Module 27: Managing the Interview Process
April 1 2012
What’s the best interview strategy?
- Prepare so that you get what you want.
- Develop an overall strategy based on your answers to these 3 questions:
o What do you want the interviewer to know about you? (pick about 2-5points)
o What disadvantages or weaknesses do you need to minimize?
o What do you need to know about the job and the organization to decide whether to
accept this job if it is offered to you?
What to Wear?
- Should be at least as formal as the clothing of the person likely to interview you.
- When the interview is scheduled, ask the person who invites you whether the company has a
- If you’re interviewing for a management or office job, wear a business suit in a conservative
colour and a season-appropriate fabric.
- If you’re interviewing for a position that involves working, visiting or supervising muddy or ditty
sites, wear sturdy clothes that suggest you’re willing to get dirty.
- Consider the corporate culture.
- Choose comfortable shoes.
- Take care of all the details
What Details Should I think about?
- Decide what you’ll wear, how to get there, and what you’ll bring with you.
How to Get there?
- If you’re going to a place you haven’t been before, do a practice run at the same time of day
your interview is scheduled for.
- On the day of the interview, leave early enough so that you’ll get to the interview 15 minutes
early. What to Bring to the Interview?
- Bring extra copies of your resume.
- If your campus placement office has already given the interviewer a data sheet, present the
resume at the beginning of the interview.
- Bring something to write on, something to write with and a typed list of the questions you want
- Bring copies of your work or a portfolio. You don’t need to present these unless the interview
calls for them, but they can be very effective.
- Bring the names, addresses, and phone numbers of your references if you haven’t already
- Bring complete details about your work history and education, including dates and street
addresses, in case you’re asked to fill out an application form.
What Notes to Take
- During or immediately after the interview, write down the details:
o The name of the interviewer, or all the people you talked to, if it’s a group interview or
an office visit.
o The traits/facts the interviewer seemed to like best about you.
o Any negative points or concerns that came up that you need to counter in your follow-
up letter or phone calls
o Answers to your questions about the company
o Details you’ll want to include in your follow-up thank you letter.
What should I practise before the interview?
- Practise everything, and often; practice builds confidence.
- Rehearse everything you can.
- Ask a friend to help interview you and tape the interview.
- Saying out loud is surprisingly harder than saying them in your head.
How to Act
- There’s no point in assuming a radically different persona, if you do, you run the risk of getting
into a job that you’ll hate (though the persona you assumed might have loved it.)
- To increase your confidence, review your positive personality traits and accomplishments – the
things you’re especially proud of having done – in writing. - Every interview repeats the advice that parents often give: sit up straight, don’t mumble, look at
people when you talk.
Parts of the Interview
- Every interview has an opening, a body and a close.
- In the opening ( 2- 5 minutes), good interviewers will try to put you at ease.
o Might open with easy questions about your major or interests.
o Others open by telling about the job or the company.
- The body of the interview ( 10 minutes to an hour) is an all-too-brief time for you to highlight
your qualifications and find out what you need to know to decide if you want to accept a second
o Expect questions that allow you to showcase your strong points
o Questions that probe weaknesses evident from your resume.
o Will also try to sell you on the company and give you an opportunity to ask questions.
- In close of the interview ( 2 – 5 minutes), the interviewer will usually tell you what happens
o Close with an assertive statement
How Should I answer Traditional Interview Questions?
- Choose answers that fit your qualifications and your interview strategy.
o Use the company name during the interview
o Support their claims with specific details