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Art of Interviewing
Setting up an Appointment
  • Be pleasant and polite on the phone
  • Know the name of the position that interests you
  • Know what type of business the company does
  • Mark down all information (e.g., the time of your appointment, the name of the person you will be meeting with, and directions to the meeting place)

Filling out an Application
  • Write neatly. This is the permanent record the company will use to keep track of you
  • Have reliable references. They can be teachers, clergy, past employers, club advisors, or anyone who can speak highly of you.

During an Interview
  • Answer all questions honestly
  • Ask questions about the position, such as: What are the responsibilities of the position? What are the hours? Are there dress codes? What is the salary? Think of questions that will help you specifically decide about this position.
  • Be on time
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions, but do make sure questions are appropriate
  • Dress neatly and appropriately
  • Speak clearly and with confidence

Follow-Up
  • If called back by the employer, respond promptly. Even if not interested, a courteous response is recommended
  • If it is your responsibility to contact the company, do so at the suggested time, especially if you want the job
  • If you do not hear from the company, call and inquire if the position has been filled

Additional After-Interview Information
Be sure to think very carefully whether you really want the job. Do not take the first job offered to you if you do not want it. Starting a job and quitting a week later is not a good way to develop a professional reputation. Weigh the pros and cons of each job you interview for and choose the job that is best suited for you.