Interview Tips

It is important to be on time for an interview. It is best if you arrive about 15 minutes early. This will give you time to relax and fill out an application, if necessary. Dress appropriately, since the first impression is a lasting one. Interviewing for a engineer position requires dress pants with a dress shirts tucked in. Striped or solid shirt is best a tie is optional. Interviewing for a more senior position then a tie is recommended suit coat is optional.

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It is important as you prepare for your interview to anticipate what questions the employer might ask. The following questions are examples of the types of questions that you may be asked to answer. Questions to Expect (What the Employer May Ask You):

Tell me about yourself. (This is often an ice-breaker question. Keep the answer job or skill related.)

What do you know about the type of work we do? (This is your chance to tell what you know from the research you completed ahead of time.)

Do you have references? (It is most important that you contact your references ahead of time and have their name, current address, and telephone numbers.)

At the end of the formal interview the employer will ask if you have any questions. The following are examples of acceptable questions to ask.

Questions To Ask The Employer:

Pitfalls (Reasons Why People Don’t Get Hired):


At the end of the interview:

Two or three days after the interview send a thank you note addressed to the interviewers

Thank You Notes

After your interview, be sure to write a thank you note to the employer or interviewer. This is very important because a thank you note gives you one more chance to remind the employer about the special skills that you can bring to the company.

It is a good idea to request the interviewer’s business card before leaving the interview. This will help when writing your thank you note to correctly spell the interviewer’s name and job title. Tips for thank you notes:

Mail the note within two to three days after your interview.

Jim Brown
678 Rapid Falls Drive
San Diego, CA 91000
(312) 555-6210
July 20, 2010

Mr. John Calhoun, District Manager
Smith Management Company
503 Sunset Avenue
San Diego, CA 91000

Dear Mr. Calhoun:

Thank you for the opportunity to interview with your company on July 19, 2001. I am very interested in the engineering position we discussed.

My recent experience as a Utility Engineer I developed up to date maintenance and computer skills that prepared me for your engineering position. I enjoy the challenge of keeping customers happy in a busy office. I am especially interested in the new work order automations system we discussed at the interview. I would enjoy the opportunity to contribute to your management team.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. If you need any additional information, feel free to contact me at (312) 555-6210 or e-mail: Thank you again for your time. Sincerely,

Jim Brown