Preparing for an Interview
- Although you may not know exactly what questions an interview might entail, thinking about the basic information will help you prepare for the interview. Preparation is 1 key to a successful interview.
- Prior to the interview, think about why you applied for this position.
- Be prepared to talk about your education and experience and relate how that has prepared you for success in this particular position.
- Honestly assess your strengths and weaknesses. If you are asked, present those assets in terms that are job related.
- Be prepared to talk about your accomplishments in your current or previous position if asked. Be honest about any lack of experience, and focus on your attributes, willingness and ability to learn.
- If for any reason you are unable to keep your appointment, call the Human Resources Department at 949-635-1800 and let them know prior to the interview.
- Be punctual and arrive on time for your interview.
- During the interview, maintain good eye contact with the raters.
- Listen carefully to the questions. If a question is unclear, ask for clarification. Think before you answer.
- Speak clearly and loud enough to be easily heard.
- Make sure your answers to questions are clear and concise. Do not ramble. Keep in mind that raters are trying to learn as much as possible about you and your experience.
- Be confident, professional, and truthful.
- Be yourself. You are the best person to emphasize your background and experience for this position.
- Be aware that both the examination and interview process tests those skills and abilities that are important for success on the job.