Interviewing: Guidelines and Resources

Successful interviewing is a combination of content and presentation. Eighty percent of interviewer’s impression of you is achieved visually, so make it a positive one by smiling, maintaining good eye contact, and using a firm handshake. As you speak, be aware of your vocal delivery: your tone of voice, your articulation, and the energy level it demonstrates. Speak intelligently and articulate your thoughts in a concise manner.

Each interview and interviewer is different from any other, but they often have lots in common. Anticipation of many of the questions can enable you to be prepared with thoughtful and intelligent answers. You will do a much better job if you are prepared. Answer questions as succinctly as possible. Be prepared with your own questions for the recruiter. Focus on your accomplishments and what you can do for them.

Interview Preparation Resources

Mock Interviews
With interviews, practice makes perfect!  A mock interview will help you perfect your technique and provide you with an opportunity to get valuable feedback and coaching on your performance. Attend a virtual Interview Preparation workshop on Thursdays from 11:45 am-12:15 pm ET or visit Handshake to schedule an appointment.

Big Interview Software
Big Interview is an online resource that enables you to practice your interviewing skills from any computer. Repeatedly practice with tough interview questions and record, review and share your answers to interview questions, all with an eye toward greatly improving your skills. Come to the CDC to use our Big Interview room in a quiet and private setting, or access it from your personal computer at any time!

Additional Online Resources