WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College

WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College

Interviews are a very important part of your job search and career success.  Employers use the interview to assess your transferable skills and adaptable skills as well as your specific job skills. They look at appearance, attitude, deportment, social skills, and your potential to be a team member.  The more time you spend preparing for an interview, the better will be your chances for successfully landing that desired position.

General Interviewing Tips

 Before the Interview

 Information to Take With You

 During the Interview

  Test (If the Employer Gives One)

Questions Employers Ask

Most job hunters make two critical mistakes when they are being questioned during an interview.  First, they fail to LISTEN TO THE QUESTION.  They risk annoying the interviewer either by answering a question not asked or by giving out a lot of excess information.  Second, they attempt to answer the questions with little or no REPARATION.  The more time and effort you put into anticipating possible questions and your responses, the better your chances will be of success in the interview.  Some nervousness is expected, but answer all questions honestly. 

The following questions are often asked by employers regardless of the job classification.  Study them and develop strong responses.

Before You Leave

 Do not jump up and run for the door when the interview is over.  Remain calm and give the impression that you would be comfortable working there. 

 After the Interview

  Take a moment to note your observations and impressions from the interview:

Send a Thank You Note

After the interview, or any time a potential employer spends time with you, you should follow up with a thank  you letter or card.  Take your cue from the interview itself.  If it was a formal encounter you should send a  formal thank you letter but if it is a friendly casual exchange, then a hand written note or card would be  appropriate.  If  sending a card, be sure it is has an emotionally or politically neutral theme.  So few people take the time to thank others for their effort that when you send a thank you, it will be noticed.