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50 Quick Interview Tips

  1. Identify your accomplishments before you go on an interview.
  2. Donít let your guard down. No matter how friendly the interviewer is, you must always remember that she/he is not your friend.
  3. Answer the interviewerís questions in a direct and concise manner.
  4. Identify your needs and match them to the needs of an employer.
  5. Dress in a manner that your position calls for.
  6. Maintain direct eye contact with the interviewer; this will show that you are confident in your abilities and that you have nothing to hide.
  7. Donít bring up salary first.
  8. Develop questions of your own that demonstrate your interest and knowledge in working with the company.
  9. Send a thank-you letter to all individuals with whom you interviewed.
  10. Be aware of your language. Avoid vocal fillers such as ďlikeĒ or ďumĒ.
  11. Answer questions within 60 seconds or you will lose your listener.
  12. Ask for a copy of the job description.
  13. Make sure that you show interest in and enthusiasm for working for the employer.
  14. Be prepared, but donít sound rehearsed.
  15. Expect to answer the question, ďTell me about yourself.Ē
  16. Be aware of the interviewerís body language and adapt yours to match hers.
  17. Give yourself 24 hours before you accept or decline a position.
  18. Remember that you are interviewing the company as well.
  19. Before the interview ends, ask if you should clarify or elaborate on any points.
  20. Be prepared to expand on the information you provided in the resume.
  21. Always show up on time.
  22. Be as honest as you can without hindering your chances of landing a job offer.
  23. When filling out a job application, make sure you read and follow the instructions carefully.
  24. Thank the interviewer for his time.
  25. Attend an interview workshop, read a book on interviewing, or hire a coach to guide you through the process.
  26. Listen carefully to the questions that are being asked and try to determine their hidden meaning.
  27. Ask for the interviewerís business card so that you will have the proper spelling of his or her name as well as job title, address, and phone number.
  28. No matter how great you were during the interview, continue your job search until you have accepted a job offer.
  29. Bring your social security card, working papers (if applicable), and driverís license or state ID to every interview.
  30. Maintain a positive and upbeat demeanor; never let them see you sweat.
  31. Answer the question that is being asked; donít go off on tangents.
  32. Be aware of your tone and body language.
  33. Establish rapport with the interviewer.
  34. Donít interrupt the interviewer when she is speaking.
  35. Donít hog the interview with your agenda.
  36. Be patient during the interview process. You may be asked to attend more than one interview before a job offer is put on the table.
  37. Expect to be nervous.
  38. Donít overstay your welcome; recognize cues that the interview is coming to an end.
  39. At the end of the interview, ask the interviewer what the next step will be.
  40. If you get the impression that the interview is not going as planned, donít show your disappointment; remain calm.
  41. The purpose of the first interview is not to get a job offer; it is to be invited to a second interview.
  42. Know the organizationís needs and culture before the interview.
  43. Be yourself.
  44. Donít speak negatively about your present or past employer.
  45. Wait until you are offered a seat before you sit down.
  46. Interact with the interviewer; donít react.
  47. Pace yourself; if you need extra time to think of an answer, take it.
  48. Write down your thoughts and impressions of the interview immediately after it is over.
  49. At the end of the interview, make sure you ask for the job.
  50. Allow sufficient time between interviews.

- Linda Matias provides resources to effectively answer top job-interview questions. For more information, go to