INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES


interview techniques


The Handshake
  • Keep your right hand free
  • Meet the other person’s hand "web to web"
  • Keep hand in a vertical position
  • Shake from the elbow, not the wrist
  • Two to three smooth pumps
  • Workshop Topics
  • Purpose of the Interview
  • Preparing for the Interview
  • Typical Structure of the Interview
  • Typical Questions
  • After the Interview
Purpose of the Interview for:
  • The Candidate
    • Clarify responsibilities of the position
    • Determine if you can/will do the job
    • Determine "fit"
  • The Interviewer
    • Evaluate candidate based on qualifications and recruiter needs
    • Determine "fit"
  • Questions When Scheduling
    • How long will the interview last?
    • How many candidates will be interviewing?
    • With whom will I be interviewing?
    • Is there anything I should bring with me?
    • Know the Recruiter
    • Product or Service
    • Sales/Assets
    • Competition
    • History
    • Field Offices
    • Industry Trends
    • Chain of Command
    • Size
  • Resources for Researching the Recruiter
Know Yourself
  • Why do you want to work for the firm?
  • What can you do for the company?
  • Your accomplishments/experience
  • Your strengths/weaknesses
  • Your initiative, goals and attitudes
  • Your responses should be unique and specific
What to Bring to the Interview
  • Portfolio
  • Copies of your resume
  • List of Professional References
  • College transcripts
  • Federal application
  • Two quality pens
  • Notepad
Ten Tips
  • Arrive on time
  • Introduce yourself in a courteous manner
  • Read company literature while you wait
  • Use body language to show interest
  • Listen
Typical Structure of an Interview
  • Small talk
  • "Tell me about yourself!"
  • Discussion of your background and how it relates to the position
  • Your opportunity to ask questions
  • Conclusion