Tips for Interviewing

  • Learn about the organization and position for which you are applying.
  • How will you and your skill set fit into this organization?
  • If possible, learn about the individual(s) who will be interviewing you.
  • Common interviewer’s agenda is to answer these questions: Are you qualified? Can you be trained? Are you a good fit? Will you love this job?
  • Use your resume and transfer the information on your resume into the interview.
Different Types of Interviews
*INL has nearly 4,000 employees and over 15 different organizations, therefore, the interviewing process may vary.
  • Traditional face-to-face interview.
  • Panel/committee interview - three or more interviewers or members of a panel.
  • Group interview – three or more interviewees participate in group interviews.
  • Telephone interview.
  • Video or teleconference interview.
Different Types of Interviews
  • Rehearse commonly asked questions: “Tell us a little bit about yourself?” “What is your five-year plan?” “Why do you want this job?”
  • Know the exact location of your interview or have your computer or phone charged, tested, and ready for virtual or phone interviews.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before.
  • Limit caffeine before the interview.
The Interview
  • Always be 10 to 15 minutes early
  • Dress appropriately: Business professional and a clean, presentable appearance.
  • Even if you are teleconferencing or performing a phone interview, it is still a good idea to dress professionally so you are in that mindset.
  • Always have insightful questions for the interviewer(s). This shows invested interest in the position.
  • Maintain good posture, strong eye contact, and provide a strong handshake to each member of the interviewing panel at the beginning and conclusion of your interview. Express appreciation for the opportunity to interview, and get contact information if available.