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Job Interview Guide

What is an interview?
A job interview is formal meetings between two people (the interviewer and the interviewee) where questions are asked by the employer to obtain information, qualities, attitudes, etc. from the candidate to see if they fit the position or not. 

Interview Types
  • Phone interview: This is usually the first step of the interview process, it is an initial prescreening call to see if they want to invite you in for a face to face interview. It is important to speak clearly and slowly and don't be shy about asking the interviewer to repeat something you are not sure you heard or understood. Show your level of interest by the inflection in your voice and what you say, e.g. "I'm excited to be considered for this position".
  • One-on-one interview: One person interviews the candidate and makes the hiring decision. These interviews can range from being very informal and conversational to being more formal and structured. Show enthusiasm, maintain good eye contact and be professional.
  • Panel interview: If you are being interviewed by a group of people, remember to make eye contact with all of your interviewers. Connect first with the person who asked you the question and then glance at the others in the room to gauge their responses and interest, finally, re-connect with the person who initially asked you the question. Try to link your answers to others that were asked and get the interviewers to talk among themselves. Make sure you get the names and roles of all of those who participated in the interview.

Common Interview Questions
  • Tell me about yourself. (This is often an ice-breaker question. Keep the answer job or skill related.)
  • Why do you want to join this company? (This is your chance to tell what you know from the research you completed ahead of time.)
  • What do you consider to be your weaknesses? (Think of something that you struggle with but that you’re already working to improve it.)
  • What is your greatest strength? (Choose your strength that is most targeted to this particular position and it would be better if you can follow it up with a real-life example of how you've demonstrated this trait in a professional setting.)
  • Why did you leave your last job? (Answer with a positive statement. Try not to say: "I was fired," "terminated," "quit," or "couldn't get along with coworkers or supervisor". However, you can say: "new job," "contract ended," "seasonal," "temporary," "career change," "returned to school," to raise a family," or "relocated.")
  • Why have you been unemployed for such a long time? (Tell the truth. Emphasize that you were looking for a good company where you can settle and make a contribution.)
  • Do you have any questions for us? (Make sure you prepare a couple of questions for the interviewer before going to the interview. Remember each question you ask will tell something about you so ask smart specific questions.)

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Interview Tips
1. Research on the organization before the interview.
2. Practice interviewing.
3. Go alone. Do not take children or friends.
4. Greet the interviewer.
5. Make frequent eye contact.
6. Smile, be polite and try to relax.
7. Listen carefully to the questions asked. Ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are confused.
8. Answer questions as directly as possible.
9. Be positive and make positive statements.
10. If you've worked before, talk about what you have achieved.
11. Use examples of how your skills and abilities would fit the job.

At the end of Interview
1. Thank the interviewers for their time.
2. Shake hands if possible.

After the interview
Be sure to write a thank you note to the employer or interviewer a day after the interview. This is very important because a thank you note gives you one more chance to remind the employer about the special skills that you can bring to the company.

Thank You Letter Sample
March 23, 200X
Recipient’s Name
Job Title
Organization’s Name
Organization’s Address
Dear Mr. /Ms. “Recipient’s Last Name”,
Thank you for meeting with me yesterday to discuss the summer marketing internship with Greenhouse Marketing Company. I am very interested in this opportunity and feel that my experience meets all of the qualifications we discussed in our meeting. I can see how my previous internships have prepared me for this position and I know I will make a positive contribution to your organization.
I am especially excited about the internship research project you discussed since it would be something I would enjoy taking part in as well as a way to add to my knowledge and experience in marketing. I appreciate the time you spent discussing the project planned for this summer and I have already developed some ideas on what areas we would need to research before beginning the project.
Thank you again for your time and consideration and, as we discussed, I will contact you next week to follow up on the interview.

(Your Signature)
Your Name.