On Site Interview Tips

Preparation Before You Go to Your Interview

Know your resume and questions that could be asked from it. Review your major accomplishments, strengths and weaknesses. Learn all you can about the company and product in advance. Arrive 15 minutes early. Late attendance is never excusable.

Dress to Impress

Professional Dress!

  • Two piece solid or pinstriped (dark color preferable) suit w/ polished shoes
  • Do not wear excessive jewelry or heavy cologne/perfume.

Winning Questions to Ask

  • Get the interviewer to describe the position and responsibilities early in the conversation so you can relate your skills and background to the position throughout the interview.
  • Clarify questions. Be sure you answered the questions the employer really asked.
  • Don’t answer vague questions. Rather than answering questions you think you hear, get the employer to be more specific and then respond.
  • Be aware of what your body language is saying. Smile, make eye contact, don’t slouch and maintain composure.

An interview should be a mutual exchange of information, not a one-sided conversation. Below are examples of conversation prompts:

  • Why was this position created?
  • What are the primary objectives during the first six months?
  • What is the most urgent or difficult part of the job?
  • Why did the previous person in this position leave?
  • What freedom would I have in getting the job done?
  • When will you be making your decision to fill this position?

Listening, This is probably the most important ability of all. By concentrating not only on the employer’s words, but also on the tone of voice and body language, you will be able to pick up on the employer’s style. Once you understand how a hiring authority thinks, pattern your answers accordingly and you will be able to better relate to him or her. Don’t ramble. Long answers often make the speaker sound apologetic or indecisive.

Closing the Interview

  • Express strong interest in pursuing the job regardless of your immediate impressions.
  • State that you feel that your strengths fit well with their needs.
  • Express confidence that you can handle the job. Stress teamwork and people skills
  • Ask for the job; this may be your only opportunity to do so.

If you feel that the interview went well and you would like to take the next step, express your interest to the hiring authority and turn the tables a bit. Try something like the following:

“After hearing more about your company, the position and the responsibilities at hand, I am certain that I possess the qualities that you are looking for in the (title) position. Based on our conversation and my qualifications, are there any issues or concerns that you have¬†that would lead you to believe otherwise?”

You have a right to be assertive. This is a great closing question because it opens the door for the hiring authority to be honest with you about his or her feelings. If concerns do exist, this is a great opportunity to overcome them. You have one last chance to dispel the concerns, sell your strengths and end the interview on positive note..