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Interview Scorecard

This is a neat little interactive presentation which gives good feedback to your answers to some of the most common interview questions. Click HERE to begin, then click on Open to download the program, then click on Next.

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Interview Etiquette Before the Interview
  • Your hair should be combed and clean.
  • Nails should be trimmed and clean.
  • Be conservative and err on the side of caution. If the company does not have a dress code, remember that its better to overdress than underdress. The "preppy" look will be more impressive than looking like a heavy-metal rocker.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before your interview. The extra minutes will also give time to fill out any forms or applications that might be required.
  • Always fill out an application, if presented to you. Some employers are required to use form applications, and you will not get the job if you refuse to use the proper form.
  • Turn off your cell phone or pager.
  • Don't assume that whoever greets you is the receptionist.
Interview Etiquette During the Interview
  • Make a positive and professional first impression by being assertive and giving a firm handshake to each interviewer and addressing each interviewer by name as he or she is introduced.
  • Reinforce your professionalism and your ability to communicate effectively by speaking clearly and avoiding "uhs", "you knows", and slang. Don't curse or use offensive language.
  • Use appropriate wording. You won't receive extra points for each word that has more than 10 letters. Use technical terms only when appropriate to the question.
  • Do not smoke or chew gum, even if they are offered to you.

Be Prepared to Answer the Following Questions

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Tell me about your background, accomplishments?
  • What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
  • How would you describe your most recent job performance?
  • What interests you about our company?
  • How do you stay professionally current?
  • What outside activities are most significant to your personal development?

Be Prepared to Ask the Following Questions

  • What would I be expected to accomplish in this position?
  • What are the greatest challenges in this position?
  • How do you think I fit the position?

Some DON'T's to Keep in Mind

  • Don't forget to bring a copy of your resume! Keep several copies in your briefcase if you are afraid you will forget.
  • Don't smoke, even if the interviewer does and offers you a cigarette. Do not chew gum.
  • Don't answer with a simple "yes" or "no." Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself which relate to the situation.
  • Don't lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and succinctly.
  • Don't make unnecessary derogatory remarks about your present or former employers. Obviously, there were issues or else you would not have left a prior company or be looking to leave a present employer. However, when explaining your reasons for leaving, limit your comments to those necessary to adequately communicate your rationale.
  • Don't over-answer questions. And if the interviewer steers the conversation into politics or controversial issues, try to do more listening than speaking since this could be a sensitive situation.
  • Don't inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, etc., on the initial interview unless you are sure the employer is interested in hiring you. If the interviewer asks what salary you want, indicate what you've earned but that you're more interested in opportunity than in a specific salary.
Interview Etiquette After the Interview
  • Shake each interviewer's hand and thank each interviewer by name.
  • Send a Cover Letter as soon after the interview as possible.






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