Tips & Advice: Interview
An interview can be a very nerve-racking experience and our interviewers recognize that. There are several do’s and don’ts to take into account prior to the interview to help you feel more confident, be more prepared and ensure success.
- Prior to the interview make sure you review information about The Principal and have a reason for wanting to work for the company.
- Be prepared to provide a copy of your resumés and bring a notepad with you in case you want or need to take notes during the interview.
- Arrive on time well groomed, rested and alert.
- Shake the interviewers hand before and after the interview.
- Look the interviewer in the eye. Interviewers place a lot of emphasis on eye contact.
- Provide concise, direct answers that answer the question at hand. Sometimes less is more.
- SMILE, SMILE, SMILE – it can change the tone of your interview quickly and make you feel better.
- Let the interviewer set the pace of the interview and lead with questions.
- Create a list of questions to ask during the interview. In case you’re struggling, examples are below:
- What are the duties and responsibilities of the position?
- What does a typical day look like in the position?
- What do you like best about your role? Least?
- What has kept you with The Principal during your tenure?
- How would you describe the culture of the company?
- If selected for this role, what does the training model or process look like?
- Ask the interviewer when you will hear from her/her regarding next steps in the process. Make sure you get their contact information so you can follow up with a thank you e-mail or note to show you have a vested interest in the position and the company.
- Come unprepared, arrive late, or be underdressed.
- Have anything in your mouth except your teeth.
- Lean on or put you elbows on the desk or table.
- Show your nervousness by drumming your fingers swinging your leg, or cracking your knuckles.
- Overuse the interviewer’s name.
- Give one- and two-word answers. The interviewer is trying to get to know you.
- Dominate the conversation. Answer the questions with precise detail.
- Use slang, texting language or any other words not commonly used in a business environment.
- Try to overpower the interviewer with bragging or overstatements.
- Lie about anything.
- Talk about salary until later in the hiring process or until the recruiter brings it up.