What Exactly is an Interview?

  • How employers evaluate applicants.
  • The most popular way to select candidates.
  • An opportunity to find out if role and company are a good fit for YOU!

Goals of Interviewing

  • Goals for the Interviewer
    • To learn about a potential candidate’s strengths.
    • Will the candidate be a good fit for the organization?
    • How can these strengths be applied within the job?
  • Goals for the Interviewee
    • Impress the employer with your knowledge, experience, achievements, and communication skills.
    • Learn more about the role and company.
    • Gain a job offer.
  • Remember!
    you are seeking a position that is well suited for you just as much as the interviewer is seeking someone qualified for the position.

Types of Interviewing

  • 1. Phone Interview
    Phone Interview
    1. Anticipate the call
    2. Get dressed as if you are going to the interview
    3. Smile the whole time
    4. Listen carefully to the questions
    5. Make sure you are in a quiet location
    6. Take notes on things to remember
    7. Speak clearly when replying to questions
    8. Write down questions to ask after the interview
  • 2. Skype Interview
    Skype Interview
    1. Test your equipment prior to the interview
    2. Make eye contact with the lens
    3. Warm up and practice
    4. Dress for success and smile
    5. Watch your body language
    6. Make sure your background is clean
    7. Be enthusiastic and give it your all
  • 3.One-on-one Interview
    One-on-one Interview
    1. Most common interview type
    2. Tend to be more structured
    3. Conversational format with the interviewer driving the agenda
    4. First impressions, body language, and other non-verbal important
    5. You must provide detailed answers to questions
  • 4. In Person Interview
    In Person Interview
    1. Make a great first impression
    2. Shake hands before and after the interview
    3. Be aware of body language
    4. Make eye contact and smile
    5. Speak clearly
    6. Reiterate your interest in the job
    7. Dress professionally
  • 5. Search Committees and Panel Interviews
    Search Committees and Panel Interview
    1. Before the interview ask for the name of persons on the panel
    2. Have written questions to ask
    3. Stay calm and speak loud enough and clearly
    4. Dress for Success
    5. Bring enough copies of your resume
    6. Look at the person asking you the question
    7. Make eye contact with everyone when answering 
    8. Shake hands with all interviewers before and after
    9. Thank them for the opportunity


Describe the situation that you were in. Give enough detail for the interviewer to understand.


Describe the task that you needed to accomplish.


Describe the action you took. Don’t tell what you might do – tell them what you actually did.


What was the result? How did the situation end? What did you accomplish/learn?

How to Handle Illegal Questions

You do not have to reveal any private information that does not relate to your ability to perform on the job. If you don't wish to discuss something that you fear might wrongfully be used against you, then you should tactfully say that question does not relate to your abilities to perform the job.

Examples of Illgeal Questions:

  • Are you married?
  • Do you have any kids? Are you planning to have any(more)?
  • What political party do you belong to?
  • Do you have any illnesses we should know about?
  • What nationality are you?
  • What church do you go to?
  • Do you smoke?