. 

  • How do you handle working in a stressful situation? It is important to illustrate your ability to perform in stressful situations. It is recommended that you provide a specific example of an accomplishment in a stressful situation, why it was stressful and the details of how you overcame the situation. 

  • What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in five years? Be honest and realistic with yourself. Where do you want to be in five years and communicate that answer to the interviewer. Be careful not to corner yourself into one specific job. Your answer should indicate that given the opportunity you would like to continue to improve your skills and be in a role allowing you to make an on-going contribution with greater responsibility. 

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Some common negatives or objections you might face during an interview are outlined below. Be prepared to address these concerns and if possible turn them into positives. It's best not to avoid the issue or skim over it.


1. Frequent job changes in the last five years 
2. Gap in work experience 
3. Leaving the industry 
4. Perception that the position is a step back from previous experience or responsibility 
5. Unemployed status 
6. No job progression or advancement 
7. Willingness to take a salary cut 
8. Termination from previous employer

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