Wednesday, August 25, 2010

10 Short and Sweet Thoughts on Interviewing

By Eric Chaiken

  1. Dress professionally. Even if the culture is fairly relaxed, dress on the professional side.
  2. During the interview you are also assessing the company to see if it's a place you would like to work. Make sure you ask questions - you have more control in an interview than you think.
  3. Eye contact! Have you ever had a conversation with a person who seems to be staring a hole through your head? If you get uncomfortable with eye contact, start focusing on the place right between their eyes and eyebrows. It will look like you are looking at their eyes.
  4. If you are sitting in a chair that swivels or rocks, don't do either. It can be distracting to the interviewer.
  5. It's ok to talk with your hands. Many of us naturally do this. Just don't exaggerate and distract the interviewer.
  6. Ask for a business card after the interview so you can follow up with a thank you letter.
  7. Behavioral questions prompt the telling of stories. If you hear a question phrased as "Tell me about a time.." or "Describe a time when..." you are being asked a behavioral question. Remember the STAR acronym to help you through the answer S (situation) T (task) A (action) R (result).
  8. Case interviewing is becoming more popular. To practice case interviewing I suggest reading the book Case in Point by Mark Cosentino. Also visit his website,, and visit WetFeet via the CMC intranet or the alumni career tools to find an insider guide on case interviewing.
  9. Arrive to interviews at least 15 minutes early, find the bathroom and make a final check on your appearance.
  10. Be kind to every person you meet at the interview site from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you exit the building.

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