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Step Five:   Interviewing

An interview is an opportunity to convince an employer to hire you.

  1. Upon completion of this section: You will be able to carry out effective job interviews.
  2. Be able to describe the actions to take before, during and after the interview.
  3. Be able to handle offer assessment and negotiations.


Prepare for an interview by effectively knowing your goal and the employer's goal.



Interview Types

There are many types of interviews. Be prepared for them all!

First Questions

As soon as you're invited for an interview, get the details. Below are items to ask for when you get an interview.


Tell short stories about your work experience to make you memorable and believable.

Employer Questions

One thing you can count on is employers asking you many questions. But why? Because employers face huge costs when they hire the wrong person, those costs include the following:

Super Seven Questions

There are really just seven questions employers ask.   All other questions are different ways of asking these seven.

1. Are you trustworthy?

2. Can you do the job?

3. Will you really work at the job?

4. Will you fit in?

5. Will you leave soon?

6. Are you safe?

7. Can I afford you?

Super Seven Questions

  1. = Are you trustworthy?
  2. = Can you do the job?
  3. = Will you really work at the job?
  4. = Will you fit in?
  5. = Will you leave soon?
  6. = Are you safe?
  7. = Can I afford you?

It is easy to translate the typical questions employers ask into the "Super Seven". Below are sample questions and the corresponding "Super Seven" question it is most like.

Your Questions

Questions you ask of the employer will help size up the work situation and also show your interest in the job.   Remember to ask only a few of the ones listed.

Below are some questions you should not ask about during an interview. Wait until you are offered the job.   Below


Research is crucial before you go to an interview. Be sure to have facts about the job and employer:

Facts about the Job in General

What to Know

Where to Get the Information

Facts about the Employer

What to Know

Where to Get the Information


Pre-Employment Testing

Many employers test job applicants before hiring. Below are the different types of tests with their definitions.

Before an Interview

Here are some ways to prepare before an interview:

Psych Yourself Mentally

Make sure that you prepare a positive mental attitude:


A little practice beforehand helps calm your anxiety.

A Few Days Before

Take all the last minute concerns out of the interview by covering all your bases:        

The Night Before

Preparing the night before prevents last minute panic.

What To Bring

Set all your materials by the door so you don't forget:

The Morning Of

When you rise for the day, review this list:

Just Before Walking In

When you arrive at the interview site:

During an Interview

The moment has arrived: Your interview is starting. It's your chance to shine. Here are some suggestions for handing the interview.

WHEN YOU ENTER: The interview begins when you arrive at the building.

MAKING YOUR CASE: Explain why you're the best person for the job.

ASSESS THE SITUATION: You're an equal partner in this discussion!

THE RIGHT ATTITUDE:   Show that you want the job!

How to Answer Interview Questions

The following are guidelines on how to answer interview questions. Your answers are important so take your time.

Why You Should LISTEN

Here's why listening is crucial during the interview.


Listening requires you to focus all your energy on the other person, not on what you'll say next.


When the interview ends, leave gracefully by taking some actions before you go:       

After an Interview

The interview doesn't stop when you say goodbye. Here are some of the things you should do after the interview.

More to Do

There are more things to do after an interview.

A Few Days Later

To Accept an Offer

To Decline an Offer

If you Don't Get an Offer


You can and should negotiate the terms of your employment.

Reasons to negotiate:

Wages may be fixed but you can negotiate other benefits:

How to negotiate effectively:

Completion of Interview. Continue to the next section or any other section.

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