Interview tips

The best way to ace an interview is to do a little prep work. The following are tips and tricks to help you make a great impression on your interviewer.

Prior to interview (virtual, phone, in-person)

  • Research the company and company associates with whom you will be interviewing
  • Review job posting/job description
  • Select interview attire – plan to dress business professional (for onsite or virtual interviews)
  • If a phone or virtual interview:
    • Plan to be in a quiet space with an adequate internet connection, your resume, and the job description for reference
  • If an on-site interview:
    • Prepare interview portfolio with the most recent copy of resume and a notepad to take notes
    • Plan for travel time – expect traffic and plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early

During the interview

  • Display professionalism
    • Firm handshake
    • Eye contact
    • Silence cell phone
      • Take pauses as needed to develop an articulate response
      • Take notes and ask questions about the team and position for which you are interviewing
      • Request business cards/contact info at the end of the interview
      • Sell yourself – highlight relevant experience, why you are interested in the company, and position
      • Speak on your strengths and long-term career goals
      • Most importantly, be yourself - we want to meet the real you!

If it is a virtual interview:

  • Treat it like a formal on-site interview in terms of preparation and presentation
  • Be mindful of background appearance and noise
  • Looks at the camera and maintain eye contact
  • Test technology/install any necessary tools prior to the interview

After the interview

  • Send a thank-you note and follow up regarding interest and status of open position as needed
  • Reflect on your responses in the event additional interviews are conducted
  • Show gratitude regardless of interview outcome