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During the Interview

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Be aware of your disposition

  • Establish rapport with a smile, good eye contact, and a firm handshake. Show interest through your communications, ask questions or make comments that show your interest in the conversation.
  • Listen to yourself (to avoid saying too much or too little).
  • Never be defensive.
  • Avoid negatives about yourself or your abilities, or past employers.
  • Be aware of your non-verbal behavior (eye contact, posture, tone of voice, nervous habits, etc.).
  • Show enthusiasm for the position by being sincere, direct, and earnest.

Show your interest and your competence

  • Be able to articulate what you are looking for and what you can offer.
  • Always be specific about what skills you have and how they match the needs of the interviewer.
  • Give direct examples of situations in which you have used your abilities.
  • Be able to discuss weaknesses.
  • Reflect before answering questions--give the interviewer time to ask the entire question and show that you are serious about the answer.
  • If you do not understand the question, politely ask to have it clarified.
  • Raise questions at the appropriate time to show interest in the position.
  • Make sure that you thank the interviewer for their time and get their business card for follow-up after the interview.

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