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Title: Interview Skills

Interview Skills
  • Tutorial

  • This tutorial will introduce you to the three
    phases of the job interview, the types of
    interviews used by employers, and the qualities
    that employers said impressed them most during
    the interview.

The Purpose of an Interview
  • To give the employer an opportunity to learn
    about you, your qualifications and experience,
    and to decide if you are the best person for the
  • To give the job seeker an opportunity to learn
    about the company, the position, its duties and
    expectations and to convince the employer that
    he/she is the right person for their
  • Point where hiring decisions are made.
  • Screening tool for future interviews.

Three Phases of an Interview
  • Before
  • During
  • After

Phase 1 Before
  • Know Yourself
  • Know the Employer
  • Appearance
  • Timing

Before Know Yourself
  • Think about how your interests, skills,
    education, experience, and values fit in with the
    type of organization and position for which you
    are being interviewed.

Before Know the Employer
  • Researching potential employers enables you to
    ask well informed questions and to see how you
    fit in the organization.
  • Researching potential employers is expected by

Before Appearance
  • Get a good nights rest
  • Choose an outfit that doesnt wrinkle easily
  • Avoid loud colors
  • Avoid low cut blouses
  • Avoid short skirts
  • Avoid clanging jewelry, excessive make-up, and
    bold fragrances
  • Avoid sandals and open-toed shoes
  • Avoid character ties
  • Be sure hairstyle is neat
  • Be sure that your teeth are clean and your breath
    is fresh
  • Be sure shoes are clean and polished
  • Be sure facial hair is neatly trimmed

Before Timing
  • Know the exact time and location of the
  • Do a dry run prior to the interview to find
    accessible parking and entrances.
  • If you are using public transportation, allow
    time for the inevitable.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to freshen up hair and

Phase 2 During
  • Most interviews will include the following
  • Greeting / Opening
  • Small Talk
  • Questions Answers
  • Closing

During Opening
  • The interview begins once you step into the outer
    office, so be nice to everyone you meet.
  • Refrain from fidgeting or spreading out your
    belongings (e.g., coat, umbrella).

During Small Talk
  • Enter and greet the interviewer with a smile,
    good eye contact and firm hand shake.
  • Always refer to the interviewer by their name
    (e.g., Mr. Brown).
  • Keep a good posture, place feet firmly upon the
    floor, and put your belongings in your lap or
    next to your chair.

During Questions Answers
  • Listen to questions carefully.
  • Answer questions in a brief, concise manner.
  • Relate all answers to the job and your skills.
  • Mention examples and results of your past work.

During Questions Answers
  • Take notes.
  • When its your turn, ask questions, for this
    shows responsibility and alertness.
  • Previously prepared questions will impress the
    interviewer even more.
  • for a complete list of sample questions, refer
    to our Successful Interviewing Strategies guide

During Closing
  • Clues to indicate the interview is ending
  • The interviewer may rustle papers, look at
    his/her watch or pack up his/her belongings.
  • The interviewer will state that he/she has all
    the information needed.
  • The interviewer will stand.
  • Thank the interviewer, by name for their time,
    shake their hand, smile, and say goodbye.

Phase 3 After
  • This is the final phase of an interview. It
    includes two components
  • Follow-Up
  • Evaluation

After Follow-Up
  • Jot down important notes about the job and the
  • Send a thank you card or note or email to the
  • A phone call is good also.

After Evaluation
  • Take the time to evaluate the interview
  • What would you do differently?
  • Where can you improve?
  • What were your impressions?
  • What can you expect next?
  • Are you still interested in the position?

Types of Interviews
  • The interview is the last segment in the
    selection process. Employers use interview styles
    that assist in revealing those attributes of the
    candidate that are most essential for the job and
    most beneficial to the organization.

Types of Interviews
  • Exploratory/ Information
  • Panel
  • Group
  • Sequential
  • Stress
  • Behavioral
  • Telephone
  • Screening
  • Second
  • Multiple
  • Meal
  • Testing/Performance
  • Fly-In
  • Cyber
  • For more information refer to our Successful
    Interviewing Strategies guide.

Did You Know? Qualities that employers said
impressed them the most about a candidate during
the interview.
  • Verbal skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Appearance
  • Honesty / Integrity
  • Preparedness
  • Professionalism
  • Past experience
  • Self confidence
  • Eye contact
  • Manners / Etiquette
  • Positive attitude
  • Sense of humor

Good Luck on Your Interviews!
  • The End

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