person unfairly, and it also increases the possibility that he or she will reveal additional
information that the person might otherwise have tried to hide.
Restatement of the candidate's thought ("you were interested in that job because of the
advancement potential") indicates that you follow what has been said, and it may
encourage further elaboration. Take care in using this technique, however, so that you
don't become a "parrot" or try to put words in the applicant's mouth.
Interrupting or changing the subject abruptly indicates a lack of interest in what has been
said and a lack of courtesy in turning the conversation to a more relevant topic. This can
be particularly damaging if you stop the candidate before the person has reached the point
of the comment. For example:
Applicant: There was only one thing that made me stick with
that job so long... Interviewer: Yes, first jobs are frequently that
way. Now, tell me more about your organizing the hospital
This type of switch makes the applicant feel a little foolish and, at the same time,
resentful toward you for your lack of interest in the story.
Tips for Applicants
Wear appropriate clothing.
Women should wear a dress or suit that is not extremely short or tight. It is usually
advisable not to wear a pantsuit on the initial interview. Men should wear a suit and tie.
Be moderate in hairstyle. Keep neatly groomed.
Shake hands with a firm, almost hard, handshake. Don't make a bad impression with a
Listen to what is said and answer questions directly. Be sure you know the interviewer's
full name and title.
Ask questions about the job, the future, what's expected of you, etc.
Remember that, while you are being interviewed, you should be doing the same to the
interviewer. Make it known in a nice way that you aren't going to jump into any job
without knowing all about it and the company.
Send a letter to the person who interviewed you, saying thank you for the opportunity and
if you want the job, say so. It will be appreciated, and it may be the one thing that makes
the company decide on you over the others interviewed.