Succeeding in a Job Interview Topic # 6405A Ryan Stokoszynski Job Interviews Job interviews are meetings allowing an employer to gather information about a potential applicant on a personal level. This interview can benefit both employers and applicants. Employers Benefit from Interviews The employer is able to determine the qualities the applicant possesses that may be used for the job Can verbally explain the job and duties Can judge applicant’s verbal skills Can ask about the resume Allows for impromptu responses to determine applicant’s ability to think on his or her feet. Applicants Benefit from Interviews To determine the exact duties of the job To explain why you should be chosen To explain why you are experienced and educated enough for the job To inquire about job security and hours Study the Employer If you come to the interview with knowledge of the employer and a developed interest, you will be better able to answer the questions asked of you. Dress Appropriately Dress neatly and be well-groomed. Remember that first impressions can be incredibly important. Be Prepared Bring a pen, notepad, letter of application, resume, and remember to have your social security number with you as well. Be Prompt Being on time for the interview is very important. It shows your level of interest in the position and sets a precedent to how you will react if given the job. Be Personable Have good manners, speak clearly and skillfully, and be confident of yourself. Concluding the Interview Take cues or hints from the interviewer as to when to end the interview. Remember to graciously thank him or her for the opportunity. Following Up Always send a letter of thanks. It’s alright to take this as one last opportunity to sell yourself to the potential employer. Controlling a Denial You can control your education or training in the field the employer was trying to fill. There are also things that the applicant cannot control – there are things that a certain employer might find as negative.