The Interview

There are two types of interviews.  There are phone interviews and there are in person interviews. 

Phone Interviews 

  • Prepare for the phone interview as you would for an in-person interview
  • Use a landline if possible.  If that isn’t possible and you need to use a mobile phone, ensure that the cell signal is strong in the place where you conducting the interview,
  • Be in a place where you can speak freely and that is free of distractions
  • Have your resume in front of you, as well as a pad of paper and a pen/pencil so you can take notes.
  • Keep a glass of water handy in case your throat gets parched.
  • Be upbeat and energetic while on the phone.  Consider standing during the interview to project better.
  • Write down the names of the people interviewing you.
  • Don’t use one word answers (“yes” or “no”).  Expand on your answers
  • At the end of the interview, thank them for their time and ask the interviewer what the next step is.

In-Person Interview

  • Dress professionally.  If you need to interview business casual, please let us know in advance so we can notify the client
  • Be on-time to the interview.  Plan on getting to the interview location at least 15 minutes early.  This will prevent you from being late and you also have the time to get organized.
  • Bring multiple copies of the resume that the client has, in the event that the client cannot locate your resume.
  • When you meet the interviewer, greet them with a firm handshake, good eye contact, and a friendly smile.
  • Answer the questions that are asked.  Be concise and don’t ramble.  Don’t use one word answers.  Be more descriptive to indicate your knowledge of the subject being discussed.
  • Make sure that the client gets a good understanding of what you bring to the table and how you can help them.
  • If you don’t know an answer to a question, don’t guess.  Tell the client that you don’t know the answer, Not knowing is a lot better than guessing wrong.
  • Keep the conversation professional and upbeat and never badmouth a previous position or manager.
  • At the conclusion of the interview, ask the interviewer if they have any concerns regarding your background or abilities to do the job and fit into the organization.  If they do, clear up those concerns the best you can. After you have done that ask the client what the next step in the interview process is.
  • Finally, thank the person for interviewing you verbally and with a good firm handshake, and let them know that you are very interested in the position.