Interview Overview

 

Here's what a typical interview process can look like, from preparation to follow-up:

 
PREPARATION
Review what a typical interview process can look like.
Research the business to learn about their goals, customers, acccomplishments and values.
Prepare a list of questions you can ask the employer at the end of the interview.
Write the first draft of your thank you letter / email.
Get a business casual outfit together and iron it well ahead of time.
Get a coat, bag, hat and shoes that are appropriate for interview day - rain or shine.
Get your outfit together and ironed the night before your interview
Pack a small notebook and pen/cil to take quick notes during the interview, if needed.
Print a few copies of your resume to bring with you, if possible.
Bring a list of contact information for 3-5 references.
Look up directions and even swing by the location ahead of time to confirm where it is located.
Fill up the gas tank or help your ride do so.
Prepare questions that you can ask the interviewer(s).
PRESENTATION
Arrive on time.
Be confident, but not arrogant.
Be ready to talk about your interests, skills, and experience, which are relevant to the job.
INTRODUCTIONS
Let the interviewer initiate the shaking of hands.
Let the interviewer initiate the exchange of names.
Say your full name (first and last).
Maintain eye contact.
Chit-chat (small talk), but let the interviewer initiate this process more than not.
Speak clearly; articulate your words at a volumn that can be heard.
Ask where you should sit, if it is not obvious.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Offer your resume to the interviewer(s), if you brought copies.
Interviewer offers details of the job and perhaps the hiring process for the position.
Interviewer asks questions about you, your work experiences, interests, and goals in a variety of ways.
Interviewer might ask about your knowledge of the company.
Interviewer will be looking for signs of your work ethic and values.
Avoid answering with one word or saying "I don't know."
You can pause a bit to think, if need be.
You can even ask the interview to repeat or rephrase 1-2 questions, if you need to.
If you don't understand a word or part of a question, ask them to clarify.
 
CONCLUSION & FOLLOW-UP
Interviewer summarizes conversation or details about the hiring process.
You will be given an opportunity to ask the interviewers questions. Make sure you ask 2-4 questions!
If the interviewer doesn't explain the next steps in the hiring process, ask about the next steps.
You restate interest in job.
If they didn't ask for them already, offer the interviewer(s) your contact list of references.
Ask for business card(s)
Send thank you note(s) within 48 hours (24 hours if at all possible).