During the interview

Listen closely, present well, answer intelligently

There are three factors in a successful interview.

  1. How well you listen to the interviewer
  2. How well you present yourself non-verbally
  3. How well you answer the questions

Instructions: Click each item to reveal tips you can follow to ace the interview.

Listen

During an interview, listening intently and meaningfully is almost as important as your answers to the questions. Listen closely to:

  • Gain more information about the company and what it would be like to work there
  • Make sure you understand the question
  • Hear key points or recurring themes — you might be able to tailor your answers better with this information

Present

The way you look, how you shake hands, how you sit, and even how you move your hands while you speak are all important, non-verbal factors during your interview.

  • Shake hands firmly
  • Sit up straight
  • Speak slowly but clearly
  • Try to be as natural as possible, both in your facial expressions and hand motions

Answer

Hopefully you’ve practiced answering questions before the interview. Remember these tips for responding to questions:

  • Give yourself several seconds to think about the question before you answer.
  • Answer the question as best you can, but be brief. If asked, provide more information.
  • Always be positive, even if you’re asked why you left the military or any other job
  • Use examples as much as you can. Again, keep them brief.

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