Interviewing Tips & Questions

Tips

Dressing for the Interview
In an interview there is a right and wrong way to dress. Consider the following tips when you are getting ready for your interview:

• Wear a classy suit or simple dress with a jacket.
• Dress in a higher style than the position calls for.
• Keep the make-up to a minimum.
• Fingernails should be well-manicured and polished in a clear or conservative color.
• Consider wearing low heels rather than killer spikes.
• Keep skirts and dresses at least knee length.

• Avoid wearing clothes that are tight, revealing, or trendy.
• Avoid loud fashions.
• Avoid excessive jewelry.
• Watch the length on your skirts and dresses.
• No Denim, No Crops, No Capri's.
• Watch your shoes and do not wear sandals.
• No halter/tank/crop/low cut tops or backless dresses

General Grooming Tips
• Don’t wear perfume.
• Use deodorant.
• Comb your hair.
• Brush your teeth & use mouthwash.
• Cover any tattoos.
• Get a good night’s sleep.
• Take a shower & shampoo your hair.
• Shave.

Mastering the Interview

Your resume and presentation have gotten you through the door. However, it is your interview that will get you the job you desire.

• Don’t bring anyone with you into the interview.
• Bring work samples if needed.
• Bring a new notebook and pen that works.
• Write the manager’s name, department, address and phone number in the notebook.
• Write the names, addresses, and phone numbers of your three references.
• Arrive 15 minutes before the interview begins.
• Make good eye contact.
• Provide a firm handshake.
• Keep good posture.
• Don’t fidget.
• Watch your grammar!
• No gum.
• Smile and look like you are excited to be there.
• LEAVE YOUR CELL PHONE IN THE CAR!

Questions

Questions, Questions, Questions

When answering questions consider the following tips:
• Be specific.
• Use examples from your experience.
• Refer to work samples.
• Most Importantly: Answer the question they are asking!

Questions to Expect During the Interview:
No matter what your career field is, most interviews begin with: “Relax and tell me a little about yourself.”
Other Possible Questions:
• Why do you want to work for…?
• What do you know about my company?
• Did you join any school activities?
• What do you plan to be doing for work five years from today?
• Give an example of a major problem you faced and how you solved it.
• Greatest strength/weakness.
• What motivates you to do a good job?
• Do you work better alone or with a group?
• What salary do you expect from this position?

Business Specific Questions

• What was your GPA?
• How long were you at . . . ?
• What would you do in this situation?
• What kind of animal would you like to be?
• How many ping pong balls could fit in a Volkswagen?
• What is your estimate of the U.S. online retail market for books?
• What were the steps you followed to accomplish that task?
• Can you give me a specific example of your leadership skills?

Education Specific Questions

• What is your philosophy of teaching?
• What is your behavior plan?
• What is the most important element or attribute you will bring to our school?
• Describe your teaching style. How do you accommodate different levels and learning styles?
• Describe your classroom management and how you keep kids actively engaged in learning.
• Don’t forget to connect your answers to the core content and standards!

Nursing Specific Questions

• Tell me about a situation with a difficult patient. How did you handle the situation? Would you handle it any differently now?
• Tell me what skills you can bring to this unit.
• Why do you want to work at this facility/unit?
• What about nursing inspires you? What about nursing is your passion?
• Tell me about a difficult situation with a co-worker or classmate. How did you handle the situation?
• Is there a nurse that you admire or a nurse that you have seen during your clinicals that you would like to emulate? What about this nurse made you admire him/her?

Questions You Can Ask Them:
• Can you describe a typical work day and the things I’d be doing?
• How would I get feedback on my performance?
• Why do you enjoy working for XYZ company?

Follow-up After the Interview:
• Don’t forget to send a thank you note.
• Keep the note brief and thank the manager for meeting with you.
• Send the note the very next day.
• Remind the manager in the note why you are the person they need to hire.

Information Taken From Career Resources: The Job Hunting Handbook

CareerBuilder
Job-Interview.net
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