Interview Skills

Face to Face Interview
The following tips have been created by NC to assist in successful interviews ! Here are some suggestions to help in preparation for your interviews. We ask that you review them carefully. We hope that you find something here that will help make your interviews more successful.

The Five "P's" :

  • Punctual
  • Polite
  • Professional
  • Positive
  • Pro-Active

Before the interview :

  • Dress appropriately.
  • Look neat, clean and well groomed.
  • Know where the interview is located and how long it will take to get there.
  • Allow time for traffic, parking and last minute distractions.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early (but no earlier) so you can feel calm and relaxed when the interview begins.
  • Bring two or three copies of your resume and references.
  • Turn off your cell phone!
  • Relax.

During the interview :

  • Be professional.
  • Watch the interviewer for clues about how the interview is progressing.
  • Find the delicate balance between listening and talking.
  • Do not be afraid to ask clarifying questions about the interviewer's questions.
  • Anticipate the unexpected.
  • Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job.
  • You may have other irons in the fire but you want to demonstrate your sincere interest in this position.
  • Be aware of your non-verbal behavior.
  • Maintain good eye contact.
  • Pay attention to your posture, facial expressions and hand gestures.

After the Interview :

  • It is time to evaluate your interview and send a follow-up thank you.

Evaluate your interview :
Use the interview as a learning experience, evaluate it and make your own notes right after it. Think about your performance and the ways you can improve for your next interview.

  • It is time to evaluate your interview and send a follow-up thank you.
  • What questions were asked?
  • What questions did you wish you had answered differently?
  • Did you present your qualifications in the best manner possible, giving appropriate examples as evidence?
  • Did you emphasize how your skills are related to the role?
  • Did you talk too much? Too little?
  • What questions do you wish you had asked the interviewer?
  • What changes can you make for your next interview?

Follow-up :
In today's competitive job market, little things such as writing thank you letters can make a big difference.
After an interview, a thank you should be sent to all the people with whom you interviewed.
A thank you letter can be a formal written letter, a handwritten note or an email.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS - May ask in interview :
Think of the obvious questions such as those listed below and work out honest and persuasive answers.

  • Why do you want to join us?
  • What can you bring to the job/company?
  • Tell me about your last/present job?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • Why are you leaving your present job?
  • How would you set about tackling this job if you are successful?
  • What do you think the main differences will be between your last/present job and this one?
  • Do you have any questions you want to ask?

Do :

  • Be positive
  • Watch your body language (it gives the impression of putting up a barrier between you and the interviewer)
  • make frequent eye contact & good posture is important
  • Listen & Reply to any questions clearly and concisely
  • Make a note of points to return to
  • Be courteous to everyone you meet & Be honest

Don't :

  • Fidget
  • Let your mind wander
  • Be afraid to sell yourself
  • Just answer with a yes or no - expand