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Nailing the Interview

There’s no greater feeling than nailing an interview. Here are some tips to help you prepare for both phone and in-person interviews and how to appropriately follow-up. Good luck!

Phone Interview Tips

  • Treat phone interviews as seriously as face to face interviews.
  • Make sure that you are in a quiet place, where you can concentrate and there is no distracting background noise.
  • Use a clear phone line.
  • Have a copy of your resume and the job description in front of you.
  • Have a list of questions prepared.
  • Conveying enthusiasm is difficult in a phone interview because you don’t have body language or facial cues to read from, therefore it is imperative that you speak clearly, loudly and don’t interrupt the interviewer.

Live Interview Tips

  • First impressions are lasting, so make sure yours is a good one.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the organization, what they do, and the position you are interviewing for.
  • Bring several copies of your resume, a portfolio, prepared questions, and take some notes.
  • Less is more when it comes to dressing, accessories, perfume, etc.
  • Answer questions thoroughly, but be aware of not going on and on and providing more than the interviewer is asking for. If they need further clarification, they will ask.
  • Make sure that you have very specific examples of things you have done, accomplished, created, etc.
  • Ask for next steps at the end of the interview and express sincere interest (if that is in fact the case) in moving forward in the process.

Interview Follow-Up

  • Send an emailed thank you note within 24 hours of your interview. If you feel the need to send a handwritten note, do so, but do not rely solely on that. Today’s world moves too fast, not sending a thank you note via email within 24 hours and you will miss the boat. (View Thank You Note Example)
  • If you have heard nothing after a few days, don’t hesitate to call or email for follow up.
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