Interview Skills

Getting Ready

  • Research the school/school board or general employer
  • Learn as much as you can about the position
  • Improve your appearance – get a haircut, manicure, shine your shoes, trim your nails, etc.
  • Practice answering questions – Practice out loud, by yourself, book a mock interview to receive feedback
  • Develop insightful questions to ask
  • Review examples of your successes at work
  • Confirm the time, date, place and details of the interview
  • Get enough rest
  • Be prepared for the unexpected
  • Bring extra resumes

Arriving At The Interview

  • Make sure you arrive 10-15 minutes early to the reception area
  • Review your notes and resume
  • Take a few deep breaths and relax
  • No smoking beforehand; no gum or mints

During The Interview

  • Be enthusiastic
  • Offer a firm handshake
  • Correctly pronounce the name of the interviewer
  • Maintain good eye contact with all interviewers
  • Focus on your ability to do the job. Do not talk about personal problems
  • Be specific. Think of concrete examples that illustrate your skills
  • Emphasize your qualifications
  • Speak positively about co-workers and former employers

Closing The Interview

  • Emphasize your interest
  • Summarize your qualifications
  • Thank the interviewer for the opportunity
  • Find out when you can call to follow up and/or when they anticipate making a decision
  • If offered the job, take time to evaluate it before accepting or rejecting

After The Interview

  • Write and send a thank you letter within 24-48 hours
  • Jot down your impressions of the interview and the job
  • Review your performance and decide what you did well and what needs work