General Guidelines for an Interview

  • Treat the interview as a sales call. Find out what the employer's needs are so you can sell yourself effectively.
  • Your interpersonal skills are more important than your background, experience or education.
  • Most individuals don't talk enough during an interview; they respond but do not initiate conversation.
  • Go into the interview with questions based on your agenda:
    • What do you want to communicate about yourself?
    • What impression do you want to make?
    • What do you need to learn about the employer?

The Value of Asking Questions

Asking appropriate questions helps you:

  • Understand what the employer needs so you can sell yourself effectively.
  • Assess whether you want the job.
  • Build a working relationship grounded in "give and take" communication.