Rule 1 – Avoid negative body language. An interviewer wants to see how well you react under pressure. Avoid these signs of nervousness and tension: Frequently touching your mouth Faking a cough to think about the answer to a question Gnawing on your lip Tight or forced smiles Swinging your foot or leg Folding or crossing your arms Slouching Avoiding eye contact Picking at invisible bits of lint Don’t look puzzled. If the interviewer is talking rapidly, jot down your concerns on a pad of paper and ask at the appropriate time.
Rule 2 – Make eye contact. Look directly at the interviewer when answering or asking a question. Reflect before answering a difficult question. If you
are unsure how to answer a question, you might reply with another question.
Rule 3 – Be positive. Don’t make negative comments about current or former employers.
Rule 4 – If the interviewer introduces himself or herself with a first and last name, use the last name when addressing them. If the interviewer is a woman do not ask if it is “Mrs. or Miss”. Many women find the question offensive; it could be “Doctor”. Try to find out ahead of time. If you are sure she is not a doctor, use “Ms”.
Rule 5 – Do not talk too much, do not talk too little. Your responses to the interviewer’s questions should be concise, but not monosyllabic.
Show you want the job. Display your initiative by talking about what functions you could perform that would benefit the campus, and by giving specific details of how you have helped past employers
Rule 6 – When it is your turn, ask the questions you have prepared in advance. These should cover any information about the department, campus or job position you could not find in your own research.
Do not ask questions that raise red flags. Ask too many questions about vacation may cause the interviewer to think you are more interested in taking time off than helping the department. Make sure the interviewer understands why you are asking these questions.
End the interview with a handshake and thank the interviewer(s) for his or her time, and let the committee know you want the job. An example would be: “I would like to thank you for taking the time for this interview. The position is exactly the job I what and I hope you will strongly consider me for it.”
Rule 7- Be natural. It may be difficult when you are trying to follow all of these guidelines, but being natural is probably the most important rule. Think of the interview as a conversation, not an interrogation.
Rule 8 – Send a “Thanks for the Interview” note. After the interview, send a brief thank-you note to the committee chair.