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Interview Success PlanSM
Step 6 - Interview Game
Many books are available that discuss interview behavior.
Among the best
and least expensive sources are the guidelines available through your organization's
personnel office. Why? Because the guidelines are often the basis for formal training in
Here are our top tips:
- Dont smoke, chew gum, tobacco, or anything else.
Make a positive and professional first impression by being
assertive and giving a firm handshake to each interviewer and addressing each interviewer
as they are introduced.
Reinforce your professionalism and your
ability to communicate effectively by speaking clearly and
avoiding "uhs", "you knows", and slang.
Use appropriate wording. You wont receive extra points
for every word that has more than 10 letters. Use technical terms only when appropriate to
Use positive words.
Instead of "if", "I think", "I feel" and
"I wish" use "when", "I am" and "I
Establish rapport by relating to each interviewer. Note the
wording that is used by each interviewer and when appropriate use similar words. Maintain
eye contact with each of the interviewers throughout the interview.
Sit comfortably. Sit erectly, but dont sit stiffly or
sprawl over the chair.
Project confidence and a positive attitude.
of your voice, posture, energy level, and enthusiasm. Make hand gestures
to emphasize important points, but avoid distracting gestures or making too many hand gestures.
Smile confidently, but not to the
point where you would appear to be too casual. Smiling will also
help you relax and establish a rapport with the interviewers.
Emphasize your strengths and qualifications that make a
compelling reason that you are the ideal person for the job.
Dont dominate the interview. Time does not equal
Manage weaknesses or barriers so that they appear to be
indications of your strengths.
Be attentive. Listen
to each question carefully and dont interrupt. If you
aren't sure of what is being asked, politely request that the question
Close the interview with a strong
closing statement of your qualifications for the job.
Thank the interviewers. Shake their hands individually
and thank each interviewer by name.