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During the Interview

The impression you make on the interviewer and staff of the company starts before the interview ever begins. How can you make a good first impression?

  • Be prompt. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for the interview. If needed, you can drive to the company location the night before to determine when you will need to leave to arrive early.
  • Professional Dress. Know how to dress appropriately. Make sure you pay attention to personal grooming.
  • Friendly. Be sure to be friendly and respectful to everyone in the office not just the interviewer.
  • Handshake. Give a firm handshake making eye contact with the person. Introduce yourself with confidence.
  • When the interview actually begins, be yourself and relax. You want to help the interviewer feel comfortable with you and about the situation. What can you do in the interview to make it a positive and successful experience?
  • Express interest, show confidence, and be enthusiastic.
  • Be honest with your responses.
  • Avoid nervous mannerisms.
  • Listen carefully to questions.
  • Answer questions using the STAR method with specific information and details.
  • Use good grammar.
  • Maintain good eye contact.
  • Use good posture at all times.
  • Wait to sit until you are invited to do so.
  • Don't speak negatively of former employers or professors.
  • Ask for the interviewer's business card.
  • Ask questions of the interviewer.
  • Close with a statement of appreciation for the interview and interest in the position.
  • Ask the interviewer when you can expect to hear from them about the interview.
  • Remember the interview is not over until you leave the company.