Be Aware of Your Body Language and Tone of Voice
It is important to be relaxed and confident. When asked a question, be thoughtful and take your time in formulating your answer. Try to avoid giving “canned” answers. Remember, this is your opportunity to communicate your value.
Engage in the following interview behaviors:
- When talking about yourself, focus on your major strengths and accomplishments as they relate to the employer’s needs. Stress your most important qualities – your skills, strengths, and accomplishments.
- Try to formulate answers that stress your contribution to the position, employer and organization. Employers are looking for someone who likes to contribute.
- Turn potential negatives into positives by being prepared to explain everything on your resume – including what isn’t on your resume. Respond to questions about potential weak spots in your resume (such as long periods of unspecified time) with answers that reflect something positive you’ve learned or experienced.
- Be a good listener and speak with a focus.
- Direct your end of the conversation toward the needs and wants of employers.
- Answer and ask questions directly and in detail.
- Give positive nonverbal clues and feedback – open body position, pleasant facial expression, etc.
- Make the interviewer at ease by being receptive to your interviewer and participate enthusiastically in the interview.
Take Initiative by Asking Questions
- What would be my duties and responsibilities?
- Where does this position fit into the organization?
- Is this a new position?
- What is the review process for being offered a position after the new grad program?
- What kind of person are you looking for?
- When was the last person promoted?
- What is the best experience and background for this position? Please tell me your ideal candidate.
- To whom would I report?
- What are your expectations for the chosen candidate?
- May I talk with present and previous employees about this job and organization?
- What problems might I expect to encounter on this job (efficiency, quality control, declining profits, temporary nurses)?
- What has been done recently in regards to .
- How are raises and promotions normally determined?
- How do you measure and reward performance?
- What does the future look like for this organization?
Taking notes demonstrates you are engaged in the conversation and interested in the information being exchanged. An appropriate time to take notes is when the interviewer provides answers to your questions.
After a position is offered
- Be prepared to ask the questions regarding benefits. These include asking about hours, vacation, sick days, etc. (A more complete list of questions is provided in the Salary and Benefits Guide on page 13.)
- Always ask for the offer in writing.
After a position is not offered
- Rule #1: Don’t panic and don’t worry!
- Ask for a time frame for when a hiring decision will be made.
- Ask if it is acceptable to call or email in a week to follow up if there has not been any contact.