Interview Tips, Part II

Interview Tips, Part II

We’re following up from a post we shared with you on January 9, 2012. Here are some more interview tips that might help when you get contacted for an interview.

1)      Read through the job description again before the interview. You’ll want to do this before you apply to the job in the first place, but a quick review of the job description will help refresh your memory.

2)      If there is more than one interviewer and they take turns asking you questions, turn to that interviewer when he or she asks their question. When you’re answering, answer to the entire group.

3)      Follow up.

  1. Did a question trip you up during the interview? Did the answer come to you after the interview was over? Send an email or give the head of the search committee a call to give them your answer.
  2. Shows you don’t give up and that you are interested in the position.

4)      Send a handwritten thank you note to each interviewer.

5)      Make eye contact and smile!

We’ll also have a few tips on what not to do and what to do during a phone interview. Good luck, BPSers!

Interview Tips, Part I

Your next interview might a long way off, but it’s never a bad idea to be prepared. Here are a few tips that will help you impress next time you’re on the job hunt:

1)      Make a dry run to the interview site a few days beforehand. You’ll be able to determine how much time you need to get ready and be there on time.

2)      Choose comfortable, layered interview clothes. You’re going to be nervous so you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible. There’s also no way of knowing how warm or cold the interview room will be. If the room is cold, you’ll be warm and if the room is warm, you can shed a layer and still be professional.

3)      Think about what kind of questions you might be asked and come up with some good answers. Some common interview questions:

  1. What did you like about your previous position?
  2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  3. What drew you to this position?

4)      Bring a copy of your resume and references. Yes, your interviewers will have a copy, but just in case there’s an extra interviewer, you’ll show you were prepared for her or him.

5)      Take notes. Bring a nice notebook and pen to write down anything that will help you answer questions. You can also write down the names and correct spelling of your interviewers’ names. When it comes time to send the thank you note after the interview, you’ll have all the information you need.

We’ll have more interview tips in the coming weeks and months so stay tuned!