Iowa Career Connection

Career Tips

Career Tips

Your efforts in writing a resume and cover letters, lining up references, preparing an introduction, networking and all other marketing efforts lead to the interview. Those efforts get you the interview; a convincing interview performance will get you the position.

Interview Imperatives:

  • Find out before the interview what to expect: who you will be talking to, type of interview, duration, etc.
  • Be able to articulate why you are interested in the opportunity.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  • Wear conservative business attire (e.g., white shirt, tie and dark suit for men).
  • Act confident, energetic and interested.
  • Extend a firm handshake, maintain good eye contact and smile!
  • Listen carefully and respond to questions completely. Provide specific examples when appropriate.
  • Be positive, to include talking about previous employers.
  • Have a short list of written questions. See below.

Keep your questions at a relatively high level and focus on the position (goals and expectations) and organization (plans and culture). Don’t ask questions about pay and benefits until a mutual interest is established and those topics are raised by the employer. Finally, before you leave, ask for the business cards of everyone you talked to and email a thank-you as soon as you are able to do so.