Successful interviewing Tips and techniques by jennyyingdi





Keys to the Successful Interview:
Preparation BEFORE the Interview




Know Yourself
   What do you have to offer?

   Identify 5 – 10 work or school experiences that
    demonstrate your skills and accomplishments
       half should be totally positive
       half should be ones that started out negative but had
        either a positive result or a good learning experience

   What do you want to do and where do you want to do it?

   How are you perceived by others?
Do Your Research
   Research the employer you’re interviewing with

   Utilize the Career Services Website – to access JOBSs (Job
    Opportunities Benefiting Southern students) and review
    employer profiles and websites

   Conduct informational interviews
Practice, Practice, Practice!
   To better prepare yourself for the interview, as
    well as assist in conquering pre-interview
    anxiety, practice is key

   Attend interviewing workshops and view
    interviewing videos/DVDs in the Career Center

   Meet with a career counselor for a mock

   Practice for the interview with family or friends
    and practice, practice, practice
Proper Attire
             DO:
                Wear conservative attire, such
                 as a dark colored business suit
                Polish your shoes
                Stick to a low business heel
                Have hair neatly brushed and
                 face shaved before interview
                Bring a portfolio or briefcase
             DON’T
                Wear bright colored business
                 suits: Black, Grey, and Pastel
                 colors are most appropriate
                Wear flashy accessories like
                 watches, jewelry, or excessive
                 amounts of cologne, perfume,
                 or hair gel
                Wear skirts that reach above
                 the knees
                Wear stiletto heels
Keys to the Successful Interview:
DURING the Interview




Be Prompt and Prepared
   Arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled
    interview time

   Turn the cell phone OFF – vibrations make noise

   Give a firm handshake, make eye contact, and
    smile when you are greeted

   Bring extra copies of your resume and a list of
Poise and Body Language
   Many interviewers will assess you based on:
       Appropriate eye contact and posture
       Correctly pronouncing his/her name
       If you talk easily or are overly formal and reserved
       If you seem enthusiastic and confident

   When greeted, introduce yourself and shake interviewer’s
    hand. Don’t sit until interviewer is seated

   Never chew gum during an interview

   Most employers agree that the first five minutes of an
    interview will tell them the most about a person

   First impressions are important
Answering the Questions
   Speak slowly and clearly. Don’t be afraid to pause for a
    moment to collect your thoughts

   Listen and understand the interviewer’s questions before
    responding thoroughly yet concisely

   Be honest- don’t try to cover up mistakes. Instead, focus on
    how you learned from them

   Give positive nonverbal feedback to the interviewer
       Smile, be enthusiastic, showing a positive attitude

   Avoid negative terms and comments when responding to
    questions. Stress positives

   If asked an illegal question – Be tactful with an appropriate
Closing Statements
   Be prepared with your closing statement
    reiterating your interest and abilities

   Be prepared to ask questions of the interviewer

   The initial interview is NOT the time to ask about

   Thank the interviewer and ask for a business
After the Interview
   Send a thank-you note right away – a formal
    response: card or note paper vs. e-mail

   Jot down information about the interview and
    begin evaluating if this is the right job for you

   Prepare for potential salary negotiations by
    researching salary information. The NACE Salary
    Calculator (available at is an
    excellent resource for salary information for most
    occupational areas.
Interviewing Types and Tips
   Screening Interview
   One-on-One Interview
   Panel Interview
   Peer Group Interview
   Luncheon Interview
   Second Interview
   Video/Video Conference Interview
   Telephone Interview
Interviewing Myths & Facts

  Reality Check: Employers hire individuals for many
  different reasons. Education, skills, and experience are only a
  few of the several hiring criteria. If employers hired only on
  the basis of education, skills, and experience, they would not
  need to interview candidates. Such static information is
  available on applications and resumes. Employers interview
  because they want to see how you look and interact with
  them, how you would handle various work situations, and how
  well you fit into the organization.
Interviewing Myths & Facts

    Reality Check: You should be honest. Everyone has
    negatives. If you indicate you have none, the interviewer
    knows you are being less than candid. But neither should
    you blurt out your worst negatives. Identify a weakness and
    talk about how you are working to overcome it.
Interviewing Myths & Facts

     Reality Check: If you practice some stress reduction
     techniques, such as taking deep breaths and focusing
     attention on the questions, you should be able to project
     confidence in the interview. Keep in mind, many
     interviewers are under pressure to hire the right candidate.
Interviewing Myths & Facts

  Reality Check: You can prepare for salary negotiations by
  researching typical salary ranges prior to your interview. Ask
  the interviewer what would a person with my qualifications
  earn in this position, and let the employer introduce a number.
Interviewing Myths & Facts

     Reality Check: Your major goal should be the same
     as the interviewer’s – gain useful information from
     which you can determine if this position and
     organization are a good fit.
For More Information:

  Southern Connecticut State University
       Center for Career Services
        Schwartz Hall Room102
             (203) 392-6536

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