SuccessM5S8 InterviewingM5S8 Interviewingis a derivative of“Interviewing”from “College Success” by LindaBruce provide by Lumen Learning and licensed underCC BY 4.0.“M5S8 Interviewingis licensed underCC BY 4.0byIRSC.One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.—Arthur Ashe, champion tennis playerPreparing For a Job InterviewIf your résumé and cover letter have served their purposes well, you will be invited toparticipate in an interview with the company or organization you’re interested in.Congratulations! It’s an exciting time, and your prospects for employment are verystrong if you put in the time to be well prepared.In this section we look at how to get ready for an interview, what types of interviews youmight need to engage in, and what kinds of questions you might be asked.Preparing Effectively for a Job InterviewReview the Job DescriptionWhen you prepare for an interview, your first step will be to carefully read and rereadthe job posting or job description. This will help you develop a clearer idea of how youmeet the skills and attributes the company seeks.Research the Company or OrganizationResearching the company will give you a wider view of what the company is looking forand how well you might fit in. Your prospective employer may ask you what you knowabout the company. Being prepared to answer this question shows that you took timeand effort to prepare for the interview and that you have a genuine interest in theorganization. It shows good care and good planning—soft skills you will surely need onthe job.1
Practice Answering Common QuestionsMost interviewees find that practicing the interview in advance with a family member, afriend, or a colleague eases possible nerves during the actual interview. It also createsgreater confidence when you walk through the interview door. In the “InterviewQuestions” section below, you’ll learn more about specific questions you will likely beasked and corresponding strategies for answering them.Plan to Dress AppropriatelyInterviewees are generally most properly dressed for an interview in business attire,with the goal of looking highly professional in the eyes of the interviewer.Come PreparedPlan to bring your résumé, cover letter, and a list of references to the interview. Youmay also want to bring a portfolio of representative work. Leave behind coffee, chewinggum, and any other items that could be distractions.Be ConfidentAbove all, interviewees should be confident and “courageous.” By doing so you make astrong first impression. As the saying goes, “There is never a second chance to make afirst impression.”Interview Types and TechniquesEvery interview you participate in will be unique: The people you meet with, theinterview setting, and the questions you’ll be asked will all be different from interview tointerview.