The Interviewing Process

The Interviewing Process

This interview guide will walk you through the process of interviewing, from preparation to follow up.

The entire guide is also available to download as a PDF.

 

“Interview” defined: “a formal consultation usually to evaluate qualifications (as of a
prospective student or employee); a meeting at which information is obtained” ~Webster.

For the purpose of the job seeker, both portions of the Webster definition are correct. While
employers will evaluate your qualifications and will try to obtain information about you,
interviewing is NOT a one-way street. In fact, interviewing is a two-way street. Both the
interviewer and the interviewee evaluate and collect information about each other.

The employer tries to determine if the candidate:

  • Will fit into the organization
  • Has the skills necessary for success on the job
  • Can and will do the job the well
  • Has potential for promotion

Successful job candidates are those who best meet the needs of the employer and who market themselves
effectively.

The truly sophisticated job hunter will look at the employer with a critical eye to determine
how he/she will fit into that organization. In fact, the job seeker should be interviewing the
employer, just as the employer is interviewing him/her.

The job seeker considers these questions:

  • How would you fit into the organization? What will be expected of you?
  • Do you feel comfortable with the people you have met?
  • Do you like the work you will be expected to perform?
  • Do you believe in the products/services provided by the employer?

Like trying on a new suit, you will know when the interview goes well and when an employment opportunity is right for you. It will just fit!