Action Resumes - Interview Tips

Action Resumes - Interview Tips

Here are a few pointers to help make interviewing a more relaxed and successful experience. Good luck!

1) ARRIVE EARLY. If you are running late, you will be frantic. If you are frantic, you will not be at your best; in addition, the interviewer will be annoyed. Take a trial run before the interview to see how long the trip takes, check your directions, and ascertain whether there are detours or construction that might cause delays.

2) PROJECT A PROFESSIONAL IMAGE WHILE WAITING FOR THE INTERVIEW. Don't smoke, chew gum, or listen to your walkman. It is best to find some company literature before the interview. Take off your coat and organize your belongings. When the interviewer arrives you will be poised and prepared.

3) BE READY FOR A HANDSHAKE. Having a firm handshake is very important. Try to make sure your hand is warm and dry, as well.

4) COME PREPARED. Carry your resume with you. The interviewer might not have a copy. Bring a list of references.

5) DO NOT SIT UNTIL YOU ARE INVITED TO DO SO. When you do sit, try to position yourself diagonally to the interviewer, rather than directly in front. It is less confrontational. Lean toward the interviewer when he/she starts to explain something or show you something.

6) DO NOT WEAR YOUR COAT INTO THE INTERVIEW, OR HOLD YOUR PURSE OR BRIEFCASE ON YOUR LAP. You do not want to look like you are ready to fly out the door.

7) DO NOT YELL OR WHISPER. Try to match the volume of your voice to that of the interviewer.

8) MAKE EYE CONTACT. Look directly at the interviewer when answering or asking questions.

9) WATCH YOUR GESTURES AND FACIAL EXPRESSIONS. Do not make nervous or jerky movements. Do not run your fingers through your hair or stroke your face. Do not tap your fingers, crack your knuckles, spin your ring, yawn, or swing your leg. Smile, but do not smile the entire time. Relax your forehead and the muscles around your eyes. Do not look puzzled. If the interviewer is talking rapidly, jot down your concern on a pad and ask it at an appropriate time.


11) IF THE INTERVIEWER INTRODUCES HIMSELF OR HERSELF WITH A FIRST AND LAST NAME, USE THE LAST NAME WHEN ADDRESSING THEM. If the interviewer is a woman, do not ask if it is Mrs. or Miss. Many women find the question offensive; it could be "Doctor." Try to find out ahead of time. If your sure she is not a doctor, use "Ms."

12) DO NOT TALK TO MUCH, DO NOT TALK TOO LITTLE. Your responses to the interviewer's questions should be concise, but not monosyllabic.

13) WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE. Do not curse, even if the interviewer does. Try not to use obscure, long words to impress the interviewer; no one likes to feel intellectually inferior.

14) BE NATURAL. It may be very difficult when you are trying to follow all these guidelines, but being natural is probably the most important rule. It is better to come across as a confident candidate with your shirttail hanging out than as an impeccably groomed candidate who is visibly uncomfortable or nervous.