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"Interview Day Preparation"
"Interview Game Plan"
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Interview Success PlanSM
Step 2: Potential Interview Questions
Identify potential interview questions in 7
- Match the underlined words (KSA's) to the
Question Bank Index categories in the Interview Question BankSM.
- Review the list of questions under
each KSA Question Bank category.
Many of the questions
are similar. Weve tried to include as many variations as practical.
People often make the mistake of studying specific questions. Study
questions and you'll be thrown off when the question is worded
differently or a different question is asked.
- In addition to the KSA's you've identified,
think about the knowledge and skills specific to
the job that you are interviewing for. For example, a heavy equipment
operator will have knowledge about safety rules specific to heavy
equipment. List the specific knowledge, skills, and "hot topics" specific to your job.
possible questions for the specific requirements and "hot topics". Check
out our "General Questions" heading in the Interview Question Bank. Youll find
a list of common questions that can apply to just about any technical or field expertise.
- Study the KSA questions and create mock or practice interviews.
Choose questions from each of the KSA Question Bank categories
that you've matched to the KSA's. Each practice interview
should consist of seven to fourteen questions. Tailor the questions
to fit the organization and specific job that you are interviewing for.
Include questions that
youve written for specific requirements or "hot topics"
- Ask your friend, roommate, significant other, spouse,
or coworker to help you. Have them create practice interviews by
pulling questions from the headings we've identified and from the questions you've written
for knowledge and "hot topics". You'll benefit from having somebody
else help you because: 1) you'll have to think on your feet, because you won't know what
the questions are; and 2) you can receive feedback on your body language (posture, the
pitch of your voice, hand movements), content, and the clarity of your answers. Ask your
"interviewer" to write down the questions and their comments.
Review the tips below from the Interview Game Plan
so that everything you do becomes second nature.
Make a positive
and professional first impression by being assertive and giving a
firm handshake to each interviewer and addressing each interviewer
as they are introduced.
professionalism and your ability to communicate effectively by
speaking clearly and avoiding "uhs", "you
knows", and slang.
words. Instead of "if", "I think", "I
feel" and "I wish" use "when", "I
am" and "I would"
by relating to each interviewer. Note the wording that is used by
each interviewer and when appropriate use similar words. Maintain
eye contact with each of the interviewers throughout the interview.
Sit erectly, but donít sit stiffly or sprawl over the chair.
Don't expect the
interviewers to have confidence in you, if you don't have confidence
in yourself. Project
confidence and a positive attitude. Maintain awareness of your
voice, posture, energy level, and enthusiasm. Make hand gestures to
emphasize important points, but avoid distracting gestures or making
too many hand gestures.
confidently, but not to the point where you would appear to be too
casual. Smiling will also help you relax and establish a
rapport with the interviewers.
or barriers so that they appear to be indications of your strengths.
Listen to each question carefully and donít interrupt. If
you aren't sure of what is being asked, politely request that the
question be repeated.
interview with a strong closing statement of your qualifications for
interviewers. Shake their hands individually and thank each
interviewer by name.
- Practice, practice, practice. One practice interview is not
enough. If you have somebody help you, have at least three practice interviews.
You'll be able to use their feedback to correct mistakes,
strengthen weaknesses, and build upon strengths.
- Review your Interview Wraps from previous interviews. Use your experience from previous interviews to help you on this interview.
Note: The underlined words in the Interview Question Bank are
words that may be interchangeable. For example, instead of the word "job",
the word "position" might be used.