Interview General guidelines - Interview preparation

  • Dress appropriately for the interview and the job. Don't overdress or look too informal.
  • Always go to the interview alone. Arrange for baby sitters, transportation, and other pitfalls ahead of time so that you can be on time and relaxed in the interview.
  • Find common ground with the employer. Pictures, books, plants, etc., in the employer's office can be conversation.
  • Express your interest in the job and the company using information you gathered to prepare for the interview.
  • Let the interviewer direct the conversation.
  • Answer the interview questions in a clear and positive manner. Show how your experience and training will make you productive in the shortest time with minimal supervision.



  • Speak positively of former employers and co-workers no matter why you left -- even if you were fired from your last job.
  • Let the employer lead into conversations about benefits. Your focus on these items can make it look like you're more concerned with your compensation than the job itself. But, don't be afraid to ask questions about things that you really need to know.
  • When discussing salary, be flexible -- avoid naming a specific salary. If you're too high, you risk not getting the job. If you're too low, you undersell yourself. Answer questions on salary requirements with responses such as, "I'm interested in the job as a career opportunity so I'm negotiable on the starting salary." Negotiate, but don't sell yourself short.


Interview General guidelines - Interview preparation

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