Preparing for an Interview

Preparing for an Interview

  • Dress professionally, but comfortably. A collared shirt and slacks are appropriate attire for men; and a dress, or skirt (or slacks) and blouse for women.
  • Body language is an essential part of making a good impression. Sit up straight, maintain good eye contact, and try to engage the entire panel, not just the person who asked the question.
  • Be aware of your particular nervous habits, and avoid them. Try to convert your nervous energy into enthusiasum. Clasping your hands in your lap can help control stress-induced fidgesting. Try to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the interview.
  • Be sure to re-read your application before the interview. Anything you have written therein may come up in the questions, and it is embarassing to forget what you wrote.
  • Don't be surprised at unexpected questions. Prepare to think quickly. One of the most effective methods of practicing is to stage mock interviews with friends. Often they will ask harder questions than any panelist might.
  • Don't take too long on any one question. You want the panelists to ask you as many questions as possible, so that you have lots of chances to shine!
  • Be yourself.