Whether you are being interviewed for a job because your name was on an eligible list or not, being prepared for your job interview will certainly improve your chances of being selected for the job.
- Do your homework. Find out what services the agency or bureau provides. Contact the agency's Personnel office for this information or go to each agency’s home page.
- Develop some questions to ask relevant to the job such as: how will my performance be evaluated; are there any opportunities for promotion or training?
- Take a trial run to the agency conducting the interview. Give yourself enough time to park and get inside on the day of the interview.
- Practice answering questions. Do a mock interview with your friends.
No one can predict the exact questions that an interviewer will ask, but you can rehearse your resume and get a good idea of a few important questions that the employer is likely to ask. Be prepared for some tough questions, such as:
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- How do I (the supervisor) know you can do the job?
- Tell me about the types of people you have trouble getting along with.
- Do you prefer to work by yourself or with others?
- Arrive 15 minutes early. Late attendance is never excusable.
- Dress and conduct yourself as a professional in your field. Don’t smoke, chew gum or bring a beverage. Don’t wear heavy cologne or perfume.
- Be polite to everyone including office staff. Smile and make eye contact.
- Keep your nervous habits under control. (Tapping your foot, bouncing your leg, etc.)
- Listen and be sure to answer the question. This is probably the most important “do” of all.
- Do not lie. Answer questions as truthfully as possible but do not make negative comments about your current or previous employer.
- Express thanks for the interviewer’s time and consideration.
Thank you letter
You should send a thank you letter out within 24 hours of the interview. Be sure to tell the interviewer how much you enjoyed meeting him or her. Express your enthusiasm for the job. Reiterate a specific selling point and establish your next point of contact.
The CMO conducts a workshop on what to expect on a job interview called Preparing for an Interview. For more information on this workshop, go to Workshops.
If you would like more information on preparing for an interview, please contact the CMO.