December 15, 2004

Helpful Tip For Interviews

According to Candace Davies, professional resume writer, a helpful hint during a professional interview is:

Try Not To Ramble During the Interview:

There was a teacher who walked into the interview room and was asked to “Tell me about yourself.” Well, did the candidate ever let loose. She discussed her marital and financial problems and shared the fact that she really enjoyed Chinese food.

Think about it: What value has this response shown the interviewer? None. In fact, the interviewers would be thinking that the candidate would have a difficult time concentrating on her position with all her life problems. The candidate may have released information that ended up screening her out of the running for the position.


Talking too much also showed that she has a difficult time expressing herself and/or that she really doesn’t know the answer to the question. Demonstrate your strong communication skills by presenting your response with enthusiasm in a clear, concise manner.

Get down to the basic facts, once you land that job, you can become friends with your colleagues and talk as much personal items as you want to!

Posted by Stefanie Robb at December 15, 2004 09:20 AM

Technically, I've only interviewed for one job before--and it's the internship that I'm currently serving! I was fortunate enough to know one of the interviewers, so I was comfortable.

However, I've had a couple interviews (Senior Exit Interview in HS, interview for PA Governor's School for Teaching, interview for Miss PA Pageant), and really the best advice I can give is to be confident in yourself and treat it like an audition for a role in a play, musical, movie, etc. Try to relax a little and don't -act- (it's like an audition, but you're selling yourself NOT your acting skills). If it's for a job, you're auditioning for the role of Employee; if it's for another position (like I've done) it could be that you're going for the role of Miss PA or PGST Scholar. Just make sure that your attitude and demeanor fit the role you're aiming for, and above all be yourself.

Posted by: Karissa at December 21, 2004 05:22 PM
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