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Interview Tips

General Interview Preparation Congratulations! You’ve made it past the first hurdle to securing a job; you’ve landed an interview. And like any big presentation or test, preparation is the key to success.

  • Learn as much about the company and position as possible – study the company’s website, read the latest news articles associated with the company, know the company’s products and services, understand the company’s values, the competition, and most importantly, know the position you are applying for and the responsibilities associated with the position.
  • Think about how your IT experience relates to the job you’re seeking.
  • Practice interviews with friends, family members, or with yourself, in front of a mirror. Practice your answers out loud.
  • Plan your interview attire in advance and make sure your clothing is pressed and your hair and nails are well groomed.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the interview and, if possible, visit the site in advance and time how long it takes to get there.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume and a list of references.
During the Interview Did you know that non-verbal communication accounts for over 90% of the message you deliver during an interview? It is important that not only are the verbal messages you are sending well articulated, but your body language should send the right message too.

  • Proper posture displays confidence. Sit upright, lean forward and show a true interest in what is being said. This is also important on a phone interview.
  • Keep your hands loosely clasped in your lap or on the table.
  • Cross your legs at the ankles or place both feet flat on the floor to convey a confident and professional look during the job interview.
  • If the interviewer is talking and you want to show that you are actively listening, you need to instigate direct eye contact. Never hold the eye contact for more than a few seconds as that seems a little hostile, but keep coming back and remaking the eye contact.
  • Breathe and pause before answering a question, this gives you time to react in a thoughtful way and it ensures that the interviewer has finished the question.
  • You should interact with the interviewer as an equal, not a subordinate. If you can give the impression that you are relaxed, the interviewer will feel that they are doing their job well and relax too.