The following are some interview tips:

  • Before the interview, get driving directions and parking information. If possible, go there once. Check the usually traffic condition to estimate your time on the road. Make sure you have enough changes for any toll and parking. Arrive a little early so that you can take a rest before the interview. Don't be late.

  • Dress appropriately.
      Male Female
    Clothing A formal suit, dark blue or gray. Well-pressed white long-sleeved dress shirt. Tie should has simple and conservative pattern. Silk is the best fabric. You tie should come to the middle of your belt buckle. If possible, look at yourself in the mirror before starting the interview. See how to tie a tie. Skirted suit is preferred, in solid navy, gray, or black color. Wear a solid or lighter-colored blouse with the suit. Avoid brown or green suits. If possible, look at yourself in the mirror before starting the interview.
    Socks Dark color, no patterns. Light, natural color, no patterns.
    Hair Clean and neat. Make sure no nose hair is visible.
    Perfume Avoid any heavy scent.
    Shoes Polished and professional. Match the color of your suit.
    Jewelry Avoid any large item that may distract the interviewers.
    Briefcase Do not carry unless absolutely necessary. You should carry only one thing in your hand, which should hold your resume and anything you will receive during the interview (such as company's benefits summary)
    Coat Good quality and full-length; no casual jackets or furs.

  • Start the interview by giving a firm handshake to each interviewer and greeting the person based on how s/he is introduced to you. E.g. "Hi Mr. Smith," or "Nice to meet you, David." A firm handshake is ڶԻ(see the picture on top of this page) and with quite some energy. Also make sure your hand is dry before shaking hands.

  • Speak clearly and avoid "uh..." etc.

  • Establish rapport by relating to each interviewer. Note the terms used by each interviewer and, when appropriate, use similar terms.

  • Maintain eye contact. Sit erectly, but comfortably.

  • Avoid distracting the interviewers. E.g., avoid excessive gestures.

  • Emphasize your strengths and qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the job.

  • Listen carefully and don't interrupt. But don't be totally reactive. Ask questions or make comments when you feel confident.

  • Get ready to ask several important questions:

    • What is a typical work day like?
    • How is performance evaluated?
    • What kind of career paths are there for this position?
    • Why is this position open?
    • What is the work culture here (do people work overtime, etc.)?
    • What are the major initiatives your group has recently completed or is working on?
  • Maintain confidence throughout the interview process. But don't pretend to know things you don't know.

  • If there is a lunch, don't think you can have a good meal. You probably can only eat a little, and talk a lot with the person (actually interviewer) who has lunch with you.

  • Close the interview with a strong statement of your interest and confidence.

  • Ask for a business card from each interviewer, so that later you can send them "Thank You" notes or ask them questions.

  • Shake the interviewer' hands individually and thank each interviewer by name.

  • After the interview, send a "Thank You" note to each interviewer, and restate your interest in the position. Interviewers often want to know if the candidate is still interested in the job after the interview.
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