Let's Get to Work: Having a Good First Interview (Part 2)

 
by Lauren Robinson, Seattle Goodwill
September 18, 2012
 

You've prepared as much as you can for your first interview for a new job - the next step is getting through the actual interview!  Follow these tips to make sure you leave the best possible impression on your interviewer. 

During the interview:

  • Don't be afraid to make small talk with the interviewer as you both are getting settled for the interview.  If you can connect with your interviewer right away, you are more likely to stay comfortable through-out the interview, which means you are more likely to speak eloquently and with confidence.
  • Be sure to emphasize how much you are interested in the job opportunity.  While you might assume your presence indicates your interest, it doesn’t hurt to show that you are passionate about the job.
  • If you have qualifications that you would like to share that aren't being touched on by the interviewer's questions, feel free to mention them.  It's important that you communicate why you think you are the best person for the job, even if not prompted.
  • Ask the person interviewing you a couple of questions related to their job or their time working for the organization.  If appropriate, tie their responses back to the job you’re applying for or your own qualifications.  Genuine curiosity will show that you care more about working for the organization than simply getting a paycheck.
  • Sit up straight, and try to stay relaxed and composed.  Remember, an interview is really just a conversation, albeit a formal one.

After the interview:

  • Follow up with a thank you to everyone you interviewed with.  The thank you can be in the form of your original cover letter, either an email or mailed paper copy, and should include a sentence that concisely reiterates your interest in the position and your belief that you are the best person for the job.

 


 

Lauren Robinson is the Digital Communications Coordinator at Seattle Goodwill.

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