Nailing the Job Interview

The interview is the opportunity to capitalize on all your hard work. At this stage, you've already been screened according to the skills and experience the employer is seeking. They like you and are interested. It’s now all about fit.

There are many things you can do to successfully demonstrate your fit in the interview process. Unfortunately, it can be easy to fall into certain habits that are likely to reduce your chances of success. The pointers below will help you minimize these pitfalls while increasing your self-awareness.


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Before the Interview
  • Know yourself (your goals, skills, interests, accomplishments, assets and shortcomings)
  • Know the company (size, products and/or services, industry, reputation and future)
  • Gather information about the interviewer
  • Dress appropriately
  • Have copies of your resume and a list of references
  • Learn to talk about yourself confidently
  • Prepare a list of specific, pertinent questions
  • Have short-term and long-term goals
  • Be early for your appointment
  • Come un-prepared
  • Be late
  • Fail to inquire about the company

During the Interview
  • Upon entering the interview session, walk toward the person confidently and shake hands firmly
  • Be prompt, neat and courteous
  • Show enthusiasm; smile
  • Be a good listener
  • Speak clearly
  • Be honest
  • Ask relevant questions
  • Volunteer positive information about yourself, try to lead the interview towards discussion of your strengths
  • Show interest in the company and the interviewer
  • Try to fix the interviewer's name in your mind, and use it occasionally during the conversation
  • Tell the interviewer about your qualifications, experience and strengths
  • Be confident
  • Thank the interviewer for the time and consideration given to you
  • Sit down until you are invited to do so
  • Begin the interview with a negative remark, such as "This is certainly a difficult place to get to", or some other personal observation which may place the interviewer on the defensive
  • Condemn past companies, employers, schools, etc.
  • Read from your resume
  • Leave it for the interviewer to keep discussion flowing (but do not dominate the conversation too much either) - conversation should be 50-50
  • Bring up salary or benefits. Emphasize the importance of the job and the company.
  • Chew gum
  • Give excuses for past failures. Answer all questions honestly and show how you have actually benefited by some of your previous mistakes
  • Try and ingratiate yourself by betraying the confidence or revealing trade secrets of your previous employers

After the Interview
  • Record the main points you learned about the company, organization, products, problems and about the interviewer
  • Within 24 hours, write a follow-up letter expressing appreciation, continuing interests and unique strengths/abilities

  • Leave it to them and do nothing
  • Be overly discouraged if no job offer is received


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