- Greet the interviewer by name (use Mr./ Ms./ Mrs./ Dr. as
appropriate). Be certain you know how to correctly pronounce his/her
name. You should initiate handshake.
- Bring copies of your resume and copies of other pertinent documents.
- Try to be relaxed, yet attentive.
- Don't wiggle your foot or put the
death grip on the arm of the chair. It is okay to let the interviewer
know that this is your first interview or that you are nervous. Remember,
interviewers are people too, and they have been in your shoes. If you are
honest about being nervous, he/she may be more understanding than if you
try to put up a false front.
- Give short answers that demonstrate honesty and knowledge. DON'T TRY TO
INCLUDE EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT THE SUBJECT. This is not the time to
recite a book. Remember, it is usually obvious when a person is "trying
to impress"... just be yourself.
- DO NOT offer negative information that is not asked for. If asked, "Can
you type?", say yes or no. Avoid qualifying your answer by saying things
like "I can type 20 words a minute." Communicate to the interviewer that
you are QUALIFIED for the position, not unqualified.
- If you do not understand the interviewer's question, ask for
clarification. This will help you avoid talking too much and/or not
answering the question that was asked. Interviewer's report that one of
the biggest "turn offs" is when an applicant rambles on and on without
ever answering the specific question that was asked.
- Don't simply agree with whatever the interviewer asks you. One person
agreed that he was "getting really tired of taking IQ tests," when in
fact, he had only taken one IQ test. The interviewer decided that the
applicant did well on the IQ test because he had had lots of practice.
This was, of course, incorrect.
- Maintain a comfortable amount of eye contact. Do not "stare him/her
down," but it is far better to have too much eye contact than not enough.
DO NOT look down at the floor or at your feet. It is generally believed
that if a person cannot look another person straight in the eye, then
he/she is not "coming clean" with the other person. You certainly don't
want to appear that you are hiding something.
- Educate yourself on illegal interview questions. Some employers may ask you these questions to obtain additional information. Here is some good information on illegal interview questions: http://www.uwec.edu/career/Online_Library/illegal_ques.htm
- Let the interviewer know if he/she has answered all of your questions. As
was mentioned earlier, interviewers expect serious applicants to have
questions in mind.
- If you decide that the job is not exactly what you want, let the
interviewer know this toward the end of the interview. This may increase
the chance that the interviewer will recommend you to someone else.
- Establish when you can expect to hear from them again. If the interviewer
does not specify a time, you have a right to ask. Generally, a period of
two weeks is standard. If the interviewer tells you that he/she will be
back in touch within a certain period of time, you should be patient
until that amount of time has passed. If the time period passes and you
still have not heard from the organization, you can call the interviewer.