interPreparation is vital for interviewing.  Numerous people have found it useful to actually videotape a “mock” interview as a means of practice.  If videotaping is not available, conduct the “mock” interview anyway as a good practice before a real interview.


So You Are Finally Seated !

Food for Thought: In a close race, the offer will invariably go to the most enthusiastic candidate. Enthusiasm is contagious and compliments the hiring manager, who may already be doing the work you’re excited about.

  • What to Bring
  • Are you ready
  • Impression
  • Conversation
  • Selling Yourself

Updated Resume’

    • Chronological format ( summary of education/experience beginning with most recent and working backwards)
    • Functional Format (highlights skills, experience and accomplishments in specific areas most pertinent to position sought).
    • Combined Format (highlights skills, experience and accomplishments at the top.  Summarizes work experience and education below).


Nervousness is expected in an interview.  Try to keep your nervousness internal.  To build your confidence, keep in mind these thoughts:

    An interview is centered on the subject you know best – YOU!  (The interviewer knows less about you than you do.)
    • Be aware of your strengths and own your needs – be able to discuss how you’re leveraging strengths and minimizing your needs.
    • Don’t over verbalize – be brief and to the point.
    • Be positive
    • Keep your doubts to yourself.
    • Trust yourself to react properly.
    • Preparation is the key to overcoming nervousness – let all your preparation show!
    • In order t relax mentally, you must first relax your body (get plenty of sleep the night before the interview).
    • Any other techniques to relax?


There are a number of things that lead to making an impactful first impression.  Look at t he checklist below for ways to make a great impression:



  • Tone of voice
  • Choice of works
  • Enunciation
  • Rate of speech
  • Convey enthusiasm
  • Sarcasm
  • Overall appearance (clothing and hair)
  • Posture
  • Handshake
  • Facial expressions
  • Gestures

Once you make a good first impression, make sure that good impression is carried through the actual interview conversation.  Remember to:

  • Listen carefully.  Use your active listening skills throughout the interview to demonstrate that you are engaged in his/her messages.  Remember eye contact, head nods, sitting forward, asking questions and use pauses before answering questions.
  • Use direct and succinct responses.  Answer each question head on and stay  within the confines of what was asked.  Make sure your strong points are communicated with our being verbose.
  • Control the content.  The interviewer controls the flow of the interview, but you can control much of the content.  While answering each question reinforce pr add information that works in your favor.
  • Keep the interviewer’s attention.  Very the tone of your voice and the speed at which you speak.
  • Avoid cliché or pat answers.  Be specific and provide examples.  Avoid statements like “I like to work wit people” – rather offer an example of how you have behaved with others (i.e., how you helped form a cooperative work team).
  • Ask appropriate questions.  It’s good to have prepared questions, but ask them in a spontaneous way.
  • Display interest and enthusiasm.  It’s not just enough to say your interested; you must support it with your actions as well. Sell yourself!

In an interview, the product you are selling is YOU.  The assets of your product are your experience, skills, and personality.  Show the interviewer all the preparation you’ve done.  Keep in mind the following:

    • Show your interest in the position.
    • Communicate your interest t the interviewer – tell him/her why you want the job.
    • Show interest in t he interview, as an event in itself.
    • Think positive – believe that you are going to win.
    • Convey a positive attitude (no one owes you the job).
    • Selling yourself happens primarily through:
      • Enthusiasm
      • Sincerity
      • Tact
      • Courtesy