Interview Tools from Pionear
- Do your homework. Learn what you can about a company, its products and services, location, etc. before your interview.
- Always be on time for an interview. Familiarize yourself with the interview site, and allow plenty of extra time to get there.
- Attire should be neat and professional. Dress a step above what you would wear on the job.
- Introduce yourself with professionalism and confidence. This includes a firm handshake.
- While engaging in introductory conversation, attempt to establish a connection between you and the interviewer through small talk, humor, related similarities, etc.
- Maintain good eye contact at all times during the interview. If meeting with more than one person, be sure to acknowledge each person as you speak.
- Be aware of your non-verbal body language. Avoid movements that indicate nervousness or act as a distraction, such as foot tapping, fidgeting, or restless legs.
- Listen carefully to the questions asked. Make sure you answer each question positively and in its entirety. Some people suggest taking notes. If you do, use a professional-looking notebook, and make sure to get the interviewer’s permission first.
- Avoid “yes” or “no” responses. Elaborate on your answers. You should be doing more talking than the interviewer.
- When referring to a skill you possess, provide an example of how you have used this skill, and how it would be helpful in the position for which you are interviewing.
- Ask questions about company policies and the position for which you are applying. For example, what challenges does the position offer? What do you look for in a successful employee?
- Do not discuss discriminatory subjects such as religion, race, age, or national origin.
- Do not discuss salary on the first interview.
- Always send a note or letter after the interview, thanking the interviewer for his or her time and consideration.