Career and Leadership Development

During the Interview

Dress Professionally. First impressions are important. Look professional.

Be on Time. Arrive about fifteen minutes early.

Know How You Communicate Nonverbally. Nonverbal communication makes up a significant part of all communication. How you dress, stand, sit, use your hands, move your head and eyes, how you listen, all work together to provide your interviewer with information about you.

Play the Part. Your evaluation begins as soon as you arrive. Maintain good posture, have a firm handshake, use eye contact, show enthusiasm, control any nervous mannerisms. Smile, be friendly, and maintain your composure throughout the interview. Be polite and respectful to everyone you come in contact with.

Be a Good Listener. Focus on the interviewer and the questions being asked and you will be less nervous and enable you to answer questions more directly and succinctly.

Be Prepared to Ask Questions. Remember the interview is an exchange of information. You can ask questions and seek clarification in order to make sure that the organization fits your professional goals. Write down questions you have prior to the interview and make sure to ask questions which may not have been answered.

Be Honest and Enthusiastic. Don't simply give yes and no answers, use specific examples whenever possible to illustrate your skills and accomplishments.